REINING HOPE INC. | 17600 LEBANON RD. SPRING GROVE VA 23881 | 804.896.3723 | | last updated: 26 February 2016



When you visit Reining Hope, you're bound to witness the grand movement of the Holy Spirit. Whether you believe or not, miracles are happening out here on the ranch, and we're humbled by the call on our lives to serve young people. Whether it's deep healing in a hurting heart, physical advancements in a broken body, or spiritual growth in a needy soul - God is using horses and our mentors to reach the young community on many different levels, exactly where they need it most. Reining Hope is a blessing to so many, including us - we hope you choose to visit us soon!

John 15:4-5 says, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."


Matthew & Heather Westbrooks

Jay Storms is a retired Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps (USMC). We are genuinely grateful to him for his 20 years of service to our country. Jay currently works as Director of the USMC/Army Programs for SimVentions.  In addition to being an Elder at his church, Jay is also a Senior High Youth Group Leader and has been a Cherokee Missions Leader for the past seven years. Jay models his life after Christ, and his bold love for His Savior shines through his actions. Jay is a vital part of the Reining Hope Board because he leads with wisdom and a Christ-centered motive. Jay’s life verse is Ephesians 2:1-10, which explains how it is by Christ’s grace we are saved. Verse 10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Reining Hope is blessed to have Jay and his wife involved in the program. Visitors to the ranch witness true joy in Jesus when they meet the two of them. 

Larry Nelson is a retired elementary school teacher, with over 35 years of education and administration under his belt. Originally from Oregon, Larry has participated in leading and volunteering at several youth camps and youth organizations, to include Young Life at Washington Family Ranch. In addition to serving on the Reining Hope Board, Larry volunteers as a Session Leader in the Rancher Program as well as serves on the Family Outreach team. Larry exhibits a true servant’s heart wherever he is, and he provides a stable source of wisdom for all of the volunteers who serve Reining Hope. His life verse is Ephesians 6:10-18, which speaks about putting on the full armor of God.

​​Jeni Rowell is a stay-at-home mom who homeschools her three children in the northern Virginia area with a homeschool co-op. She has lived in over five states, which has provided her a diverse perspective on community and ministry. Jeni assists the Reining Hope board with her past experience in accounting and business. Her life verse is Isaiah 61:3, which she has partially tattooed on her arm. She says, “My Jesus has made beauty out of my ashes in so many ways! He has turned my mourning into joy and filled my heart with praise even when I should be despairing…He has done all of this for His great glory! It is my prayer that He will continue to draw me close into His presence that I might bring His name great praise!” Jeni and her husband have been an inspiration to other families, as they have committed to volunteering at Reining Hope as a family unit.  

Robert (Bob) Brown is a local veteran with a heart for the community. His last two Army assignments were Adjutant General for the Southern European Task Force and Chief of Military Personnel for the US Army Intelligence & Security Command. Bob currently serves as Adjutant/Historian at the American Legion Post 146 in Hopewell. Until recently, Bob and his wife, Marnie, volunteered for the Chesterfield County Planning Department. As part of this involvement, Bob helped develop programs to directly help the elderly, handicapped, and low-income county residents. Bob helps Reining Hope in many ways behind serving the board, and his passion for helping students with needs is contagious. Bob’s favorite verse is I Corinthians 13:1-3, 13 which explains how love is the greatest gift of all.

Jeffery (Jeff) Hill​ is the Lead Pastor at Destiny Church in Chester. He and his wife have four children, and as a family, they’ve helped Reining Hope establish its roots. Originally from Pennsylvania, the Hill family has been in ministry here in Virginia for the past twelve years. Jeff participates in many community activities, and his heart for people is apparent through everything he does. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, reading, enjoying the outdoors, and he’s a diehard Steelers fan (which goes over quite well at the ranch!). His favorite verse is Isaiah 40:30 which says, “Even youth grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but hose who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Meet the board of directors

There's no limit to life when we surrender our hearts to hope.