Meet the Staff

Left to Right: Maximus, Katie, Asher, Meira, Pradeepa

Area Director: Pradeepa Ganhewa

Pradeepa is in his seventh year on staff with Young Life.  Growing up in Richmond, VA, Pradeepa's life was changed by Christ through the ministry of Young Life.  After graduating from Radford University in 2005, Pradeepa took a position with a local Christian school as a high school and middle school teacher and administrator.  In 2011, Pradeepa and his wife, Katie felt God calling him into full-time ministry to lost high shcool students.  Together they relied on God to make this transtion possible. Pradeepa transitioned into the rold of Area Director of Radford and Pulaski Country in 2013.  Pradeepa and Katie have three children: Meira (10), Maximus (8), and Asher (5).

Josh and Emily

Young Life College:  Emily Brown

Emily grew up in Tennessee where she became a Young Life leader in college after the Lord changed her heart towards people she once hated. She met Christ through her church youth group and understood His heart for the lost through Young Life.  This is her second year on Young Life staff at Radford University.  Her husband, Josh, is a special edcuation teacher at Blacksburg High School.  Josh and Emily recently celebrated the birth of their daughter, Joann.

 Young Life College Radford University


Area Office Assistant:  Emily Close

Emily began following Jesus as a middle school student in youth group in Virginia Beach.  God gave her a heart for young people and a gift for administration. She has spent several years working with youth groups and for an afterschool program. She and her husband, Matt, moved to Radford in 2013 for him to start his job as a Professor of Biology at Radford University. Emily and Matt have three daughters: Olivia (8), Clara (5), and Beatrice (2).


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