Our Youth With A Mission campus is located just north of Tyler and is one of the key international training and sending centers for YWAM. Each year YWAM Tyler trains and send hundreds of young people, from many nations and backgrounds, to effect those influential spheres of society in the transformation of nations. All of this training takes place right here in the heart of East Texas.
In 1980 Leland and Fran Paris, the base founders, purchased the 365 acre Twin Oaks Ranch outside Tyler, Texas, and they, along with approximately 200 staff, moved to East Texas to pioneer what is now YWAM Tyler, the present headquarters for our training and outreach programs.
The main campus and headquarters of YWAM Tyler, housed at Twin Oaks Ranch, was originally owned by David Wilkerson of “The Cross and the Switchblade”. He sensed that God wanted YWAM to have this property and that he was to sell the property to YWAM for 10 cents on the dollar and has been a gift from God ever since. For the last 30 plus years thousands of young people have been trained in Discipleship Training Schools, Schools of Evangelism and other secondary training schools in order to be launched into global missions.
YWAM Tyler has three local campuses and has also planted over 60 bases in various parts of the world. Five satellite bases in the US have also been pioneered; four in the urban cities of New Orleans, Dallas, Houston and Chicago, and one in Alamogordo, New Mexico.