Spiritual Development

Historically and to this day, the YMCA is committed to putting Christian principles into practice through its many programs and its people who carry those principles forward.

The Y is interested in your spiritual and mental health as well as your physical wellbeing. Here are some current ways you can plug into the Y spiritually. New ideas are always welcome!



We are now accepting prayer requests online. Anyone is welcome to submit a request for themselves or a loved one. You can choose to be anonymous, or leave contact information if you want us to follow up with you.  A prayer team, and the chaplains’ team will pray over every request personally and regularly.  We invite you to share your concerns with us.  Strict confidentiality will be adhered to.

Click here to submit a request.

Prayer team

A group of Y members, staff, and other friends make up the prayer team.  The team prays for all the requests that come in, and are also asked to be in prayer for the Y in a general way.  If intercessory prayer is a calling for  you, we invite you to consider being part of this team.

Weekly devotional email

Every week, a brief devotion is sent via email to Y staff and any members who request it.  If you would like to receive this, send your email address to: gschwerin@rockriverymca.org

YMCA Chaplains team

Our YMCA association is blessed to have a team of chaplains available to us for prayer, council, conversation, or any issue that might need their help.  Our chaplains are men and women of a variety of ages, ethnicities, and Christian denominations.  They are in place to help with the Christian ministry purposes of the Y.  Should you want to speak with one of them, contact Gary (see below).

Partnering in spiritual development

We endeavor to partner with congregations and ministries throughout the city to increase our spiritual growth opportunities.  If you or your congregation is interested in partnering with us to that end, contact Gary.
For more information about our spiritual development programs, to share a concern, to contact a chaplain, or to get on the email devotion list, Contact Gary Schwerin, Spiritual Development Minister, at 815-985-8796 (c), 779-500-0811 (voicemail), or gschwerin@rockriverymca.org.