Jason and Courtney
The Executive Director of On Eagles Wings Farm is Jason Neland. Jason is a graduate of Avila University with a BS in Natural Science/Biology and certification as a Secondary Teacher. He is the co-founder of CTC and Director of The Firehouse in Kansas City, Kansas. Jason will draw on his experience in many different walks of life to help guide him in transitioning to On Eagles Wings Farm. He spent eight years as a youth and associate pastor, five years as a juvenile intake counselor working with at-risk and foster children, and the past ten years have been spent in the Kansas City, KS public school system working as a teacher, mentor, and athletic coach for middle school football and high school baseball.
Jason’s wife of fourteen years, Courtney, has also led a full life of serving her home, church and community. She has served many years as a volunteer in youth ministries, worked as a Children’s Director at a church, has run a daycare out of her home and been a stay at home mom for not only her five children but for the many Firehouse and neighborhood children who have called their house a home.
Jason and Courtney, have devoted their lives to investing in urban children and families for the past twelve years. One of their highlights during this time was running a mentorship program for young men who had been arrested or runaway from home. They brought them out to a farm each week to learn how to ride and care for horses and how to do work around the farm. Their eyes were opened at this time as to how well “hardened” youth would respond to this new environment that they were in. This is when the dream of having their own farm began to start taking shape.