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The Fellowship was started at Sky Ranch as a way to develop strong “life ethic” in the lives of young Christian leaders who have recently graduated from college. The program is designed to help those students understand and hone the potential they have to impact others and to nurture a passion for leaving a positive legacy in the communities they will serve.
Our program is based on the Fellowship’s 4 Foundational Pillars – Work Experience, Community, Ministry and Leadership. These principles keep the Fellowship program grounded and focused as we seek to always be intentional about what we do and how we develop future leaders.
Beginning in November, we will start the process of hiring for the coming Fellowship year, which begins the following August. We will hire 14 college graduates for our Van, TX location and 8 college graduates for our Horn Creek, CO location. Prior Sky Ranch experience is not required to be considered for the Fellowship Program.
The Fellowship exists at two of our Sky Ranch locations: in the piney woods of East Texas at our Van site, and on the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in South-Central Colorado at our Horn Creek site.
The Fellowship begins in Mid-August and finishes after the last weekend of August the following year. The program is 54 weeks in length and overlaps with the incoming group to help with transition.
The Fellowship is a salaried position with standard health benefits from Sky Ranch as well as paid time off (PTO). On-site housing and food through our dining services are also provided.
Fellows will earn certifications in Lifeguarding, First Aid/CPR, and as a Level 1 Ropes Course Practitioner. These certifications will be provided by Sky Ranch as a part of our extensive staff training. Due to the strenuous physical nature of the Lifeguarding certification, it is recommended that you visit www.RedCross.org for details on the necessary prerequisites.
Fellows will participate in three Bible classes. These include Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, and one additional survey class. Anticipate additional reading and classwork as a part of this experience. If you are accepted into the Master’s Program, these will fulfill your prerequisite requirements for entrance into a Dallas Baptist University Master’s Degree plan.
The Fellowship also consists of off-site experiences, required readings and journaling, moments of reflection, and opportunities to sit down with leaders in our community. We live with the idea of always being ready to ask great questions of great people as we seek out wisdom from those around us. We will do this throughout the program while taking time to reflect on what this looks like in our personal lives.
Each year the Master’s Program accepts 11 candidates into its twenty-one month program to serve in the Sky Ranch School Programs department at our Van, TX site. During this program, participants will have the opportunity to earn their fully funded Master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University. All interested Fellows have the opportunity to be considered for acceptance into this program before outside candidates are considered.
The Master’s Program is a cutting edge partnership between Sky Ranch and Dallas Baptist University where students will pursue a graduate ministry degree through DBU’s online program while serving full time as an instructor for the Sky Ranch School Programs department.
This program is the first of its kind, as it fully integrates the instructional classroom content with daily work experiences of the student. Graduates leave without incurring more school debt, and focus on developing the student’s “life ethic” to support the academic program and provide life skills training that will help them balance family and ministry upon graduation. The program is designed to prepare graduates to positively impact ministries, children, and family based organizations and the overall workplace.
A School Programs instructor is responsible for delivering educational content to students grades 4-6 in a way that is fun and engaging. The material instructors teach is accurate and aligned with the TEKS, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. An instructor is the heartbeat in which the vision of Sky Ranch School Programs is carried out. School Programs instructors will also participate in Leadership Learning programs like iLead which facilitates curriculum with students in grades 7-9.
Sky Ranch’s relationship with DBU is one of a kind. Though our Master’s Program staff are participating thru DBU’s online Master’s degrees, they have all the benefits of on campus students. DBU’s professors get to know our students and want to make an impact on their education and life. Each time we visit the DBU campus, they treat us like royalty and make sure that each student gets the guidance needed to succeed while going through the program.
“We value and appreciate so much our partnership with Sky Ranch. The Master’s students receive an ideal and highly coveted combination of both theory and praxis. Graduates of this program are highly sought after because of their solid foundational knowledge of theology and philosophy of ministry in addition to the incredible, real world experience of serving and leading at one of the nation’s premiere residence camps. “
-Shelly Melia Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Ministry at DBU
Beginning in September we will start the evaluation and selection process for the upcoming Master’s Program which begins the following August. We will select 11 college graduates who are one year removed from college. Current members of the Horn Creek and Van Fellowship programs will be considered first. Prior Sky Ranch experience is not required to be considered for the Master’s Program but based on openings, all outside candidates will not be considered until February 1st.
The Master’s Program exists in the piney woods of East Texas at our Van, TX site.
The program begins in mid-August and finishes twenty-one months later at the end of May.
Outside of earning a Master’s degree, it is a salaried position with Sky Ranch’s standard health benefits as well as paid time off (PTO). Gender-specific housing within at least 5 miles of camp and food through our dining services are also included.
Master’s program staff will earn certifications in Lifeguarding, First Aid/CPR, and as a Level 1 Ropes Course Practitioner. These certifications will be provided by Sky Ranch as a part of our extensive staff training. Due to the strenuous physical nature of the Lifeguarding certification, it is recommended that you visit www.RedCross.org for details on the necessary prerequisites.
Clinton began working for Sky Ranch on summer staff in 1996. He served continuously throughout college and in 2000 served as an Intern. After graduation from the University of Kansas, he worked for a camp in the Hill Country called Camp Champions where he was the Lower Camp Boys Director. While at Camp Champions he married Jill, whom he met while working at Sky Ranch. In 2005, Clinton and Jill returned to Sky Ranch and in 2006, he helped start the Legacy Fellowship as its first Manager. After serving at Sky Ranch full-time for ten years, he now leads the Legacy Programs in both Texas and Colorado. Jill and Clinton have three wonderful children, Cannon, Nixon and Austen.
Doug began working for Sky Ranch in the summer of 2011, at Sky Ranch Cave Springs in OK, prior to leaving in 2013 to create the bridge year, Base Camp program at Horn Creek in Westcliffe, CO. When Horn Creek became Sky Ranch Horn Creek in the winter of 2015, Doug was asked to implement the Legacy Fellowship into the ministry at Sky Ranch Horn Creek. Doug grew up in Southern California where he met his wife Holly. Both Doug and Holly graduated from The Master’s College, and together have served in a variety of roles within youth ministry over the past 20 years. Doug and Holly have four wonderful children, Jonah, Ivy, Levi, Lucy.
Kenli began working for Sky Ranch in the summer of 2013, as the Launch Camp manager. She grew up all over Texas and a few places in New Mexico. She graduated from ACU in 2005 and then went on to get her Masters in 2010. She worked at ACU for 5 years as the Intramural Sports Director and jumped at the opportunity to work at Sky Ranch. She loves working with people and is passionate about the ministry of Sky Ranch. Kenli is excited to help foster an environment that allows students to work hard while studying what is important to them. And she pretty much owns every book ever written on all the Presidents.
Allie grew up in Plano, TX and then moved to Norman, OK where she graduated in 2014 from the University of Oklahoma. Her journey with Sky Ranch began as a camper in Sky 3 which is where her relationship with the Lord began and where she recognized her desperate need for a savior. In 2011 she became a counselor at Sky Ranch working with middle school and high school girls. After working 3 summers as a summer staffer, Allie became a full-time employee serving on the Summer Camp Team as the Sky 3 and 4 Camp Manager. In 2016 Allie married her college sweetheart, Ethan, and they have loved getting to serve alongside each other in this ministry. After three years of serving in her role as the Sky 3 and 4 Camp Manger Allie has transitioned into the role as the Fellowship Program Manager. Allie loves getting to be a part of this ministry and having the opportunity to get to empower, encourage and walk alongside the fellows as they come and serve at Sky Ranch.