Founding Director of Training Ground
Cory Smith, is a Virginia native and attended Virginia Commonwealth where he received his undergraduate degree in biology and his Masters in Teaching. During his time at VCU, Cory played on the soccer team and was a full-time volunteer for Young Life. After finishing college, Cory entered the Young Life intern program for two years and continued on staff for two additional years in Virginia. In 2001, he married his beautiful wife, Christine.
After finishing his time with Young Life, Cory worked in the construction remodeling business, and then was Project Manager and Lead Estimator for Painter Ready. He and his wife have lived in Colorado for almost 13 years and have two children: a beautiful daughter, Sage, who is 5 and a son, Cedar, who is 1. He enjoys fly fishing, wearing flip flops and shorts, and hanging with friends in his garage.
Cory’s heartbeat for young men is captured in what he describes as a holistic approach to developing young men.
Being aware of our emotions and valuing them as an important part of how God created us is vital to the maturity of young men.
What we think about God and ourselves is the single most important thing in this life. Thoughts lead to beliefs that motivate us to action.
Men learn valuable lessons related to life and God by engaging their physical world. We create opportunities for young men to be tested and challenged at work and in the wilderness.
It isn’t enough for a young man to have parents who know and love God. Critical to the development and training of a young man is his taking ownership of his own faith and relationship with God. To know God and to be known by God is a central desire of every man’s heart.
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado