Personal reasons have driven the executive director of Portage's Youth for Christ away from his role. 

Brian Rushton made the decision after leading the chapter for 17 years -- he moved to Portage in 1989.  He remains humble despite being described as influential in the chapter's development, and hopes he made an impact in the lives of youth. 


Rushton admits the decision to step down was difficult to make, but he's optimistic of the ministry's future.  He'll remain involved with Youth for Christ even after his official last day early next year. 


Rushton adds the chapter's board has begun the process of replacing him, with an interim executive director appointed.