Born as James Franklin Calder (a.k.a. Skipper) to James and Alberta Calder, August 15, 1952 in Wauchula, FL. Skipper
At age 22, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior
In 1993, life got rough and Skipper found himself divorced and without a home. With the loving care of his sisters, a couple of local churches and a few friends, Skipper was able to get his life back together. In 1995, he married Kathy and they began to rebuild their lives.
In 2001, Skipper and Kathy found Reality Ranch, a ministry directed by Randy Johnson and family. Here the couple found a refuge, healing, and a ministry they could relate to, HORSES. Skipper and Kathy led the Adult Sunday School class. Skipper would assist with preaching when Randy was on the road and Kathy led the lady's ministry. Skipper's children assisted with Children's Church. It was here that God revealed to Skipper he could preach from a horse. In the summer of a 2002, they
In December of 2003, Randy Johnson approached Skipper
In December of 2005, God directed Skipper to put together a ministry team and form a non-profit corporation. Skipper serves as Founder and President of New Beginnings Ministries of Hardee County, Inc. Skipper's brother-in-law, Edward Stevens, serves as
Vice-President and soundman. Skipper's wife, Kathy, serves as
In the Spring of 2006, Skipper started Cowboy Up Ministry which is sponsored by New Beginning's Ministries. This ministry is designed to reach the horse lovers in this area with God's Word, the love of Jesus Christ and the direction of the Holy Spirit. Skipper and Kathy, as New Beginning Ministries, hold Thursday Night Home Studies.
They not only actively pursue their ministries, they also actively assist with the production of "The Story of Jesus", an annual re-enactment of the life of Christ held at the Hardee County Cattlemen's Arena in Wauchula every Spring. Skipper rides horseback and depicts a Roman soldier, a royal servant, and Jesus as the Second Coming King returning on a white horse. Kathy assists with the directing. Both of Skipper's adult children are active in the play as well. His son Jess rides horseback as a Roman soldier and a royal servant. His daughter Paige plays many parts as well as assists with the makeup artistry. The entire family has been involved in this ministry from its inception in 1988.
Skipper and Kathy have a desire to have the heart of Jesus Christ. They believe God has called them to influence people to mature in their walk with Jesus through Bible Study, to influence people to surrender their will to God's Will for their life, and to influence people to serve one another. Above all, Skipper and Kathy believe their purpose is to be controled by the Holy Spirit to be God's hands, feet and voice to the people around them.
On December 11, 2009 New Beginnings Ministries of Hardee County, Inc. (a.k.a. Cowboy Up Ministry) received its letter of Exemption from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are deductible under section 170 of the Code and retroactive to February 13, 2006 (the date of the original request). The Ministry is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. It was determined by the Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service that the Ministry is a Public Charity under the Code.