Our story


Jarod Lovekamp, born on June 19, 2000, was a man after God’s own heart. He was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky by Rick and Traci Lovekamp. He was raised in the faith and was saved at a young age. Traci Lovekamp tells a story of remembering that when he was in eighth grade, someone had called Jarod in crisis. A few hours later, she walked into his room as he was crying and clutching his Bible closely. She asked, “Why are you crying?”, to which he replied, “Mom, I love this book. It has all the answers.” 

Jarod was a renaissance man. He loved basketball and photography particularly. He was passionate about serving the local church and overseas missions. You could often find Jarod apart of many ministry teams offering his helping hand at whatever was needed. 

Jarod attended Grand Canyon University where he studied, worked, and met his best friends. He was always looking for the next adventure, whether that was a 2:00 AM Denny’s run or leading a camping trip of hundreds of students. He was a man of passion for the gospel and for those around him in his community. Jarod packed his schedule with one on ones with students, engaging in biblical counsel and friendly conversation. 

Jesus gives instructions to his disciples before ascending into heaven to, “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Teaching them to obey what I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you wherever you go.” 

This instruction by Jesus is often referred to as the “Great Commission”. Jarod lived his life fulfilling the very thing Jesus called us to. He was an honoring son, a diligent student, an avid adventurer, a talented photographer, a loyal and fun friend, and a faithful follower of Jesus. 

Jarod is in Heaven with God and the saints, and he has left behind a legacy that points to the most important death in the history of mankind. 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 

If Jarod were here, he would tell you this: Love God, love others, and preach the gospel. 

See you at the Rosebush. 


Matthew 6:10

leading students out of their comfort zones and into an environment that enables growth.

Standing among the mountains and forests, I feel that I’m standing in the presence of God. As much as I’ll tell you I love being in a city, there’s something about nature that makes me feel new and refreshed every time; it makes me feel alive in myself and connected to the creator. Most people can think of a time that simply being somewhere made them feel at peace. If you haven’t found that place, I encourage you to ask yourself if you have been looking? Is it right in front of you? Or maybe you know, where is it? Do you go there often? Take a break. Invest in yourself. The weight of the world is heavy but mountain air is thin and light.

– Jarod Lovekamp