Co-Founder and Executive Director
After serving as the ministry director for the Urban Eagles in Grier Heights for 8 years, Ben and his wife Nicki co-founded I AM 24/7. “Coach Ben” is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus in practical ways and developing leaders who give back to their communities.
Co-Founder and Director of Operations
“Mamma Nicki” (as she is called in the neighborhood) is a beautiful picture of God’s love, compassion, and grace in action. She is passionate about creating a caring environment, providing emotional support, and encouraging youth to reach their full potential.
Middle/High School Ministry Director
Michael has been serving youth in Grier Heights for 2 years as a coach, mentor, and role model. “Coach Mike” has a powerful testimony of God’s transformation of his personal story and is passionate about sharing his experience with others. Michael is sold out for the Gospel of Jesus and has a heart for Biblical discipleship.
Elementary School Ministry Director
After being an Urban Eagles player and growing up in Grier Heights, Ryan joins staff to work with elementary aged students by coaching soccer and basketball teams. Ryan is passionate about the power of the teachings of Jesus in transforming individuals. He is excited to give back to his community through coaching, mentoring, tutoring, and leading Bible studies. Ryan is a current student at Belmont Abbey College and also plays on their varsity soccer team.
Basketball Ministry Director
“BJ” joins staff as a current college student at Central Piedmont Community College. He grew up as a major part of youth who helped form this ministry (a member of the Urban Eagles since age 10) and has a strong passion for the youth of the Grier Heights community, where he grew up as well. BJ has a passion for teaching values of hard work, respect, and responsibility to I AM 24/7 youth through coaching Basketball and leading small group Bible studies.
Landscaping Crew Manager
Terry comes to I AM 24/7 to help pilot a new job program. Terry has been a wonderful example of a father, hard worker, and role model in the Grier Heights community for years and is excited to help I AM 24/7 launch a business modeled to teach values of showing up on time, working hard, and doing everything with excellence. He has a degree in graphic design and drafting from UNC-Charlotte and brings a wealth of experience to our ministry family after spending years working numerus jobs in many fields.