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.
Director of Leadership Development
Cord joined I AM 24/7 staff in June of 2021 as part of the senior leadership team. Cord’s involvement with the ministry is from the street to the board room and his core responsibilities include: strategic planning, developing and supporting high school and college age leaders, job training and career readiness, family support, and coaching. Cord is passionate about weaving his faith in Christ into teaching practical life skills and preparing youth for their futures.
Co-Founder and Event Coordinator/Programs Assistant
“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.
Summer Program Director and Staff Coach/Mentor
Deron has been a part of the I AM 24/7 FAMILY as a player and student leader since age 9, and has functioned as a staff member in one form or another since he was 15 or 16. A current senior at Western Carolina University, he is studying sports medicine and has aspirations of working professionally as an athletic trainer at the collegiate level. When not in school, Deron operates as a staff coach/mentor for numerous I AM 24/7 teams. He also serves as our Summer Program Director. Deron is passionate about seeing young people from his community grow into leaders, coaching, and helping young people grow in their faith in Jesus.