Our Staff

Tanner Keith     Executive Director

The Lord has given me an unquenchable passion for helping students develop strong relationships with Jesus at an early age so they follow Christ and make disciples.  My work as Youth Commission Executive Director has afforded me the opportunity to lead a movement that aligns with my passion.

Although I grew up in strong Christian family, my personal relationship with Christ did not start developing on my own until my freshman year at Wake Forest University.  Transferring to the University of Southern California, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. During my time in California, I worked as a reporter for a local television and radio station before the Lord called me to return to my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.   An addition to my ministry at Youth Commission, I serve as a guest host and reporter on the longest running daily Christian television show in Canada, 100 Huntley Street.  

As I seek to lead a ministry that reaching millions of young people, it is my desire for everyone to know Jesus as Lord and Savior and experience the joy of God's unconditional love.

Email:  tkeith@youthcommission.us

Grant Giesler  Director of Ministry Development

I am honored to serve as a global youth pastor in my role as Executive Director of Ministry Development.  In this role I seek to lead our ministry staff, volunteers, student leaders and partners to engage Christ’s call for us to impact the world as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission. Serving as a student pastor for 7 years, I have a great passion to mobilize and equip students to live missional lives for the name and glory of Jesus Christ.  The Lord called me to full time ministry in 10th grade and my first ministry experience came as I launched and led a Youth Commission club at J.M. Robinson High School.  An undergraduate degree from Liberty University then a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest served as incredible ministry training and great preparation for my role leading large groups of students, teachers and pastors at Youth Commission.  I am blessed to be married to my best friend Cassie and we have a daughter Madelyn Grace and a son Nolan Paul.

Email:  ggiesler@youthcommission.us

Twitter & Instagram: @grantgiesler

Caleb Edwards   Area Director

The Lord has truly blessed me to have the position of Area Director with Youth Commission where I can intentionally disciple students and help other leaders in the Charlotte area plug students in to a local church body. I have a deep desire to see students live out their faith by exalting Christ and making disciples in their schools and communities. I earnestly pray that the Lord would be glorified through our organization in all that we say and do.  A local native of the Charlotte area I was raised in church from the time I was born. God put a deep desire on my heart to serve in full time, occupational ministry when I was in the 11th grade and have since pursued that calling by attending school at Fayetteville State University for Emergency Management. In hopes that it would be a platform for me to serve through a missions agency in a global setting. My wife, Meghan, and I wish to serve the Lord by living overseas or working with a local church plant to advance the Kingdom of God to people that have never heard the name of Jesus Christ. As of now we both seek to faithfully pursue Christ where he has placed us for this time.

Troy Thornburg  Area Director

Having come to Christ late in my high school career I have seen firsthand the vital role that local student ministries, and student pastors play in the spiritual lives of the next generation.  Having spent the last 7 years in the student ministry trenches, I have seen students demonstrate incredible leadership and desire to make Jesus known to their peers and in their schools. I am blessed to be part of Youth Commission and their mission to empower students to be ambassadors on their campuses.  My deepest desire is to see student leaders raised up to lead in the local church and in their schools to see Kingdom growth. In my downtime, I love spending time with my wife, Kathy, and two kids, Milo and Eden.  I love exploring Charlotte, eating good food, hiking, working in my workshop or garden, and reading a good book.