Rick Wagner has personally experienced the chains of alcoholism and the effects of drugs on children and families and now has big heart after God. Sharon’s background includes a 15-year addiction to cocaine which she overcame in 1987 with the love of God and the discipline of Teen Challenge. While at the Walter Hoving Home in New York, Sharon received a vision to provide a home for women – a place of safety and healing. For many years, Rick has had a vision to birth a City of Refuge in Lakeland Georgia to see men and their families healed and set free from addiction. In 2005, out of a passion to bring healing and freedom to women struggling with alcohol, drugs and abuse, Rick and Sharon founded South Georgia House of Hope. Today that same passion resides as Evans Memorial Camp is established. Together they have five children and fourteen grandchildren. Through the power of prayer and Gods love they have witnessed the transformation of their family's lives, and are honored to pave the way for other generations to experience restoration. They began a journey of faith that will last a lifetime.
Robert and Elyssa Wagner became one on April 14th 2019, after coming into an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Robert Wagner graduated Evans Memorial Camp Inc October 2017, stayed on for three years and is currently our Inner Healing Teacher. He manages daily operations at Restored Treasures Upscale Thrift Store and facilitates community service projects. Elyssa Wagner has been the Bookkeeper for us since opening and remains trustworthy in stewarding the ministries records. She is pursuing a career as a financial advisor and is educating herself through Lean Business Planning. Together they have three children - Twin daughters Lilyana and Dahlia and their son Robert, and another one on the way. Their humility and honor inspires others as their family models ministry.
Rick and Stephany Wagner both come from a past of addiction and have experienced God’s redemption. Rick graduated the program at Dunklin, went through their Servant Leadership Training and served on staff for three years. He is an Ordained Minister and has served in the Men's Program at Dunklin, the Kids Church, and the Men's Program at Martin County Jail. He has an AS Degree in Theology from Freedom Seminary. Since moving to Georgia Rick was involved with the Youth at Southland Church, and Kairos Prison Ministry. Presently Rick is the Director of Evans Memorial Camp. Stephany graduated from the Refuge Ranch and The Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach. She continued with a two year Discipleship Program and has worked with the Outreach Program called “Shine Girls” at Care Net Pregnancy Center. She has her AS degree in Human Services and serves as a Mentor at South Georgia House of Hope and is the Administrative Director at Evans Memorial Camp. Rick and Stephany have four children, Gloryana Jubilee Rose Wagner, Richard William Titus Wagner, Ziel Gideon Sloan Wagner, and enjoy visits with Rick's older twin boys Jacob and Tyler. Together they live out of a passionate and sustaining desire to give back what they have been given.
Craig Tanner is our community outreach manager, he's been with us for 3 years. he is engaged to be married in October. he works with the community to secure jobs and spread the love of Jesus