Our Staff

Director

Tammy Depperschmidt

Executive Director
6 Years

Tammy grew up in Putnam County on her parent's farm in Buffalo Valley.  She graduated from both Upperman High School and Tennessee Technological University.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education in 1996.  Tammy served as Education Coordinator for two facility schools for at-risk youth in Colorado, Family Tree, Gemini and Children's Ark.  She also received her Masters Degree from the University of Colorado in Special Education.  Tammy and her husband, Robert, moved to Tennessee from Colorado in August of 2011.  Robert retired as a Major in the United States Air Force after serving our country for 24 years. "I was challenged daily through the experience of working with inner city youth in Colorado.  Many of these adolescents suffered from gang life, severe abuse, and neglect.  In an instant, a seed was planted deep within my heart and took root.  Little did I know then just how much my life would be impacted by working with these kids for over 14 years and how the Lord would use it in years to come."  

Tammy stepped on as Executive Directer in March of 2012.  "Children are our future. Like us, they need nurturing, guidance, and love to grow into healthy adults who can, in turn, impact the lives of others.  The Lord has blessed me in so many ways.  I do not consider what I have been called to do simply a job.  I am living a dream.  As the children grow stronger, so do we.  The future looks bright for our children.  They live a life that is good because of our Lord and supporters who believe in our ministry.  So grateful to our community who makes Mustard Seed Ranch a place where God's love resides for generations to come."


House Parents

Greg & Kim Julian

Boys' Houseparents
8 Years

Greg and Kim have served as house parents since 2009. They were also key in helping the Ranch open it’s doors for hurting children. Greg and Kim play a vital role on our childcare team for support of their boys. They have taught our boys that their faith in God will help them in every area of their lives. Their teachings are apparent in our boys’ every day life. They partner with our guardians to provide family preservation as the boys transition into adulthood.  


Daniel & Dusti Brooks

Boys' Houseparents
5 years

Daniel and Dusti have served as house parents since 2013.  Along with their own children, Daniel and Dusti have supported 5 children during their time at MSR.  "As a family, we decided to open our lives to other children in need of love.  We moved to Mustard Seed Ranch in 2013 and accepted the position as houseparents for the second boys' home.  Our first child, Caleb, joined our family in November of 2013.  He is a great big brother and continues to amaze us as he grows in Christ's love.  We have watched God strategically move through our lives He has opened doors we would never have imagined.  He brought our middle son Max, through adversity with such grace.  He has held our oldest son Clay, close to his chest while Mommy and Daddy were pulled in 10 different directions, and given us joy through our youngest and very energetic, Tate.  He has walked with us, and even carried us through days when no one else knew what we were going through."  (Dusti Brooks, Housemother) Daniel and Dusti play a key role in providing for our boys along with other childcare team members. Daniel and Dusti are teaching the boys how to problem solve, cope, and to depend on God through faith in Him.  As a result, the boys are growing both spiritually and emotionally.  We are so honored to have the Brooks in our MSR family.


Administration

Rachel Ickes

Assistant Director and Social Worker
9 Years

Originally from central New York, Rachel is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where she earned her degree in psychology, specializing in child and adolescent development. She received much of her initial professional experience in Lenoir, North Carolina where she gained valuable experience living on site in a group home for girls.  She served as a child care worker at the Baptist Children’s Home in North Carolina for five years, learning firsthand what it takes to mentor and develop relationships with children in the group home setting.

Rachel began feeling the desire to move to Tennessee in 2006 after her family eventually settled in Cookeville.  She recalls being drawn to this area by saying, “I just really felt like this is where the Lord wanted me.”  Without any definite explanation, other than to be closer to family, she moved in September of 2007 and stepped out in faith without knowing what was ahead. As it turns out, she ended up moving only seven miles from the MSR property.  “All the pieces finally just started coming together,” she said. 

Rachel looks forward to the arrival of children with great expectation and stated, “I’ve always enjoyed working with kids and love animals.” She believes that MSR provides an ideal setting for our children to grow. Rachel stepped on as Social Worker for our kids in 2008.  She meets with them regularly to help them work through problems, grow, and create opportunity.  She assisted in the process of opening Mustard Seed Ranch and plays a vital role in the progress of our ministry.  

Rachel meets with each child weekly and provides a support system in every area of their lives. Rachel’s devotion to children and their future is outstanding. Rachel supports the houseparents and other staff members and assists where she is needed.We are thankful Rachel stepped out in faith so that the Lord could lead her to MSR and fill the role laid out for her.  Rachel gives so much of who she is to all of us at MSR, we are very blessed to have such a dedicated and loving person working with us.

 

BRANDON STEPHENSON

Development Director

 

Stacey baxter

Administration coordinator


Christopher Stamps

MSR Grounds Maintenance
8 Years

Christopher has served as a big brother to our kids and volunteers his time to help keep MSR looking absolutely beautiful! Christopher has a heart of gold and goes above and beyond to be sure “his kids” are always taken care of. We don’t know what we would do without Christopher Stamps.


Interns

Casey Knight

MSR Intern
6 Years

Casey found Mustard Seed Ranch after listening to Director, Tammy Depperschmidt speak to her class about what MSR offers children.  Casey was hooked from that point forward!  Casey has served as the intern in the older boys' home since 2012. She has always loved being with kids. Casey recently graduated from Tennessee Tech University.  Casey works a full-time job at Averitt Express, she leaves that job every day and goes to the Ranch to serve as an intern.  Her dedication is so beautiful and a testament to what God has called her to do, love children.  "Mustard Seed Ranch seemed like the place for me to get involved.  I can honestly say that there is no place I would rather be than at the Ranch!"  We are so blessed to have Casey as a member of our family at MSR. Casey is the true definition of unconditional love and devotion for kids.  We love Casey!