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.
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: http://www.fifnc.org 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: http://www.arcnc.org 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: http://www.cec.sped.org 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): http://www.ecac-parentcenter.org 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: http://www.fsnnc.org Family Support Network of North Carolina promotes and provides support for families with children who have special needs.
Mobility, Repair and Rental Center www.mobility-repair-rental.com 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 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.
- Daily Living: personal care, budgeting, health and safety, social interaction
- Education: Literacy, local civics and current events, technology, agriculture
- Community Integration: career/job exploration, resume building, volunteerism, ethics
- Community Living: transit, shopping, public safety, communication
- Developmental Activities: drama, praise and worship, arts and crafts, exercise, field trips, community service projects, social situations/role play and gardening.
Cecil Cottrell, Executive Director
Cecil is the Executive Director of Mount Jubilee Ministries. He has been instrumental in transitioning MJM from an event-centric non-profit to a sustainable organization. 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 MJM.
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. In 2009 Cecil became employed as a direct care provider for adults with I/DD, and it was then he began living out his dream of serving the special needs population full time.
Cecil’s passion and vision for the development of 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.” Cecil and his wife Teresa live in Reidsville, NC and enjoy traveling to the Pacific Northwest to visit their two grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law.
Jenna Moore, Program Director
Jenna is the Program Director of MJM’s His Path Developmental Day Program, an alternative program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jenna graduated from UNC-Wilmington in 2018 with a degree in Recreational Therapy and a minor in Psychology. The combination of Jenna’s faith in Jesus Christ and love for individuals with disabilities has been perfectly intertwined in her role as director. “Jesus is the foundation of every aspect of His Path and it is my prayer that all involved will experience His unconditional love. My purpose in life is to know Jesus and make Him known to others.” Jenna Live in Reidsville, NC.
Angelica Villalta, Direct Care
Angelica works as a Direct Care staff for MJM’s His Path Developmental Day Program. She began counseling at Camp Jubilee in 2015 and her passion to serve teens and adults with special needs is steadily increasing. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. “As doors began to open at His Path, I knew the Lord was leading me to embrace the opportunity to work with these incredible individuals and this program.” Angelica lives in Thomasville, NC.
Vicki Mckinney, Administrative Assistant
“I am truly excited to be involved with Mount Jubilee Ministries and gain more knowledge and involvement with this special population!”
Upon retiring from a career in education, Vicki has served as the Administrative Assistant for Mount Jubilee Ministries since January 2019. Vicki began her teaching career in 1981 with Community Baptist Schools and eventually began teaching in Rockingham County Schools at South End Elementary. Between these two teaching stints, she worked at The Free Clinic of Reidsville as an administrative assistant. Graduating from Reidsville High School, UNC-Greensboro with a BS is Elementary Education, and NC A&T with a Masters in Education, the majority of her teaching was in both first and second grades. Vicki resides in Reidsville with her husband Billy McKinney and their grandson, Liam.
Our Board Members
Kristi Harris, Chair
Kristi serves as Chair of MJM’s Board of Directors and also chairs the Future Planning Committee. Kristi currently works for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as an Exceptional Children’s Monitoring Consultant . Prior to this position, she worked for the Rockingham County Consolidated School System 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 same passion in her participation with Mount Jubilee Ministries. “I am very excited to serve in these capacities. The mission of MJM is one of utmost importance and will benefit many families in our area.”
Kristi is married to Jay Harris live in Reidsville, NC and they have two adult children. Their daughter and her husband have a beautiful daughter and their son is serving our country as a United States Marine.
Bonnie Larson, Vice Chair
Bonnie serves as the Vice-Chair of MJM’s Board of Directors and also chairs the Communications and Marketing Committee. “More and more doors are open to the present and future expansion of MJM. Albert Einstein once said, ‘Most people see what is, and never see what can be.’” Bonnie chooses to be among those who envision what can be for children with special needs. “It is thrilling to be part of the MJM organization which has this same passion.”
Upon graduation from Columbia International University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Education, Bonnie 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 2011, she retired from 37 years in private and public education, including 10 years as administrator of Community Baptist School in Reidsville, NC. 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.
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. Bonnie lives in Greensboro, NC with her special daughter, Allie.
Chris Phillips, Secretary/Treasurer
Chris serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of MJM’s Board of Directors and also chairs the Finance Committee. Chris graduated as a member of the initial Masters of Accounting program at North Carolina State University in 1995, where he also received his undergraduate degree in Accounting. Chris is the Assistant City Manager of Administration and the Finance Director for the city of Reidsville, NC. Prior to joining Reidsville in 2006, Chris had ten years of experience in public accounting. While he performed both audit and tax services, he specialized in governmental auditing. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the North Carolina Association of CPAs. Chris is a former chair of the NCACPA Government Auditing and Accounting Subcommittee and served in three seats on the board of the NC Local Government Investment Association.
When Chris was approached about joining the MJM team, he was eager to assist in overseeing the financial health of the organization. Chris resides in Reidsville, NC with his wife, Heidi and their son, Boston.
David Cullen, Member at Large
David serves as a Member at Large of MJM’s Board of Directors and also serves on the Camp Jubilee Committee. 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 in Jersey City, New Jersey where he served until his return to teaching in 2005. Currently, David is department chair and teacher at John M. Morehead High School in Eden, North Carolina where he has been teaching since 2007.
David began volunteering with Camp Jubilee in 2012, where he served as a dishwasher before assuming the role of Camp Jubilee Director in 2016. David’s desire is to be part of a ministry that is totally committed to Christ-centered service. “The mutual giving and receiving of the joy of Christ I have seen by both participants and volunteers 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.” David and his wife Marissa have three grown children and they reside in Reidsville, NC.
Jeremy Wagoner, Member at Large
Jeremy serves as a Member at Large of MJM’s Board of Directors. He also serves on the Finance Committee and Future Planning Committee. Jeremy came to MJM because he has a passion to touch the lives in his own community, as he is involved in human services in other communities throughout the state of NC. Jeremy received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Specialized Education Services from UNC-G and a MBA in Project Management from East Carolina University. Spending 20 years in the human services field, he has mainly focused on the community behavioral health market. Jeremy is currently employed with Easter Seals UCP, a North Carolina and Virginia based non-profit organization that provides services to individuals living with Mental Health symptoms and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. He serves as the operations director covering the eastern half of NC. “I am very passionate about helping all individuals live and experience a meaningful life in whatever ways they dream, and being strategic and analytical in figuring out the best possible ways to make this happen!”
Jeremy’s wife, Julie, works for Cone Health as the manager of volunteer services and community outreach. They have two sons, Ryder and Kason and live in Reidsville, NC.
Lawrence Graves, Director
Candice Hughes, Director
Upon joining the MJM Board in 2020, Candice remarked, “I’m very excited about what the Lord has planned for me through MJM and feel blessed to be serving on the Board.” As a teenager, Candice spent two weeks each summer for four years at Sunshine Camp in Kentucky. Sunshine Camp is a residential camp for teens and adults with special needs and it was there her passion for those with special needs was born. Candice has served on the Resource Development Committee, the Program Committee and in a leadership role at Camp Jubilee since 2014. She is currently chair of the Camp Jubilee Committee.
Candice and her husband, Tim, reside in Reidsville with their two children, Garrett and Gracie.
Ellen Makaravage, Director
“It is the contagious joy of the special people we serve that continues to bless me and keep me passionate about serving with MJM!”
Ellen Makaravage, a charter member of the Board of Directors, has had a profound influence on the founding and establishment of Mount Jubilee Ministries. She was at the first planning meeting for Camp Jubilee in 2004. Armed with a spreadsheet she became the first treasurer of what became known as Mount Jubilee Ministries, a position she held for 13 years. Ellen became involved in MJM through her friendship with the founder, Janice Bishop and her son, Danny. She has attended Camp Jubilee for years, serving as an administrator and counselor. 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, their children Danny and Jimmy, as well as Jimmy’s wife, Katarina have been counselors.
Ellen has worked for Wake Forest University for over 20 years, originally in the School of Law and presently in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Her responsibilities include interlibrary loan, electronic course reserves and copyright management. She earned her undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University, a graduate degree at the University of Michigan and a Masters in Library Science. Jim and Ellen attend church in Winston-Salem, NC and live in Yadkin County. Their favorite pastimes are traveling the United States and spending time with family.
Kenneth Smithey, Director
Kenneth became a MJM Board Director in 2018. He has served the ministries in many ways, but is best known for his superior auctioneer skills at the MJM Annual Family Fun Walk and Auction. He is a key player on the Resource Development Committee with an incredible ability to raise money. Kenneth was owner and driver of Smithey Racing from 1984-1997, has worked for AT&T in various capacities since 1990, has owned and operated Smithey’s Funwood Auction since 2004 and is the current owner of Piedmont Racing Expo.
Kenneth’s son, Jake, has down syndrome and has been attending Camp Jubilee since 2014. Kenneth is married to Beth Smithey and he has two children, two stepchildren and resides in Reidsville, NC.
Rose Wimberley, Director
Rose Marie is welcomed as a new Director for the 2020 MJM Board. As a Registered Nurse and one of the nurses for Camp Jubilee, she has been a life-long advocate for individuals with special needs. Her daughter, Savannah, has attended Camp Jubilee since 2018 and participated in many special events with the ministry. Both of her parents are profoundly deaf, influencing her to become fluent in American Sign Language. For years Rose Marie has been involved in serving/advocacy for the North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance, Gigi’s Playhouse, Monarch Day Program, NC Baptist Children’s Homes, and the Stevens Center. She currently works for the Stevens Center and The ARC of North Carolina and is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies, graduating in June, 2020.
“I am super excited about working with MJM this year as part of their Board and looking forward to another wonderful year as a Camp Jubilee nurse!” Rose Marie and her family live in Sanford, NC.
Hannah Yount, Director
Hannah has served as a volunteer camp nurse at Camp Jubilee since 2004. Sensing the Lord leading her to take a more active role in the ministry, she joined MJM’s Board of Directors and serves on the Camp Jubilee Committee. “I am excited about using my nursing skills and my passion for the special needs population to assist the MJM Board of Directors fulfill their vision for this wonderful ministry!”
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 and resides in Reidsville, NC.
Johnny Yow, Director
Johnny joins the MJM Board of Directors in 2020 after serving faithfully on the Resource Development Committee and the Future Planning Committee since 2017. Johnny received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1996. He has worked for the Rockingham County Mental Health and Social Service Departments since 2000. Johnny has a servant’s heart and was part of the ground breaking volunteer team at Camp Carefree in Rockingham County.
Johnny and his wife Della have 5 children and live in Rockingham County, NC.
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.