Our StoryHow We Became YWAM Boston

Our Story.

In 2006 a team of 6 were sent out from YWAM Pittsburgh with prayers and affirmation to begin a new work in Boston.

Doug and Debi Tunney, Jeremy and Kandia Tunney, Jessica Spooner, and Jessi Cieply were the pioneers who took on the challenge, and committed themselves to God's purposes here in Boston. It was an exciting challenge to plant a missionary outreach and training center in this city. Since then, this team has grown to 28 staff and now has a multi-focused ministry to the people of Boston, New England and to the Nations.Our first Creative Arts in worship DTS was held in 2008 in half of a duplex home apartment in Newton, MA. Since then we have moved from place to place as our schools grew and to accommodate our growing staff. In 2011 after praying and listening, God revealed to us what would be our very own building. Located in Somerville, this building was an old funeral home owned by the Cataldo family. The building is over 120 years old and has been used as a Nursing School (called Fischer Nursing School) and as the Cataldo funeral home. At 4 floors and 23,000

Our first Creative Arts in worship DTS was held in 2008 in half of a duplex home apartment in Newton, MA. Since then we have moved from place to place as our schools grew and to accommodate our growing staff. In 2011 after praying and listening, God revealed to us what would be our very own building. Located in Somerville, this building was an old funeral home owned by the Cataldo family. The building is over 120 years old and has been used as a Nursing School (called Fischer Nursing School) and as the Cataldo funeral home. At 4 floors and 23,000 sq feet we were all envisioning the incredible things that could happen here! Worship nights, schools of evangelism, our own place for Joshua Generation, DTS, art shows, coffee shops...our dreams were, and still are, endless! We can house, train and send missionaries all over the world.

Once we entered the facility we had a lot of renovations to complete in order to bring the building back up to regulation. This part of the journey tried and tested all of us. In February 2012, a month and a half into our 4th CAW DTS, the fire marshall of Somerville came and told us that our permit to house our students in the building was nullified because of our permit to do construction. He gave us 24 hours to get our 12 staff and 12 students who were living there, a new home. Graciously, our friends Lou Zinatti (pastor of Christ the Rock) and Frank Fodera (pastor of Christian Assembly) opened the doors to their churches to use and house our students and staff for the remainder of the school! Over the next 2 years many people would open their homes to our staff as we worked hard on getting the renovations completed. We were so incredibly blessed by the open arms of the church as they helped us get through that difficult time.

We worked on renovating our building from July, 2011 to September, 2013; all while running our DTS, SOE's and JG programs. Finally, on Sept. 22, 2013, a week after our 6th CAW DTS had begun, we passed our final inspection and were once again granted permission to use the building for housing, teaching, and offices.