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Our Vision

To raise up, train, disciple, and release the next wave of missionaries.

Raise up

to call out, or make known, an individual’s life calling.


to provide them with the skills needed to achieve their desires and dreams.


to provide support, encouragement, and transformation, as well as learning to disciple others into developing a Biblical world view.


to send out equipped, trained, and supported individuals into their life callings.

What is YWAM?

Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Back when we began in 1960, our main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, we still focus on youth, and we also involve people aged 9 to 90. One of the joys of participating in YWAM is to work with people from many nations all united in the common purpose to know God and to make Him known.

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Our Story

In November 2004, YWAM England chartered the 42m Swedish sailing vessel (then called Elida) to take outreach teams from Wales, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands to ports along the Morocco coast. This was a great success and the vessel’s owners invited YWAM to purchase the vessel. These were days of seeking God for fresh vision and YWAM England embarked on 40 weeks of prayer and fasting. Towards the end of this time, Captain Brian Sloan and his wife Anne, felt lead to offer their services to pioneer the ministry of this sail training vessel within YWAM.

YWAM England followed God’s voice to purchase the Elida which was then christened Next Wave. Its vision was to “unleash the next wave” of ships ministry. In September of 2007 it ran its first DTS starting in Liverpool, sailing all the way to Turkey. Since then, the Next Wave has voyaged from as far north as Norway; west as Ireland; east as Ukraine, in the Black sea and south as Israel. She has run a DTS every autumn, a School of Evangelism, a Discipleship Bible School/Voyage through the Bible, hosted dozens of outreach teams and medical outreaches to Albania, Bulgaria and Ukraine.

The vessel is ideal for deep discipleship and a great tool for evangelism, as well as providing a mobile YWAM base, often going to the places where there is no YWAM presence.

Amidst the refugee crisis in 2015, the Next Wave demonstrated its valued ability of being its own mobile base that sails to where the Lord directs. The Next Wave sailed to the island of Lesvos, Greece where it has been in port for the past 2 years: partnering with YWAM Biarritz, helping pioneer YWAM Lesvos, running a School of Navigation and Seamanship (SONS), and hosting outreach teams to work in the refugee camps.

One thing is certain, the Captain and crew always look to God for their compass bearings. Where will we sail next? Come aboard to find out!

To know God and to make Him known.

Our Crew

Brian Sloan
SR Captain

Jeremy McWilliam

Matthew Baumgardner
Sr Bo’sun

Benjamin Aryee

Domanic Jordan
Training Coordinator

Cynthia Stevens
DTS Leader

Be a part of the story

The Next Wave is a vessel dedicated to training and releasing the Next Wave of missionaries, which includes you! Prayerfully consider joining our crew and be a part of the multiplication of missionaries in YWAM ships ministries, or by partnering with us financially to keep the ministry afloat. You will be amazed at where God can take you, and we’d love to help you get there and welcome you to the team!