JT's Way is a Christ-Centered, Non Profit organization with a call to help hurting families during the loss of a child.
JT's Way ministers to families by financially assisting and connecting them with their local resources. These resources will assist in the financial and emotional burden of burying a child. Our aim is to aid in the healing process for parents and families.
These resources include, grief counseling and parent/sibling groups.
The outside world doesn't stop, but we can tell you from experience that a parent’s world certainly does.
Meet Our Board
BJ has worn several hats in his lifetime. He has been a farmer, a soldier, a truck driver, a heavy equipment operator, a carpenter, and a mechanic. But the hat he views as most important is that of being a dad. He has always believed that loving, caring parents are the foundation of a strong family.
BJ has been married to his High School sweetheart, Tonya since 1992. They started their family in 1995 when their oldest son Dylan was born. Their daughter, Miranda was born soon after in 1997. Their third child, John Thomas (JT) was born in 2002.
His newest hat has quickly become one of his favorite hats, that is being a grandfather.
BJ is also active in prison ministry and working on his hobby farm. He really enjoys playing guitar, bass, and drums, just like his son J.T., and misses their jam sessions.
Vice-President & Executive Director
Tonya has always been passionate about nonprofits. She has volunteered hundreds of thousands of hours over the last twenty years for organizations that assist both military families, and low income families, with financial and medical hardships. Tonya also volunteers in her home church as well.
In December of 2019, her family’s lives changed forever when her son J.T. passed away in an automobile accident. JT was only seventeen. After the accidental death of her son, she found herself in shock. Tonya was confused and heartbroken. Like many other parents, she and B.J. had not planned for their child to die, no one ever plans to bury their child.
Through JT's Way, Tonya along with her husband B.J., have set out to honor their son by making sure that no family has to go through the loss of a child alone.
In addition to J.T., B.J. and Tonya have an older son Dylan, and a daughter Miranda. Dylan, who is married to Kim, have a daughter Julie and a son Levi. Their daughter Miranda and her husband Austin have a daughter, Avery.
Braden is the Director of Youth and Children at Franklin Crossroads Baptist Church in Cecilia, KY. He and his wife Afton have a dog (Augie Ray) and are expecting their first child in March (Beckham Lee).
Braden is a lover of all things outdoors, sports, and car/truck related. Braden taught public school for 3 years in Bowling Green and Elizabethtown, KY before transitioning into ministry where he continues to share the Gospel and build relationships with children and teenagers in his church just like JT.
Shana is a deputy coroner for the Hardin County Coroner Office. Her husband Jared along with their two children live in Elizabethtown.
She graduated college with a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice; she has served as a deputy coroner in the state of Kentucky for a total of 17 years. With with her role as a deputy coroner, she has assisted in Hardin County’s child fatality review team and helped establish an overdose fatality review board team in Hardin County as well.
Shana enjoys cooking, being outdoors and spending time making memories with her family.
Sally joins the board with many years of experience volunteering for many non-profit organizations over the years, she’s a former Girl Scout leader, school volunteer, served as Parish Council president, Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher, Religious Education teacher, Eucharist minister for homebound members for her church community and served as a board member of the compassion fund charitable organization for Signature Healthcare.
She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Bill, for 32 years. They have one daughter, Sarah who is married to Andrew and they have a one year old daughter, Ellie Anne.
She loves spending time with family, especially her granddaughter, the beach, cruises and Disney World. She is her husband’s biggest fan as he coaches the Central Hardin volleyball team and Central KY Volleyball club teams.
After a forty year career as a nurse Josie is enjoying her retirement. She has three children and nine grandchildren. Josie started her nursing journey in 1964 at Temple University.
Josie has worked as a obstetrics, orthopedic and psychiatric nurse and is familiar with the nonprofit world after holding the title of Clinic Director at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch in Billings, Montana. She has also volunteered her time at Crossway Pregnancy Center.
Josie has a heart for serving Our Lord. One last interesting fact about Josie is she is a Kentucky Colonel!
Martha and her husband Chris enjoy spending time and making memories with their two sons.
She is an active member in her church where she teaches Sunday school and Children's church. Martha holds an Associates of Science in legal studies and works as a paralegal.
Martha enjoys planning events and we are excited to have her on our board and look forward to her experience in event coordinating!
Tom lives in Cecilia with his wife, Keshia, and his children Regal and Phoenix. Tom is the automotive instructor for Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center, where he first met J.T.
Tom is active in his church, where he plays bass guitar in the worship band. He also enjoys hunting and making automotive-related internet videos.
Tom has worked with a number of non-profit organizations over the years and is well-known in the community for his over-the-top personality and eagerness to assist those in need.
In Loving Memory
C.W. was a retired school teacher where he taught 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students at Southwest Christian Academy for 14 yrs. But had taken a teaching position at Meade County Christian School in Brandenburg, KY.
C.W. filled his time by volunteering at his local church, Rock Haven Baptist Church as the Chairman of Deacons and heavily involved with children ministries. C.W. was also an active member of the Louisville Emmaus and R.E.C. communities.
C.W. will be greatly missed.