Doug Sparks joined YWAM in 1970. He established successful global efforts for Youth with a Mission during his 50 years of serving and leading in YWAM. For 15 years, Doug pioneered the establishment of YWAM in the Middle East. He worked in Hawaii to help launch the University of the Nations, led the base in Lausanne, Switzerland, and partnered with YWAM New Zealand to build a groundbreaking family resource facility in Vanuatua. Doug has also worked for Mercy Ships. Most recently, Doug helped YWAM New Zealand with the refit of their ship, the M/V Pacific Hope. In 2018, the Pacific Hope relocated to the Caribbean and Doug’s leadership helped transition the vessel across the globe. Doug lives in Colorado with his wife Candy.