We Are Currently Hiring for 2020 Boys Residential Staff
The Shepherd’s Hill Academy boys residential team is comprised of men who have a passion for serving troubled or struggling teens in crisis. On a 24/7 basis, our boys residential team ensures your son’s therapeutic needs are met. In addition, each member is thoroughly trained to provide a safe environment that cultivates your teen boy’s academic, emotional, physical, and spiritual development.
Each team member undergoes an intense 30-day training period that meets the Georgia state required employment process. Only upon meeting all requirements, including a thorough background and criminal history check, can an individual join the Shepherd’s Hill Academy team. All residential staff members are required to be trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, and Emergency Safety Intervention (ESI).
Assuring the greatest degree of care and attention in the industry, Shepherd’s Hill Academy uncompromisingly upholds a maximum 5:1 student to staff ratio. This means your child will not be out of sight of a boys residential team member at any point during his stay in the Therapeutic Outdoor Program.
Boys Wilderness Program Manager
Drew holds certifications in Emergency Safety Intervention (ESI), CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard, and First Aid with the American Red Cross. He was previously trained and certified in Wilderness First Responder through the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI).
Drew has a passion for serving the youth of this nation. He sees that many teens have given up hope on living according to biblical principles. Drew works alongside the teens at Shepherd’s Hill Academy to offer them hope in the possibility of living out those principles in a practical way.
Drew enjoys sports, swimming, and NASCAR racing. Learn more about Drew.
Josh received a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA.
Josh has experience giving young people guidance and direction by working at summer youth camps within various churches.
Josh personally knows the pain and trials of growing up without a godly Christian father in his life. It was through church functions, such as summer camps and vacation Bible school, that he was introduced to positive Christian male role models that showed him what being a godly man was all about. Josh wants to be that same type of role model for any young man that has never had any sort of positive influence in his life.
In Josh’s free time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, swimming, and anything to do with the great outdoors.
Tyler has completed his bachelor’s degree in General Studies at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. Tyler has been working with youth since 2008. He began working at Shepherd’s Hill Academy in 2013.
In Tyler’s own teenage years, he had the guidance and mentorship of three very godly men. At the time, he did not appreciate the time and effort that they poured into his life to shape him into the person he is today. Now that he is grown up and can look back at it, he has seen that they sacrificed a lot of time that they didn’t need to and for no real reason other than that they wanted to instill good qualities in him. This, along with the fact that he has always had a desire to work with youth, has convinced him that it is his responsibility to give the coming generation the guidance that he had growing up.
Tyler has been married to his wife Lane since August 11, 2012. He enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, and working on cars.
Aaron currently attends Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. He is working towards a bachelor’s degree and majoring in both Pastoral Ministries and Bible and Theology.
While working on an internship, Aaron served youth at a church by shadowing a youth pastor for the summer. He also held formal and informal roles for a couple of years assisting youth groups. Aaron realizes the teenage group has a massive need for good influences and support in their lives, and there are few hands to help them.
Being raised in Pennsylvania in a two-parent household with three siblings, Aaron is the youngest. All of his immediate family members are Christians. It is his desire to pour into teens the way he was poured into as a teenager – leading them to Christ as he was led to Him.
Aaron enjoys theology, hunting, camping, cooking, and hosting social events.
Breaden attends Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. He is working toward a bachelor’s degree in Cross-Cultural Studies.
He has worked with youth since he was in high school. Breaden served the youth groups at his church and worked at Christian youth camps helping our young people.
Breaden has a heart for the lost people in our world and he loves to point them to Jesus. He believes in serving and leading our young people at an early age to help them in their own relationship with Jesus.
He is the oldest of four children, with two younger brothers and a sister. His parents and youngest brother currently serve in Germany for the Christian Missionary Alliance. Breaden loves snowboarding, all animals, mountain bikes and loving Jesus.
IT Administrator/Direct Care Staff
Caleb graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Ministry Leadership from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA.
He has worked with youth by serving at the youth ministries of Revive Church in Cornelia, GA for three years. Caleb enjoys giving to others to help improve their life situations. He claims he was once a troubled teenager who began to take those issues into his adulthood. He gives the Lord all the credit for “doing big things” in his life. He knows the Lord will use him to reach other troubled teens before they become adults.
Caleb is married with three children, two daughters and one boy.
In his spare time, Caleb loves music and playing the guitar. He collects and loves everything that goes along with guitars.
David attends Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. He is working toward a bachelor’s degree in Cross-Cultural Studies with a minor in Outdoor Leadership and Education.
Since the beginning of his own high school years, David worked with the youth of his home church during VBS and as a counselor on offsite trips. He also served groups of kids at Camp Highland in Ellijay, GA; a Christ-centered summer camp for youth.
David wants to help and serve teens because he knows they will be the ones with the most influence and power before we know it. He desires to be the positive influence they need right now in order to become our future leaders. Being around kids is normal for David. He grew up in the south side of Atlanta in a family of eight children where he is number five. He has two brothers and five sisters.
David loves to play all sports, but he most especially prefers basketball and golf. He loves the outdoors and activities such as hiking and rock climbing.
Ethan currently serves as a Law Enforcement Officer and has served and protected his community since 2018. Ethan grew up in a small town outside of Athens, GA. He was homeschooled and accredits the man he is today from learning essential life skills in sustainable living. He learned the value of gardening and raised his own chickens and pigs. He also learned the skill of carpentry.
His experience working with youth is over a five year period where he taught as a martial arts instructor. Ethan’s desire to work with teens is to help spread God’s Word to others and in turn, grow as a person himself. He is also married and the father of three young daughters of his own.
In his spare time, Ethan enjoys board games with his family and friends. He also finds music, reading and theological studies enjoyable.
Jeremiah graduated high school through the Interior Distance Education of Alaska (I.D.E.A.). Thereafter, he attended the Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, AK, for two years. Currently, he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Bible and Theology at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA.
At the young age of twelve, Jeremiah heard God calling him to work in youth ministry. While growing up, he was very active in his youth group and involved in coordinating events. Jeremiah served the youth at Solid Rock Bible Camp in Soldotna, AK for three years as a counselor and lifeguard. He currently serves guiding kids at the student out-reach weekly youth program at Oscar Mike’s nonprofit ice cream shop in Toccoa, GA.
Jeremiah believes that it is important for teenagers to have strong role models that are rooted in God’s truth in their life. It is his desire to develop healthy relationships with teens in order to mentor them and to make a lasting impression upon future generations.
Jeremiah enjoys being outside surrounded by nature, along with hiking, camping, and skiing. He loves to learn new things and to teach others. He also plays the guitar and trumpet.
Randall “R.J.” Skeen
R.J. completed his studies at Toccoa Falls College, in Toccoa Falls, GA with a bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology.
He utilized his leadership and organizational abilities during college to help establish a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Doing so permitted him to get to know and work with the other students by setting up events for the FCA.
R.J. understands what it is like being a teenager and facing the tough obstacles encountered in life as a teen. He wants to show kids that they can be redeemed through Christ no matter what they have been through. His desire is to encourage our youth that regardless of their past, God can use them to serve His Kingdom.
R.J. has two sisters, a young nephew, and parents who have been married nearly 40 years. He is also happily engaged and planning to get married in 2020. Throughout college, R.J. was a pitcher on the Toccoa Falls College baseball team. He enjoys the outdoors and loves to hike and participate in almost any sport.
Terik is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Leadership and Education from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. He is certified in Wilderness First Responder and Advanced Rescue CPR.
Terik volunteered in the summer of 2015 at North Georgia Christian Camp. It was there he found his passion for working with children and teenagers. In 2016, he returned to work there as a paid staff member for two more years serving as a counselor, kitchen staff and lifeguard.
Knowing he wanted to focus more on the lives of teenagers, he spent the summers of 2018 – 2019 at Honeyrock Camp in Wisconsin, filling the roles as a counselor and unit leader. Terik believes the teenage years are an impactful time in a child’s life, and he wants to be apart of that impact. The opportunity to serve the students of Shepherd’s Hill Academy and to help them through this transitional and difficult time in their lives is such an amazing blessing for him.
Terik is the eldest of four children. His family is very involved in their church, where his father is an Elder and Worship Director, and his mother is the Family and Children’s Director. He has a real passion for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, backpacking, climbing (indoor and outdoor), canoeing, whitewater kayaking, and running. He also enjoys making his own knives and carving wooden spoons.