The Shepherds 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 60 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 Shepherds 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, Shepherds Hill Academy uncompromisingly upholds a maximum 5 to 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
Andrew holds certifications in Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), 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 – Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI).
Andrew 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. Andrew works alongside the teens at Shepherds Hill Academy to offer them hope in the possibility of living out those principles in a practical way.
Andrew enjoys sports, swimming, and NASCAR racing.
Boys Wilderness Program Assistant
Maurcus is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Toccoa Falls College, in Toccoa Falls, GA. Maurcus has been working with youth since 2011.
Maurcus has had the opportunity to work with youth for the past couple of years in many different settings. Through his experiences he has learned that teens can sometimes be tough on leadership and authority figures, but he likes the challenge. Maurcus is excited to come alongside the youth of today’s culture and help them figure out answers to the tough questions about life, God and people.
Maurcus enjoys music and spending quality time with his friends and family.
Next Step Program Manager
Tyler has completed his Associates degree and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in History at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. Tyler has been working with youth since 2008.
In Tyler’s own teenage years he had the guidance and mentor-ship 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 they didn’t need to and for no real reason other than 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 he also enjoys working on cars.
Elijah was homeschooled from kindergarten to 12th grade. Thereafter, he attended North Georgia Technical College. Currently he attends Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. There he is working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies with his major concentration being in Early Childhood Education and a double minor in Biblical Studies and Outdoor Leadership.
Elijah has worked with youth on and off since 2008, both through his church youth group and international missions work in Nicaragua and Indonesia.
Elijah has a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of youth, and believes Shepherds Hill Academy’s vision for developing teens falls right in-line with his passions. He enjoys helping students form good habits and experience individual growth as they are consistently exposed to the Christ-centered lifestyle modeled by the Shepherds Hill Academy staff.
Elijah is engaged to Elizabeth Rice, who is also a Shepherds Hill Academy residential staff member. He is a cyclist, soccer player, and a musician. He loves to read, spend time with people, watch movies, play any and every sport, travel, and just about anything else.
Frank has been working with youth since 2014. It’s Frank’s mission to serve and honor God. He wants to serve God and has followed His path to Shepherds Hill Academy to continue working with the teens of this generation.
Frank is married to his wife Nicole Moore and he has one son and one daughter; Frank Moore ll (son) and Candace (daughter).
He enjoys mixed martial arts. He also enjoys coaching and has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Josh currently attends Toccoa Falls College, in Toccoa Falls, GA. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling and Psychology.
Josh has experience giving our 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, where 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.
Josiah is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nonprofit Business Administration from Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa Falls, GA.
While he was growing up, Josiah was homeschooled through his high school years. He gained interest in working with youth and nonprofit ministry by serving with Camp Maranatha. Camp Maranatha is a faith-based nonprofit ministry in Georgia that provides summer and fall retreats for youth.
Josiah has always had the heart and the desire to help young men that are in trouble. He firmly believes the hope of our nation’s future rests in his generation. His aspiration is to help troubled youth in any way he can.
Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. Mike has been helping and working with teens to find their purpose in life since 2007.
His passion is helping teens find the answers to life’s difficult questions and situations. He enjoys having deep discussions with teens to help them work through the problems and the pains they are going through.
Mike enjoys movies and video games, motorcycles, and sports.
Philip studied Church Missions for two years at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. Since 2001 he has gained experience taking care of teens through church youth groups and SHA.
Philip has a heart for working with teens, and it comes from his own passion to know God in a deeper way. He considers it a privilege from God to be able to help encourage parents who have lost hope for their teen. Philip appreciates the opportunity to serve and to allow the Holy Spirit to guide him in all areas of life.
Philip is married to his wife, Vilmarie, and they have three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, sports, and helping others in need.
Sky is currently pursuing a degree in Sustainable Development from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. He attended the Marine Corps Basic Training aboard Parris Island, SC in 2004 and subsequently served four years. He attended the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas, WY in 2009. Sky completed EMT Basic at Mitchell Community College in Statesville, NC in 2013, and he is Lifeguard and CPR Certified.
Sky wishes to ensure young men understand that the key to a successful, healthy life is by setting a foundation in Christ. “We can all serve the Lord and expand His kingdom by investing in today’s youth.”
Sky is married to Noelle Barkley, who is also a Shepherds Hill Academy residential staff member. They do not have kids, as of yet. Sky enjoys hunting, fishing, reading, and weightlifting.
Taylor attended North Forsyth High School in Cumming, Georgia. He also attended Lanier Technical College within the Technical College System of Georgia. While attending Lanier Technical College for two years, he studied Computer Networking, Emergency Medical Technician – EMT Plus, and became Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – CPR Certified.
Taylor has worked with youth since 2015. He wants to use his personal relationship with Christ to better influence the youth of today. It is his desire to make an impact in their young impressionable lives. He has had many trials and experiences during his own life time which he believes he can use to help reach teens struggling with the same issues.
In his spare time, Taylor enjoys going to the gym and believes in staying fit. He plays the guitar and currently uses his talent to lead worship twice a week.
Zac is an Alumni of Stephens County High School in Toccoa, GA. He graduated from Stephens County in 2010. Immediately after graduation, Zac went to work for the City of Toccoa, in Toccoa, GA. He currently holds a supervisor position for the City of Toccoa.
He has enjoyed working with youth since 2013 and earlier. The lives of today’s teens have a special place in Zac’s heart. He attributes his yearning to help troubled teens because he claims he was a troubled teen himself who made a lot of mistakes. He desires to be a role model in their life to positively influence them and lead them on a clean path in life.
In his spare time, Zac enjoys fishing, hunting, working on trucks. He also enjoys sports, sports and more sports.