Nationality: USA. Occupation: Collegiate minister with Christian Challenge at Fort Lewis College, Climbing For Christ Western Slope Coordinator, ski instructor. Missions with C4C: Peru 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2020; Philippines 2013 and 2014, and “Possible” 2009, 2010 and 2011.
How long have you climbed? Since my freshman year in high school. Type of climbing you do: mountaineering, rock, bouldering, canyoneering, spelunking, hiking. Highlight of climbing career: One of my favorite climbs was summiting Mount Sneffels, a 14,000-foot peak nearby with my wife Rachel. My other was probably climbing a 16,000-foot unnamed peak in the Himalayas that, most likely, no other westerners (other than our team members that day) had ever stood on top.
How long have you been a Christian? 21 years. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: College Ministry, outdoor ministry, and mission work in other countries.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Isaiah 43: 1-3. (“But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.’”) It’s a great reminder that God is always with me and watching over me...in everyday life and in whatever dangerous situation I find myself in.
Special “God moment” you’d like to share: Some friends and I were climbing a local mountain when a blizzard blew up on us. We were lost on the ridge, not being able to see five feet in front of us. Through a lot of prayer, God got us up and down safely despite so many of the obstacles we came across that trip. I really saw the power of prayer on the trip.
What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? C4C is a place where Christian climbers can be encouraged by other Christian climbers, knowing that it’s a tough sort of thing to find in the climbing community. It’s also a place where Christian climbers can put their talents to use for Christ and be in the mission field.