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We are the intersection of a fallen world and the risen Christ. People come here to experience faith lived out in real time, not to hear more sermons. If the Gospel is the story of God’s promises to man, then the people of Sky Ranch are a display of those promises. Through recreation-based intentional learning environments and relationships with culturally relevant, committed believers, our guests "live the story" by experiencing the Truth of Scripture in creative, tangible ways.
We are to bind ourselves together with peace, for we are all one family with different gifts that, when used together, will help us all to spiritually mature. Then, when each member supplies his part, the whole team is built up and strengthened in love. All of this is to the end that we will not be led astray, but under His direction we can be healthy, growing and full of light.
Sky Ranch is called to provide a vision of Godly character, giving an individual hope, a Christ-centered self worth, and an experience that can provide clarity about what is true, who God is, and who they were created to become. God uses Sky Ranch as a vehicle to take a person from being a non-believer, to hungry seeker, to passionate follower, to ultimately a committed disciple. Sky Ranch is a beacon, a “city on a hill,” to gird up an individual’s faith when they are back home, living in a fallen world.
That the Godhead eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and these are one in nature, attributes and perfection.
That man was originally created in the image of God; but that he fell from this sinless state through sin and therefore possesses a nature of sin.
That God has established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman and that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is immoral and therefore sin. I believe that God created the human race, male and female, and that all conduct with the intent to adopt a gender other than one’s birth gender is immoral and therefore sin.
That, as promised in the Old Testament, the eternal Son of God came into the world to show God to men and become the redeemer of a lost world. To this end He was born of a virgin and received a human body and a sinless nature.
We also believe that He was perfect, suffering life's temptations and trials yet He was sinless. He retained His absolute deity, while He was completely man.
We believe that He voluntarily became the sacrifice for the sin of the world by His death on the cross and that He arose the third day and reigns now in Heaven interceding for us.
We believe that, due to sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he has personally believed in and trusted himself to Jesus Christ as his Savior.
We believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of Jesus Christ through our acceptance of His gift.
We believe that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God", by which we understand that Holy Men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the Holy Bible, which is without error in its original state.
We believe that as Christians, we are to walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. We realize that we still possess an old sin nature, but, that in Christ, we also possess a divine new nature; and that a constant warfare exists within our lives. We know that as we supply the old nature with fleshly interests it grows and becomes dominant and, conversely, as we supply the new nature with spiritual interests it becomes dominant and also grows.
We will, to the best of our abilities and understanding, seek an honest involvement with Jesus Christ and with others.
We will strive for balance in our lives in order to enjoy fellowship with God and to promote sharing this experience with others.
We believe that Christ will return to receive to Himself all those who are His. We also believe that this is the blessed hope set forth in Scripture and that we are to be constantly looking for and desirous of this, the rapture.
In 1955 Sky Ranch opened its gates for the first time to let campers come and experience our signature program of fun, fellowship and discipleship. Starting with only 66 campers, Sky Ranch had already begun to fulfill the Brewers' dream of becoming a haven for kids to grow and learn separated from the worries of everyday life. As summers passed, the Sky Ranch program continued to influence the lives of children and soon became a tradition for families across Texas. In 1975, to better accommodate demand, Sky Ranch moved from its original location in Denton, TX, to its current location in Van, TX.
To this day, Sky Ranch continues the legacy of Mel and Winkie Brewer by providing programs that enrich lives and build solid Christian character. Now holding facilities in three states - Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma, Sky Ranch serves 70,000 individuals every year! In following our foundation of excellence, Sky Ranch strives to provide ministry opportunities for the whole family. From children's summer programs, SkyMoms ministry to mothers, family camps, school programs, retreat services, and more, Sky Ranch desires to be instrumental in the development of your family and the body of Christ as a whole. Although Mel and Winkie have gone to be with Jesus, their God vision lives on in the hearts of many and continues to impact lives for eternity. Mel continued to "tell the story" to all counselors during staff training until he left earth at 91 years old.
Welcome to Sky Ranch!
It is a joy and blessing to serve the ministry of Sky Ranch, where our mission is "Leading youth and families to know and follow Christ."
Answering God's call on my life, I joined the Sky Ranch team in 2007, combining 25 years of corporate experience with my first-hand knowledge of the wonderfully positive influence camp had on my own children.
Annually, Sky Ranch has the privilege to serve 70,000 guests, primarily youth, through our ministry programs. Intentionality is our focus, from the activities to the facilities to the development of programs and curriculum. Since 1955, we have been striving to create experiences that impact lives for eternity.
Youth and families are under constant pressure today - from peers to digital services to a morally challenged culture. The need for Godly leaders is more critical than ever. Our life-changing programs help equip children and adults to be the servant leaders God created them to be.
We look forward to seeing you at Sky Ranch, where our desire is to serve with excellence in every area. Please let us know how we may serve you.
In His grip,
President and CEO
Doug grew up in the camping and outdoor world. He has a B.S. in Recreation Resource Management, Commercial Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University and has used the camp and outdoor environment for the learning experiences and ministry growth of others since 1984. Doug joined the ministry of Sky Ranch in 2004. Throughout his time at Sky Ranch, Doug has had the privilege of serving in numerous roles at each of the four Sky Ranch locations. Doug, currently serving as the Vice President of Operations, has a passion to share what he’s learned with others in the camping profession. Doug and his wife, Julie, who serves at Sky Ranch Horn Creek, reside in Westcliffe, Colorado with their two children.
John Morgan grew up around Dallas, TX, and he has been a part of Sky Ranch in many different ways since 1998. John is passionate about ministry and feels like God called him into ministry when he was 16 years old. He was the song guy for Sky Ranch in 1998 and a counselor in 1999. He was a youth minister at White’s Chapel UMC in Southlake, TX for almost two years before becoming the Sky 3&4 Camp Manager at Sky Ranch for four years. Over the last several years, John has grown in roles at Sky and is currently Vice President of Ministry Programs. He is passionate about bringing fun into the programs of Sky Ranch and making it a place that kids love. Sky Ranch feels like home to John and he is excited about the ways that he is challenged and grows in his relationship with Christ. John’s family, his wife Amanda their four children, are the most important ministry and he loves being a husband and a dad.
Candice’s relationship with Sky Ranch began in 2004, when she and her husband were called to the ministry to evaluate and expand the horse and rodeo program. Candice’s background includes experience in television news, commercial production, freelance writing, and customer service. A seasoned speaker, singer and songwriter, she has been involved in full-time ministry work for over 20 years. Born and raised in the central Midwest, the former Miss Kansas has a passion for authentic and transparent ministry, and a heart for moms who are navigating their children through today’s rapidly changing culture. Candice is married to Rope Myers, a World Champion rodeo cowboy and ordained minister. The pair live in east Texas and are the parents of four children.
Joe Widner is the new Vice President of Finance and Administration and will be part of the Executive Leadership Team for Sky Ranch. Joe and Kate have been married for 23 years and are blessed with three children: Ross, Chloe, and Emily. Joe has been in and around Sky Ranch for almost 10 years, starting when Ross first went to summer camp as a 5th grader. Prior to joining Sky Ranch, Joe worked in the financial industry, managing global business units that provided services, software, and data to investment banks and money managers. His passion for serving Christ and others calls him to Sky Ranch where he is excited to use his experience and talent to further the Kingdom.
Clyde Jackson, Chairman
Walt Byerly, Chairman Emeritus
Alen Hinckley, Chairman
Chuck Culbertson, Chairman
Michael Jackson, Chairman
John Walsh, Chairman
Reagan Dixon III
Walt Byerly, Chairman