We developed Agapé 30 years ago out of a burden to help troubled teens. By showing God’s love daily to these boys, Agapé 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.
Program Staff – Partial Listing
Bryan Clemensen B.A., M.S., M.A. – School Principal
(Bio to come)
Julio Sandoval – Dean of Students
Julio came to Agapé 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 Agapé. As the owner of several businesses in his hometown of Bakersfield, California, he quickly sold everything to serve full-time at Agapé Boarding School.
Charlie came to Agapé 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 Olson – Equine Teacher and Ranch Manager
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 studies at Hyles Anderson College, he heard about Agapé 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, Riley and his wife came to serve full time on the ranch. Riley serves as the ranch manager, equestrian teacher, and a student mentor.
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 Agapé 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.
Ron was raised on a dairy farm. In 1982, prior to Agapé’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 Agapé 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.
Dan was born and raised in Franklin, Pennsylvania, about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh. After graduating high school in 2007, he started working as a Corrections Officer, moving to three different facilities over 9 years. It was while he was working near Philadelphia, PA that he found Valley Forge Baptist Temple, where he was saved at 21 years old. In 2013, he transferred to State College and started attending First Baptist Church. During this time he 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 he met Pastor Dave Smith, who was a personal friend of Pastor Joe Grande (one of Agapé’s Assistant Pastors), who mentioned Agapé and their need for help. After much prayer, he answered God’s calling to come to Agapé in August of 2016.