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

Hometown: Waller, TX
College: Texas A&M University
Hobbies: Family walks, playing & watching sports, making music
Fun fact: In college, I did a backflip every day for 463 consecutive days.
Why I love my job: I love the opportunity we have to proclaim the gospel, to see people come to faith in Christ, and grow in their faith, in a crazy fun environment.

Shey Amanns
Summer Camp Manager

Hometown: Powell, TN
College: The University of Tennessee
Hobbies: Building things with my hands
Fun fact: I just renovated my house.
Why I love my job: I love how Sky Ranch intentionally disciples campers and staff to pursue deep relationships with the Lord Him.

Madeline Heth
Summer Camp Manager

Hometown: Flower Mound, TX
College: Texas A&M University
Hobbies: Reading, playing outside, swimming
Fun fact: I rode on an elephant in Singapore one time
Why I love my job: I love my job because I daily get to come alongside kids and college students as they growdeeper in their relationships with the Lord. Not only does it allow me to understand the character of Christ more, I getthe opportunity to grow in my ability to be a sister, daughter, and friend outside of Sky Ranch!

Logan Bragg
Summer Camp Manager

Hometown: Campobello, SC
College: Liberty University
Hobbies: Baking bread, pickleball, hanging out with my dawg
Fun fact: I used to live in El Salvador
Why I love my job: At Sky Ranch we have the incredible opportunity of walking alongside our staff in the ministry of the gospel. Prioritizing the word of God, discipleship, and intentional relationships. It is such a privilege to be a part of the Lord’s work here at Sky.

Weston Salanty
Summer Camp Manager

Hometown: D-Town (Dallas), TX
College: Texas A&M University
Hobbies: Chess, Guitar, Thinking I Can Dunk
Fun fact: I was born without wisdom teeth/I am adopted. 
Why I love my job: I love being a part of an organization that values the word of God and teaching it to the next generation!

Peyton Hanna
Summer Camp Staff Ministry Manager

Hometown: Madison, MS
College: Mississippi State University
Hobbies: Basketball, Reading, Cooking
Fun fact: Tried out for Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader
Why I love my job: Getting to see college students grow and progress in their discipleship!

Janae Wellum
Colorado Leadership Camp Manager

Hometown: Louisville, KY
College: Western Kentucky University
Hobbies: Picking flowers, steeping tea, and going on walks with friends! 
Fun fact: I have dual citizenship in Canada and the USA. 
Why I love my job: I love my job because of the discipleship that we get to do with our college staff and highschoolers! 

 

Nic Robbins
Colorado Leadership Camp Manager

Hometown: Frisco, TX
College: University of North Texas (Go mean green) 
Hobbies: Fly fishing, mongoose trapping, breakdancing
Fun fact: Learning to breakdance
Why I love my job: Many people get to be a part of ministry focused jobs, but I also get to be a part of that focus. I work with a team of people that are not aiming to gain from their experience but to give, thus, we receive more. My team not only builds me up to be equipped to do my job but allows for me to take after the example of knowing and loving God and others better. Wouldn’t trade it. 

Caitlin Steves
Summer Camp Operations Manager

Hometown: Plano, TX
College: The University of Oklahoma
Hobbies: spending time with people, exploring outdoors, and attempting to be the first customer at new restaurants
Fun fact: I have 26 screws in my face
Why I love my job: Sky Ranch equips those that come through its gates, campers and staff alike, and I am so grateful to serve in a ministry with this discipleship mentality.

Shelby Schumacher
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Summer Camp Ministries

Hometown: Grapevine, TX
College: The University of Oklahoma
Hobbies: Watching sports & movies, laughing, eating yummy food, playing outside
Fun fact: I have the odd skill of running into famous people
Why I love my job: I love getting to serve a place that values discipleship and God’s Word! The work we do is intentional, relational, and gospel-centered, impacting both our campers and staff. 

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.

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