Mount Jubilee Ministries

Mount Jubilee Ministries is a Christ-centered organization working with those with intellectual and physical disabilities, helping them discover their God-given abilities. We offer encouragement and support to parents and caregivers on an ongoing basis.

















About MJM

Mount Jubilee Ministries was established in 2005 in response to a defined interest to provide a residential summer camp for youth within the special needs population in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina.  Due to the passionate commitment of the core group of faith-based founders, Camp Jubilee hosted its first week of camp in the summer of 2005 with five campers and six volunteers.  Over the following years, approximately one hundred Special Friends, ranging in ages from 10 to 44, have participated in this exceptional summer camp experience.

MJM’s core belief is that ALL people, regardless of their ability, have a God ordained purpose and call for their lives.  It is the conviction of the ministry that these Special Friends must have the opportunity to participate as members of society, without exception, to the fullest of their abilities. As the ministry has grown older, so have our friends.  It has now become the purpose of MJM to partner with this special population by offering more than just a summer camp.  It is our focus to begin expanding our program opportunities to include day programming, volunteer opportunities and respite care.  The long range vision of MJM is a sustainable residential community for Special Friends.

MJM Programs

Camp Jubilee

A residence camp for people with special needs to provide a positive Christ-centered camping experience for teens and young adults. One week of residence camp has been conducted each summer since 2005.

Mount Jubilee Ministries is happy to announce that Camp Jubilee will begin on Sunday August 2, 2020. We are thrilled to be returning to The Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center in Reidsville again next summer, as it has proven to be an excellent venue for camp. Registration for Camp Jubilee will open in March 2020 and we encourage all our veteran campers to be prepared to submit your applications. This event is becoming more popular each year and we are anticipating a full camp next summer. Plan now to get your application in early.

Church Leaders and Parents: Keep in mind counseling at Camp Jubilee is an opportunity for a great mission trip for your youth group or teenage children in our own backyard. Please contact Programs Director Candice Hughes at [email protected] for more information about this great opportunity.

Touch Point Seminars

Touch Point Seminars are held periodically for parents and caregivers. Professionals with experience in fields pertinent to special needs are invited to address issues such as estate planning with special loved ones in mind, guardianship, nutrition, informational resources and other topics. Some Touch Point seminars also offer service opportunities for our Special Friends such as packing meals to send overseas.

Sharing with each other is another very important part of the seminar time. Simultaneously, the campers and siblings enjoy a time of activity including a Bible lesson, singing, crafts and games that are conducted by Jubilee staff. This gives the parents and new Special Friends an opportunity to get acquainted with Jubilee personnel.

We are always open to ideas for upcoming workshops. If you know of someone who might be able to speak and share some information at one of our upcoming workshops, please contact us!


Resources, Support Groups and Prayer & Care Networking are benefits of being a part of the Jubilee Family.

The following information has been provided by a number of resources and are not supported by Mount Jubilee Ministries but may be used as resources for families with children and adults with special needs. We hope that you find this information helpful!

North Carolina Family Health Resource Line: 1-800-367-2229  NC Family Health Resource Line answers questions on health related issues for persons up to twenty years old.

First in Families of North Carolina:  The goal of First In Families of North Carolina is to support people with developmental disabilities and their families to create the lives they want now and in the future

The Arc of North Carolina:  The Arc of North Carolina is committed to securing for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, and play.

The Council for Exceptional Children:  The CEC is an organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

ECAC (Exception Children’s Assistance Center):  ECAC is a full service Parent Training & Information Center serving families in North Carolina with more than 25 full and part-time staff and offices throughout NC. All services are provided at no charge to parents and families.

Family Support Network:  Family Support Network of North Carolina promotes and provides support for families with children who have special needs.

Mobility, Repair and Rental Center  Offering accessories, appraisals, batteries, home accessibility consultations, mobility equipment, modifications, referrals, repair service, replacement parts, re-programming service, short term rentals, specialty trailers, toilet lifts, and wheelchair lifts for vehicles.

His Path

His Path is a new program from Mount Jubilee Ministries. Registration is open now and online registration is available for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities who require mild to moderate support.

The goal of His Path is to offer participants a developmental program Monday through Friday.  The program will be curriculum based and will enhance participant’s abilities to function as productive, contributing and inclusive members of the local community.


  1. Daily Living: personal care, budgeting, health and safety, social interaction
  2. Education: Literacy, local civics and current events, technology, agriculture
  3. Community Integration: career/job exploration, resume building, volunteerism, ethics
  4. Community Living: transit, shopping, public safety, communication
  5. Developmental Activities: drama, praise and worship, arts and crafts, exercise, field trips, community service projects, social situations/role play and gardening.


Our Board Members
In 2016, the Mount Jubilee Ministries leadership team responded to the need to move from an event centric ministry to a sustainable, visionary organization offering dynamic programming and services to the special needs population in Rockingham County. Board development and expansion was quickly identified during the strategic planning process as a top priority.  MJM focuses much time in prayer, seeking God’s direction in identifying prospective candidates to join the leadership team and implement the MJM mission/vision. As a direct answer to prayer, MJM is excited to introduce the 2020 Board of Directors
Cecil Cottrell, Executive Director
is the President of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director of Mount Jubilee Ministries. He is responsible for overseeing and advancing the vision of MJM by ensuring that our existing programs and services are executed in accordance with the mission of MJM. He is also responsible for securing adequate resources for the development and sustainability of the organization. Cecil is a retired probation officer, having served in Rockingham County for over 28 years. Prior to becoming a probation officer, he graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. After his retirement in 2008, Cecil began working with the adult special needs population through volunteering with Christian camp ministries and was eventually employed by Therapeutic Alternatives. It was then that Cecil began living out his dream of serving the special needs population full time. Cecil has been married to his supportive wife, Teresa, for 34 years. She has worked in the law field for over 30 years and is currently employed by Ivey, McClellan, Gatton & Siegmund in their Eden Office. Their daughter Catherine, son-in-law David Earley and granddaughter Lyra live in the Pacific Northwest. Cecil’s passion and vision for the development programs and services for the special needs population in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina has been his driving force since September 2015. “Nothing gives me more pleasure than being in the presence of this special population. Their purity and innocence are the leading factors that draw me so close.”
Kristi Harris, Chair

is a new member of the Board of Directors for Mount Jubilee Ministries. She is very excited about this new endeavor and the opportunity to serve in this capacity. She believes that the mission of MJM is one of utmost importance and benefits many families in our area. Kristi is currently an Exceptional Children’s Monitoring Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Prior to this, she worked for Rockingham County Schools as a classroom teacher, special education teacher and special education administrator. With over 25 years of experience in the field of education, Kristi continues to fuel her passion to help students become successful in school and in life. She hopes to use this passion in her work with Mount Jubilee Ministries. Kristi is married to Jay Harris and they have two adult children. Their daughter and her husband have a beautiful daughter; and their son is currently serving our country as a United States Marine.

Bonnie Larson, Vice Chair

serves on the Board of Directors of Mount Jubilee Ministries as the Fundraising Chairman and is thrilled to see more and more doors opening to the present and future expansion of this ministry. “Albert Einstein once said, ‘Most people see what is, and never see what can be.’ I choose to be among those who envision what can be for our children with I/DD special needs. It is thrilling to be part of the MJM organization which has that same passion.” Upon graduation from Columbia International University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Education, Bonnie Larson obtained her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She continued her graduate studies in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina, the University of North Carolina and Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2011, she retired from 37 years in private and public education, including 10 years as an administrator of a Christian School in Reidsville, North Carolina. Bonnie is an experienced educator, teaching mentor, Bible teacher, camp director, women’s speaker, and serves as a strong advocate for foster care and the adoption of children with special needs. She has fostered children with special and medical needs and has two adopted children.In the fall of 2012, Bonnie joined The Champion Group as it is her passion to see schools, nonprofits and ministries thrive in meeting their financial needs. As a former educator, she finds great reward in being able to assist schools in the development of becoming financially secure.

Chris Phillips, Secretary/Treasurer
David Cullen, Member at Large

is a member of the Mount Jubilee Board of Directors, serving as Programs Director. He is responsible for coordinating and maintaining current programs such as Camp Jubilee, Touch Point Seminars and family events, as well as working with staff to develop future programming. He is also responsible for volunteer recruitment, serving as Programs Committee Chair and enhancing communications with the staff. Currently, David is department chair and teacher at John M. Morehead High School in Eden, North Carolina where he has been teaching for the past 12 years. After graduating from New York University with a degree in English Education in 1986, David worked as a teacher for both the New York City school system and the Bergenfield Board of Education in Bergenfield, New Jersey. In 1999, he went on to become a software engineer for Insurance Services Office, Inc. in Jersey City, New Jersey where he served until his return to teaching in 2005. His work with Mount Jubilee Ministries began in 2012, where he served as a volunteer before assuming camp coordinator and camp director responsibilities in 2016-2017. David’s desire is to be part of a ministry that is totally committed to Christ-centered service. He has found that work at Mount Jubilee. “The mutual giving and receiving of the joy of Christ I have seen by both campers and counselors has left an indelible imprint on me. It is something I have been looking to be a part of since committing my life to Christ.”

Jeremy Wagoner, Member at Large
Lawrence Graves, Director
Candice Hughes, Director
Ellen Makaravage, Director

was at the table (in a Japanese restaurant) when the first planning meeting for Camp Jubilee took place in 2004. Armed with a spreadsheet she became the treasurer, a position she held for 13 years. Along with advancing to QuickBooks, she has watched Mount Jubilee Ministries grow over the years. Ellen became involved in MJM through her friendship with the founder, Janice Bishop and her son, Danny. She has attended Camp Jubilee several years serving as an administrator and counselor. She has worked for Wake Forest University for over 20 years originally in the School of Law and now in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Her responsibilities include interlibrary loan, electronic course reserves and copyright management. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and a Masters in Library Science from North Carolina Central University. The entire Makaravage family has participated in Camp Jubilee and MJM in many ways. Ellen’s husband, Jim is a former board member and has served as a counselor and song leader. For several years her children, Danny and Jimmy as well as Jimmy’s wife, Katarina have been counselors. Jim and Ellen attend Parkway Chapel in Winston-Salem, NC and live in Yadkin County. Their favorite pastimes are traveling the United States and spending time with family. It is the contagious joy of the special people we serve that continues to bless Ellen and keep her passionate about serving with MJM.

Kenneth Smithey, Director
Rose Wimberley, Director
Hannah Yount, Director

is a new Board Member with Mount Jubilee Ministries, having first served for several years on staff at Camp Jubilee as a Camp Nurse. Hannah has felt the Lord leading her to take a more active role in the ministry for the past year. Hannah and her parents were actively involved with Rolling Ridge Riding for several years beginning in 2003. Rolling Ridge is a local nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs. That opportunity was instrumental in Hannah’s desire to pursue nursing and also remain involved in the lives of our special needs population. Hannah graduated from Rockingham Community College in 2013 with an Associate Degree in Science and Nursing. She is currently enrolled at UNC-Wilmington where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Hannah is the daughter of John Yount and her late mother, Catherine Yount. Hannah is excited about using her nursing skills and her passion for the special needs population to assist the MJM Board of Directors fulfill their vision.

Johnny Yow, Director

What We Believe

The following Biblical truths shape the foundation for the teaching and operation of Mount Jubilee Ministries. All who take an active role in the ministry are expected to agree with and uphold them.

1. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, inerrant in its original manuscripts and the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.      (II Timothy 3:16 & 17)

2. There is one God, eternally co-existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (I Peter 1:2)

3. The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and became fully man. Through His virgin birth, by His death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ made salvation a free gift to all who receive Him. (John 3:16 & 36; Ephesians 2:8 & 9)

4. Each member of the human race is created in the image of God, but falls short of God’s glorious standard, sinful and lost. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of each individual. Redemption is wholly by the blood of Christ, and salvation is by grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:10-30)

5. God created and maintains all things by His sovereign power. (Colossians 1:15-17)

6. The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ is composed of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. True believers have assurance of eternal life and the power of the Holy Spirit to live righteous lives. (John 10: 27-29; Galatians 5:16-18)

7. The blessed hope of the Church is the personal and imminent return of the Lord: the saved to enjoy eternal bliss and the unsaved to experience eternal and conscious punishment. (Revelation 20:11-15)

Mount Jubilee Ministries, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Mount Jubilee Ministries, Inc. admits individuals of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and other activities generally accorded or made available to its board members, advisory council members, staff and program participants. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission or any other programs administered by Mount Jubilee Ministries, Inc.