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MSYC Announces Additions to Leadership Team

Henderson, TN - Mar 20, 2019

Mid-South Youth Camp, operated by Freed-Hardeman University for more than 50 years, has announced additions to its leadership team for Summer 2019. Tommie (T.J.) Kirk, principal of Chester County Middle School, and Darby Miskelly, guidance counselor at Jackson’s Rose Hill School, will join the existing team of Brad Montague (director) and Gayle McDonald (associate director) and Ally Rogers (junior camp and registration coordinator). Kirk will also be an associate director and Miskelly an assistant director.

“The kind of camp experience we want to provide requires a truly excellent staff,” Montague said. “As the number of our campers continues to grow, so do our responsibilities. We’re thrilled to be adding to the MSYC team in a way that adds quality and excellence to what we feel every single camper deserves,” Montague said.

Kirk earned a Bachelor of Science in education and Master of Science in administration and supervision from Freed-Hardeman. Since 2006 he has served the families of Chester County as a teacher, soccer and basketball coach, and administrator. He has also served the Oak Grove and Macon Road churches of Christ as assistant minister. He currently worships with the Estes congregation. He and his wife Shiradon have a daughter, Khloe. “I love the Lord, his family, and helping children grow,” Kirk said.

Miskelly holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in school counseling, both from FHU. A former camper, she has also been a camp worker, junior and senior camp counselor, head counselor and a staff member. Last year, Miskelly and two of her friends hiked the Appalachian Trail. McDonald said, “Darby has a true desire to serve God through serving young people.”

“We are grateful for this outstanding leadership team!” Montague said. “One thing we instill into each person who serves in any capacity at Mid-South Youth Camp is this: ‘Be who you needed when you were younger.’ Kids deserve a place where they can safely be challenged, inspired, and, ultimately, reminded just how loved they really are. We look forward to opening our gates this summer so campers can get to know Gayle, T.J., Darby and Ally.”

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