We developed Agape 25 years ago out of a burden to help troubled teens. By showing God’s love daily to these boys, Agape has helped thousands of teens turn around their lives, grow spiritually, and complete their high school education. We love working with the boys, motivating them to reach their potential, showing them what God can do in their lives, and helping them restore the relationship with their parents and family.
Mr. Aabye attended Pensacola Christian College from 1988 to 1991 and majored in Bible. After leaving PCC in 1992, he married and started attending a local church Bible institute. He completed his degree in 1995 with a major in Bible. God called Mr. Aabye to preach in 1993 while attending the Bible institute. He became the Youth Pastor at River Valley Baptist Church for eight years under his father, pastor Norman Aabye. In 2000 he was ordained into the gospel ministry and became the Assistant Pastor. In 2001 God called his family to plant a church in the small city of Naugatuck, Connecticut. While pastoring there for almost three years, the Aabyes saw the church grow, people saved, and lives changed for the glory of God. In 2005 the Lord called them once again and they moved to Venango, Pennsylvania. Mr. Aabye began pastoring the Open Door Baptist Church. During this time the Lord has blessed the Aabyes with six children. In 2013, they moved their membership to the Agape Baptist Church in Stockton, Missouri, and soon after joined the staff at Agape Boarding School. Mr. Aabye currently is serving as a teacher in the learning center.
Charlie came to Agape Boarding School with his wife and three kids in October 2008. He grew up in Longview, Texas. Charlie is a graduate of Hyles Anderson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Theology and a Master’s degree in Education. Charlie serves as the Admissions Counselor, Assistant to the Principal, student mentor, and church media assistant.
After serving in the Navy, Tyler felt the Lord was calling him into the ministry. Tyler has over 45 years of experience working in ministry. He has devoted his time serving people, families, parents and teens. Throughout his years of ministry, he has helped establish or pastor seven different churches. He is a graduate of Cedarville University with a B.A. and also a minor in counseling. Tyler is also a licensed-ordained minister. Mr. Hartman is currently serving as one of our counselors and solely works counseling with teens and helping them understand themselves encouraging them to get victory over their struggles.
Riley grew up working on ranches. He dreamed as a young man to train horses the rest of his life. After completing high school, Riley went to college and earned a degree in horse management. After graduating, he worked on the Last Hurrah Ranch in Tensed, Idaho, as their horse manager. Later he worked as the horse manager for the Hairpin Cavvy of Lechman Cattle Company in Billings, Montana. Riley had a passion for working with horses; however, he had a greater passion to follow God’s will. He left his dream of training horses and enrolled in Bible College. After completing his studes at Hyles Anderson College, he heard about Agape Boarding School. This was the perfect opportunity where he could serve in a ministry with teen boys while also training horses. In the fall of 2011, Riiley and his wife came to serve full time on the ranch. Riley serves as the ranch manager, equestrian teacher, and a student mentor.
Mr. Outar came to Agape Boarding School from Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate from Hyles Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana where he graduated with a Masters in Education. Mr. Outar joined the ministry of Agape Boarding School in August of 2008
Mr. Rarrick has been married for 31 years and is the father of seven c hildren. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tennessee Temple University and a Master’s Degree from Hyles Anderson College. He has over thirty years of Christian service in both education and the pastorate. He will be working in the learning center. Since he has worked in other ACE schools, he will be a big help to the young men in the learning center. We are glad to have him with us.
Justin grew up in a Christian home and has served with his family in various ministries. After attending college for almost three years, Justin felt God was calling him to work at Agape Boarding School. In January 2012, he moved to Stockton to serve here full time. Justin will be getting married this summer and plans to complete his degree through online correspondence. Justin helps in the learning center, works on the ranch and helps with the equestrian program, as well as serving as a student mentor.
Tim had a son that was struggling through his teen years. After much prayer, Tim made the decision to enroll his son at the Agape Boarding School in 1994. Since Tim had many years of maintenance experience with the local school district, he frequently would volunteer his time around the Agape Boarding School while visiting his son. In 1995, he felt that the Lord was calling him to serve full-time at Agape. Since he had helped with so many projects already, Agape knew his capabilities. Tim is married and has five children. Tim serves as a student mentor, duty officer, vocational teacher, and maintenance person.
John came to Agape Boarding School in 2003. He attended Bible College for almost three years where he heard about Agape and had a desire to work with teens and help them find the right path in life. When John and his family came to visit Agape Boarding School, he instantly fell in love with the mission of the program, to help young men who were struggling in life. John and his family immediately moved out to the ranch and started serving full time. John serves as a substitute in the learning center, helps with maintenance and various tasks, and is a student mentor.
Julio came to Agape Boarding School in 2010. He is married and has seven children. Julio felt burdened to work with teens for many years before committing to serving at Agape. In fact, his family visited Agape several times before committing to the ministry. As the owner of several businesses in his hometown of Bakersfield, California, he quickly sold everything to serve full-time at Agape Boarding School. Julio serves as a student mentor, orientation staff, and an athletic coach.
Ron was raised on a dairy farm. In 1982, prior to Agape’s existence, Jim Clemensen led Ron to Christ and helped disciple him. In 1984 Ron attended Oklahoma Baptist College. He always had a burden to work with young men and often served in various ministries helping teens. Many years passed and Ron felt that Agape was where God wanted him to be. He moved his family and began serving in 2004. Ron is married and has three children. He serves as one of the night monitors in the dormitory.
I was born and raised in Romulus, Michigan. I was raised in a good, godly Christian home. At the age of 18, I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour. I felt the call to preach as a teenager and have pursued that calling ever since. I graduated from Grace Baptist College in Gaylord, Michigan. I have a beautiful wife, and 2 handsome boys. I was a youth pastor in Florida for a year. After that, my family stepped into evangelism for 3 years before accepting the youth pastor position for Agape Baptist Church as well as having a part in the boarding school.
I was sent to Agape Boarding School as a student from Fort Worth Texas. My mother heard about this program from the internet and, from the website, saw that this place suited me very well. I graduated from the program/school this past May 2016 and after graduation decided to work here. I knew that my heart was still in this place and that I wanted to help young men be successful in their future lives.
I was sent to Agape Boarding School as a student from Modesto, California. As a student, I became a part of the Agape Ranch Program. After being on the ranch program I decided that is what I wanted to do when I graduated. I graduated in November of 2014 and went to New Mexico where I worked at the Mud Springs Ranch for one year. While visiting Bro. & Mrs. Riley Olson, (Agape’s Ranch Manager and Equine Instructor) I felt a passion in my heart to work here. I wanted to try and help others the way I was helped here at Agape. I have been on staff here for almost a year and am enjoying every minute of it.
I was born and raised in Franklin, Pennsylvania, about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh. After graduating high school in 2007 I started working as a Corrections Officer, moving to three different facilities over 9 years. It was while I was working near Philadelphia, PA that I found Valley Forge Baptist Temple, where I was saved at 21 years old. In 2013 I transferred to State College and started attending First Baptist Church. During this time I developed a heart and passion for helping teenage boys – especially ones that were troubled or came from a rough background. It was at First Baptist that I met Pastor Dave Smith, who was a personal friend of Pastor Joe Grande (one of Agape’s Assistant Pastors), who mentioned Agape and their need for help. After much prayer, I answered God’s calling to come to Agape in August of 2016.
I was born in Texas to an Air Force family and was later stationed in California where I grew up. After graduating high school, I worked for Coast Hills Baptist Church as the youth pastor’s assistant for 5 1/2 years; 4 of which I attended the church institute graduating with a Diploma of Church Ministries in 2012. In 2013 I re-met my now wife Maurica and we were married in September of the same year. It was at this point that I had to seek secular employment full-time because my position at the church had never really been paid. After a short stint as a full time photographer, I got a job working for the Air Force as defense contractor at Vandenberg tracking Station doing grounds maintenance. In July 2016 we came to Agape to visit. Over the next few weeks God began to work on our hearts about coming and being a part of the ministry. We moved to Agape in August and are excited to be serving the Lord as a part of this vital ministry.
I am from Modesto, California and am a former Agape student. I was in the Army stationed in Colorado from 2007 to 2014 with one tour in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. I later left the military to get a degree in Sociology in 2016. I came back to work on staff in May 2016.
I was born and raised in California. I trusted Christ at the age of 21 and gave my life to the Lord for full-time service. I studied at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College, then went into secular employment as a structural steel painter, leaving christian service behind. Years later, God brought me back home to church and I re-surrendered for full-time Christian service. After some years of faithfulness at Lompoc Valley Baptist Church, I went and served in the Sailor Ministry of First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana. God led me from there into evangelism. It was during evangelism that I met and married my wife in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Lord led me to Agape as an evangelist. Later God worked on my heart to come to Agape full time, which we did in April of 2000. We left Agape in 2012 to help Pilgrim Rest Ministry in Kentucky for three and a-half years. God led us back to Agape Boarding School in January of 2016.
Dr. Moore was saved on July 15, 1960. He graduated from Hyles Anderson College with a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Education Degree, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity. Dr. Moore and his wife, Sandy, have been married for 44 years. They have 6 children and 13 grandchildren. Dr. Moore served as a member of the Bible Faculty of Hyles-Anderson College for 30 years and as Administrative Vice President for 20 years. He also served as Missions Pastor at First Baptist Church of Hammond for 12 years. In April of 2016, Dr. Moore assumed the position of Staff Director at Agape Boarding School.