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Dr. Danny Loeffelholz has been on staff with Grace Community Church (Tyler, TX) since September, 2007, originally as Associate Pastor and now as the Pastor of the University Blvd. Campus. Prior to his arrival at Grace, Danny served as the Director of Pine Cove’s Bluffs Family Camp and Shores Camp from 2005-2007. Before Pine Cove, he worked for three years as Youth Pastor at Grace Community Church in Bartlesville, OK. Danny’s undergraduate work was done at the University of Central Oklahoma. He also completed his Masters of Arts and Ph.D. in Pulpit Communication and Expository Preaching at Trinity Theological Seminary. Danny and his wife, Kara, are the parents of three boys, Eli and Nate, and Thadd. In his free time, Danny first and foremost enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys being active by participating in marathons and coaching his boy’s sports teams!
Dr. Paul Pettit
Dr. Paul Pettit serves as Director of Placement and teaches in the departments of Pastoral Ministries (PM) and Educational Leadership & Ministries (EML) at Dallas Theological Seminary. Paul’s background includes experience as a sportscaster, author, and speaker. Pamela is a neo-natal nurse practitioner at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He and Pamela have five children, and have co-authored Congratulations, You’re Gonna be a Dad! (Kregel) In addition Paul has written; Dynamic Dads: How to be a Hero to Your Kids (Tyndale House), Congratulations, You’ve Got ‘Tweens. (Kregel), Foundations of Spiritual Formation; and Blessed are the Balanced both with (Kregel Academic). Paul holds degrees from the University of Kansas, Moody Bible Institute’s Advanced Studies Program, Dallas Theological Seminary’s Master of Theology and the Doctor of Ministry degree also from Dallas Seminary. He enjoys developing emerging leaders, golfing, and searching for barbecue.
Jason Bankhead serves as the Family Pastor at The Avenue Church in Waxahachie, TX. The Avenue Church has been one of the 100 fastest growing churches in America for 5 of the past 6 years according to Outreach Magazine. Jason graduated from Howard Payne University and received his Masters degree from Southwestern Seminary. He met his wife, Jennifer, on a blind date in 2002 and the two were married in 2003. They have 3 kids, Julia (11), Johnathan (9), & Jacob (3). They can usually be found at a ball field, volleyball court or a gym cheering on Julia and Johnathan, but more likely chasing Jacob! Over the last 21 years, he has had the privilege to serve as a Youth Pastor, a Church Mobilizer at a student missions organization, as well as a Connections Pastor before becoming the Family Pastor at The Avenue Church. Jason has a passion to see families thrive and parents equipped and encouraged to raise their children to “love the Lord with all of their heart, soul, and strength.” Families were not meant to do life alone but in community with others. This is one of the reasons Jason is excited about the ministry Sky Ranch offers through Family Camp and other family ministry opportunities. Jason and his family are honored to be able to spend a week in the mountains getting to know other families on the same journey. He hopes to meet you next Summer!
For the past 15 years, Chris Kouba has served in various capacities within Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in the country. He has worked with marriages, families, young adults, and currently serves as the Lead Pastor of their thriving North Campus located in Prosper, Texas. Chris is a proud graduate of Baylor University, where he met his wife Hillary. He received his Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to his educational achievements, Chris is most proud of his role as father to Katelyn, Mackenzie, Hudson and Griffin. Known for his research and insight into multi-site churches, Chris is often consulted by church planters or churches looking to add campuses. He is also a featured speaker and instructor for Newchurches.com, a division of Lifeway Resources, and can be seen leading several online modules. Additionally, Chris is a guest blogger for Lifeway; writing on such topics as communication, leadership and unity. Chris is passionate about building the local church, strengthening family units and serving Christ. He and Hillary feel right at home in the mountains and are excited to spend a week of encouragement and enrichment with fellow Sky Ranch families.
Korey started attending Horn Creek family camp when he was two years old. He worked two summers at Horn Creek and met and proposed to his wife at Horn Creek as well. Korey’s educational paths have taken him from Calvary Bible College (B.A.) in Kansas City, Missouri to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div.) in Deerfield, Illinois. Korey has been in full-time ministry for twelve years ministering as a rural solo-pastor and as a Pastor of Family Ministries. He and his wife Jamie live in South Carolina and have four children.
Chris has been working with students and families since God called him to ministry at the age of 18. He has served on Student Ministry staff in the local church for 7 years, and is currently the Campus Pastor at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas where he has been for the past 12 years. He and his wife J.J. have three children, Mary Jane (9), Caden (6), and Charis (3). Chris went to Howard Payne University (Sting ‘Em Jackets!) where he graduated in 2003. He received his Masters from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and will complete (Lord willing) his doctorate in Pastoral Leadership in the spring of 2017. Chris has led hundreds of students to several different countries on mission trips overseas, and he has a passion for ministering to families. The greatest mission trip in the world is parenthood and he has a huge heart for sharing God’s Word with families, while loving and leading his own!
A graduate of Texas A&M, Chris spent 23 years faithfully serving the ministry of Sky Ranch Christian Camps. As Executive Director/Chief Ministry Officer, he led the ministries of Sky Ranch at all three locations in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma as well as our Launch Camps in the city and several foreign mission projects in Russia, Kenya, and France. During his tenure, he led the development of Sky Ranch’s Family ministries, Summer Camps, and Leadership Tracks as well as the advent of the Sky Ranch Life Map. While completing his Masters Degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, God began to place in his heart a passion for the ministry of the church. Eventually Chris retired from camp ministry to become the Executive Pastor of Ministries for Grace Community Church in Tyler, TX. Additionally, he continues to serve Sky Ranch as a member of the Board of Directors. He and his wife Kimberly are on mission together with their two boys Caleb, a student at Texas A&M and Austin, a sophomore in High School.
For nearly thirty years Mike has served as a pastor. God has used Mike to plant new and revitalize dying churches. His knowledge of God’s word, longevity and experience in church planting and revitalization have led him to be a sought after Gospel Coach, Church consultant, and Bible teacher. Mike is a Graduate of The Moody Bible Institute and Denver Seminary. His love of ancient Israel and archeology led him to do postgraduate studies in Israel. Mike and Suzanne have been married for nearly thirty-five years. They have four grown children and six grandchildren. They love their family, whitewater rafting, hiking, and hunting; but their passion is for spiritually healthy families. Mike and Suzanne are excited to share a week with our Sky Ranch family.
First things first, Happy is my real name, given in honor of my dad’s oldest brother. I may not have enjoyed it very much as a kid, but I do my best to live up to it every day. I have been married to my wife, Erin, for over 16 years and we have three spectacular girls. While I trend towards the outdoors, I have learned that playing Barbie and Polly Pockets can be just as wonderful. God has blessed me with a family that seeks to hear His voice. I have served in full time ministry for over 20 years, working with students for the bulk of that time. The last several years I have served as Family Pastor, working directly with parents with a focus on marriage and parenting. I love working on projects. I am currently restoring an old car. It’s great fun being involved in all the things the kids are up to. Swimming, piano, playing. I love hiking, cycling, and fishing in the mountains. Being a red head, I don’t really enjoy the long walks on the beach. I tend to sunburn easily. Maybe at night, though.
Brad is a business owner in the high-tech industry and has served in student and parent ministry for most of his adult life. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married 30 years and teach a young married bible fellowship class at their home church, Prestonwood Baptist Church, where they’ve been members since 1984. Lisa partnered with Sky Ranch in 2007 and helped launch our SkyMoms Ministry with CEO, Linda Paulk. Lisa is a parent mentor and wrote her first book last year entitled, ”Raising Sinners.” Brad and Lisa have 2 daughters, Caroline married to Brent and Camryn married to Brett. Caroline and Brent launched a ministry, Crossover Norman, one year ago on the campus of The University of Oklahoma. Every Tuesday night, hundreds of college students gather on campus to praise, worship and study God’s word together. Camryn and Brett live in Dallas and are members of Watermark Community Church. Brett is in the financial industry and Camryn is a first-grade teacher in Frisco. Brad and Lisa are passionate about family and serving, and their grandson due in April!
Steve Hayes is the Pastor of Grace Community Church in Corsicana, TX, where he has served for 7 years. He lives with his wife, Kim, and their 5 kids, one of whom has autism. They have learn much about God and life from their son’s unique personality and perspective. Steve is a graduate of The Criswell College in Dallas, TX, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biblical Studies with a New Testament Emphasis.
Geared towards Adoptive and Foster families, but all families welcome.
Ryan and Kayla North have six children through birth and foster care adoptions. They began their foster care journey in 2004 and welcomed close to thirty foster children into their home. Although their home is closed to foster care, they continue to support those who are walking this journey.Ryan is the Executive Director of Tapestry, the Adoption and Foster Care Ministry of Irving Bible Church in the Dallas area. Tapestry serves to connect families in community, equip them for the journey, and encourage them along the way. In his capacity as the Executive Director of Tapestry, Ryan leads Empowered to Connect. Kayla left the classroom, after a decade of teaching third grade, to stay home with their six children, five of whom she home schools. She oversees all ETC Parent Trainers and leads Tapestry’s crisis intervention efforts.They are Empowered to Connect Parent Trainers, Trainer of Trainers, and write about the blessings and challenges of their parenting journey at One Big Happy Home and The Ryan Blog and contribute to both Empowered to Connect and the Tapestry blogs.
John turned from his sin and embraced Christ as Lord and Savior in 1995 at the age of 26. He received a B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University, a M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary, and is currently finishing his doctorate of ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Before attending seminary John was a police officer in Bloomington, IN and he worked as a Special Agent for the U.S. Secret Service. From 2003 to 2012 he served as the Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Church in Grapevine, Texas. From 2012 to 2015 he served as Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Newman Grove, Nebraska before coming to Harvest Houston. He is married to Rachel and they have six children: Grant, Nathan, Caleb, Seth, Ashley, and Levi.