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GOVERNANCE

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chuck, Board Chair

CHUCK

Board Chair

Chuck has been married to his wife for over 50 years, and together they have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren. He graduated from Drake University with a BA degree and from REHMA bible training correspondence school. Presently, Chuck does business as CRM Sales, Inc. along with acting as Garden Gate Ranch's Board Chair. In 1976, he had an encounter with the Holy Spirit and he and his wife surrendered their lives to Jesus. He has been teaching Bible since 1978, with a speciality in prophecy. Chuck met Garden Gate Ranch's founders over 15 years ago and they became great friends. When Brenda received and shared the vision for Garden Gate Ranch and its place in the fight against human trafficking, Chuck and his wife were immediately drafted into the vision. Chuck is both humbled and honored to participate in this ministry of the Lord's.

Colleen, Board Member

COLLEEN

Board Member

Colleen is a dedicated wife, a wise mentor, and a lover of animals. She grew up in rural Iowa surrounded by her family, and now lives on an acreage with her husband and their many pets. After graduating from AIB with a business degree, Colleen began to climb the corporate ladder of the accounting world, attaining so high a status as second in command for a million dollar construction company. But her success was not satisfying, and after many interactions with a Christian coworker, Colleen finally found fulfillment in a relationship with Jesus Christ. The joy and healing that followed her conversion filled a void that no status or achievement ever could, and it fueled a desire to use her gifts for the service of God and others. In Jesus, Colleen found healing and restoration from past trauma, and she longs to see this same grace transform victims and perpetrators alike. Today, she lends her gifts to Garden Gate Ranch for the expansion of God’s Kingdom, and for the healing of all those He loves.

Terry, Board Member

TERRY

Board Member

Terry is retired and living in Ankeny with his wife of 35 years. They have four daughters, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Terry attended Mason City Junior College and Buena Vista University and has an Associate Degree in Christian Literature from Shalom University. After college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent time in Vietnam. Upon discharge from the Army, Terry worked in Iowa as a Police Officer and Deputy Sheriff. He has a diverse work history in the fields of insurance and investment, sales and communication, and motel and store management. Terry became a Christian at the age of 38. Because of his personal transformation, he knows that God can work wonders in anyone who dedicates their life to Him, no matter their situation or background. This understanding fuels his desire to be involved with Garden Gate Ranch. Terry knows that it is God's desire to restore abundantly to GGR's residents the years that have been stolen from them. He is greatly honored to be a part of the integrity and mission of Garden Gate Ranch.

Barb, Board Member

BARB

Board Member

Barb is a committed wife, mother, and encourager. She grew up in rural Iowa, graduating from UNI with a degree in secondary education, and later earning a Master's in adult learning and performance from Drake. For over 23 years, Barb channeled her education and expertise into training employees and leaders in the companies for which she worked, one of which was a Fortune 500 financial services company headquartered in Des Moines. While Barb appeared to have achieved the American dream of success, she found herself more and more unsatisfied. On a missions trip in 2017, she finally realized what she was missing: the joy of deep, authentic connections, beginning with a connection to her full identity in Christ. Barb's journey led her to pursue a second career as a faith-based life coach. With God directing her, she stepped out in faith in March of 2020, leaving her corporate job to pursue full-time life coaching. Barb looks forward to sharing her services and wisdom with GGR's residents and staff, inviting them to find joy in their own courageous journeys. 

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JOHN

Board Member

Currently in his sixth decade of ministry, John served his first three as a senior pastor for churches that had gone through difficult times, helping them heal and continue their calling in the body of Christ. After stepping from that role, John ministered as a care pastor and now serves with Alpha USA in Iowa. John studied with Moody Bible Institute Correspondence School under the Bible Mastery Program and graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy as president of his class. John and his wife have been married for 12 years and, together, founded HeART Studio in 2011 with the mission of "creating a safe space where all can express and heal the human heart." John and his wife share a blended family as well as a passion for the broken hearted, supporting one another in fulfilling God's call on their lives as they serve Jesus in different roles.

Garden Gate Ranch financial

FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTABILITY

Garden Gate Ranch endorsements

ENDORSEMENTS

ECFA Accredited

Garden Gate Ranch is accredited by ECFA and upholds the seven integrity standards: Doctrinal issues, governance, financial oversight, use of resources and compliance with laws, transparency, compensation-setting and related-party transactions, and stewardship of charitable gifts. Visit ecfa.org to learn more.

National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance Member

Garden Gate Ranch is in the process of becoming an accredited member of NTSA and are committed to their Essential Standards.

Institute for Shelter Care Mentor Program Training Phase Completion

A mentee to the Institute for Shelter Care, Garden Gate Ranch was the first residential home to open under its mentorship.

GuideStar Seal_Platiunum Transparency_2021

Garden Gate Ranch has received GuideStar's top-ranking Platinum Seal of Transparency. View full seal level requirements here.