Simon Peter Okiria

Senior Regional Director

Simon is the Area Director for Young Life in Uganda. He grew up in Pallisa, Uganda, as the middle child of 11 children. His father was a teacher for the Catholic Church, so they relocated often. Because of unruly behavior, he was sent to seminary school at a young age, and he came to know Jesus at a Catholic youth conference. Simon Peter was doing youth-focused outreach in his home village when he was approached about continuing his work as a part of Young Life. He now oversees about 125 clubs, 13 Campaigner groups, and 300 volunteer leaders. He is married and has seven children. He treasures his wife’s contribution to the ministry, and remarks that “behind every great man is a strong woman of faith.”


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