Meet Our Staff
Joe Owen: Maintenance Director
Joe Owen was born and raised right here in Brevard, NC. From the age of ten, Joe has been working with his father building custom homes for their family business and for the past seven years has owned his own tree company. He decided he wanted to be able to spend more time with his family, so he took the position of Maintenance Director at Ridge Haven. He and his wife Crystal have three children and are active in their local church, as Joe serves as a deacon. You can see his love for the Lord in the way he treats those around him and through the intentional, quality work that he does.
David Short: Facilities Assistant
Before coming to Ridge Haven, David was with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a Park Ranger for 15 years. He has three children, Abby, Lizzie, and Jack.
Jennifer Huskey: Director of Food Services
Jennifer grew up at Ridge Haven as her mother, Rebecca, worked here for more than 20 years. Jennifer loves Ridge Haven and working here is a dream come true. Jennifer and her husband, Johnny, have a daughter, Grace.
Jessie Fleming: Director of Ministry
Jessie is from central Florida and a graduate of Covenant College. She and her husband Todd are honored to call Ridge Haven home and have the opportunity to share life with campers and guests. Jessie played volleyball at Covenant, loves sports of all kinds, and has a huge heart for all furry animals.
Grace Hooper: Event Coordinator
Grace is a native of Nashville, TN. She attended Covenant College for both an undergraduate degree in history and a Masters degree in Secondary Education. After graduation, Grace joined the full time staff at Ridge Haven at the end of the 2015 Summer Camp season. She spent three summers on staff at Ridge Haven in various roles counseling and directing. Grace fell in love with the sounds and sights of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Brevard and Ridge Haven and is excited to call it home. When Grace isn't working at Ridge Haven, she loves getting crafty, discovering new music, and playing any game indoors or out.
Karina Sherrill: Housekeeper
Karina was born in Cuenca, Ecuador. She went to Catalinas High School and graduated from University de Cuenca with a doctorate in Law. She met her husband, Lee, while he was volunteering in the Peace Corp in Ecuador. They now reside in Brevard and have two children, Julia and Lee Sherrill IV.
Archie Moore: Pastoral Associate
"Uncle" Archie, as he is affectionately known by campers, is a longtime friend and speaker at Ridge Haven since 1995. He is the pastor of Greenwood Presbyterian Church in Greenwood, SC. He and his wife, Glenda, have five children and six grandchildren! We are glad to see Archie become a Pastoral Associate with us!
Wesley C. Sheffield: Intern
Wesley was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up all over the southeast. He grew up participating in Ridge Haven's camps and was brought into faith while here. In high school, Wesley devoted his summers to serving as a CSI and found joy serving and assisting Ridge Haven in sharing the gospel. In his spare time, Wesley enjoys music, food, reading and the great outdoors.
Elisabeth Bowling: Intern
Coming from a military family, Elisabeth got used to moving around a lot as a young child but has come to call Statesboro, GA home. During her years of undergrad at the University of North Georgia, she found such peace with those breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge mountain ranges and has had a desire to return. With recent membership into the PCA, she has come to join the Ridge Haven staff as a full time intern and very much looks forward to serving through this ministry. Elisabeth is passionate about people, an amateur crafter, and eager to explore her new home state and all it has to offer!
Hunter Hiestand: Intern
Though he grew up in Muncie, Indiana Hunter quickly found his second home in the rugged North Carolina mountains as a camper at Ridge Haven. After eight summers of coming to Ridge Haven, Hunter is taking time off from college at Purdue University to work for the camp that defined his high school summers. Hunter’s love for stories and love of helping others keeps bringing him back to camp again and again! During this year he hopes to master a guitar solo and take a picture worth framing.
Joseph Ricketts: Environmental Educator/Advisor
Joseph (Jungle Joe) is from Columbiana, AL and is a recent graduate of Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA where he earned his degree in Environmental Biology. Ever since he was a kid, Joseph has loved exploring places outside and learning all about animals and plants. He is super excited to be a new part of the Ridge Haven team as he gets to teach people about God’s creation and how to care for it well in a Gospel-centered way. Joseph likes eating fruit, climbing just about anything, running, swimming, playing soccer, painting, and looking for snakes.
Sarah Whittle: Intern
Sarah is from Pensacola, FL and is a recent graduate of Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA where she earned her degree in Sociology. She has been camping and hiking with her family since she was a kid and quickly fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ridge Haven played a huge part in who she is today and after serving on summer staff, she is excited to join the full time intern staff and live and learn in this beautiful place. Sarah enjoys biking, surfing, climbing, reading and hanging out with friends.
Molly Wilcox: Book Keeper
Molly and her husband, Neal, both from Jacksonville, Florida, moved to Brevard from Great Falls, Montana after Neal completed his service in the United States Air Force. Both have loved North Carolina for years, and being a part of Ridge Haven’s ministry is a dream come true. When Molly isn’t working at Ridge Haven, she enjoys hiking, crafting, and taking care of their dog Buckley, and has started a pop up artisan coffee shop in her spare time.
Steve Cobb: Guest Services Manager
After visiting his parents, who retired to the Ridge Haven subdivision, Steve and his wife, Kelly, fell in love with Ridge Haven and decided they wanted to find a way to move to the area. A couple of years later Steve got a call from Ridge Haven asking if he was interested in a position here. Within two hours Kelly got a call asking if she wanted to apply for a position as the head operating room nurse at Transylvania Hospital in Brevard. They both were hired and their dream to live and work here came true. Steve and Kelly have three daughters here on earth, Rachel, Anna, and Cassidy, and one daughter in heaven, Bethany.
Troy Williams: Guest Coordinator
Troy met his wife, Hope, while she was working for Wallace Anderson at MTW in Atlanta. They have two children, Elijah and Emme Kate. Thanks to the wonders of technology, Troy is able to work for Ridge Haven from Germany while also scouting and coaching baseball in Europe. The Williams family certainly misses being able to hike the trails at Ridge Haven!
Wallace Anderson: Executive Director
Prior to coming to Ridge Haven, Wallace worked at Covenant Seminary, Mission to the World, and Covenant College. He is married to Paige and they have three children, Kendi, Roy, and Cameron, all of whom have served as Ridge Haven summer staff.