The Diocese of West Missouri
Office of Youth Ministry

Stay informed about the latest youth events and news happening across The Diocese of West Missouri.

Our Mission

The mission of WEMOYouth is to inspire, educate, and empower young people to live the Good News, marks of which are: truth, hope, justice, mercy, forgiveness, and peace. 

The Office of Youth Ministry seeks to fulfill this mission by equipping youth, and youth ministers, with the resources needed to create dynamic, local ministries. Through diocesan-wide, regional, and parish events, we seek to foster safe and loving environments for youth that allow them to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.

With WEMOYouth, young people are encouraged to ask tough questions, minister to one another, and grow to be the people God calls them to be.  

“The Gospel calls every person to believe what Jesus believed, live as he lived, love as he loved, and serve as he served.”

– Bill Hull

 The Rev. David Wilcox, Missioner for Youth Ministry                                                                           
email: | phone: (816) 361-9159

The Rev. David Wilcox was born and raised in Kansas City. Having grown up in the Roman Catholic tradition he spent time in the Eastern Orthodox Church before finding his way to the Episcopal Church and The Diocese of West Missouri in 2015. Fr. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  He was ordained to the diaconate in January 2023, and to the priesthood in July of the same year at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City.  When not traveling and visiting parishes as part of his youth ministry work Fr. David serves as assisting priest at St. Augustine’s Church in Kansas City.  He is also a member of the diocesan Spiritual Formation Commission, the Campus Ministry Commission and the Access for All God’s Children Committee. David is passionate about the Gospel, formation, coffee, history and little known (and less cared about) information. He lives in Belton, MO with his husband Zach and their dogs Ollie and Pixie