Leadership and Staff

While God and the Bible are the ultimate authority for Yuma Christian Church, there is a leadership structure to keep the ministry of the church moving correctly.


The leadership of YCC has a few integral parts. First, elders. YCC is first and foremost an elder-led church. The elders provide oversight, vision, and guidance to the corporate side of the church and most importantly the spiritual side of the church.


Second, pastors. Senior Pastor Don Smith provides the leadership and everyday decision making for the paid staff.  The paid staff is made up of full-time and part-time ministry staff. 


At the end of the day, the YCC leadership hopes that the office work our staff completes reflects God and brings the members and attendees that much closer to the Father.

What to Expect


Pastor, Don Smith
Administrator, Linda Smith

Worship Leader/Elder, Ross Bledsoe

Don and his wife, Linda have one adult son, Samuel a daughter-in-law, Sjonae, and one grand daughter who live in North Dakota.

Linda works alongside Don in the church office as the Administrator.

Don has such a passion to tell everyone about God's love and grace. He loves to be a part of this community of Yuma, Colorado. At this time he is the President of the Yuma Ministerial Association.

Don attended Cincinnati Bible College and is a graduate of Trinity International University. His fulltime ministry began as a youth minister in Boca Raton, Florida, and then planted a church in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He joined the staff at YCC in 2005.

He tells stories at various storytelling events and he also plays the Native American flute. Be sure to email or call Don if you would be interested in using his talents at your next event. 

Contact Info:


Phone: 970-630-3211

Email: lindon1984@gmail.com


Email: lindonsam1984@gmail.com

Blog: thepreacherandi.blogspot.com 

Ross works full time at a local hardware store. Heather, Ross' wife, teaches fourth grade at our local Elementary school and they have one daughter, Allie.

Ross and Heather have been a blessing to our congregation and we are proud to have them on our staff.


Contact info:

Email: rossbledsoe81@gmail.com


Elder, Dennis Koolstra

Dennis and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, Isaiah, Micah and Samuel. They own and operate a large dairy farm in Washington County. Through the dairy, they minister to all of their employees, even to the point of holding a church service on the dairy for

several years. 

They both have a heart for the children of this church and are Co-Leaders of our KidMin Ministry.

We are blessed to have these two loving people here at YCC.

Contact Info:



Elder, Brian Chapman

Brian is married to Keri and they have 4 beautiful girls, Becca, Katlyn Anna and Reni. He owns his own construction business, and through that business, he loves to minister to people . Keri is the Principal at our local Elementary school and she is an amazing teacher!

Brian and Keri are Co-Leaders of YCC's KidMin Ministry.  

We love having Brian, Keri and their family serving with us here at YCC.

Contact Info:

Email: chapmanconstructionllc@yahoo.com


Elder, John Schaffner

 John is married to Roberta and they have 3 grown children and a whole lot of grandchildren.

 John is a man of many talents. He is an auctioneer, has his own  Cowboy Chuckwagon catering business and is a Cowboy poet. 

 Roberta works part-time at a local flower shop and loves to

serve the elderly.

 John & Roberta have been serving YCC for many years. 

Contact Info:

Phone: 970-630-3402 

Email: jschaffner51@yahoo.com