Wink & Reina Cherry
Wink Cherry and his wife, Reina, have been a part of campus life as teachers and coaches. They know first-hand the power of influence of a coach's lifestyle on his or her athletes. Both have seen the need for spiritual nourishment in our schools today. As a result, Wink and Reina are committed to ministering to coaches on various campuses. Coaches are natural leaders with a critical and phenomenal opportunity to introduce our next generation to the love of Jesus Christ. COACHES HONOR is a ministry where discipleship is foremost. Wink and Reina are encouraging models of the Christian faith. They have an ever-growing family whom they adore!
Jake's first experience with COACHES HONOR was in 1995. As a young, fresh-out-of-college coach at Nease High School, Jake began meeting with Wink. Wink's consistently pointed Jake to the truth of scripture, which helped him stay focused on living and coaching for the glory of the Lord and not for his own glory. During that time, Wink reminded Jake that his value is found in Christ alone and not based on the numbers on a scoreboard.
After 8 years as a teacher and coach, Jake worked as a Youth Pastor with high school and college students. In those years, Jake and his wife, LeAna, learned how important it is for young people to have men and women pouring truth into their lives. On any given campus, a teacher or coach has such a vital opportunity to care for students' hearts and share with them the love of Christ.
Jake says, "I believe the greatest call in the world is to be ambassadors of the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Everything we do flows from knowing we are His and that we are loved by Him. Wink once told me the greatest thing you can do as a coach, as a husband, and as a dad is to know Jesus better. I am excited about getting to know Jesus better and the opportunity to share that truth with coaches, dads, and husbands across this community. With that being said, I believe God has called me to COACHES HONOR to influence those who have influence on so many others!"
“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!' For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (NLT)
Tracey grew up all over the east coast and ended up in Florida with her family in 1997. She became a Christian in high school through Young Life and felt called to ministry shortly thereafter.
Before coming on staff with COACHES HONOR, Tracey spent 10 years working in youth ministry, with some time coaching soccer, on the mission field, and in the business world. She longs for young women to know the truth and freedom of the Gospel and the power of God that works through our weakness.
Tracey is married to her husband, Jeff, and they have two beautiful daughters, Bryce and Rainey.
Mae Beth Ragland
Mae Beth first got involved with a COACHES HONOR Bible study in 2006. After 10 years of attending and leading studies, Mae Beth came on staff in the spring of 2017.
Having raised 5 kids, all of whom played sports, and a few who coached in high school, their family knows firsthand the need for strong coaches in students lives and how much coaches need to be cared for. Mae Beth has a passion for young women and desires to encourage them to live from a place of knowing they are beloved daughters of God.
Mae Beth is married to her husband, Chuck, and they have five children and two grandchildren.