Williston, ND (KEYZ) At last night’s annual Report to the People Banquet in Williston, a surprise to many, long time executive director Dennis Jensen announced his retirement at the end of summer, handing over the reigns of Williston’s Youth for Christ to current Campus Life Director Adam Strunz.
“I am very excited about this move forward and to see God’s will done here,” Strunz told the audience. More than 700 people watched Sand Artist Joe Castillo, perform the Creation, with one continuous sweep of his hands, forming pictures with sand that morphed from God’s creation of earth, to first life in the seas, to the Garden of Eden. Still, the real crowd stopper at Thursday night’s gathering for Youth for Christ at the WSC Well was the announcement that Jensen would be stepping down after leading the organization for nearly eight years.
Away from the stage and with a tear in his eye, Jensen tells News Radio it’s been 8 years in Williston, and the time has come to let more youthful hands take control.
“I’m not just going to rock in the rocking chair,” he tells us. “I don’t necessarily see that as a very biblical thing to do. I think that we seniors forget sometimes that we have a lot to offer. We’ve got experience, we’ve learned some things, sometimes the hard way, but you learn”, says Jensen.
It’s back to Fargo and the grand children for Jensen and his wife of 40 plus years. “I grew up in that area in that part of the state, and although my wife and I are not the kind to run to be with our grand children every weekend, we look forward to spending much more time with them, and of course I will come back perhaps as a consultant,” says Jensen.
Still it’s hard to think of the Youth for Christ Bi-annual Peach fundraiser, without Dennis. We’ve enjoyed watching him lug into our studios a box of peaches to share with the staff at News Radio. Peaches that have also offered fresh alternatives to ‘at risk youth’ including wilderness outings and get together’s centered on the Christian faith.