We Are Currently Hiring for 2019 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.
Residential Coordinator and Bible Teacher
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.
Next Step Program Manager
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.
Caleb received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. He has former experience working with a Christian-based men’s recovery home.
Caleb has worked with youth since 2014 by volunteering with the youth group in his local church. At age 27, Caleb turned his life over to Christ to serve His Kingdom by helping others who are broken and in need of help. The Lord laid it on Caleb’s heart to work with this generation of young people to help impact their lives in a positive way. It is Caleb’s desire to share his own experiences to teach our youth to reach their full potential through a healthy relationship with Christ.
Caleb comes from a big family where he has three sisters and three brothers, including an identical twin brother. Interestingly, he and his identical twin are both in worship leadership positions. Part of Caleb’s immediate family is a German Shepherd named “Gracie.”
When Caleb is not helping others, he enjoys leading worship, music, spending time outdoors, and watching documentaries. Most of all, he enjoys helping others to see and experience the love of Jesus.
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.
Christopher is currently studying for an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering at North Georgia Technical College. He plans to continue his studies by transferring to Kennesaw State University to receive a bachelor’s. He served in the United States Marine Corps for four years.
Christopher shared his leadership ability by serving as a mentor to junior Marines for two years. He has a strong desire to work alongside teens to help improve their lives, the lives of their families, and their community. He knows that the experience of working with and helping teens will also enrich his own life.
Christopher is married and has two children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and really anything outside. His motto is: “I can’t wait to get know and help the people I meet.”
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.
Elijah received his bachelor’s degree in General Studies with his major concentration in Early Childhood Education from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. He also has a double minor in Biblical Studies and Outdoor Leadership Education. He also attended North Georgia Technical College. Elijah holds certifications in Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR. He is Med and ESI trained.
Elijah has worked with youth on and off since 2007 through his church youth group and international missions work in Nicaragua and Indonesia. He serves his local community by coaching soccer to pre-adolescent and college-age youth. Elijah has also served the youth of SHA as a teacher’s aide.
Elijah believes God uses experiences as a powerful teacher and recognizes that Shepherd’s Hill Academy provides teens with an experience that challenges them in every way, especially in the spiritual realm. He has a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of youth. He believes the vision of SHA in developing teen’s lives is 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 staff at SHA.
Elijah and his wife Elizabeth married in 2016, and together they have a delightful guinea pig named “Hinkle.” Elijah is a touring cyclist, a soccer player, and a musician. Aside from playing any and every sport and instrument he can get his hands on, he loves to read, dabble in photography, and travel.
Ian is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Youth Ministry. He is also American Red Cross Certified in Lifeguarding, CPR, AED and First Aid.
Ian has been a volunteer youth sponsor at Palmcroft Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He was also a volunteer mentor through Indiana Wesleyan University from 2016-2018.
The Lord placed a call on his heart in middle school to serve teens. He has seen that too many of the social issues our generation is dealing with stem from a breakdown of family values. When children grow up without positive role models of both genders (and complicated by other factors), there’s often a lack of accountability and direction. His desire is to work with teens in order to bridge that gap.
Ian is the son of missionary parents currently serving in Senegal, West Africa and has three brothers. He enjoys riding and working on motorcycles, hiking (without trails), spending time with his girlfriend and friends, working on assorted projects (woodworking, etc), and watching the Office.
Jason attended High School at Dakar Academy in Dakar Senegal, West Africa. Currently, he attends Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Leadership and Education.
Jason has three years of experience working with youth by serving at vacation Bible school. His desire is to help change what he sees as a decline in today’s youth in the areas of initiative, responsibility, and capability. He wants to help the students at Shepherd’s Hill Academy discover their purpose in life and help them with their drive to succeed.
Jason has many areas of interest outside of his studies and work. He enjoys the great outdoors by engaging in hiking, climbing, hunting, fishing, and archery. He has great enthusiasm for many different trades including, leatherwork/tanning, blacksmithing, carpentry, and metallurgy.
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.