Ute Trail Camp Hosts
Ute Trail Family Camp Hosts
Jim & Nikki Gribnitz
May 26 - June 1
Jim and Nikki will have been married twenty 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 (14), Seth (10) and Abigail (9). 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 went to Dallas Seminary, served as a pastor in Dallas for about 15 years, and is now the lead pastor in Colorado at Rockland Community Church - just west of Denver. This is their 5th summer at Sky Ranch now and they love it.
Chris & Lainie Montgomery
June 2 - 8
This is Montgomery Family’s 9th 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 5 children: Reece (18 and will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall), Jake, Luke, and Connor (17), and Ella (14). All 5 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
June 9 - 15
Wes & Brandy Butler have been married for 21 years and are incredibly excited to be hosting Family Camp for their 6th time. Along with Wes and Brandy, their kids, Josiah (15), Selah (14), Malachi (11) and Ella (9) 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 14 years. Their family enjoys soccer (Go Mustangs & Lil Ponies!), arts & crafts, fishing, musical theater and family movie nights!
Meigs & Tori Miller
June 16 - 22
Meigs and Tori have been married for 27 years and reside in Prosper, Texas since 2004 with their two daughters. Their oldest daughter Kyndall recently graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and will be teaching at Furr Elementary in Prosper starting this fall. The Miller’s are also very excited to be adding a son in law to their family as Kyndall and Bryant Forshee will be wed May 31, 2019. Their younger daughter Sterling is a junior at Texas A&M and pursuing a nursing degree. 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 Prestonwod Baptist Church, love their community and the heart of Sky Ranch.
Larry & Delinda Taylor
June23 – 29, June 30 - July 6, July 7 - 13
Dr. Larry Taylor is beginning his twentieth year as the Head of School at Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) in Plano, Texas and Prosper, Texas. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University. Prior to this position, Dr. Taylor has served as the President of Texas Private Schools Association (TPSA) and currently serves as the Dallas Co-Director for TPSA. He currently serves on the board for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Dr. Taylor served for many years in various capacities in the Christian educational realm. He also developed a training program for parents titled, “Becoming a Kingdom Family” and published the book, Running With The Horses. Dr. Taylor received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University (2009); his Master’s Degree from Nova University (1993) and his Bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida (1986). Dr. Taylor has been married to Delinda Rose Taylor for 33 years and they have four sons, Bryce, Luke, Zeke, and Chas. His son Luke married Ruthie Christensen in 2013, Chas married Madeline Rose Mittel in 2017, and Bryce will marry Julia Farrell in 2019).
Mark & Kristina Davis
July 14 - 20, July 21 - 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.
Brent & Alison Baker
July 28 - August 3
Brent’s ministry at PCPC began in January 2005 when he came on staff working with high school students. After a few years, he was asked to be the Ministry Leader to Children while concurrently pursuing a seminary education from Westminster Theological Seminary. Upon seminary graduation, Brent was ordained and installed as an Assistant Pastor of Youth Ministries at PCPC and served in that capacity for seven years before being called into his current position as Assistant Pastor of Family Ministries. Brent’s time at PCPC working with children, youth and families has been a wonderful, transformative calling for the last 14 years. Brent graduated from Texas A&M University in 2004 and completed a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2011. He is married to Alison, who owns and operates her own event planning company, Alison Baker Events. She has been working in the event industry for the last 15 years. Together they have two children, Brynn (6) and Davis (2.5).
Jonathan & Erin Hicks
August 4 - 10
The Hicks Family is so excited about their first year at Ute Trail! They have lived in Dallas, TX for the past 9 years, where Jonathan loves working as Pastor of Discipleship and Connections at Highland Park Presbyterian Church and Erin works part-time as well. Life is full and fun and loud with their 3 children, Felicity (8), Hattie (6), and Benjamin (4), and they are trying to remember that these are the good old days. In their free time (what free time? #threeyoungkids), Jonathan enjoys following English Premier League soccer (Go Liverpool!), Longhorn sports, and fly-fishing. Erin uses her few blissful hours of mother's-day-out to read, learn about racial justice, and take the occasional Body Combat or Piloxing class at the gym. They are excited to get to know you on a hike or over a board game this summer.
Brandon & Bonnie Griess
August 12 - 16
Military Family Camp
Brandon and Bonnie Griess are incredibly thankful and excited for the opportunity to host military families at Sky Ranch for their 2ndtime. Brandon and Bonnie have been married for 7 years and have two young kiddos, Raylan James (5) and Liesl Jean (3). Brandon, with Bonnie’s support, have served 16 years in the US Army and Texas Army National Guard as an Infantry Officer. The Griess Family loves Jesus, the mountains, the Aggies, America, and New York style pizza. The Griess Family lives in Dallas, TX where they are members of Watermark Community Church and serve in the Re:Generation recovery ministry and women’s bible study. Brandon works in finance and accounting for a small oil and gas company and Bonnie is Chief Operating Officer of The Griess Development Company.