Year-Round Staff

Brad Abbott, Executive Director

Brad joined Sky Ranch in 2010 and has over 30 years of outdoor ministry experience--both at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in Lakeside, MT and Stronghold Camp & Conference Center near Oregon, IL. Brad graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Recreation Programming and Music Education. Brad lives with his wife, Deb (Pastor at King of Glory Lutheran Church - Loveland, CO) and his dog, Missy. They live in Fort Collins and enjoy the abundant sunshine on the Front Range!

Ally Mertz, Office Manager

Ally began working fulltime at Sky Ranch in 2013, after multiple years on summer staff at Sky Ranch. Originally from Denver, Ally and her dog, Otis, live in Fort Collins, where she enjoys working at a local brewery. Ally loves spending time outside and teaching yoga.

Jeff Fairfax, Youth & Outreach Program Director

Jeff joined Sky Ranch in 2016, after working at Luther Springs Camp and Conference Center in Florida, the YMCA of Central Florida, and Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp. Jeff and his wife, Maddie (the Faith Formation Coordinator at Zion Lutheran in Loveland) live in Wellington with their dog Toby. They enjoy camping, traveling to new places, and enjoy visiting the dairy farm down the street to watch the sunset.

Cole Hemmah, High School Program Director

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