Ron Riley
Executive Director

“I love having the opportunity to help share the love and compassion of God with kids who are at-risk.”

Ron’s first memory of Cookson Hills is from the North American Christian Convention Bible Bowl Tournament in 1990 where his youth group was taking on the kids from Cookson Hills. Spoiler alert, Cookson Hills won the national championship that year! During his college years, he learned that many of his classmates grew up at Cookson Hills. Once he became a minister of the Gospel, many of the churches he led were supporters of the ministry too. Ron joined the Board of Directors at Cookson Hills in 2018, and in July 2019, he became the Executive Director. Ron has a Bachelor of Theology in Old Testament and a Bachelor of Biblical Literature from Ozark Christian College. Additionally, he has a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Lincoln Christian University. Ron lives on campus with his wife, Donna, and two of their children, Valarie and Jonny. His other four children, Sarah, Joel, Alexis, & Ryan are currently racking up student loans. When Ron is not in the office, he is likely reading or listening to books, watching football, or spending time with his family.

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