Jory Brett Rolf, age 48, entered into Glory on January 19, 2019. Born April 9, 1970, at Battaan Memorial Hospital in Albuquerque, NM, to Jim and Darlene Rolf, Jory traveled as an infant to Cheyenne, WY, where he attended school at Buffalo Ridge Elementary School, Carey Junior High, and Cheyenne East High School. Jory was involved in student government, where he became the student body president at Carey. He was also involved in music programs as a member of the Carey Brave Sounds and the East High Singers. He excelled in baseball, where he pitched and played shortstop in Cheyenne Little League and in Junior and Senior Babe Ruth in Cheyenne. After graduating from high school, Jory attended the University of Wyoming where he was a member of the college vocal group, The Centennial Singers. Jory graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.
After graduating, he became a member of the traveling music ministry group, The Continental Singers, where he met Teresa (Tess) Bloyer in Ventura, CA.
Jory and Tess were married on July 4, 1998. They immediately stepped into fulltime ministry and missionary work, founding and directing AIM Around the World (formerly ACTION Ministry), a discipleship and outreach training ministry for young people. Jory’s ministry trained, discipled, and launched individuals and families in mission work around the globe. Jory led or launched over 40 biblical discipleship mission trips throughout the world and over 30 mission outreach teams and family ministries have been trained and launched as a result of Jory’s vision, passion, training and discipleship.
Jory founded Ozark Mountain Legacy in 2007 in Branson, MO. Having moved to Branson in 2003, Jory felt a burden to ensure that the area’s Christian Culture and Core Values were preserved and intact for future generations. Jory and team helped champion bringing nearly 400 community leaders and citizens together to clearly identify and solidify the core values, mission and vision for Ozark Mountain Country to Champion Family, Faith, Friends, Flag and Future - Guided by Christian Biblical Values. Jory also founded Legacy Youth Institute, to help identify, empower, and introduce young leaders to pass on those same core values to the over 200 high school students that have been trained through this initiative.
Jory excelled as an effective thought-leader offering “The Legacy Leader” training to enable communities, organizations and families to discover and deliver their unique and God-given Legacy and Core Values.
Jory and his family began sharing gospel bluegrass music together in 2011. Jory and family have traveled extensively in the US and Canada sharing the gospel through their family music and ministry as Family Anthem. Jory’s love for music was passed on to his children as they continue to share the Good News in song.
Jory was also involved in many community transformational initiatives in Branson, MO. Jory's passion was to disciple and challenge every individual and organization God brought across his path to shine for Christ in every area of their life and business.
Jory is preceded in death by his mother, Darlene Ann Rolf and his brother, Brett Fleck.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa Rolf, their children, Banner Kalos Rolf, Nation Shiloh Rolf, Anthem Joy Rolf, Justus Amor Rolf, Honour Chrestos Rolf and Glorye Kharis Rolf, all of Branson, MO; his father, Jim Rolf, of Cheyenne, WY; his older brother, Randy Rolf and sister-in-law, Debbie Rolf of Cathedral City, CA; his younger brother, Travis Rolf, and sister-in-law, Jennefer Rolf; his nieces, Addison and Jacksyn Rolf of Magnolia, TX, and many other family and friends. He greatly loved others and was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and those he encountered on his short journey on earth. He is in his heavenly home and we rejoice that we will see him again in eternity.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, February 2 at the First Baptist Church in Branson, MO at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to an evangelistic ministry of your choice to carry on the legacy that Jory began to spread the Gospel.