WELCOME TO EAGLE SKY!
Our number one goal is to bring everyone that comes to Eagle Sky, closer to God. Everything at ESO is designed to point guests back to the message of Jesus Christ. For over ten years, Eagle Sky has been preparing for camp. Settled on 5,000 acres near beautiful Piedmont, Mo, the land sets the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable summer experience. Our staff is committed to providing the very best experience possible to each visitor who walks through our gates. Our main focus is sharing the love of Christ with kids, youth, and guests from all over the world. We believe you are never too young or too old to hear the message of Christ.
What is a Christian Challenge Camp?
Our fully programmed camp sessions are designed to help each camper grow to reach their highest potential, we believe this is best achieved by challenging each camper to step outside their comfort zone in three main areas. Each of our activities and programs has been specifically created to challenge the campers in a spiritual, mental, or physical way, all within a safe and encouraging environment.
The Eagle Sky Foundation’s Mission is to provide a unique retreat environment where everyone is challenged to grow in their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.
Providing quality facilities where guests can retreat in comfort and security while they focus on expanding their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ;
Utilizing dedicated, talented staff who demonstrate servant leadership and total commitment to Jesus Christ;
Involving guests in challenging Christian Camping Programs which strive for quality and excellence in recreational opportunities, ministry development programs; educational programs, and quality Bible teaching;
Leading guests to engage the beauty of God’s creation, the joy of fellowship, and the challenge of growth in their faith and walk with Jesus Christ.
Our Vision Statement
The Eagle Sky Foundation has embraced a challenge to build and operate the finest camping and retreat facilities available for utilization by church groups and other Christian organizations.
Our Core Values
The Eagle Sky Foundation is committed to: Lordship of Jesus Christ
Christ-like work ethic: with every thought, word, and deed contributing to the fulfillment of the Mission Statement of The Eagle Sky Foundation.
Personal integrity: in both public and private life.
Stewardship: of the Lord’s resources in the environment, in the facilities, in the staff and in our finances.
Vision: to remain relevant in meeting the ever changing needs of campers and staff.
Safety and Security: providing a program and facilities that focus on safety and security for all participants.
Our Statement of Faith
The Eagle Sky Foundation holds Five Fundamental Truths that are Pillars of the Faith:
ONE GOD: We believe in the Godhead, consisting of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
JESUS CHRIST: We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a Virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit
SAVIOR and REDEEMER: We believe Jesus Christ died to save us from our sin, that He was resurrected from the dead and as our Lord and Savior is the way to Heaven and Eternal Life.
SECOND COMING: We believe Jesus Christ will come again, in glory and honor, to judge the living and the dead.
BIBLE: We believe the Bible is the inspired, living Word of God and is the only reference for Christian Faith, Doctrine, and Conduct.
The Eagle Sky Foundation’s focus will be upon Jesus as Lord and Savior as well as on education, recreation, and the spiritual growth and development of the whole person
Greg & Linda Graham
Greg serves Eagle Sky as Executive Director and Linda serves as Director of Human Resources.
Greg has Christian camping in his blood! As a child his mother was a cook at Calvin Crest Camp next to Yosemite, he spent many childhood years backpacking and working in camp. As a young adult he returned to Christian Camping at Hume Lake Ministries where he met his wife Linda, and eventually entered the business world but remained in camping as a volunteer and served on the Hume Lake Board of Directors. God brought Greg back to camping ministry as COO of Hume Ministries. He then became a part of a team at Camp Siloam which was in a refounding process. All these experiences trained Greg for his role at Eagle Sky. Greg is honored to be a part of this team!
Linda grew up in Long Beach, CA listening to the beach boys spending her days at the ocean teaching canoeing and working her way through school. When she finished college, she went to Hume Ministries, met Greg and never looked back! They moved to the Fresno area when she became a Personnel Manager until after her second child was born. Linda continued involvement in Hume Ministries in a part time basis and as a volunteer while raising their three children. She then worked at Camp Siloam in Arkansas as Guest Relations Manager/Women’s ministry. Linda is also honored to become a part of the Eagle Sky team!
Greg and Linda have three children, Robbie, AnnaLynne, and Lizzie; two granddaughters Aspen and Paisley who are both given the name Princess by their Papa and Yaya.
Fun Fact: Greg used to trap Bear and relocate them while living in the Sequoias.
Fun Fact: Linda was in an all-girls Boy Scout canoeing club. She was the first Christian girl to receive the Boy Scouts God and Country award!
Greg’s Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct they paths.”
Linda’s Verse: Psalm 100 is her favorite passage in the Bible and she recites it daily as a reminder of her blessings.
Tony & Debbie Urzi
Tony serves at Eagle Sky as the CFO/COO and Camp Administrator, and Debbie as the Director of Women’s Ministries and Special Events.
Tony has enjoyed camping his entire life! Tony grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO; his earliest remembrances of camping were when his parents would bring him to Sam A. Baker State Park, just around the corner from Eagle Sky. He has always enjoyed spending time in nature, whether it is floating on a stream in the Ozarks or hiking through the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. He has sectioned hiked both the Appalachian Trail and the Ozark Trail.
Debbie was born less than thirty minutes away from Eagle Sky in Fredericktown. She grew up in the Farmington area before moving to St. Louis, meeting Tony, and raising their family. She never anticipated that God would call her back to her roots in Southern Missouri!
Tony and Debbie have 2 children, Ashley and David, and 6 grandchildren, Emerson, AnnaRose, Adelaide, Eisley, Garrison, and Amira. Tony and Debbie served full-time in ministry at Church on the Rock in St. Peters, MO, for over 30 years before God opened the door for them at Eagle Sky!
Fun Fact: Tony is also an avid runner, having completed 10 marathons, multiple half marathons, 5k’s, and 10k’s. Trail running is his go-to relaxation!
Fun Fact: Debbie loves to bake and had opened a bakery/coffee shop in their previous hometown of New Melle, MO. They sold the bakery before relocating to Eagle Sky. She still loves to bake up something special for the Eagle Sky team!
Tony’s Verse: 2 Chronicles 16:9 – “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect towards Him.”
Debbie’s Verse: Philippians 1:6 – “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Director of Guest Groups & Registration
All the way from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Nathan has been with Eagle Sky since 2015! Watching camp build from the ground up has been an extraordinary blessing. Nathan brings a wealth of knowledge from working multiple facets of jobs in the camping industry. This knowledge is only outdone by his passion for the Gospel and people. With his wife Abigail, they have three wonderful children Camden, Jubilee, and their newest addition, Braverman. With his family, they are excited to see the future for Eagle Sky!
Fun Fact: Nathan loves snowboarding, cooking, and Elk hunting in Colorado!
Isaiah 43:19 – “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”
Director of Land Management
Branden, AKA – Cowboy #1, has grown up around Camp Ministry his whole life and has been working at Eagle Sky since 2012. Branden enjoys every aspect of camp from working behind the scenes to greeting guests as they come in! If it’s outdoors it is something Branden enjoys. Sitting in the tractor spending His quiet time, or caring for the Elk, he sees God’s goodness in it all. Branden is expectant for all that God has in store for Eagle Sky!
Fun Fact! Branden is newly married to his beautiful bride Omega! They met at ESO summer of 2016.
Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I for you says the Lord. They are plans to prosper you not to harm you; plans to give you hope for the future.”
Martin Hayes Jr.
Director of Food Services
Graduate Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts 2010 Martin Hayes (Marty) dreamed of working in Christian Camping his entire adult life. The call began summer of 1990, working as “Summer Staff” at a camp in northern California. That call wouldn’t be completely realized for many years to come. Marty has an extensive background in food service, which began in the Seafood import and export business. He started as a dock worker in 1991, and by 2008 he was managing a small multinational import/export company based in New Zealand. In 2010 after graduating from culinary school, Marty felt the call of the Lord to full-time camp ministry and took a position as a line cook. The following year he was offered the position of Executive Chef. Marty has enjoyed serving at camps across the United States, from Hawaii to New England and many places in between. In addition to camp ministry, Marty and his wife Christine have had the privilege of fostering over 40 children. Their foster ministry has allowed them to work with teen youth from hard places, act as mentors for foster/adopt families, and host several support groups for foster/adopt families for over a decade.
Fun Fact: Growing up, Marty wanted to be an actor. He worked for Francis Ford Coppola and, in 2013, even acted in an independent film called “Camp” where he played a camp cook named Roy. He has an IMDB credit for the film.
Psalms 71:17-18 – “O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.”
Director of Program
Matt’s journey in camp ministry is deeply rooted in a lifelong connection to the transformative power of camp experiences. From his upbringing within the camp community to discovering Christ as a camper, his passion for creating meaningful connections and encounters with Jesus has grown stronger. Since 2007, Matt has dedicated his career to the world of camping, tirelessly working to craft environments where individuals can detach from the ordinary and foster genuine relationships while deepening their walk with Christ.
Beyond his professional dedication, Matt treasures family life with his wife, Felicia, and their two cherished children, Cadman and Milly. Together, they find joy in imparting valuable life lessons within the awe-inspiring embrace of God’s magnificent creation.
Fun Fact: Matt enjoys riding motorcycles and embarking on thrilling Jeep expeditions, blazing trails on and off the beaten path.
Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men”
Director of Marketing, Media, & AVL
Ryan is a multi-talented, self-taught creative with a passion for graphic design, photography, videography, and AVL production. He joined Eagle Sky in 2020 as a grounds crew supervisor and quickly became an integral part of the camping ministry here at Eagle Sky. Prior to this, Ryan retired from a career in law enforcement. He enjoys using his skills to help tell the camp’s story and is grateful for the opportunity to serve God and make a difference in the campers’ lives. Ryan is married to his wife, Christy, who works at Eagle Sky in the camp store. Together, they cherish their two daughters, Cheyenne and Chloe.
Fun Fact: When Ryan’s not at home spending time with family, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and pursuing his creative interests.
Luke 10:2 – “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”