meet our students


  • gideon bias '19-'20

    Gideon Bias is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and decided to join The Launch Initiative after serving on James Project for many years. He came to Arrowhead to work towards his dream job of becoming a fiction writer, using our unique ministry framework as a catalyst. His goal for the end of TLI was to come out a stronger Christian, skilled human, and smart adult.


    Through the unique ministry setting of The Launch Initiative, Gideon was able to develop the confidence in himself and the abilities God has given him to focus on creating content for the tabletop game Dungeons and Dragons. TLI helped him improve his skills of professional communication, self-confidence, scheduling, and budgeting. Gideon plans to continue learning and growing as he pursues a career in content creation.

  • noah branyan '19-'20

    Noah Branyan is from York, Pennsylvania and chose to be a part of Arrowhead's gap year program to find God's purpose for himself. At the start of The Launch Initiative, he began working towards creating a business for his freelancing videography and hoped that the personal finance class would guide him along this process. Additionally, Noah was extremely excited to learn about God and His Word throughout the year. He hoped to use the classes and mentors TLI offers to find his passion and purpose.


    Over the course of The Launch Initiative, Noah was able to identify areas of his life that he wanted to improve, and with the help of TLI’s classes and mentors, he was able to crack down on self discipline and time management. He also gained a deeper understanding of who God made him to be and is passionate about developing the gifts that God has given him. TLI helped Noah realize that he wants to keep videography as a hobby and plans to pursue a career in the music industry. Thanks to TLI, Noah is excited to use his newly acquired skills of networking and managing in music production.

  • lindsey flemmens '19-'20

    Lindsey Flemmens is from York, Pennsylvania and decided to take a gap year after realizing she did not want to begin college with an undecided major. After serving on James Project for a summer, The Launch Initiative was the natural next step. She was looking forward to gaining life experience and training through the programs and classes this year, especially Bible Survey, and leading as a James Project Coordinator. Her goal at the end of TLI was to develop skills that set her up for success in her next steps.


    Throughout The Launch Initiative, Lindsey learned about leadership and communication among a multitude of other things. She has developed a passion for leading others and marketing, which were skills she did not realize she had. TLI pushed to cultivate these interests by surrounding her with valuable resources and an abundance of learning opportunities from business to life and leadership skills. The unique ministry setting of TLI helped give her the confidence she needed to explore these fields all while building upon her foundation in Christ. Lindsey does not know what will come next, but she is excited to see where God leads her as she continues working hard and developing the skills she learned during her year of TLI.

  • ruth hall '19-'20

    Ruth Hall grew up just down the road from Arrowhead Bible Camp and has loved serving here for the past two summers. She took two years of traditional college classes, but she realized that The Launch Initiative was a unique opportunity to gain ministry and life experience while working towards her degree in Special Education. In the future, Ruth wants to continue ministering to people with disabilities and is looking to be involved in therapeutic riding.


    Ruth’s main goal for TLI--gaining ministry and life experience that would be unattainable at a traditional school--was reached, and she is thrilled with the knowledge and experience she received. Throughout the year, Ruth discovered how to recognize her own strengths and weaknesses to better her team, developed leadership skills, and gained a deeper knowledge of the Bible. While she doesn't see herself attending a traditional college this fall, TLI gave Ruth skills and experience that she will continually use to accomplish her goals in the future and is excited to see where God leads her in the following years.

  • jenna hottenstein '19-'20

    Jenna Hottenstein is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and fell in love with Shepherds Camp when she came on James Project during the summer of 2017. After that, she never had plans to return, but during her senior year of high school, she knew God was guiding her to choose The Launch Initiative. She was beyond excited to use Shepherds Camp to launch her passion for missions and ministry.


    Throughout The Launch Initiative, Jenna learned more about leadership and how to effectively work as a team. She learned more about herself, what it means to serve in ministry, and how to give 100%. Her passion for ministry only grew as she served as a counselor during Shepherds Camp and as the Assistant Cook during our retreat season. Jenna does not know what will come next, but she is excited to work hard, develop the skills she learned throughout TLI, and see where God guides her.

  • emma dyke '18-'19

    Emma Dyke is from Red Lion, Pennsylvania and has been a part of Arrowhead's ministry for 4 years. It was only natural that she'd join us for the Launch Initiative after graduation! She began her year here excited to use Shepherds Camp to launch her passion for service and care and was excited to learn more about camp ministry and the therapy fields.


    Throughout The Launch Initiative she has learned about leadership and discipleship among a multitude of other things. She has developed a passion for leading others, which was a skill she did not realize she had. Because of TLI, she has had the opportunity to practice leadership as she learned about it in the classroom setting. She learned so much about herself throughout the program and developed a clearer understanding of both areas that need growth and focus, as well as areas of strength. She has found further clarity in her unknown future through the opportunities TLI presented, and is planning to attend Lancaster Bible College to study Leadership and Disability in 2020.

  • selena gerlach '18-'19

    Selena Gerlach came to Arrowhead from Lancaster, PA. She graduated high school in May of 2018, and is excited to be a part of Arrowhead’s gap year program because it has given her the opportunity to gain ministry and life experience, serve and care for others, and grow in her faith. She is pursuing a nursing degree after her gap year, and is thankful for the ways Shepherds Camp and The Launch Initiative have prepared her for that; specifically how it has grown her in leadership, confidence, teamwork, and love for God and His Word. It also gave her the ability to decide on pursuing her Bachelor's in Nursing, and ignited in her the passion for nursing and how she will be able to use her knowledge to care for people in practical ways.

  • karis ritchey '18-'19

    Karis Ritchey is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She came to Arrowhead to work towards nursing using our unique ministry framework as a catalyst. She was especially looking forward to gaining life experience and training through the programs and classes through her year. Her goal at the end of The Launch Initiative was to have a clearer picture of where and what God wants her to pursue.


    After pursuing several shadowing opportunities, she discovered that nursing wasn’t the route she wanted to take. Nevertheless, she was grateful for TLI’s encouragement to chase after opportunities because they showed her how valuable experience can be. Over the course of her second TLI semester, she found a love for small business and has now begun the process of creating her own art business. TLI pushed to cultivate this interest by surrounding her with valuable resources and an abundance of learning opportunities from business to life and leadership skills. Through their unique approach to college, they allowed her to get a jump start on her budding dream and take actionable steps in the right direction.