Meet Our 2018 Summer Staff

Our 2017 summer was a year of restoration for many and we had such a wonderful time with all the people God blessed us with! We all are so excited to begin our 2018 season and wanted to take some time to introduce you to our 2018 Summer Staff! 


Gwyneth, a native of Lewis Center, OH, will be a part of the summer staff for the second time in 2018. She is a rising senior at Marietta College where she is going for Biology and Environmental Science. Gwyneth has some previous camp leadership experiences as well as riding instructor. She is most looking forward to seeing how God has worked in the lives of the campers since last summer and what they can teach her as they grow closer to God and each other.


"She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future"

Proverbs 31:25


From Carrollton Ohio, this will be Megan's second summer with us at Faith Ranch.

She has experience lifeguarding, working with youth groups, and is currently a level 2 rider. Megan is looking forward to impacting the lives of the campers with God's Word. 


"For I know the plans i have for you" declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11


Marissa is joining us from Portland, Oregon for her first summer at Faith Ranch. Marissa spent her childhood at various camps and has 7 years of riding experience, where she assisted in teaching lessons. She is attending Franciscan University and dual Education major. Marissa is looking forward to spending time with campers doing what she loves and seeing how the camper's faith will be strengthened through their camp experience.


"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

Joshua 1:9



For the third summer, Phillip is joining us from Dorset, Ohio. He attends Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania and is working toward a degree in Religion, Theology/Youth Ministry. Phillip is looking forward to seeing old friends and campers as well as meeting new friends and creating new experiences. He has taken up a minor in Equine studies, shown on the Equestrian team during college, and has been riding horses for the last 12 years. Currently, while at college, he is working toward certification as a higher level instructor.


Now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 


Abbie will be joining us for her first summer at Faith Ranch. She is from Albany, New York, but is currently pursing a counseling degree with a Youth ministry minor at Grace College. Abbie has ridden horses since she was a little girl and had the privilege of going on mission trips in High School. She is most excited to share the love Jesus has shown her throughout life, to the young campers that will be attending camp.


"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."

~1 John 4:8


After quite a few years as a camper, herself, and the past two summers as a M.I.T., Natalie will serve as a part of our Summer Ministry Team. She is from West Chester, Ohio and is enrolled at Sinclair Community College where she is working toward a Liberal Arts degree, but has not yet decided on a major. She has previous experience working camps as well as horseback riding, where she currently is a level 3 rider as well as a certified stick pony rider. Natalie is excited for camp as a whole, but especially to make new friends, memories and praise God with friends and ponies


"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Romans 5:8


Elspeth will be joining us from Lewis Center, OH for her first summer as a M.I.T. She spent 5 years as a camper at a string camp before she became a counselor with them. She is most excited to spend time with horses, meet new people and be able to share the love of God with the campers.


"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." ~Romans 8:38-39




Mackenna is joining us from Parkersburgh, West Virginia. She is a senior in high school and hoping to attend college for Therapy. This will be her first summer with us, although she has volunteered in the past. She has been riding horses since she was 8 years old and has gotten the opportunity to assist with lessons and work with various trainers. She is looking forward to the positive atmosphere that feels like home, seeing old campers and friends, while making new relationships and spreading God's glory.


"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

Psalm 91:4


Christian will be joining us from Harlem Springs, OH for his first summer as a counselor. He was a camper at Faith Ranch for 4 years before becoming a M.I.T. last summer. He is a rising Junior at Jefferson County Christian School. Christian is most looking forward to the whole camp experience, especially, meeting and bonding with the campers and other counselors. He has about 11 years of riding experience and is currently in level 2.


"If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness does not hide from me; but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to me." ~Psalm 139:11-12


Rachael will be a member of the summer staff for the first time, this year. She is from Eden, New York, but attends Grove City, majoring in English Secondary Education.  Rachael worked at a camp last year and has six plus years of horse experience. She is most excited to be able to use animals and nature to minister to the campers in the unique setting Faith Ranch offers. 


"However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name."

1 Peter 4:16


This will be Sydney's second summer as a M.I.T. at Faith Ranch. She is from West Chester, Ohio. She is currently still in high school, but is talking college classes and leaning toward a Liberal Arts degree. Sydney is looking forward to having fun with the campers and horses as well as her fellow ministry team members and strengthening her bond with Christ. She has been riding at Faith Ranch for the last 7 years and is currently a level 3.


"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." 

Romans 8:28


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