Our

PHILOSOPHY

Our team is committed by showing Christ’ redeeming love by providing exceptional hospitality and creating top-notch experiences in the beauty of God’s creation.

Our

MISSION

Our mission as a non-profit, interdenominational ministry is to strengthen families, develop leaders, and serve the greater St. Louis community.

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OUR HISTORY

The ranch is a beautiful 85 acre piece of property 30 minutes outside of St. Louis County. It is nestled in the rolling hills of Lincoln County with picturesque rock-bottom creek, mature trees, and a large lake. The property was first purchased by Bryan and Debbie Short in the spring of 1999.  They founded El Shaddai Ranch as a non profit, interdenominational, Christian camp ministry committed to furthering the Gospel of Christ among youth and families.  For 17 years they sacrificially served as the executive directors, growing the ministry to where it is today.  

In 2017, after much prayer and consideration, Bryan and Deborah Short, along with the El Shaddai Ranch Ministries board, decided it is time to pass the baton onto the next generation.  They asked Jason Zellmer, a church planter and previous board member, to assume executive leadership of the ministry. On February 1st of 2017, the ranch came under new ownership as Redemption Ranch.

With a passion for strengthening families and developing leaders, Jason and Heather Zellmer brought a fresh vision for the next generation of ministry.  In addition to carrying on legacy of evangelizing youth through God’s creation, the leadership of Redemption Ranch have plans to expand the ministry by offering family camps, marriage retreats, leadership development, and large scale outreach events.  By partnering with local church and other non-profit organizations, they hope to share the message of Christ’ redeeming love to the greater St. Louis community.  

Meet our

TEAM

The Story about

Our Directors

Jason and Heather began their work in ministry by volunteering with a small group of teenagers at Riverside Community Church in 2001.  As the ministry began to grow, Jason became a full time youth pastor as he completed his Bachelor’s degree at Lindenwood University.  

In 2004, the Zellmers joined Marc and Heidi Sikma to help plant Matthias’ Lot Church.  During his time at Matthias, Jason served on the board of the El Shaddai Ranch and started an event called Rally at the Ranch.  Youth and families from all across the St. Louis region  would gather to worship in the beauty of God’s creation.  Jason also founded a ministry called St. Louis Family Camp, a Christian camp designed to strengthen the entire family.

In the fall of 2009 the Zellmers were sent from Matthias’ Lot Church to plant Peine Ridge Church in Wentzville.  Jason was also hired to a part-time role as a church planting catalyst for the St. Louis Metro Baptist Association.  Through identifying, assessing and coaching new church planters, the Zellmers have partnered to plant several new churches across the St. Louis region.  

In February of 2017 Jason and Heather began a new adventure as Directors of Redemption Ranch.  Jason serves as the Executive Director, providing vision and leadership to the team.  Heather is the Co-Director and handles all things administrative.  The Zellmers live at the ranch with their five children – Benjamin, Olivia, Julia, Isaac and Jayda, and a dog named Knox. They look forward to greeting you on your next visit!

Jason & Heather Zellmer

Executive Directors
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The Story About

Our Directors

Jason and Heather began their work in ministry by volunteering with a small group of teenagers at Riverside Community Church in 2001.  As the ministry began to grow, Jason became a full time youth pastor as he completed his Bachelor’s degree at Lindenwood University.  

In 2004, the Zellmers joined Marc and Heidi Sikma to help plant Matthias’ Lot Church.  During his time at Matthias, Jason served on the board of the El Shaddai Ranch and started an event called Rally at the Ranch.  Youth and families from all across the St. Louis region  would gather to worship in the beauty of God’s creation.  Jason also founded a ministry called St. Louis Family Camp, a Christian camp designed to strengthen the entire family.

In the fall of 2009 the Zellmers were sent from Matthias’ Lot Church to plant Peine Ridge Church in Wentzville.  Jason was also hired to a part-time role as a church planting catalyst for the St. Louis Metro Baptist Association.  Through identifying, assessing and coaching new church planters, the Zellmers have partnered to plant several new churches across the St. Louis region.  

In February of 2017 Jason and Heather began a new adventure as Directors of Redemption Ranch.  Jason serves as the Executive Director, providing vision and leadership to the team.  Heather is the Co-Director and handles all things administrative.  The Zellmers live at the ranch with their five children – Benjamin, Olivia, Julia, Isaac and Jayda, and a dog named Knox. They look forward to greeting you on your next visit!

Jason and Heather Zellmer

Executive Directors

TODD HOLM

Director of Business & Finance

Todd Holm, a 1999 graduate of Lindenwood University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, has volunteered managing financials for over seven years for non-profit organizations.  Currently, as a Controller at Conference Technologies, Inc., he manages finances for a company that is committed to providing quality A/V solutions and superior customer service to clients in a variety of fields.   In addition to his employment, Todd is a board member for Trinity Christian Academy.
Todd’s love for the Ranch began in 2007 when he started volunteering at the rallies.  With a passion for excellence in all things, Todd is know for double and triple checking his work.  Married for 15 years to his wife, Lindsey, they have four children.

JUSTIN STICHTER

Director of Property Development

Justin Stichter received his BA in Art from Baylor University in 2001. After graduation he continued his education and received his Masters of Architecture and Masters of Urban Design from Washington University in 2004.  Justin has been a Project Manager for PGAV Destinations for 13 years as a designer and master planner of world class attractions.

Justin has been involved with We Love St. Charles, a non-profit organization that serves St. Charles by mentoring impoverished families and individuals through family support and intervention, homelessness prevention and job training.  He has also served his neighborhood as the HOA President.  He is a Small Group leader at his church and is a little league coach and sports fanatic.
Justin’s love for the Ranch began in 2005 after breaking ribs during a church flag football game.  He enjoys the outdoors and all of God’s creation.  He has been married 15 years to his high school sweetheart, Angela with three kids; Anna, Sawyer & Juliet.

MARC SIKMA

Director of Spiritual Development

Marc Sikma is the pastor of Matthias’ Lot Church in St. Charles.  As a founding pastor in 2005, Marc has been instrumental in growing the church to over 800+ regular worshippers and planting two churches in 10 short years.  Marc is also the founder of ‘We Love St. Charles’, a non-profit that serves the city by mentoring impoverished families, individuals and at-risk youth through family support and intervention, homelessness prevention, and job training.

Married to his wife, Heidi since 2002, they have three children; Avery, Dawson and Maddox.  Outside of fun with the family, he enjoys travel, skiing and time at the Ranch.

Marc’s love of the Ranch began in 2004 as he partnered with Jason Zellmer to lead the summer rallies.  Over the years, Marc has planned and lead dozens of men’s retreats, marriage retreats, leadership trainings and discipleship seminars. 

LINDSEY HOLM

Wedding Coordinator

Lindsey is the wife of Todd Holm and is the Ranch’s Wedding Coordinator.  She is also the owner / designer at She’s Crafty Wreaths and Home Decor.  With extensive experience in event planning and strong organizational skills, Lindsey will come fully capable of making your dream day a reality. Lindsey oversees all things related to Ranch weddings, including facility tours, booking, and coordination with the bride to be.

ABBY BROMWICH

Equine Program Director

Abby Bromwich is the owner and operator of CMB Training, a full service boarding, training and lesson facility since 2008.  Because of her love of horses, Abby met her husband Chris at a horse show and was married in 2007.  They have two children, Sierra and Caden.  The entire family loves to go on trail rides on the property of the Ranch.  Abby runs the Horsemanship Program at Redemption Ranch, which includes riding lessons, day camps, equine therapy, and hosting shows for the local community. She also leads the team of volunteers that help care for our horses.

JOHN REEDS

Frisbee Golf Activities Director

John Reeds started coming to the Ranch over 10 years ago and has been volunteering for the last 8 in maintaining the beauty of the Frisbee Disc Golf Course.  As owner of Johnny’s Tree Trimming and Landscaping Service, John is well qualified to care for the Ranch property.  Our Frisbee Disc Golf Course is a top ranked course in the Saint Louis area, thanks to John and his team of volunteers.  If you have questions about the course or would like to host a tournament, John is our resident frisbee golf expert.  

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