Aslan Youth Ministries was founded in 1975 by Craig and Lynn Ann Bogard and Bill and Dusty Neergaard. After graduating from Eastern New Mexico University, Craig & Lynn Ann first moved to New Jersey in 1971 to work with Camp Shiloh, an organization serving disadvantaged children in and around New York City. During the Bogards’ one-year commitment to Camp Shiloh, they spent 9 months in New Jersey and 3 months in East New York Brooklyn. After their year with Shiloh, the Bogards returned to the Southwest in 1972 to join Craig’s sister, Dusty, and her husband, Bill, in ministry in El Paso, Texas. The Bogards’ time with Camp Shiloh in New Jersey had, however, changed them forever. In 1975, the two couples officially incorporated Aslan and moved to New Jersey to minister to disadvantaged children in Monmouth County.
For years, the two couples (left to right, Craig, Lynn Ann, Dusty & Bill) tirelessly ministered day in and day out to see Aslan become a success. In 1987, the Neergaards returned to New Mexico, and the Bogards assumed the full leadership of Aslan Youth Ministries. Bill and Dusty continued to be intricately involved with Aslan from afar. Sadly, Bill Neergaard died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 1994. Dusty still remains a major supporter of the ministry.
In 1996, Aslan expanded its ministry into northeastern Haiti. After 41 years and well over a thousand success stories, Aslan Youth Ministries continues to positively impact and empower disadvantaged children in New Jersey and in Haiti.
Including Craig & Lynn Ann Bogard, Aslan currently employs one full-time staff member and six part-time staff. In addition, 500 caring adults and teens regularly volunteer their time and talents to serve as mentors, tutors, summer camp counselors, Right Choices teachers, board members, office helpers, bus drivers and Haiti volunteers. Others provide valuable in-kind services in areas such as computer consulting, pro bono legal assistance, public relations and in many other creative ways.