JT's Way is a Christ-Centered, Non Profit organization with a call to help hurting families during the loss of a child.

Our Mission

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.

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Meet Our Board


BJ  Wiglesworth

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.


Tonya Wiglesworth
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. She had an overwhelming feeling of panic as to how their family could lay J.T. to rest properly and in a way that every child deserves. Like many other parents, she and B.J. had not planned for their child to die.  It was in that moment that Tonya’s worse nightmare had come true, 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.

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Braden Proffitt

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 Norton is a deputy coroner for the Hardin County Coroner Office. Her husband Jared along with thier 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.


Shana Norton

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C.W. Rucker

Board Member

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 such as Awana and Wednesday night Haven for Kids.  C.W. was also an  active member of the Louisville Emmaus and R.E.C. communities.


C.W. will be greatly missed.