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Climbing for Christ Chapters

Climbing for Christ has chapters throughout the United States and around the world.  Select on at right to learn more.

Interested in organizing a Climbing For Christ chapter in your part of the world? E-mail info@ClimbingForChrist.org

The Word

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” — Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV), the reason behind organizing chapters. The fellowship of believers adds up to encouragement and growth.

Latest Chapter News

Team C4C Philippines

Team C4C Philippines One of my heart's desires was granted in December 2011 and that was to get more help in stewarding the growing ministry of Climbing For Christ in the Philippines. I would like to officially announce the assembly of the C4C Philippines Core Group: Andrea Alloro, Kz Abesamis, Jherwyn Delavin, Jael Garcia, Gutch Guttierez, Jhun Hacbang, Doc Cecil Mendoza, and me. This is a mixture of veterans and young blood, and the group will help us make decisions, plan, pray, train, organize, and pray some more. In other words, everything. Our first meeting was held Jan. 7, 2012. It ... Read more »

Keith Schultz

Keith Schultz on the summit of Mount Rainier. Born: 1959. Residence: Redmond, Wash. Personal: Married, father of two girls. Occupation: Software Developer. How long have you climbed? 35 years. Type of climbing you do: Alpine is my favorite. I ski off. But I also climb rocks, gyms, mixed, mountains, glaciers, and vertical ice. Highlight of climbing career: There are many. Probably climbing Liberty Ridge on Rainier in two days of perfect weather is a standout. But there were also numerous first ascents in the Bitterroots of Montana that gave me great pleasure. How long have you be... Read more »

Springing Ahead to Rainier

By Keith Schultz Chapter coordinator There were just four of us on the Cascade Chapter’s trip to Icicle Canyon on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7: my daughters (Olivia, 13, and Meredith, 11), me, and God. We were joined by a bunch of climbers at the Rockfest, sponsored by Feathered Friends in Seattle. God was there in the two chance meetings of Christians I had not seen in awhile, and in the bonding between my daughters and me. We climbed both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was top roping a 5.7 and a 5.8. Sunday we did a four-pitch climb that I actually broke into eight pitc... Read more »

Craig Beck

Thanks to Chip for serving in Pennsylvania! Craig Beck on the summit of Mount Washington, N.H. on July 11, 2008. Born: April 8, 1977. Residence: Lancaster, PA. Occupation: I’ve worked for 10 years at Sight & Sound Theatres are the Lead Animal Trainer of the smaller critters (birds, dogs, skunks, alpacas, etc.). How long have you climbed? On and off over the last seven years. Type of climbing you do: Rock gyms, day-hikes, and I’m looking forward to starting bouldering. Highlight of climbing career: The climbing wall at the Bass Pro Shop. Just kidding. From July 8-... Read more »

Bill Wos

Bill Wos, left, with Pennsylvania member Matt Kroll, right, and a friend from Colorado on the summit of Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire's Whites in January 2009. (Mount Washington is in the background.) Bill Wos volunteered to become the fourth coordinator of the Pennsylvania Chapter on Nov. 18, 2011. Here's a glimpse of Bill: Date of birth: Feb. 17, 1955. Residence: Willow Street, PA. Family: Married with one daughter and grandchildren. Occupation: Commercial Construction Estimator. How long have you climbed? 20 years. Type of climbing you do: Rock, ice and mountaineering. Highlight... Read more »

Nate Lee

Born: 1978. Residence: Ellicott City, Md. Personal: Husband and father of three. Occupation: Analyst. How long have you climbed? Off and on for 14 years. Type of climbing you do: Rock (trad, sport, indoor, outdoor, top rope), ice, hiking/backpacking, some mountaineering, also trail running. How long have you been a Christian? All my life. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Family, music, sports, international missions. Favorite Scripture verse (and why): 2 Corinthians 1:3-6. Because God reminds me that when we suffer it is for a reason —... Read more »

Dan McQueen

Born: 1939. Residence: Columbia, Md. Personal: Married (42 years) with two children and five grandchildren. Occupation: Retired Information Technology Professional How long have you climbed? First climbed mountains on Appalachian Trail up to 6000-plus feet in 1990. Type of climbing you do: Mostly trekking. First large mountain was Kilimanjaro in September 1998; others Aconcagua, Rainier, Kosciuszko; trekked in Peru to over 16,000 feet, Nepal, France, Switzerland, and New Zealand. How long have you been a Christian? About 29 years Type of ministry you are blessed... Read more »

Charleton Churchill

Age: 34. Residence: Jackson, Calif. Personal (family – married/children): Wife Kelly Churchill (married August 1999); children Janae Faith, 5; Ashlyn Grace, 2, and McKinley Hope (2 months). Occupation: Youth Ministry/Worship Pastor. How long have you climbed? Hiking/backpacking all my life, glacier travel (9 years), rock climbing (high school/college training). Type of climbing you do: Mountaineering and hiking, setting goals, challenging myself to greater feats (not much rock climbing anymore, but I don’t mind going out once in a while). Climbing mountains has many purposes... Read more »
Posted in: C4C NorCal, Bios

Half Dome Hike

Half Dome hike By Charleton Churchill NorCal Chapter co-coordinator The Yosemite trip was great, and though no one signed up to join me for our inaugural chapter event, I met and hiked with several believers from a Christian group from Rippen, Calif. (located near Modesto). Fifty youth and adults were among the MANY people hiking the 16.4-mile trail on a hot Saturday, Sept. 6. My shaved baldhead got scorched even with thick layers of sun block. It all started as I was taking a quick break. I overheard some adults talking about how God's greatness is shown through His beautiful creation... Read more »
Posted in: C4C NorCal

New Hampshire

Rummy Fall Romp Todd Paris on Cold Feet (5.7) at the Hinterlands section of Rumney. Above him you can see the massive roof of Giant Man (5.12b). (Photo by Matt Shoemaker) By TODD PARIS Director of Partners In Climb We were blessed with beautiful weather for the first chapter fall foliage weekend at Rumney on Oct. 5-7. Although the turnout was small the fellowship was sweet. Late afternoon on Friday Alan Emery met me in the parking lot and we were able to get a couple of routes climbed before dark. It was just enough to get my fingertips reintroduced to the sharp Rumney schist. We h... Read more »

Vision Casting

Vision casting Gary Fallesen, president of Climbing For Christ, spoke at the chapter's 2008 kick-off meeting on Sunday, Jan. 6 at chapter coorindator Isaac Will's house. He will shared the HIStory of Climbing For Christ, reviewed 2007 mission trips, previewed the 2008 Evangelic Expeditions, shared personal God stories, and answered questions. Thirteen people ate a pasta dinner and enjoyed fellowship. Isaac showed photos and videos of past Minnesota Chapter events. At the end of the meeting, he unveiled the 2008 calendar. Read more »
Posted in: C4C Minnesota

Setting the Route and Kick-Off Dinner

Setting the Route: The chapter focused on setting routes for the climbing towers at River Valley Ranch in Maryland on May 25 and 26. Kick-Off Dinner: Chapter co-coordinator Nate Lee reports: “The Mid-Atlantic kick-off dinner has come and gone — it was great! We came, we devotioned, we pigged out on pasta and ice cream, we learned about Climbing For Christ, and spent some time getting to know each other. With 18 people showing up for our first meeting (April 27 at Columbia, Md. Presbyterian Church) and another dozen or so regretting they couldn't make it, I think we'll have some ... Read more »

Mission: Haiti Presentation

Mission: Haiti Presentation 2008 and ’09 team members Steve Quakenbush and Josh Carroll shared with more than 200 people the work God is doing through Climbing For Christ in the mountains of Haiti during Sunday, Feb. 15 worship at First United Methodist Church in Canon City, Colo. “There was lots of encouragement,” Josh said. “Lots of people interested in helping out financially, and lots of people surprised to hear about the immense need!” Haiti remains the biggest item on Climbing For Christ's budget. Anyone who can help the least of these living in the... Read more »

A home church away from home church

A home church away from home church All at welcome at Lake Placid Baptist Climbing For Christ members are welcome to use the facilities at Lake Placid Baptist Church to sleep, shower or cook a meal. The current cost is only $5 to spend a night at the church. Pastor Derek asks for 30 days notice, but this church also can be called on in the event of an emergency. Of course, you can always worship at Lake Placid Baptist on a Sunday morning or evening. Visit www.LPBaptist.org to learn more about the church. Pastor Derek Spain and his family in Lake Placid, where he is pastor of the Lake ... Read more »

Gathering at Camp One

Gathering at Camp One Nearly 40 people gathered for Climbing For Christ Philippines' CAMP ONE, the first annual meeting of members in that Asian country. Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen spoke to the group about world missions. The event was held Friday, April 20 in Makati City.  God is moving to save souls all over the world! This was the message shared by Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen when he spoke at “Camp One,” the inaugural C4C Philippines gathering. For the first time C4C members assembled at International Baptist Church in Makati on the... Read more »

Prayer Climb

Prayer Climb Preparing the Way On 1 May, the Marangu group met and agreed to start Bible study and prayer group. From this meeting we also decided to postpone prayer day on the mountain to 12 May. (It was originally scheduled for 5 May.) On 5 May, the Marangu C4C group plus prayer members from my church and neighboring churches joined us in a special prayer seminar to prepare the group on the mountain prayer. We had about 60 people. A friend of mine from Dar es Salaam conducted the seminar. It was nice and helpful to the group before we go for the prayer expedition. Dauson Chonjo ... Read more »

Take a Kid Climbing Day

The Dec. 20 gym climb was cancelled due to heavy snow outside. My apologies to anyone who went to Vertical World that day and did not find Climbing For Christ. We are going to try again! Join us from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1 at Vertical World in Redmond for Climbing For Christ's international “Take a Kid Climbing Day.” Please e-mail me at Olimerkei@yahoo.com if you plan to be there. Best regards! — Keith Schultz Read more »

Biting off more than we can chew

By Keith Schultz Chapter coordinator There were no volunteers for Mount Daniel so Trevor Zahn and I went up the Tooth in scorching heat on Aug. 16. Trevor is a friend of mine from church so we talked about our church and caught up on each others' trials and successes. It was a quick hike up the trail past Source Lake and then up the talus to the base. I led the first two pitches and Trevor led the third pitch, which was his first lead. Then we baked on the summit for awhile. Our plan was to climb the sawtooth ridge between the Tooth and Chair Peak, but the weather was just too hot. W... Read more »

Re-starting the chapter with a pair of Prayer Peaks

Dragontail Peak, left, looms over Colchuck Lake. Colchuck Glacier and Colchuck Peak are immediately to the right. (Photo by Keith Schultz) New coordinator Keith Schultz jump re-started the Cascade Chapter with climbs of Colchuck and Dragontail Peaks on June 26-29, 2008. Keith was accompanied by his 12-year-old daughter and four brothers in Christ. The group participated in the 11th annual Prayer Peaks Day, founded by Climbing For Christ board member Derek Fullerton of Colorado. Originally, Keith intended to attempt Mount Rainer, which he has summited several times. But unseasonable cold cau... Read more »

Postcard from the Ledge: Christian Conversation and Climbing

Rock Climbing in Icicle Canyon near Leavenworth, Wash., July 19 By Keith Schultz Chapter coordinator God brought five of us together for the weekend to climb and reflect on our roles as climbers and Christians. The talks on the way there and back were really the highpoint for me as we covered a lot of ground getting to know each other and our relative struggles with selfishness vs. servitude. But the climbing was great, too! God’s little playground, in this case, was a four-pitch rock. I only had two 60-meter ropes so we tied into the middles and ends of both ropes. This made f... Read more »

Mission Fest Alberta 2012

Climbing For Christ Canada was represented by coordinator Brandy Everts and member SheriLyn Fehr at Mission Fest Alberta 2012 on Feb. 24-26, 2012 in Edmonton, AB. Mission Fest is an annual three-day family missions conference with the purpose to inform, celebrate, and challenge believers to pray, give, send and go. This year's theme was, “The World is My Neighbour.” C4C Canada, along with 170 other exhibitors, shared their passion and mission focus to an estimated 20,000 people who came asking God to stir their hearts and point them in His direction for their lives. ... Read more »
Posted in: C4C Canada

Take a Kid Climbing Day

Take a Kid Climbing Day, Special Edition Pennsylvania was focused on the Super Bowl on the day “Take a Kid Climbing” was scheduled nationally (on Feb. 1, 2009). The state had plenty to cheer about as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Arizona, 27-23, to win Super Bowl XLIII. Taking a kid climbing wasn't forgotten, though. The PA Chapter had its own day: Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cliffhangers Climbing Gym in Reading. Chickies redux The PA Chapter, which celebrated its rebirth in the summer of 2008 with an easy hike on Chickies Rock near Columbia, PA, return... Read more »

Silver Mountain Camp and Climb

Silver Mountain Camp and Climb By Michael Wall Chapter coordinator Some might say there is a spiritual parallel somewhere in there in sharing the Gospel. Here's how I see it: As Christians, we don't have enough urgency in sharing that Gospel message. For many, the end is nearer than we would ever think. We act as if those around us who don't know Christ will live forever. We all know they won't, but we don't want to think about that. That's uncomfortable. To think about that would truly have to bring about action if we truly loved people. To let a person die and go to hell when you cou... Read more »

Climbing For Christ's first chapter form

The first chapter of Climbing For Christ – the Adirondack Mountains Chapter – was formed in Long Lake, N.Y., on July 26, 2003. Eleven men, women, and children hiked nearby Blue Mountain in the afternoon, a two-mile climb ascending 1,550 vertical feet to an elevation of 3,759 feet and then a few steps higher up an old fire tower (photo below). Twenty-one people attended the inaugural meeting that evening at the Long Lake Town Hall. The Esper family – Cheryl, Chip, and their five sons – hosted the event. The Espers are the chapter's coordinators. Climbing For Christ p... Read more »

JEJAK (Indonesia)

JEJAK — an Indonesian acronym for “footsteps,” as in “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). Sharing love of Christ in Sumatra Budi Yuwono, one of our leaders of the JEJAK Chapter in Indonesia, traveled on Friday, Oct. 2 to Padang Sumatra, the hardest hit of areas struck by two earthquakes in two days. The earthquakes occurred Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1, killing at least 1,100 people and paralyzing that part of the country. Roads were cut off, power ... Read more »
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