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 5:1 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 – 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 Shepherds 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.
Boys Wilderness Program Assistant
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.
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.
Caleb received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling. He is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – CPR Certified. 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 life in a positive way. It’s 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 is currently pursuing a Bachelor degree in Ministry Leadership at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA.
He has worked with youth 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 two young daughters, seven and five years of age. He and his wife are expecting their third child, which is a boy.
In his spare time, Caleb loves music and playing the guitar. He collects and loves everything that goes along with guitars.
Cody has served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves for five years. As a member of the Armed Forces he served as a cook and a small team leader. At the start of 2018, he will be attending Toccoa Falls College, in Toccoa Falls, GA in the Pastoral Ministries Leadership program.
He has previous experience working with youth by serving at vacation Bible school. He also worked for five years with youth, particularly pre-teens and younger, through various major retail programs.
Cody’s strong desire to work with and help the youth of today stems from his own childhood experiences. He claims he could have benefited from a program like Shepherds Hill Academy when he was growing up. Today, he will say it is a call from God to help those who have difficulties and to guide them like God has guided him to seek a better life.
Cody is an avid reader and loves to read almost anything within his reach. He does enjoy an occasional computer game, and he works out regularly with his wife.
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.
Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Leadership and Education at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. He holds certifications in Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and Lifeguarding.
Jordan loves to work with and meet the needs of today’s teenagers. He has two years experience working with youth at the summer youth ministry of Doe River Gorge.
His firm belief in being a follower of Christ allows Jordan to be a light in the world and to help change the lives of other people. He has his priorities in line, and he knows what matters most on this earth isn’t about “things,” but about what you did to enhance God’s Kingdom.
In his spare time, Jordan enjoys fishing, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, going to the beach, jet skiing, and wakeboarding.
Ryan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Leadership and Education at Toccoa Falls College, in Toccoa Falls, GA. He is a Certified Wilderness First Responder. Ryan is also certified in swift water rescue by Toccoa Falls College. His leadership abilities include being a Chick-fil-A corporate certified trainer.
Ryan has two years previous experience in working with youth by serving with Young Life Ministries in their adventure program, Beyond Malibu in British Columbia, Canada.
He is passionate about his own new life experiences, and he particularly loves when a new experience challenges him to grow. It is his desire to help the youth of today to be challenged in their new experiences here at SHA to help them grow and live the best life they can. Through these new challenges, Ryan hopes that they may gain a new perspective of the abundant life Jesus has for them in a relationship with Him.
Ryan comes from a big family of two brothers, five sisters and two awesome parents. He grew up playing kickball in their back yard because the family was large enough to have their own team. He loves his family very much and accredits them for who he has become today. He also loves to be active outdoors with rock climbing, backpacking, running, and spending time with friends doing most anything else.