Executive Leadership Team

Jeff Keaton

Jeff Keaton
Founder, CEO & President

A successful pastor, church and school planter and ministry entrepreneur, Jeff Keaton has spent his adult life believing that through Christ anything is possible. As CEO and President of Renewanation, he now speaks across America challenging Christians to reach the world for Christ and to get involved in the great cause of giving children a biblical worldview.

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Ron GordonRon Gordon
Executive Vice President & COO

Ron Gordon’s passion is to train up the next generation with a biblical worldview. He brings strong education and executive experience to the cause of Renewanation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and an MBA from Virginia Tech. Ron spent 22 years in the corporate world, leading manufacturing organizations, managing numerous multi-million dollar projects, and building cross-functional teams. Ron specializes in developing robust systems, assessing and improving processes, and strategic planning. Read more



Curtis CornellCurtis Cornell
Director of Scholarship Development

Curtis Cornell joined the Renewanation team May 2017 with more than 20 years experience in the healthcare and sales industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Radford University and a Master of Science degree from Jefferson College of Health Sciences. Curtis brings a demonstrated ability to successfully establish operational strategies and expertise in leadership, department management and new business development. He is passionate about the work of Renewanation and feels God has been preparing him to join our team for many years.

Curtis’ primary focus as Director of Scholarship Development will be growing our scholarship programs to the next level. We believe by the year 2020 we will see 5,000 students receiving scholarships, 100,000 by the year 2029 and 350,000 by the year 2040.

Curtis and his wife Brandi reside in Hardy, VA and are the proud parents of one daughter, Ashtyn.


Kristin BirdDr. Kristin Bird
Chief School Officer

From 2006 through June of 2016, Dr. Bird helped to build Sevenstar Online Academy into an international school. She is passionate about biblical worldview integration in curriculum and is an innovative and creative educator. She currently serves on assessment teams for AdvancEd. Dr. Bird joined Renewanation in July 2016 to help revitalize existing schools and start new schools.

BA – Fine Performing Arts/Biology (Pre-Med) – Chatham College; Master of Arts in Teaching (Elementary Education) – University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership – Northcentral University


Judy RalphJudy Ralph
Executive Administrator

Judy Ralph came to Renewanation in September 2014 after spending 25 years in the corporate world where she served in various leading administrative roles. She also brought 30 plus years of ministry experience and is sold out to claiming the next generation for Christ. She serves with a sense of joy, professionalism and passion. Judy and her husband Tom live in Vinton, Virginia. They have three children, C.J., Christy, and Tracy, and 10 grandchildren.




Paulina Shelton
Paulina Shelton
Finance Director

Paulina Shelton joined Renewanation in December 2012 as Finance Director. She had previously spent 43 years working in the corporate world for national insurance companies as well as more than 3 decades in Accounting. Her professionalism and expertise are invaluable assets to our organization. Paulina is 100% sold out to our cause and goes the extra mile in every way to advance our work.