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Terry Benge

Terry is currently serving the Lord as Executive Director of Salem4Youth Ranch Ministries. Terry and his wife Stacey have two children. Their son Nathan serves as a Deputy Sheriff and their daughter Jordan is currently pursuing her Master’s in Biblical Counseling. Terry currently preaches on the Ranch and has worked with teenagers for over 25 years as a coach, mentor and Youth group leader. Terry loves hunting and the outdoors.


Gabriel Jackson

Gabe is currently serving the Lord in the vocational training department of Salem4Youth Ranch as a wood working instructor. He has been involved in ministering to young people since he was a teenager – mentoring, teaching, church ministry, camps, retreats, and residential ministry. Gabe attended Lincoln Christian University and Columbia International University, graduating from CIU in 2002 with majors in both Bible and Youth Ministry. He and his wife, Nikki (also a graduate of LCU and ISU with degrees in Jr. High Education and Bible), are busy with 3 children in gradeschool, jr. high, and high school. Gabe is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family as often as possible.


Stan Risinger

Former Chairman of the Salem4Youth Board of Directors, Stan is currently the Area Director of Men’s Discipleship for the West Central Illinois Man In The Mirror Ministry. When Stan came to faith in Christ God livened his spirit for evangelism and discipleship both locally and internationally. Stan is married to Julie they have four children and are blessed with five grandchildren. Stan and Julie have a love for missions, hospitality and family.

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About Parents Pasture


Parents Pasture is a blog site created primarily to minister to the families whose lives have intersected in some way with Salem4Youth Ranch. It contains Biblical insight on parenting and interacting with young people written by Salem4Youth Ranch administrators and guests.

The mission statement of Salem4Youth Ranch is: “Salem4Youth Ranch is to provide a safe and nurturing, Christ-centered, environment where young men between the ages of 12-17 can learn life skills that will better prepare them to function successfully in society. We minister to them on the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual level, with emphasis on the spiritual.”

Salem4Youth Ranch is convinced that the only way to change outward behavior is through an inward change of the heart. Our further conviction is that, though we can attempt to change minds and behaviors through our human efforts, only a relationship with Jesus Christ can change the heart.

An introductory post and an explanation of the blog’s name and theme can be found here:

Why “Parents Pasture”?

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