Our Story

Empower 7 started with a spiritual calling to care for orphaned and abandoned teens who don’t know Jesus. Through years of prayer, the purpose for Empower 7 and the dream of a ranch for vulnerable youth was shaped. God answered a specific prayer on January 20, 2018, that gave Empower 7’s Founder the assurance that God was behind this ministry and the confidence to step out in faith.

Our ministry is driven by Christ’s commandment to care for orphans and love our neighbors as ourselves. For Empower 7, this primarily means loving our young neighbors in the foster care system – foster care teens and aged-out youth struggling to navigate young adulthood on their own. Our top priority in empowering these youth is to build the Empower 7 Ranch – a Christ-centered residential community for youths who need a safe place to call home.

Our Name

“Empower” represents our mission: to provide strategic life solutions to empower the lives of vulnerable youth.

The number “7” has biblical meaning of “completeness or perfection” and is significant in many of God’s works. Together, “EMPOWER 7” refers to our model for guiding youth’s transition into thriving, purposeful adults. The 7-letter acrostic, E.M.P.O.W.E.R., introduces the seven progressive levels in our youth care services.

Our Logo

Our logo is symbolic of the Christian’s Shield of Faith. As we walk by faith, we trust God is our protector and directs our paths. We trust in His Word, protection, provision, and care. By raising our shields together, we unite in faith and rise victoriously above all challenges.

Our Beliefs

  • WE BELIEVE the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • WE BELIEVE in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.
  • WE BELIEVE that all Christians have direct access to God and the power of prayer to affect and change lives.
  • WE BELIEVE God wonderfully and immutably created each person as male or female and instituted marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family, the basic structure of human society.
  • WE BELIEVE that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end and we must be concerned for the physical and spiritual needs of our fellowmen and fatherless.
  • WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.
  • WE BELIEVE in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.
  • WE BELIEVE that, for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential and that Jesus Christ is the only way to personal salvation.
  • WE BELIEVE in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory to rule a thousand years.
  • WE BELIEVE that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Our Values

Our Christ-centered ministry is guided by our shared values:

  • Mission Driven: Genuine passion for our mission is at the core of each person.
  • Authentic: Achieving our mission is dependent on trust – trust from donors, partners, volunteers and clients. To earn and maintain trust, we ensure our actions align with our words and our operations are open and transparent.
  • Tenacious: Impossible is not in our dictionary. We know that to make a difference in this world, we must have unwavering perseverance, diligence and discipline to our long-term impact plans.
  • Together: We are best together. When individuals connect with others of a shared purpose, the impossible is possible.

Pray

  • Stability and protection for all youth, and for them to know the love of Jesus Christ in their lives
  • Wisdom and guidance for our leaders to fulfill God’s will for Empower 7
  • Provision of resources for our programs & building the Empower 7 Ranch
  • Connection to the land owner

Give

  • Land and other non-cash assets
  • Planned gifts to invest in our vision for future generations at the ranch
  • Financial and in-kind donations to support our annual programs and Lighting Their Way Campaign
  • Event ticket purchases & sponsorships to support our annual fundraisers

Serve

  • Advocating for our mission to increase our outreach and raise awareness
  • Volunteering for our annual fundraisers and programs to empower vulnerable youth
  • Volunteering and skill-based services to build the Empower 7 Ranch

Together We Are Lighting Their Way to a Brighter Future

Our vision is for all youth, regardless of their circumstance, to become thriving, purposeful adults who are driven to make the world a better place. Our top priority in empowering vulnerable youth is to build the Empower 7 Ranch: a Christ-centered residential community for at-risk youth who need a safe, serene place to call home.