Jordan has a heart for foster kids and is starting to make it his life mission. He and his wife (Mallory) have started a non-profit Light of Mine Ranch- Families for Foster Care. The mission and idea is to provide a Ranch where families will live, where foster kids with thrive, learn, and have fun and enjoy the open spaces that a Ranch has to offer. Growing up on a Ranch myself I know what Jordan is talking about, nothing like looking up at night and looking at all the stars, listening to the coyote’s yelp, the morning sunrises, and the stillness or quietness when you need it.
Jordan has a big dream and vision and they are starting small and working hard to make it happen. In order to make these big dreams happen they are starting small by offering different services to foster families. Date nights, throwing birthday parties, providing groceries or doing the shopping, or filling different needs and struggles that foster families struggle with.
Jordan and Mallory have know each other for 21 years, been married for 8 years, and right now have 6 kids. They have 2 of their own, adopted 1 through foster care system in South Dakota, and currently are fostering 3 kids. They have fostered over 25+ kids in their short time period of helping kids.
The need is great and many more families are needed to house and take care of these kiddos. If you are ever interested in helping fostering children please let me or Jordan know and we will get you in touch with the right people and resources.
Q. What inspired you or led you to your current career?
The love of children, foster kids need a place to thrive, and wanting to be a great father and husband.
Q. What is your favorite restaurant in Rapid City, and what do you love there?
Murphy’s- Beer Cheese Soup and their Wings are Amazing
Q. How long have you lived or worked in Rapid City?
I have lived in Rapid City for 5 years, Love it here.
Q. Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Rapid City?
Rol Bradford- Long time Coach, Old time Rodeo and Cowboy, Lead a Bible Study for Native Men that have turned their lives around
Ben Sutton- Converted a Bus into a RV and travel around the US and volunteered at different church camps. He now is the camp director at Cedar Canyon Camp.
Q. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
It is not a place but my wife Mallory would love to go on a cruise. So I would say a cruise. Happy wife, Happy Life!!!
Q. What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
Count of Monte Cristo
Q. What advice would you give a crowd of people?
Jesus is the Hope of the World
Q. What is something on your bucket list?
Build a cabin in the woods with all the materials coming from the natural environment.
Q. What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
- Luke Bryant
- Blake Shelton
- Corey Carnes
Q. What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Rapid City?
Antique Store Downtown
Q. Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in Rapid City would you have lunch?
Matt Chandler- Pastor tells it how it is, motivates me, inspires me, and would love to learn more from him. Of course we would have to eat at Murphy’s
Q. What is your favorite thing or something unique about Rapid City?
Love the outdoors here, the family friendly environment of Rapid City, and the pace of area is just right.
Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
On Light of Mine Ranch- Helping Foster Families and Foster Kids Thrive
Q. (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I’m an antique collector- What is the history of it? Who used it? I have a collection of old tobacco pipes, war stuff, 25+ old pictures of men with killer facial hair.
Q. What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Peaceful, Fun, Chaotic
Q. If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
My Dad- He is the best. Great all around guy. We would make an awesome movie together.
Q. If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny
No question about it 100% a Chef!!!!
Book- Prayer of Circles- Mark Baterson
Bible Verse- Matthew 25: 34-45 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Quote- “Sometimes people ask me why I pursued orphan and foster care. My reply is, I didn’t. I pursued Jesus, and he lead me to kids who needed families.” Brian Mavis- American Kids Belong