WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

- Tom & Jodie Fritz -

My name is Thomas Matthew Fritz. I grew up in a divorced family.  I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior at Camp Joy in 1981 at the age of 11.  My father left when I was 13, and I didn’t hear or see him again until I was 22 years old.  When he left, we moved into government housing and grew up poor. I started working at McDonald’s when I was 15 and learned everything about McDonald’s, from customer service to management to cleaning and maintenance. Though I got my initial work ethic from watching my mother raise 5 kids while attending school full time, receiving a 4.0 GPA, plus working as a student worker to help pay for her school.  David “Dave” Borrow, the owner of McDonald’s, played a huge role in my on-the-job work ethic.

In July 1987, I enlisted in the U. S. Navy at age 17 and retired in August 2007.  While serving in the Navy, I worked with a diverse group of individuals from various backgrounds. I also performed a variety of volunteer work over a 20-year career. I performed military honors and rolled out the huge full field flag in New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA; Arlington, Tx; Atlanta, GA; and Denver, CO for baseball and football games.  While in Little Rock, AR, I was part of a walk-away-from-drugs program called “About Face,” where we talked with school-age children about the consequences of drug use and how to walk away from drugs. I was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for the needy in Atlanta and Arkansas.

I volunteered for over 8 consecutive years with Toys for Tots, a Marine Corps Program to collect Christmas toys for needy children in the local community of Meridian, Atlanta, and Denver. For several Christmases, my Wife, kids, and I provided Christmas for needy families, helped with food drives and food deliveries. We also donated money for 3 teenagers to go with Carpenters for Christ, a Christian ministry to help build churches.  I helped start a children’s bus ministry for my church in Meridian, MS; volunteered in the church sound booth ministry in Titus, AL. and was lead in several church Christmas plays. My wife Jodie has worked in the church nursery, Wednesday night children’s class, volunteered for VBS, volunteered for COWS children summer camps, volunteered for Church Youth Mission Trips, and helped with several Christmas and Easter programs with children at our Church in Titus, AL. Together, we love helping others and working with children of all ages.

Over the years, I have been inspired by friends who have fostered children.  After meeting with them and spending time with them, I felt a need to provide some form of Christian ministry to cater to their need to be loved and for a sense of self-worth.  In October 2008, I started planning and researching what would be a good fit for me and my family.  I thought since Camps helped me discover Jesus and it was an enjoyable, memorable week, perhaps that was my calling.  After praying over it for years and seeking Christian counsel, I concluded that Foster Care Camps is what I want to provide through a week of camp and a lifetime of mentorship.

Please help our ministry through prayers, donations, and volunteering, which ever fits your current spiritual gifts.

Tom & Jodie Fritz

My name is Thomas Matthew Fritz. I grew up in a divorced family.  I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior at Camp Joy in 1981 at the age of 11.  My father left when I was 13, and I didn’t hear or see him again until I was 22 years old.  When he left, we moved into government housing and grew up poor. I started working at McDonald’s when I was 15 and learned everything about McDonald’s, from customer service to management to cleaning and maintenance. Though I got my initial work ethic from watching my mother raise 5 kids while attending school full time, receiving a 4.0 GPA, plus working as a student worker to help pay for her school.  David “Dave” Borrow, the owner of McDonald’s, played a huge role in my on-the-job work ethic.

In July 1987, I enlisted in the U. S. Navy at age 17 and retired in August 2007.  While serving in the Navy, I worked with a diverse group of individuals from various backgrounds. I also performed a variety of volunteer work over a 20-year career. I performed military honors and rolled out the huge full field flag in New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA; Arlington, Tx; Atlanta, GA; and Denver, CO for baseball and football games.  While in Little Rock, AR, I was part of a walk-away-from-drugs program called “About Face,” where we talked with school-age children about the consequences of drug use and how to walk away from drugs. I was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for the needy in Atlanta and Arkansas.

I volunteered for over 8 consecutive years with Toys for Tots, a Marine Corps Program to collect Christmas toys for needy children in the local community of Meridian, Atlanta, and Denver. For several Christmases, my Wife, kids, and I provided Christmas for needy families, helped with food drives and food deliveries. We also donated money for 3 teenagers to go with Carpenters for Christ, a Christian ministry to help build churches.  I helped start a children’s bus ministry for my church in Meridian, MS; volunteered in the church sound booth ministry in Titus, AL. and was lead in several church Christmas plays. My wife Jodie has worked in the church nursery, Wednesday night children’s class, volunteered for VBS, volunteered for COWS children summer camps, volunteered for Church Youth Mission Trips, and helped with several Christmas and Easter programs with children at our Church in Titus, AL. Together, we love helping others and working with children of all ages.

Over the years, I have been inspired by friends who have fostered children.  After meeting with them and spending time with them, I felt a need to provide some form of Christian ministry to cater to their need to be loved and for a sense of self-worth.  In October 2008, I started planning and researching what would be a good fit for me and my family.  I thought since Camps helped me discover Jesus and it was an enjoyable, memorable week, perhaps that was my calling.  After praying over it for years and seeking Christian counsel, I concluded that Foster Care Camps is what I want to provide through a week of camp and a lifetime of mentorship.

Please help our ministry through prayers, donations, and volunteering, which ever fits your current spiritual gifts.

- Jennifer Lynn Terral -

My name is Jennifer Terral. I was born in upstate New York on April 1, 1975, no joking!  I am the oldest of seven children and have enjoyed taking care of others ever since I can remember. Shortly after I graduated in June of 1994, I joined the United States Navy. I spent 20 years in the Navy and retired with honorable service as a Lieutenant Navy Nurse.

I have always made time in my life to volunteer.  I feel that giving my time and experience is just a small way to pay it forward.  During my military service, I earned three Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medals.  My passion for volunteering all started when I was in junior high school.  As a teenager, I was involved with Youth Engaged in Services (YES), where we would assist in the community by doing jobs such as walking dogs in shelters, cleaning parks, face painting for kids, and so much more.  As an adult, I would give my time by building homes with Habitat for Humanity, church youth group leader at a United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, Special Olympics, and Big Sister, to name just a few.  I have recently gone on two mission trips to Brazil to spread the gospel to those in the Favelas.  I have been a Girl Scout Leader and Sunday School teacher since 2015.

I obtained my nursing degree through a highly competitive commissioning program, Seaman-to-Admiral 21. I have been a nurse for over 15 years.  I currently work as a registered nurse at St. Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

I am married to the love of my life, Adam, for over 23 years and counting.  Together we are raising four amazing children, Joshua, Abigail, Aidan, and Joanna, where we reside in Milton, Tennessee.

Jennifer Lynn Terral

My name is Jennifer Terral. I was born in upstate New York on April 1, 1975, no joking!  I am the oldest of seven children and have enjoyed taking care of others ever since I can remember. Shortly after I graduated in June of 1994, I joined the United States Navy. I spent 20 years in the Navy and retired with honorable service as a Lieutenant Navy Nurse.

I have always made time in my life to volunteer.  I feel that giving my time and experience is just a small way to pay it forward.  During my military service, I earned three Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medals.  My passion for volunteering all started when I was in junior high school.  As a teenager, I was involved with Youth Engaged in Services (YES), where we would assist in the community by doing jobs such as walking dogs in shelters, cleaning parks, face painting for kids, and so much more.  As an adult, I would give my time by building homes with Habitat for Humanity, church youth group leader at a United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, Special Olympics, and Big Sister, to name just a few.  I have recently gone on two mission trips to Brazil to spread the gospel to those in the Favelas.  I have been a Girl Scout Leader and Sunday School teacher since 2015.

I obtained my nursing degree through a highly competitive commissioning program, Seaman-to-Admiral 21. I have been a nurse for over 15 years.  I currently work as a registered nurse at St. Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

I am married to the love of my life, Adam, for over 23 years and counting.  Together we are raising four amazing children, Joshua, Abigail, Aidan, and Joanna, where we reside in Milton, Tennessee.

- Michael Fritz Sr. -

Mr. Fritz works in bankruptcy, debtor and creditor rights, insolvency, and commercial litigation. He has represented various individuals and businesses in complex bankruptcy proceedings. Most notably, he represented the FDIC in the Colonial Bank Chapter 11 bankruptcy. For eight years, he was the Bankruptcy Attorney for the Bankruptcy Administrator of the Middle District of Alabama. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and has been a frequent speaker on various bankruptcy topics at both legal and civic seminars.

Mr. Fritz’s experience with complex business transactions, financing, contracts, and business litigation will be valuable to the Association and its members.

Mr. Fritz has become active in local and state politics. In 2019 he began running for mayor of Montgomery; then, upon the untimely death of Rep. Dimitri Polizos, he became a candidate for the open House District seat.  He made a very significant showing for a newcomer. He received 45% of the votes in the Republican primary against a seasoned veteran politician.

Mr. Fritz was in private practice before joining the Bankruptcy Administrator’s office. He has represented clients in insurance defense, employment, and commercial litigation in State and Federal Courts throughout Alabama in private practice.

Mr. Fritz is also a Lt. Col in the Army Reserve JAG Corps. He recently spent a year on active duty as Defense Counsel for the Army’s Trial Defense Service – Europe. Additionally, he volunteers with his church, the Capital City Kiwanis Club, and the Montgomery Ultimate Club.

EDUCATION

  • Auburn University – Montgomery (B.S., 1994)
  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (J.D., 1997)

Michael Fritz Sr.

Mr. Fritz works in bankruptcy, debtor and creditor rights, insolvency, and commercial litigation. He has represented various individuals and businesses in complex bankruptcy proceedings. Most notably, he represented the FDIC in the Colonial Bank Chapter 11 bankruptcy. For eight years, he was the Bankruptcy Attorney for the Bankruptcy Administrator of the Middle District of Alabama. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and has been a frequent speaker on various bankruptcy topics at both legal and civic seminars.

Mr. Fritz’s experience with complex business transactions, financing, contracts, and business litigation will be valuable to the Association and its members.

Mr. Fritz has become active in local and state politics. In 2019 he began running for mayor of Montgomery; then, upon the untimely death of Rep. Dimitri Polizos, he became a candidate for the open House District seat.  He made a very significant showing for a newcomer. He received 45% of the votes in the Republican primary against a seasoned veteran politician.

Mr. Fritz was in private practice before joining the Bankruptcy Administrator’s office. He has represented clients in insurance defense, employment, and commercial litigation in State and Federal Courts throughout Alabama in private practice.

Mr. Fritz is also a Lt. Col in the Army Reserve JAG Corps. He recently spent a year on active duty as Defense Counsel for the Army’s Trial Defense Service – Europe. Additionally, he volunteers with his church, the Capital City Kiwanis Club, and the Montgomery Ultimate Club.

EDUCATION

  • Auburn University – Montgomery (B.S., 1994)
  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (J.D., 1997)

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