2012 Speakers



One of the highlights of the week is hearing and getting to know our featured speaker. With the ranch capacity at 55 guests, the setting for the morning study and evening firesides are very informal and cozy. The speaker and his family hike the mountains, play golf, ride horses, fish for trout, laugh along with everyone, participate in the events and roast marshmallows with all the guests. We have been blessed to have nationally known authors, speakers, evangelists, and pastors who love this type of setting. Listed below is the line up for the summer. Please call if you have any questions. Believe me, if they are coming to speak they are the best of the best. Each have their own style, but all of them are fabulous.
Week 1 May 27-June 2 DSM Desire Street Ministries dsm_2010 This is a Private Week. The Wuerffel family is no stranger to Wind River Ranch. We have been blessed to enjoy the friendship of this great man and his family for several years now. Danny retired from pro-ball to become Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries. We are very excited to have a week devoted to serving this ministry at Wind River Ranch. Desire Street Ministries exists to train and send leaders to revitalize impoverished neighborhoods through spiritual and community development, education and replication of leadership in the neighborhoods that it serves.
  Week 2 June 3-9 Ken Gire kengirephoto Ken Gire is the author of more than 20 books and the founder of Reflective Living. Ken has written several faith enriching devotionals: Intimate Moments with the Savior, Incredible Moments with the Savior, Instructional Moments with the Savior, and Intense Moments with the Savior. In addition to the moments with the Savior series, other titles by Ken include, The Divine Embrace, Windows of the soul, The Work of His Hands, and The Reflective Life Series.
Week 3 June 10-16 Harper/Gonzales Wedding Week This is a private week.
Week 4 June 17-23 Pike Wisner   pike_wisner_2010 Pike grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.  After serving on the student ministry staff at Whitesburg Baptist Church and as the interim minister to youth and singles at First Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Pike earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1997. Pike served Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas as student minister, minister to 30s and 40s, and associate pastor of teaching from 1996 until beginning to serve as senior pastor at First Baptist Tyler in March 2011.  Pike and his wife Andria, a graduate of Texas A&M University, have two young sons.
Week 5 June 24-30 Will Davis, Jr.   will_davis_jr._knees_up Will Davis. Jr. has been in ministry since 1980.  He and his wife Susie have three children and live in Austin, Texas, where he is the Senior Pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship.  Both Will and Susie have each authored several books, including "10 Things Jesus Never Said", "Pray Big" and "The Time of Your Life".  Will holds a BA in History from Baylor University and a Master's of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Week 6 July 1-7 Chris Stull stull_family_2010

This will be Chris Stull's fifth year coming as a speaker to Wind River Ranch. We did not even hesitate in asking Chris and his family to return again for another year. He is the executive pastor at First Baptist Church in McKinney, Texas. Chris is a gifted speaker, awesome athlete, great dad and a God seeking man. The Stull's are a wonderful family and you will be blessed to get to know his wife, Brenna, author of the book, "Coach Mom" and all 5 of their kids throughout the week. Book now and come rest, relax, and renew at Wind River Ranch and get to know this great family.

Week 7 July 8-14 Bryan Schwartz bryan_schwartz This will be Bryan's fourth year as a guest speaker at Wind River Ranch.

Bryan was raised in Miller, South Dakota and attended Augustana Univ. where he played linebacker for four years. Following graduation, Bryan was a second round draft pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars where he was named to the NFL All-Rookie team and set the Jaguars single season record for tackles. He is on the Jaguars all-time career tackles list. His NFL career was cut short after five years due to a serious injury.

After leaving the NFL, Bryan served as Assoc. Pastor in Jacksonville, FL and then moved his family to Austin, TX to become the Assoc. Pastor of Chrsit Community Church from 2002-2005. This led Bryan to Colorado in 2005 to be the Senior Pastor of a church plant, Renovation Church, in Broomfield, CO.

 

Bryan has a testimony that is powerful. He can testify to having been brought up without any spirituality and encountering the Living God in 96 while playing in the NFL in Jacksonville, FL. Bryan and his wife, Diane both had radical conversion experiences and have seen God do some tremendous miracles.

 

From Bryan- "Our friends have expressed to us how much they have enjoyed their times at the Ranch and how God has really moved in their lives the times they have been there."

 Bryan and Diane have been married for 15 years and they have 7 children, 3 girls and 4 boys ranging in age from 15 down to 2. Their church website is www.lf-church.com

 
Week 8 July 15-21 Jeff Warren     jwarren2011_sm Jeff is the Senior Pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, TX where he has been senior pastor since September 2010. Jeff began his calling after seminary at Park Cities as the youth minister then became minister to young marrieds and later minister to married adults. In addition, he was coordinator of the men's ministry and the organizer and speaker for Fast Break, a ministry that presented the Gospel to the business community. His last year was served there as associate pastor of evangelism. Jeff served there for 11 years before going to First Baptist McKinney in 1999 as Senior Pstor. Jeff has now come full circle by returning to PCBC. Jeff has been married to Stacy for 25 years. They have twin daughters at Baylor and a son who is in high school. This will be Jeff's sixth year as one of WRR's guest speakers.
Week 9 July 22-28 Bill Brewer brewer_2010 Dr. Bill Brewer has been pastor of Woodcreek Church, A Fellowship Bible Church in Richardson, Texas since 1979. Bill grew up one of six children in Arcadia, Louisiana. He attended Bryan College with the intention of becoming a doctor until God changed his mind and called him to the ministry. He earned his Th.M. and Doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. Bill especially enjoys spending time with his wife, Carol and family. This will be Bill's 13th time as guest speaker at the ranch.
Week 10 July 29-August 4 Billy Barnes
Week 11 August 5-11 Steve Stenstrom     stenstrom_2010 Steve and his wife, Lori, live in Menlo Park, California with their four children. After a six year career as a quarterback in the National Football League, the Lord led them into ministry where they founded Kingdom First Ministries.  Currently, Steve serves as president of PAO.  Steve says, "The 10 years I spent as a student of the West Coast Offense continues to teach me foundational lessons for life."  As Steve shares his football playbook experiences as a quarterback, you'll find yourself inspired to get to know the Bible: The true Playbook for Life.
Week 12 August 12-18 Pastor Paul Taylor paul_taylor_2 Paul is a preaching pastor at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California, right in the heart of Silicon Valley.  He graduated from Stanford University in 1999 and worked in software development at Oracle Corporation before becoming a pastor in 2007.  He has a Master of Theology from Dallas Seminary. His wife Rachel grew up in Houston, Texas and not-so-secretly longs for life on the ranch.  As a family, they live this out with a home full of life.  After having three biological children, they adopted two children through Social Services, following a calling that Rachel had felt since high school.  All of their kids are within three years of age, between 9 and 6 years old.  Their many pets include chickens, turtles, cats, frogs and others as well. They are excited to be spending a week at Wind River Ranch and look forward to resting in God's beautiful creation and finding Him together with new friends.  
Week 13 August 19-25 Tim Harrison tim_harrison_2010 Tim Harrison is Lead Pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon, Wisconsin. He says his journey in life and ministry has been exciting and even crazy at times... I was born and raised in upstate New York, but my family moved to Florida before high school. I consider myself a Floridian even though I really like snow. (I never got used to Christmas lights on Palm trees.) After a stint in nursing school, I married my lovely wife Karen and finished my undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida. In 1992 we followed Christ's call to Princeton Seminary, where I earned my Master of Divinity in 1995. I was ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) on June 26, 1995.I like to read—everything from the Bible and theology to Calvin and Hobbes and Dilbert. I love playing guitar, especially in worship. Along with our son, Noah our family loves to travel, ski, hike and just play.
Week 14 Augtust 26-Sept 1 HomeSchool Week Bill McDonald Bill and Jo-Ellen McDonald like to say that they have been involved with homeschooling since the birth of their first daughter in 1981. "Something about looking at your own first sweet little angel causes you to think about the challenges they'll face and how we as new parents will best be able to help them." Parents to five wonderful and uniquely talented children, Bill and Jo decided after careful prayer and a great deal of study that teaching their own children was not only superior to other forms of pedagogy, but completely responsive to God's design for how humans best learn and engage the world around them. Like all homeschoolers of that era, they carefully crafted a philosophy of how humans learn which served as a guide in tailoring an individualized curriculum for each child. Every human is a unique God-design and comes "prewired" to learn in those roles which God has prepared in advance for them to fill. Bill and Jo's role as home educators is, first and foremost, that of a facilitator; to help each child discover who they are, how they fit into God's great plan and to answer the burning question that all humans want to know: " Why am I here and what is the purpose of my life?" Bill and Jo were active in Missouri's state organization, Families for Home Education, for many years including a term as Director for the St. Louis region and service as Exective Director for the organization in 1992-93. They have been married for 38 years this May and live in Maplewood, Missouri with their children, ranging in age from 19 through 30.
Labor Day Family Camp Sept 2-5 Bryan Schwartz bryan_schwartz

This is a private week for Bryan's church staff and families.

After leaving the NFL, Bryan served as Assoc. Pastor in Jacksonville, FL and then moved his family to Austin, TX to become the Assoc. Pastor of Chrsit Community Church from 2002-2005. This led Bryan to Colorado in 2005 to be the Senior Pastor of a church plant, now Renovation Church in Broomfield, CO.

 

Bryan has a testimony that is powerful. He can testify to having been brought up without any spirituality and encountering the Living God in 96 while playing in the NFL in Jacksonville, FL. Bryan and his wife, Diane both had radical conversion experiences and have seen God do some tremendous miracles. Bring your family to WRR for a time of play, reflection and good old family time and end the day around the family dinner table and then around the campfire for smores and and a song or two. Imagine all the fun you can put into four days! The winter is ahead, enjoy one last vacation before the snows fall.

Women's Retreat Sept 6-9 Melissa Shaver melissa_shaver   Walking in Grace Ministry is back for a fifth year at Wind River Ranch!

It is Melissa's heart’s cry that you learn to love the Word of God so that you can know the God of the Word. She will challenge you to a deeper walk with the Savior and you will be blessed.

Couples Conference Sept 12-16 Will Davis, Jr. img_5012 Come enjoy the beautiful September in one of the most gorgeous places on earth! The Aspen trees will be in color, the elk will be in their rutting / bugeling season (the ranch somehow tends to draw them here). This is a quiet time of refection for you and your spouse to get away and be blessed in the Rocky Mountains. Come let our staff serve you.  
Full Gospel Chaplincy Sept 19-23 This is a private retreat
 
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