School of Discipleship Staff
Matt and Jenni Cox
Matt and Jenni Cox came on staff in 1992. Matt has served as Farmer, Program Director, Director of Equine Ministries and now as the Executive Director. Matt teaches multiple classes for the School of Discipleship. Jenni serves as his secretary and has homeschooled all of their five children, three of which are out of the house now. Their eldest is married and living in TX with their first granddaughter. Jenni also assists with the “Marriage Dynamics” class. Both Matt and Jenni are School of Discipleship alumni.
Chip and Sandy Hungerford
Chip and Sandy Hungerford came on staff in 1988. Chip serves as the Business Manager and Guest Service Director overseeing Finances, Guest Registration, and Housing. Sandy is the Buckboard Store Manager and assists in the horse program. They have six children and have served at Miracle Mountain Ranch since 1988. Sandy is a graduate of School of Discipleship (1986).
Mark and Jen Brenner
Mark is the Chief Financial Officer and teaches classes for the School of Discipleship. Mark and Jen are both graduates of the School of Discipleship.
Mark and Shari Carpenter
Mark and Shari Carpenter came on staff in 2001. Mark is the Director of Operations. He heads up all construction and maintenance, in addition to teaching the School Of Discipleship class on Servant Leadership. Mark and Shari have six children. Shari homeschools and assists in the Buckboard store.
Donnie and Tonya Rosie
Donnie attended the School of Discipleship program from 2000 to 2002, and works as the Marketing Director for the Ranch. In 2010 he graduated with Bachelors of Science in Business at Edinboro University of PA. Tonya teaches homeschool for their four children, George, Cole, Grant, and Karis.
Daniel and Kara Stanley
Daniel and Kara are both graduates of the School of Discipleship. Daniel serves as the Director of the School. He teaches several classes and oversees the day-to-day life of the students. Kara is at home with their son Gavin, and occasionally teaches riding lessons for the students.
Tyler and Harmony Chundrlek
Tyler Chundrlek, is a graduate of the School of Discipleship. In 2010, Tyler came on staff and is currently serving as the Camp Director and is responsible for summer camp, retreats, as well as several aspects involving the School of Discipleship. Tyler earned a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership Studies in 2013 from Liberty University. Harmony is a Miracle Mountain Ranch summer staff alumni. They have three children; Frank, Grace, and Gideon.
Teddy and Noelle Purdie
Noelle is a 2010 graduate and Teddy a 2011 graduate of the School of Discipleship. They were married in April 2018. Teddy has been on staff since September of 2014 and works in the Program Department as the Activities Director. His job includes maintaining current programming activities, handling the Boys Wilderness Camps, paintball, assisting with retreats and events, leading student work crews, and researching and implementing new ideas. Noelle has been on staff since September of 2011 and is our Guest Services Manager, Receptionist and Registrar. Her responsibilities include answering phones, e-mails, summer camp and retreat questions as well as overseeing the cleaning and upkeep of the facilities.
Adam and Chelsea Marshall
Adam came on staff in January of 2014. He went through the School of Discipleship in 2004 after being a Rancher and on summer staff for about six years. He graduated from the program in 2005 and went into the work field where he held multiple jobs throughout the years.From his work, he was able to obtain different skills that he now applies in the Operations Department where he now serves. He married Chelsea (McCormick) Marshall in the fall of 2018. Chelsea currently works at an assisted living home and volunteers at the Ranch when she can.
Benjamin and Stephanie Freeman
Benjamin grew up in Brazil and Stephanie comes from Oklahoma. Having met at the Ranch while Benjamin was a student (class of 03-05) and Stephanie (class of 99/01) was serving as the receptionist, they were married in 2005. A passion for ministry and discipleship led them back to the Ranch after 10 years of ministry as missionaries in Brazil. They have been a part of the staff team since 2015. Benjamin currently serves in the Equine Department and Stephanie is found helping out here and there, but mostly at home with their 4 daughters. Rebekah, 15, Rachael, 13, Esther, 12 and Janessa, 4.
Nathan and Kelsey Snyder
Nathan and Kelsey are both graduates from the School of Discipleship. Nathan’s primary role is working in Operations, he also assists in blacksmithing, vaulting, and promotion. Kelsey stays home, raising their three children: Judah, Hadassah, and Jane.
Joshua and Alyssa Bridges
Josh first came to MMR as a rancher in 2009. He went on to attend the School of Discipleship in 2013 and 2016, then joined the ranks of staff in the fall of 2017. Alyssa was a student from 2016-2018 and they married in October 2018. Josh serves as the Program Director; his job primarily entails scheduling retreats and overseeing summer camp. Josh and Alyssa both have a passion for discipling young men and women and enjoy the opportunities the Ranch avails them.
Daniel and Cherish Benedict
Daniel and Cherish both graduated from the School of Discipleship and then joined our staff team in 2019. Daniel is the Assistant to the Director of the School of Discipleship. He is involved in teaching Bible classes, helping with school admissions, and assisting the students on a daily basis. Cherish serves in the office as our full time Receptionist and Registrar. Her job entails answering phones and emails, registering people for retreats and summer camps, and assisting in finances as needed. Daniel and Cherish both have a passion for discipleship.
Darci Hatley grew up in Conneaut Lake, PA and has been coming to the ranch since she was eight years old. She came as an apprentice in 1996-1997 and returned for a second year in 1998-1999. After graduating, she moved to TX to complete her degree in Equine Science. Since then she has lived in many different areas of the country, training horses,working in the food service industry, coaching wrestling, and serving in various ministries along the way. Darci and her son, Christopher, moved to the ranch in the spring of 2016 when she served as the director of Livery for the summer. After the summer camp season was over, she moved into the kitchen where she now serves as the Kitchen Manager.
Matthew & Marisa Hungerford
Matthew Hungerford grew up at the Ranch, where he spent many of his summers working as a Wrangler and as a counselor. After graduating high school, Matthew attended Ethnos Bible Institute (New Tribes Bible Institute), where he received his associates in Biblical Studies. He came on staff in 2019 and serves in our Barn assisting our Equine Director with everyday work projects, horse training, and student education. Marisa graduated from the School of Discipleship in 2019 and there went on to graduate with her BSN in Nursing in 2022. She helps with retreats and will be working in town as a nurse this winter.
Chad and Miriam
Chad and Miriam both graduated from the School of Discipleship in the summer of 2020. Miriam stayed on in housekeeping throughout that winter. After their wedding in October 2021, both Chad and Miriam came on as resident staff. Miriam currently does landscaping, taking care of the flowers and rock gardens around the property. Chad works primarily in the School of Discipleship overseeing student worktimes as well as teaching some classes. He also assists with maintenance projects as needed.
Megan Cox joined on staff spring of 2019. She has previously served as summer staff in the camp season for multiple years, as well as volunteering during some of the retreats. As resident staff Megan is now serving in the Programming department. Her responsibilities are focused primarily with our summer camp program year round. She works directly with the summer staff, helps host our events and retreats, develops new summer camp resources, and implements changes to the Summer camp program.
Katy joined our staff in January of 2021. She has previously served as summer staff and volunteer during our summer camp season for multiple years. As resident staff Katy will be serving in the Guest Services department in the area of Hospitality. Her principle focus will be preparing our facilities for guest along with minor facility upkeep, she will also assist in hosting our guest as well as having direct one on one ministry with our students and summer volunteers.
Rachel Rothey grew up coming to the Ranch for Summer Camps and Retreats. She graduated from the School of Discipleship in August 2021. Rachel joined us on staff in the Operations Department in the fall of 2021. She will be doing landscape as well as light construction work and operations paperwork.
Hannah Snyder grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She began attending camp as a rancher, and then continued on to be an in-training and summer staff. She then came as a student to the School of Discipleship in 2014 and stayed through 2016. From there in the fall of 2016, Hannah began working as staff as the head cook in the kitchen.
Caitrin graduated from the School of Discipleship in August 2022 as a 1st year student. She then came on staff in the Guest Services department in the main office where she helps register guests for events and summer camp throughout the year as well as doing other office work. She will also be in an advisor position mentoring students in the School of Discipleship program.
Josiah Gross is joining our Programming Staff! He graduated as a second year student with the Class of 2022. He will be planning and facilitating retreats and events and working with the programming area of focus students. Josiah is excited to see how God uses him at the ranch!
Hunter grew up in Warren, PA and has been coming to Miracle Mountain Ranch since she was ten years old. She came as a first-year student in our School of Discipleship program and graduated in August of 2021. After graduating, Hunter went back home where she had the opportunity to manage and run her own lesson and training barn. In her year away from Miracle Mountain Ranch, she has been a volunteer in our barn and has assisted in the student’s horsemanship lessons. Hunter joined our resident staff in August of 2022, and her responsibilities will be to assist in the equine department and to instruct and facilitate the student’s horsemanship lessons.
Melissa graduated from the School of Discipleship in August 2022 as a 1st year student. She then came on staff in the Guest Service department in housekeeping where she helps clean the facilities along with preparing for retreats and events that come in. She will also be mentoring and leading students in chores throughout the year and working with volunteers during the summer.
Kyle Graduated from his 2nd year in the School of Discipleship in August 2022. He was a student in the barn his 1st year, and then switched his major to media his 2nd year. Kyle then came on staff as the Marketing Manager in the media department, where he will be creating content to promote retreats, events, School of Discipleship, and Summer Camp. He will also be teaching the 1st and 2nd year students in media.