Summer Ministries Team

Crazy Fun

Powerful Purpose

Best Camp Ever

The Sky Ranch Ministry Team takes care of the curriculum, activities and safety of all summer camp programs. God has brought together an amazing group of leaders that have over 40 years of camp leadership experience combined. From Day Camp all the way to Leadership Camp, this team works hard to ensure that every camper has a ton of fun, learns good character and experiences a week full of God's love.

Summer Camp
Paul Fritzsching
Director of Summer Camp

Paul grew up in Waller, Texas and is proudly a part of Texas A&M University’s graduating class of 2015. Paul was introduced to Sky Ranch in 2013 when he came out to serve his first summer as a counselor and, after falling in love with the ministry of Sky Ranch, he continued to come back every summer after that. He joined the summer camp team full-time in 2016 and now serves as the Summer Camp Director. Paul is married to his wife, Kevyn, and they have one daughter, Davy. In their East Texas home you can find them puzzling, making gluten-free dishes, or playing with their black lab, Colt. Paul is passionate about discipleship, and has a desire for youth to understand the love Christ has for them and how to live a life devoted to Christ. He could not be more excited or humbled to continue to serve the ministry of Sky Ranch.

Shey Amanns
Summer Camp Manager

Shey hails from Knoxville, Tennessee, land of the Great Smoky Mountains, and attended the University of Tennessee— graduating in 2018. He came to Sky Ranch in August of 2018 through the Legacy Fellowship Program in Van, TX. Shey saw the heart behind Sky Ranch - to steward the Gospel through serving, sharing, and loving youth and families. After the Fellowship, he married his wife, Julia. You can find Shey and Julia exploring outdoors, building something, or hanging out with friends and family. As a Summer Camp Manager, Shey desires discipleship and helping others discover how to live life on mission for Christ. He is humbled at the opportunity to work at Sky Ranch and expectant to see what the Lord will do!

Madeline Heth
Summer Camp Manager

Madeline grew up in Flower Mound, TX, and then went on to be a part of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2020!  Madeline spent 3 college summers working at Sky Ranch in Van. She has now joined the Summer Camp Team full time as the Sky 1 & 2 Manager! Madeline loves reading a good book, getting outside, playing board games, and traveling with her friends and family. She is passionate about discipleship and wants people to walk away from camp with a greater desire to be a part of their local body of Christ. She is so humbled and honored to get to see the way the Lord uses Sky Ranch for His glory this summer!

Logan Bragg
Summer Camp Manager

Logan grew up in upstate South Carolina and attended Liberty University - where he studied Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership, graduating in 2019. After graduating, he married the love of his life, Brooke. They moved to Oklahoma, where Logan served as the Activities Manager and Retreat Coordinator at Cave Springs. He recently joined the Summer Camp Team and will be serving as the Sky 1 & 2 Manager! Logan and Brooke love spending time with their puppy Millie, playing board games, and baking sourdough bread. Logan is passionate about youth coming to know Christ as their Savior and equipping college students to live out their faith. He is humbled and excited to serve in this role and watch God work in miraculous ways!

Weston Salanty
Summer Camp Manager

Weston grew up in Dallas, TX, and graduated from THE Texas A&M University in 2021. Weston first came to Sky Ranch at the age of 6 and was a camper for 10 years. He worked 4 summers as college staff, during which he met his wife, Maggie. He has now joined the full time Summer Camp Team as the Sky 3&4 Manager! Weston loves a good movie, pickleball, and an intense game of chess! He is excited to serve in a ministry that teaches the Bible accurately and prioritizes discipleship-based relationships. He also desires to continue Sky Ranch’s legacy of encouraging guests to join a local Church! He is honored and humbled to continue witnessing God working in the lives of guests and staff at Sky Ranch this summer! 

Peyton Hanna
Summer Camp Staff Ministry Manager

Peyton comes from the great state of Mississippi and is a part of the 2019 graduating class of Mississippi State University. Peyton’s first experience with Sky Ranch came in 2016 as a counselor, he spent two more of his college summers with Sky Ranch. After college, Peyton was licensed for ministry in the local church, where he was a college student pastor. In 2021, he returned to become the Summer Staff Ministry Manager. Peyton loves that Sky Ranch serves and proclaims the Gospel to youth and families but is also a place where college students are shaped and refined as disciples of Jesus. You can find Peyton playing basketball, watching movies, cooking, and spending time with his most important ministry: his wife Emilie. He is so excited to serve in this role and see the lives of campers, families, and college students changed!

Janae Wellum
Colorado Leadership Camp Manager

Janae grew up in Louisville, KY and attended Western Kentucky University. Go TOPS! Janae was first introduced to Sky Ranch in 2019 where she was a Sigma Jr. counselor at Horn Creek and immediately transitioned into the Legacy Fellowship Program in Van, TX. In Spring of 2019 Janae joined the summer camp team full time as the Sky 1 & 2 Manager and is now presently serving as the Colorado Leadership Camp Manager. A few of Janae's favorite things include: London fogs, picking wild flowers, and reading a good book. She is passionate about God's Word and the discipleship that we get to do with our college staff and high schoolers! Janae could not be more excited to serve at Sky Ranch and see Christ's name be proclaimed. 

Nic Robbins
Colorado Leadership Camp Manager

Nic falls from the city of Frisco, TX, and graduated not far from home at the University of North Texas. Go Mean Green! He attended Sky Ranch as a camper in 2009, and returned every year to meet other campers, play gaga ball, and ride the torpedo! Nic became a white-water raft guide his first college summer, he was encouraged by others to return to Sky Ranch as a counselor. Nic never looked back and desired to continue in the invitation of sharing the Gospel to youth and families. You can always find him at events with snacks or on long walks (sometimes on a beach). Nic now serves as the Colorado Leadership Manager based out of Ute Trail and is honored and excited to work for His kingdom alongside an amazing team.  

Caitlin Steves
Summer Camp Operations Manager

Caitlin grew up in Plano, TX, and graduated from the one and only University of Oklahoma! Boomer Sooner! Caitlin has been a part of Sky Ranch for many years with her first year as a Sky 1 camper in 2001. After 10 summers as a camper, she was eager to continue the Life Map by spending her college summers working at camp. Caitlin spent a year as a Legacy Fellow in Van, TX, and then joined the Summer Camp Team in 2016 where she now serves as the Summer Camp Operations Manager. Her favorite experience at Sky Ranch has been watching her past campers become college summer staff and working alongside them. In her free time, you can find Caitlin spending time with people, exploring outdoors, and attempting to be the first customer at new restaurants. Caitlin loves her job and is honored to be a part of this ministry!

Day Camp
Kenli Edwards
Director of Day Camp

Kenli grew up all over Texas and a few places in New Mexico. She graduated from ACU in 2005 and then received her Master’s in 2010. Kenli began working for Sky Ranch in the summer of 2013, as the Day Camp Manager. She transitioned, for a short time, to working with the Legacy Programs as the Master’s Program Manager, but has since returned to serving as the Director of Day Camp. She loves helping people know who they are and how to understand others better. She is passionate about scripture and the ministry of Sky Ranch. Kenli desires to be a truth speaker and help people maximize their abilities. She loves encouraging the Fellows as they come and serve at Sky Ranch. She also owns pretty much every book ever written on all the Presidents.

Rodeo Camp
Rope Myers
Director of Champions Rodeo

As the 2001 PRCA World Champion Steer Wrestler, Rope’s career is peppered with championships and titles. His record of 37.4 seconds on ten head of steers still stands today. In 2004, Rope began a consultant relationship with Sky Ranch, and now serves full time, as Director of Equine Ministries. In addition to the summer camp horsemanship program, Rope developed and directs Sky Ranch Champions Rodeo Camps - a series of events, camps and clinics designed for the next generation of rodeo competitors, where they develop their skills, character, and faith. Rope’s wife, Candice Myers, serves as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Sky Ranch. They live in Van, TX with their four children.

Family Camp
Kyle Hess
Director of Family Ministries

Kyle grew up in Norman, Oklahoma with a family that valued the importance of faith and family. In the summer of 2007, Kyle fell in love with Sky Ranch working as a counselor in Van, TX. After graduating, Kyle was hired full-time. In 2010, Kyle married his beautiful bride Brittany and they moved to Colorado where Kyle managed Sky Ranch Family Camp at Ute Trail. Kyle now serves as the Family Ministries Director, leading Family Camp at our two Colorado locations in the summer and coordinating Parent-Child Weekends at our Texas location during the school year. Kyle and Brittany love investing in families and have a heart for equipping parents to love and lead their families with God's design in mind. Kyle and Brittany live in Lindale, TX with their 4 sons.

Tobey Hancock
Family Ministries Manager

Tobey, a San Diego native and world traveler, has over a decade of experience managing outdoor recreation and family programming, from ecology tours, to ziplines and ropes courses, to after school programs and special events. A degree in Biblical Studies resulted from Tobey’s love for God’s word. He is thrilled to be a part of the Sky Ranch team where he can encourage families in their faith and love for God together. Tobey and his wife Charity have six fantastic sons.

Summer Camp Staff

Sky Ranch receives applications from and interviews roughly 1,200 college and high school students each year. 600+ students will be hired to become members of the Sky Ranch Summer Staff Family. Most college students attend school in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas, though each year there are representatives from all over the US. Most of the high school staff have attended our Sigma Leadership Program and are from the DFW area. Each summer staffer has submitted two references and attends a two-week staff training evaluation period where we make our final decisions based on onsite personal interaction. Each cabin consists of three to five college-aged cabin counselors and each activity has an Activity Team member overseeing it, keeping our staff to camper ratio no greater than 1:5. Cabins remain consistent over the course of the summer with counselors staying together each week, to help with continuity, as well as learning how best to work with their age group and be the most effective ministry team possible.

Sky Ranch Cabin Counselors

  • Are a year removed from graduating high school
  • Majority are recruited from colleges in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas
  • Must submit an application and two references, pass a national background check and complete an extensive interview
  • Required to attend ten-day staff training evaluation period

Sky Ranch Cabin Structure

  • Contains two-to-five co-counselors, depending on size of cabin and program needs
  • Counselors stay with their campers during their time at camp while activities are overseen by activity specific staff
  • Cabins with three or more staff have a structure of a senior counselor, senior assistant and one to three assistant counselors
  • Our goal is for counselors to stay together as a cohesive team and work with the same aged campers each week