Imagine the possibilities in a world where everyone knows and hears God!
Recently, the YadaFactor board and key leadership team gathered for a weekend retreat to prayerfully discern and develop a strategic plan. The weekend started with a trip down memory lane with our three co-founders sharing how YadaFactor was birthed over 20 years ago as they were searching for a way to go deeper with God. Back then they had no idea that the process they used together would one day be offered to hundreds of people around the world who desire to discern the voice of God through scripture to know Him intimately.
As we took time throughout the weekend to plan for the future, God’s presence was so evident. One way we felt Him leading us was to revamp our mission and vision statement. It’s always been a challenge to put into words the life transformation that happens as people follow the simple steps we call Yada (Hebrew for “to know”).
We are excited to share our new vision and mission with you, our friends who have made this ministry possible with your prayers, participation, and financial support! We can’t thank you enough.
We can’t wait to share more about our dreams for the future. Please join us in prayer and together we can imagine the possibilities in a world where everyone knows and hears God.
Grateful for you,
The YadaFactor Board & Team
Board Member Introductions
Cindy Chamberland, Co-Founder
Cindy is a Co-founder of YadaFactor which originated 20 years ago. During her time in YadaFactor, she was led to pursue counseling degree and for 13 years worked toward her goal and attained a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology in 2016. She has been counseling in private practice since 2009 and she integrates the tools from this ministry into the counseling process to encourage clients to hear God’s voice and lead them from pain to healing. Her dissertation sought to learn how to create post traumatic growth with those whose religious beliefs collided with their trauma where many question God and need to find resolve and healing. The outcome of her study has helped her to offer a model of processing and has witnessed many come to find joy after the many years of sorrow and pain. Cindy is passionate to share the tools of YadaFactor to all she ministers to and believes strongly, “The harvest is ready, but workers are few.” Cindy has passion for everyone to know/Yada God intimately and to hear His voice amid their pain and joys. Cindy is also married to her high school sweetheart for almost 40 years and has two married children and 7 grandchildren who she loves to spend time with as she is blessed they all live in Virginia near her.
Debbie Csutoros, Co-Founder
Debbie is always on mission to share the transformational power of the Gospel and the Word of God: “If the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word can change and heal me, they can change anyone.” From leading seminars to turning every personal interaction into an opportunity to offer hope in a seemingly hopeless world, she has a gift for “creating connection”. She discovered late in life that she is an artist, and it is in using her artwork to create connections to God and the Bible that she feels most passionate and God-honoring. Debbie’s creative bent and penchant for writing is balanced by a Master of Science degree in Leadership, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a real estate license, all of which God has used to connect her to people she otherwise never would have known. With each opportunity to speak into another person’s story, she finds joy in realizing every “God-moment” and blessing He has waiting for her in each new relationship. Ten years as a leader in Bible Study Fellowship instilled in her a love for the Bible and sparked the passion behind her mission. Twenty years later the fire is still burning brightly. Debbie is married since 1991 to the love of her life, Steve, and they have two wonderful grown daughters, one son-in -law and another soon to be. Debbie attends Spanish River Church in Boca Raton Florida where she also currently serves connecting others to the YadaFactor mission.
Pegi Richardson, Co-Founder
Because the Living God has radically transformed her life, Pegi desires to see other women’s lives changed and she is committed to giving them tools to do it. She earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Florida Atlantic University and Pegi has been passionate about sharing YadaFactor with others since 2003. As part of her church mission’s team, Pegi traveled to India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, where she taught YadaFactor and trained leaders. Pegi and her husband Joel were married in 1981 and have two grown sons, a daughter in Nepal and two grandchildren. They enjoy family time, hosting guests, travel, kayak adventures, beach walks, watching nature and rocket launches from their home on Florida’s Space Coast. Pegi’s 15 years of experience as an Al-Anon member has greatly influenced the formation of YadaFactor. Her years of listening to God and journaling in Yada have equipped her as a compassionate leader and teacher who continues to persevere in her call to write stories of hope for others.
Rachel serves as Legal Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal organization devoted to protecting religious freedom, free speech, marriage and family, sanctity of life, and parental rights. She focuses on protecting the conscience rights of individuals forced to compromise their beliefs under threat of fines and punishment. She has also done extensive work on protecting the fairness of women’s sports, so women and girls can have the opportunity to be champions in their own sports. Rachel graduated from William and Mary Law School in 2019 and is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Rachel’s passionate pursuit of truth stems from her extensive involvement in the YadaFactor ministry. She began YadaFactor in 2012 with a small group in high school. Her passion for the Bible and YadaFactor began to grow throughout college and law school, having been in an active Yada group for a decade. She was certified as a YadaFactor Coach in 2020 and appointed to the YadaFactor Board of Directors in 2022.
Kimberly graduated from the University of Florida in 2016 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. She spent the next few years working as the Community and Donor Relations Representative for Lake Wales Care Center, a central Florida nonprofit. Her experience in Grant Writing led her to join the team at EPIC Mission, Inc. in 2020. EPIC Mission, Inc. is a nonprofit consulting company whose mission is to provide holistic strategies and practical innovation to nonprofits in order for them to achieve sustainable impact. Kimberly has since been coaching nonprofit leaders in social impact planning, messaging architecture, organizational assessments, asset-based community development, and more. Kimberly has been practicing Yada since 2014 and became a certified coach in 2020. “YadaFactor has given me a space to process my thoughts with the One who created me in His image. Who knows me better than the One who created me? He speaks to me every time I open my bible and journal and He is slowly transforming me. Life is hard and I want everyone to experience the freedom in Christ that I’ve found through reading, writing, and sharing scripture.”
Rev. Rick Ouimet, Board Chair
Rick comes to us with over 40 years pastoral and non-profit experience. He is the Founder of Straight Street Ministries, a national ministry reaching at-risk youth the past 35 years with the love of Jesus Christ. Kids who may never enter our church doors, are finding hope, help, & healing by the thousands through this powerful para-church ministry. Rick is also the Founding Pastor of Mosaic Church Lynchburg. A cutting-edge coffee house church that will make you feel you’re walking into your favorite living room. Rick believes the local church’s Gospel-filled message needs to stay the same, but our methodology absolutely must change if we are to reach this generation for Christ. Rick recently retired from full time pastoring and is now on staff as a pastoral counselor, enabling him to continue ministering on a one-to-one basis. Rick has agreed to Chair the YadaFactor Board of Directors for the next several months during this exciting season of growth and renewed vision.
Bruce is a social connector, creative contractor, and entrepreneur whose work centers on connecting businesses with their community. With a background in design and communications, and owner of City Imprints in Greenville, SC, Bruce provides over 20+ years of experiences including brand / content management, graphic design, and marketing communications having worked for Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale and other non-profit ministries. Bruce also offers product creation, book publishing, and funding experience to the team of board members and founders. After having graduated from the YadaFactor course and forming his own triad in 2020, he wanted to use his gifting and skills to advance the YadaFactor reach and impact because of his passion for everyone to know and hear God. Bruce accepted a position to serve on the board and is believing in what Jesus has declared in Matthew 19:26 for the ministry because with God all things are possible.