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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 MJM 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 attend Caswell Bible Fellowship. They 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. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Biblical Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary. 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 lives in Reidsville, NC and attends Reidsville Bible Chapel.
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. Angelica is completing her Master of Teaching at A&T University with a concentration in Special Education. “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 and attends Shannon Hills Bible Chapel in Greensboro.
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, where they are faithful members of Community Baptist Church.
Natalie Horton, Administrative Marketing Director
Natalie Horton has been serving with MJM since October 2020 as the administrative marketing director. She came to MJM with a passion for marketing as her home church, Emmanuel Baptist Church located in Eden, NC, experienced a technical revolution at the start of the shutdowns. “As an older congregation, we never had much need for social media or marketing platforms until they were the only way for the church to meet. When I heard MJM was looking for someone to do their marketing, with it fresh in my mind, I thought to myself, “I could do that.” It was incredible to see the way God has orchestrated the growth of MJM and every day that I work there I see God in new ways, working for His people, and it inspires me to be better.” Natalie has an associates degree in Electronics Engineering Technology and will graduate with her Bachelors In Math in December 2021. She plans to continue her education with plans to achieve a Bachelors in Biblical Counseling with a concentration in Abuse/Trauma counseling from Bob Jones University. Natalie enjoys serving where she is able, and looks forward to serving with her fiancé after marriage on the mission field.
Our Board Members
Kristi Harris, Chair
Kristi serves as Chair of MJM’s Board of Directors. Kristi currently works for Wilson Language Training Corporation as a Literacy Advisor and Literacy Specialist. Prior to this position, she worked for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as an Exceptional Children’s Monitoring Consultant and the Rockingham County School System as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, and special education administrator. With thirty years of experience in the field of education, Kristi continues to fuel her passion to help students become successful in school and in life by supporting teaching and school districts. She uses this same passion in her service with Mount Jubilee Ministries. “The mission of MJM is one of utmost importance and benefits many families in our area. I am thankful to be a part of God’s work in our community and beyond.” Kristi is married to Jay Harris and lives in Reidsville, NC. They have two adult children and one beautiful grandchild. She and Jay are faithful members of Community Baptist Church where Kristi enjoys being with a high school/college-age girls’ Sunday School group.
Jeremy Wagoner, Vice-Chair
Jeremy serves as the Vice-Chair 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 an 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 and attend Woodmont United Methodist Church.
Chris Phillips, 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.
Johnny Yow, Secretary
Johnny joined 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 groundbreaking volunteer team at Camp Carefree in Rockingham County. Johnny and his wife Della have 5 children and live in Rockingham County, NC and attend Reidsville Bible Chapel.
Dawn Adams, Director
Dawn retired as a Senior Sanitarian in February of this year, after 21 years of service with the District of Columbia, Health Department in Washington DC. While working as a Sanitarian in the District, Dawn had the pleasure of collaborating with the U. S. Secret Service and the FDA to plan and conduct National Special Security Events/Special Events such as the Presidential Inaugural Events as well as the Presidential Summits. Dawn also worked for Fairfax County in the Human Services Department, emergency assistance program serving the citizens of Fairfax County in crisis situations. Dawn earned a B.S. degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Dawn feels really blessed and excited for the opportunity to serve MJM as a board member. Dawn is a member of Destiny Christian Church in Greensboro NC and resides in Reidsville NC.
Terry Howerton, Director
Terry joined the MJM Board of Directors in 2021. He was first introduced to MJM when his daughter, Allie, attended Camp Jubilee. He is the father of two daughters and has been married for 28 years. After attending graduate school at Wake Forest University, Terry began his teaching career for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. He has taught there for 28+ years and currently works as a biotechnology coordinator and teacher at a local STEM magnet high school there. Terry’s main hobby is trail running and endurance races. Terry, his wife Jean, and Allie attend Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem.
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 Subcommittee. Candice and her husband, Tim, reside in Reidsville with their two children, Garrett and Gracie, and attend Reidsville Bible Chapel.
Rachel Marquardt, Director
Rachel is welcomed as a new Director for the 2021 MJM Board. Rachel is a member of Woodmont UMC/Mission First and has participated in the MJM Family Fun Walk and Auction for the past three years as a participant and organizing teams. Rachel is a graduate of NC State with a BS in textile chemistry and an MBA from Elon University. Rachel has spent her career in the NC textile industry mainly in quality and spends her time outside of work pursuing her passions of early morning group exercise at the Reidsville Y, serving on multiple church committees including Missions, building community, and being a wife and mom. As a young child, Rachel spent mornings with her mom in their church’s IDD day program as part of her mother’s master’s degree internship. It was here, learning to tie shoes and doing arts and crafts, that the seed of love was planted for the special needs population. Rachel lives in Reidsville with her husband, Troy, who is the assistant principal for McMichael High School. They have two teenaged children, Kaitlyn and Trey, and attend Woodmont United Methodist Church in Reidsville.
Beth Murray, Director
Beth is beginning her journey with Mount Jubilee Ministries as a Board Member for 2021. Beth is an occupational therapist, as well as the Annie Penn Hospital Rehabilitation and Sleep Disorders Center Site Manager. During her 20 years practicing as an occupational therapist, Beth has had the pleasure of helping individuals with physical and psychosocial disabilities regain their independence and learn new skills to become independent with their daily skills so that they can live and enjoy life to the fullest. “I am thrilled to work with Mount Jubilee Ministries and assist individuals and their families in our community be as independent as possible.” Beth and her husband, Josh, live in Browns Summit with their two daughters, Maddie and Emilia and they attend Woodmont United Methodist Church in Reidsville.
Bryant Noles, Director
Bryant joined the MJM Board of Directors in 2021. He is currently the Managing Director of a healthcare IT recruiting firm. Prior to this, he worked as a corporate recruiter at a national consulting firm. Before that, he was an Account Executive at an executive search firm. During and right after college, Bryant worked with adults who had intellectual and developmental disabilities in group homes, at a day program, and as a job coach. Little did he know, it was all in preparation for him to have his own son with Down syndrome! His son and family have been blessed by their participation in MJM’s ministries and Bryant looks forward to helping MJM grow and strengthen its ministries throughout the Triad. The launch of His Path Winston-Salem is the beginning of the fulfillment of this vision. Bryant, his wife, Amy, and son live in Winston-Salem and attend Christ Church in Lewisville, NC.
Portia Paris, Director
God continues to lead Portia to ministries that support our most vulnerable neighbors where she advocates for equity, inclusion, and basic needs. She is employed by YMCA of Greensboro and Reidsville Teen Center, and enjoys developing and delivering leadership, STEM, and college readiness programs for area youth. After 25 years of service to Rockingham County Public Library, she became a Social Security disability advocate working diligently to secure benefits and identify resources for adults and children with diverse abilities. Portia’s non-profit board experience enhances her contribution to MJM. Her current board affiliations include Rockingham County Help for Homeless (Chair), Reidsville Outreach Center (Vice-Chair), and Lillian H. McLaurin Good Neighbor Association. In the past, she sat on several boards including Habitat for Humanity, Reidsville Human Relations Council and The Reidsville Family YMCA. She works extensively with NC-100 supporting grass-roots community organizations. “As an advocate, I allow space and give presence to our neighbors who are faceless and voiceless.” Recently widowed, Portia is the mother of two adult daughters and lives in Rockingham County, NC. Portia is a member of First Baptist Church (Hubbard St.), Reidsville where she is actively involved in Church ministries.
Kenneth Smithey, Director
Kenneth joined the MJM Board of Directors in 2018. He has served the ministry 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 and is now attending His Path Developmental Day Program. Kenneth is married to Beth Smithey and he has two children, two stepchildren, and resides in Reidsville, 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 Subcommittee. “I am excited about using my nursing skills and my passion for the special needs population to assist MJM fulfill the 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, and attends Reidsville Bible Chapel.
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.