Pastor Ronnie Hayes, along with his wife Jennifer, founded By Faith Youth Ministries, Inc. in 1995 with the purpose of establishing a Christian youth camp. A graduate from Rhema Bible Training Center and Mid-America Nazarene University, Ronnie has worked as a volunteer and Associate Pastor of Youth for more than 20 years.
Jennifer's background in administration, insurance, and early childhood credentials supports the detailed planning of camp. Both travel to churches and groups to share their concern and passion to reach this generation of young people while sharing about the vision of By Faith Youth Ministries, Inc./Camp Courage.
Founding Board members: Tom Lindsay is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Mid-America Nazarene University, holding a B.A. in both Physics and Computer Science. Tom joins By Faith Youth Ministries, Inc./Camp Courage having been actively involved in his local church, teaching the high school Sunday school class, as well as being a faithful leader for over eight years. He serves on the church leadership board, and is a founding member of the church plant and outreach group Footprints. Tom is foremost a loving husband to his wife, Traci, and super-dad to six fantastic children!
Advisory Board members: Kevin Hedgecock and Sharon Hedgecock
Kevin and Sharon Hedgecock, married in 2001, live in Broken Arrow, OK & have two beautiful children. They attend Asbury United Methodist Church. Kevin Hedgecock is native to Oklahoma. He graduated from NSU with a BS in Computer and Information Science with a minor in Business Administration. He later received his MBA with honors from Southern Nazarene University. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional. Kevin runs his own business – Small Business Computer Solutions specializing in server, network, work-station configurations & support for small businesses. He is active in Rotary, & loves camping, boating, motorcycling, traveling & spending time with family & friends. He also helps many non-profit corporations, Camp Courage being one.
Sharon Hedgecock has worked full time at Saint Francis Hospital (SFH) in Tulsa, OK for 20 years. She is currently the manager of Clinical Performance Improvement. She graduated with a BS in Business Management and BSN (nursing) from Oral Roberts University and later completed her MBA with honors from Southern Nazarene University. Sharon works tirelessly on patient safety projects. In addition to being a busy mom, Sharon has served on nine international medical mission teams. Sharon “relaxes” by sewing, crafts, photography, gardening, camping, boating, cooking, traveling, playing with the kids and scrapbooking.
Advisory Board members: Dr. Jeff and Dr. Deborah Johnson
Founding Board members: Jeff Winter graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jeff has worked 16 years in many areas of manufacturing and engineering management and in 2000, Jeff and June co-founded a new business named Discovery Furniture. Because of the Winters' leadership and by God's grace, the business has grown to include 3 locations with approximately 100 employees. Mrs. June Winter graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Computer Science and has worked in administration for attorneys and for their company. They come to By Faith Youth Ministries, Inc./Camp Courage having been actively involved in church youth ministry for 20 years. Together, they each, sponsor youth activities and outreaches, lead small groups, and serve on the church board and finance committees. They have co-led several mission trips with the youth and have always enjoyed working with teenagers. Jeff and June have a genuine desire and passion to encourage young people to grow in their relationship with Christ and to help them fulfill God's purpose for their life.