Michael Heitland

Gary Fallesen

Michael Heitland


Age: 35. Residence: South Fargo, ND, USA. Family: Married to Michelle with three daughters — Makayla, 15; Maleah, 12, Molly, 2. Occupation: Chief Technology Officer, V3 Technologies. Church: Bethel EFC, Fargo ND. Missions with C4C: First.

How long have you climbed? 8 years. Type of climbing you do: Mountaineering, rock and ice. Highlight of climbing career: Climbing Mount Rainier via DC route in 2007. I climbed as part of a benefit climb for Big City Mountaineers.

How long have you been a Christian? I consider my spiritual birthday to be September 1996. This was the start of a long road of sanctification and God has been faithful in working to conforming me to Christ's image. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: I currently intern in Bethel's men's ministry. My focus has been with alcoholics and drug addicts, although I have worked with and alongside others from pretty much every socioeconomic background you can imagine (homeless, blue collar, white collar, gold collar).

Favorite Scripture verse (and why): There are so many and it changes each year, but right now Philippines 3:8 has provided motivation and conviction to grow deeper and suffer more. “More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.”

Special “God moment” you'd like to share: When my youngest daughter was born I was faced with the reality of just how much work God had done in my heart. He took something that was completely broken and transformed it in a way that to this day amazes me.

What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? It is a testimony that all things can be used for God's glory. That a passion for climbing can be God's sovereign way of preparing a person to go where others cannot, to the most remote regions on earth.
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