After more than 20 years of fostering 79 children and adopting 9, Jay and Darcey McCampbell know fostering!
They know the array of family problems that send children into the system. They know the personal trauma children experience even when in the best of foster care. And sadly, they know the devastation so many suffer in the very system that should be protecting them.
Having each experienced trauma at an early age, Jay and Darcey personally relate to the brokenness caused by sexual abuse; drug and alcohol abuse; and broken families.
But having equally experienced healing and restoration, they know how to walk alongside others to bring hope and make a strong future a reality.
Jay serves as President of Kingdom Pillars' voluntary Board and Darcey serves as Executive Director.
Darcey is passionate with a capital “P”! When you talk with her, you can’t help but be drawn into her vision and hopes for young women. She is authentic. She’s lived through the brokenness herself and bears a great burden for women whose futures have been stolen from them. Darcey has learned how to live a victorious life and her driving passion is to help other young women do the same.
New Orleans, Louisiana and Worthington, Ohio were Darcey’s hometowns growing up as the oldest of four children. As a young girl, she felt very misunderstood, alone, and isolated. The unthinkable happened at age 11 ½ when she was snatched off the street and gang raped. It would be seven long years before even her parents would know what she suffered.
After multiple suicide attempts and brushes with the law, Darcey was enrolled in the Woodrow Wilson Military Academy in Xenia, Ohio, living there middle and high school. Despite the internal pain she hid from, Darcey grew and blossomed there. She experienced firsthand the power of someone walking alongside you as a mentor and friend. Many years later, Darcey would even return to serve as Chaplain on the Academy’s board.
Darcey has personally walked the path Kingdom Pillars now helps young women navigate and has put in the hard work of healing through counseling, therapy, and a vibrant faith.
Darcey believed motherhood and family had been stolen from her, having had several miscarraiges and failed IVF because of the violence of the attack she endured early in life. But she is now a “mom’s mom” having fostered 79 children with her husband Jay, and adopting nine (five girls and four boys). She is the proud “Nana” of eleven grandchildren.
But that’s not enough for Darcey. As long as there are women suffering from being trafficked and abused, or who are unable to have children, or who need help in their marriage, she is going to walk alongside them as a mentor, helping them find a way forward. For many women over the years, this has meant not only finding a dear friend, but also a new family.
Jay is a man who has lived through the bad and the ugly and he bears the scars, but uses it all now to bring about the good in other’s lives.
As the middle child of divorced parents, Jay grew up splitting his life between Los Angeles, California with his father, and the westside of Columbus, Ohio with his mother. Jay’s childhood included witnessing domestic abuse firsthand and being sexually abused by a family friend at the age of seven. He felt lost and alone most of the time.
Most of Jay’s peers shared similar backgrounds and his life headed down a destructive path…drug and alcohol abuse, drug trafficking, gang involvement. By all measures, Jay should not be the person he is today…or even alive. He remembers at least three times he could have died from assault or attempted murder.
If you ask Jay what turned his life around, he’ll probably say “Meeting Darcey.” She asked him to stop drinking…and he did. She asked him to go to church with her every Sunday…and he did. That’s when Jay’s own faith journey started, enabling him to forgive and reconnect with his biological father. Jay has also done the hard work of healing over the years with the help of counseling, mentors, and an active faith.
Now Jay lives his life intentionally to be a committed, loving husband; and to be a positive role-model for his nine adopted children (five girls and four boys), and his eleven grandchildren. Jay is a true buckeye, having attended the University of Akron and Ohio Christian University. He is an avid sports fan. (Don’t let his smile and humility fool you, he came in second in his state’s high school wrestling championship.)
Jay loves serving and mentoring others, whether at work (Licking Memorial Hospital), or leading small groups and working with youth. His faith, his educational experience in psychology and Christian counseling, and the very things that could have destroyed him, all work to bring about a hope and a future for others.
Jay and Darcey have worked with children and adults with ADHD, ADD, OCD, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Explosive Disorder, Bi-Polar, Multiple Personality Disorders, SRA (Satanic Ritual Abuse), Autism, RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder), and many different forms of sexual abuse.
They are both ordained ministers, certified in inner healing ministry, and have had extensive training in crisis intervention with youth. They ran a pilot program for Franklin County Children Services and the Ohio Youth Advocate Program as therapeutic foster parents.
Jay served three years on the board for the Emmaus Walk and Darcey served as Board Chaplain for two years with the Woodrow Wilson Military Academy. She was Parent Advocate for Gahanna Schools, working alongside special needs families. Darcey has also been a Licensed Practical Nurse and Private Investigator.
Senior Pastor - The Well Church, Newark, Ohio
Steve has a real heart to see people's lives transformed through the power and love of Jesus Christ. He has a deep compassion for the lost and hurting also. As Senior Pastor and businessman, Steve brings an understanding of management in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds. He and his family reside in Muskingum County.
General Manager - Bob Evans Cherry Valley Rd, Newark, Ohio
Bea brings many years experience in the service industry, including ten years with Bob Evans Restaurants in multiple major markets. She understands the unique needs young women have for job training and self-support. Bea commits to her community wherever she lives, through her church, her work, and her volunteer service. Bea is a strong advocate for helping young ladies find their way in their life and in their faith. Bea and her husband make their home in Coshocton County,
Financial Advisor - Northwestern Mutual, Newark, Ohio
Eric served as youth pastor for more than 20 years, investing in the lives of young people and their families. He now continues his love of people and investment in their future through his financial planning and wealth management career. He is fond of saying, "If you don't have a plan for your money, your money will have a plan for you." Eric combines his pastor's heart and financial skills to help keep Kingdom Pillars a strong, fiscally sound ministry, along with equipping the Strong Tower women with financial practices for their own victorious future. Eric and his family make their home in Licking County.
Family Resource Manager - House of New Hope, St. Louisville, Ohio.
Tim brings many years of experience as a previous foster father, adoptive father, and more than 25 years working with youth and families involved in Child Protective Services (CPS). Tim conducts foster parent investigations concerning rule violations in the foster home and also oversees survey input from persons served in foster care, adoption, mental health, developmental disability, transportation, stakeholders, and employees. He has valuable experience providing training in a variety of programs, including fostering, adoption, and child abuse. Tim and his family make their home in Licking County.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Behavioral Healthcare Partners Of Central Ohio Inc., Newark, Ohio
Ryan has years of experience working with adolescents and young adults. He spent 10 years working in full-time missions, with focuses on inner-city, homeless, adolescent and college-age discipleship, and prayer and worship ministries. He has obtained his associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in nursing, with a specialization in psychiatry. Ryan worked as a psychiatric RN for 5 years, helping to manage and administer care to patients dealing with both psychiatric and chemically dependent related mental illnesses, in both acute and outpatient care settings. Currently, Ryan has the privilege of utilizing his years of experience and education as a state-licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in an outpatient, community mental health setting. Ryan and his family make their home in Licking County
Operation Manager - A.C.S. Animal Removal, Cincinnati, Ohio
Julie is committed to women living their best lives. She regularly leads women's small groups, striving for women to be strong in their identity. She understands the challenges of parenting while being in school, having earned her paralegal degree while raising her three sons. As paralegal, Julie worked in the areas of bankruptcy and also Domestic Law & Criminal Defense. She lends her strong organizational skills to everything she does. Julie and her husband make their home in Franklin County.
Jim and Linda Brucker
Cary and Sandy Kaplan
Darrel and Kathy Rohrer
Amy Bowman, CPA, Bookkeeping
Mike Hyslip, Information Technology
Kaylan Thompson, Volunteer Graphic Designer
Christine Westbrook, Volunteer Database Assistant
Your skills or interests can help stop human trafficking and help women create a victorious path forward. We have many volunteer teams. Let's talk!
Amynda Rhodes - Psychologist, PsyD
Amy Davis, LSW, MA, EMDR
575 Industrial Pkwy
Heath, Ohio 43056
Chris Gargus (Men)
Beth Bline (Women)
49 South Pine St
Newark, Ohio 43055
P.O. Box 365
Pataskala, OH 43062
Kelley Beckett, MA, MEd.
PO Box 4381
Newark, OH 43058-4381
336 East Main Street
Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 450-5437 Zanesville
Tim Pack, MA
8135 Mt. Vernon Rd
St. Louisville, OH 43071
Lori Hubble - Executive Director
50 O'Bannon Ave
Newark, Ohio 43055
Tricia Hufford- Executive Director
60 N. 1st St
Newark, Ohio 43055
The NonProfit Authority
Gregory Long - CEO and Lead Developer
PO Box 110
Granville, Ohio 43023
Pastors Steve & Tabby Wollard
2345 Gratiot Rd SE
Newark, OH 43055
National Youth Advocate Program