JT's Way is a Christ-Centered, Non Profit organization with a call to help hurting families during the loss of a child.
Our desire is to minister to families by connecting them with local and national resources. These resources are in place to assist in lessening 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, but are not limited to, grief counseling and parent/sibling groups. They help to network with other organizations that provide the support these families will need in their cities and towns across America.
The outside world doesn't stop, but we can tell you from experience that a parent’s world certainly does.
Meet Our Board
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 beautiful daughter Julie (Tonya and B.J.’s first grandchild). Their daughter Miranda takes an active roll in JT’s Way.
The family has a farm that they have found great healing in after this tragedy.
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 to his grand daughter Julie. She lights up his world.
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.
C.W. is a retired school teacher where he taught 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students at Southwest Christian Academy for 14 yrs.
C.W. currently fills 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. is an active member of the Louisville Emmaus and R.E.C. communities.
C.W. enjoys his free time with his dog, Molly.
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.
While Josh has spent the majority of his career working in non-profits or the local media, he is currently the Director of Membership and Business Relations for The Chamber of St. Matthews, where he has been since August 2016. Josh also served as the Director of Signature Events and Special Programs for One Southern Indiana. In his role, he led staff efforts in the planning and execution of the organization’s major events and worked with members in helping them find value in their membership and expanding member awareness through the use of new and creative sponsorship exposures. Josh has extensive background in managing community outreach initiatives and media affairs, and has also worked as a clerk/writer for The Courier-Journal covering local public safety, business and religion stories.
Josh is married to Lizzie and they have two daughters, Faith and Lillie and is an active member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, where he teaches the young adult class. In addition to JT’s Way, Josh serves on the DaySpring Emmaus Community Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville. He is a frequent volunteer with Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana.
Brad is pastor of Freedom Church in Buckner, KY. Brad has been in ministry for the past 23yrs. He and his wife Peggy have 4 beautiful children and 1 amazing grandson. Brad has a passion for the Lost and the Least and is unashamed of the Gospel and its Power to Save. One of his favorite pastimes is serving in prison alongside his wife and children.
Brad has served on many non-profit boards to include Agape Christian Ministries and the Louisville R.E.C.