Ute Trail Camp Hosts
Meet our 2024 Ute Trail Family Camp Hosts
Chris & Lainie Montgomery
May 26-June 1
This is Montgomery Family’s 11th year serving as the Host Family for Family Camp. They live in Plano, Texas and are active members at Prestonwood where Chris serves as a deacon and they both lead table groups in the Student Ministry. Chris graduated from Baylor University and has worked at IBM for 23 years. Lainie is a graduate of Texas A&M University and she has worked as the Director of Campus Ministry at Prestonwood Christian Academy for 11 years. Lainie is also part of the SkyMoms teaching team and leads some of the Parent/Child weekends. Their family loves Sky Ranch! They have five children: Reece, Jake, Luke, and Connor, and Ella. All five kids are Sky Ranch campers, and a part of the Life Map Program. With five children, Chris and Lainie enjoy plenty of things: basketball, volleyball, theater, fishing, baking shows, sports shows, friends, laughs, disagreements, teaching opportunities, and dirty laundry! They also love to have family game nights, watch movies, and travel.
Wes & Brandy Butler
Wes & Brandy Butler have been married for 24 years and are incredibly excited to be hosting Family Camp for their 9th time. Along with Wes and Brandy, their kids, Josiah, Selah, Malachi and Ella. All consider Ute Trail Family Camp their favorite week of the year! The Butlers live in Richardson, TX where Wes has served on staff at Watermark Community Church (Dallas Campus) as the Director of Family Ministry for the last 15 years. Their family enjoys soccer (Go Mustangs & Lil Ponies!), arts & crafts, fishing, musical theater and family movie nights!
Jim & Nikki Gribnitz
Jim and Nikki will have been married 25 years by the time you see them at camp this summer! They have come quite a long way since they first met serving on summer staff at Sky Ranch in Van back in the day. They have three kids: Hannah is a freshman at Ouachita Baptist University, Seth is in 9th grade and Abigail is in 8th. They are from Dallas and went to TCU (Jim) and A&M (Nikki). Jim got an MBA in international business then God called him to be a pastor - they have quite a journey they’ve been on together and stories to tell! Jim graduated from Dallas Seminary and is now studying at Reformed Theological Seminary, served as a pastor in Dallas for 15 years, and is now the lead pastor in Colorado at Rockland Community Church, just west of Denver. This is their 10th summer at Sky Ranch Ute Trail, and this week continues to be a highlight of the year for their family.
Meigs & Tori Miller
Meigs and Tori have been married for 29 years and reside in Prosper, Texas since 2004 with their two daughters. Sterling is a senior at Texas A&M where she is studying Allied Health. Kyndall is a recent graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and will begin teaching in the district where she grew up this Fall. Meigs and Tori grew their family in May 2019 when they welcomed their son in law, Bryant to the family. Thankfully, Kyndall and Bryant are staying close! To keep their nest from being completely empty after the girls went to school, their baby Goldendoodle, Camp, keeps them busy. Meigs serves on the Prosper Town Council, has a career with JW Logistics, and is on the Ute Trail Operating Board. Tori is back at Sky Ranch in the role as SkyMoms Ministry Director. Together the Miller family serve at Prestonwood Baptist Church, love their community and the heart of Sky Ranch.
Larry & Delinda Taylor
June 23-29 and June 30-July 6
Dr. Taylor is the President of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). ACSI works with more than 25,000 schools in 108 countries involving nearly 6 million students.
Prior to accepting the President position at ACSI, Dr. Larry Taylor served twenty years as the Head of School at Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) in Plano, Texas. Dr. Taylor also serves on the Board of The King’s Academy, a Dallas inner-city school for low-income families which opened its doors in August 2019.
Dr. Taylor co-launched a national training institute for schools, “Becoming a Kingdom School Institute” and founded the Student Leadership Institute (SLi) program. He developed a training program for parents titled, “Becoming a Kingdom Family.” Dr. Taylor published the book, Running With The Horses, that helps parents build a family plan with the goal of raising children to be servant-leaders for Christ.
Dr. Taylor received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University (2009). He is married to Delinda Rose Taylor and has five sons, and three grandsons.
Michael & Faith Bleecker
Michael Bleecker is passionate about leading others in worship by pointing others to the love, grace, and worth of God through song. He served as the Worship Pastor of The Village Church for 17 years and is now the Worship Pastor of Citizens Church in Plano, TX. He loves being married to his wife, Faith, and being a Dad to their four sons, Evan, Jude, Beau, and Coen.
Mark & Kristina Davis
July 14-20 and July 21-July 27
Mark was called by the Lord into ministry prior to his graduation from the University of Central Oklahoma where he graduated with a degree in Sociology that focused on human resource management. He served at Heritage Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Oklahoma City for five years before going to Covenant Theological Seminary in 1994. He completed seminary in three years while working full-time so he could get right back into ministry. Following graduation from seminary, Mark served in pastoral roles at various churches. In May 2008, Mark was installed as the second Senior Pastor at Park Cities Presbyterian Church where he currently serves. Mark met his wife Kristina at a Young Life camp in 1988. They started dating two years later and married in 1991. He considers Kristina a woman of great insight and wisdom, and one of his best counselors. They have five children: Kara, Madalyn, Cayden, Esther Kate, and Samuel Greyson.
Paul & Jenni Goebel
July 28-August 3
Paul was born in Houston and raised in Waco, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University (B.S. Psychology, 2005) and Westminster Theological Seminary (M. Div., 2011). Paul serves as Associate Pastor of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX and has a deep love for Jesus Christ, His Church, and His mission. Most importantly, Paul is married to his beautiful wife Jenni, and they have three amazing girls, Ann Elise, Margaret, and Georgia. Paul and Jenni live in the M-Streets neighborhood and are committed to extending the Kingdom of Jesus Christ to Dallas and to the world.
Charley & Erin Hellmuth
Charley and Erin have been married 24 years and live in Dallas TX with their 3 children; Avery, a junior volleyball athlete, studying education at Oklahoma Baptist University; Emily, a freshman volleyball athlete at Pepperdine University with plans to study education or sports psychology. Reiter is entering 6th grade and is very active with faith, friends, sports, and most outdoor activities, especially fishing. Currently serving as the Minister to Families, Kids and Students at Highland Park Presbyterian Church (ECO Presbyterian), Charley and Erin have served together in local church ministry around the Dallas area for the past 24 years together. Charley came to know Jesus as his savior in high school and was called to full time ministry shortly after. Erin grew up in a home where Jesus was talked about from the earliest age she can remember. Both played college sports and have a passion for the intersection of sports and faith. Erin also participated in camp ministry growing up and served in camp ministry through college. With degrees in biblical studies and social work, Charley and Erin have given their lives to partnering with families and pointing them to Jesus, both in the valleys and on the mountain tops. They are excited to be at Ute Trail this summer to help families connect with God and each other.