Evening Firesides

2009 Speakers

"I suppose the greatest investment that someone can make in life, in terms of 'horizontal' relationships on earth, is to invest in one's family. The sad reality is that often, in our busy world, we invest leftover emotional energy and time in the ones we love the most. Families need to get away, refocus, redirect, and think about the ultimate priorities in life. That's what Wind River is all about. For us it has served as a bench mark along our life's family journey, a reminder that life is short, beautiful, and impossible without God. Not to mention, a lot of fun when it's spent loving each other on top of a mountain! This is stuff lifetime memories are made of."

Jeff Warren - Senior pastor,  First Baptist Church,  McKinney, Texas

"I often discover God's will and way in little things. God does speak in a still, small voice. Over the months that have passed since August, I can close my eyes and return to that state of grace and peace of Wind River Ranch. My need to return to that place is just as constant and needful as the multitude of hummingbirds that I saw all week long. All over the ranch there are hummingbird feeders filled with nectar. I'm drawn to the experience of Wind River Ranch time and again each week even as those hummingbirds are drawn to the feeders. In the span of just one of fifty-two weeks, we receive the assurance that even a mustard seed of time together as a family can make all the difference. We treasure our time there. May we all discover or rediscover our call to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul, and our neighbor as ourselves."

Keith Boone - Senior pastor,  First United Methodist Church,  Rockwall, Texas

"Invest in your family and your relationship with God.

Wind River Ranch will take your breath away. This will be the best week of your life from the moment you arrive. More than you will be able to fit into a Daytimer- memories that will last a lifetime. Your families experiences will be fertile seeds that will continue to grow, bearing wonderful fruit, nurturing your family throughout the year.

Time? We needed to slow down and watch the baby colt come into the world; watch majestic elk nibble beside the hot tub and pick that special tea bag for an afternoon cup of overdue halt to an otherwise fast paced world. Get ready to go for a walk in the sweetness of intimate time together. Just enjoying each other for who God created you to be. It will happen here.

Kids and family, our most precious investment of time well spent. We are not counting the days until school is out- but still we are in view of the snowcap of Long's Peak from our cottage window at Wind River Ranch again this summer.

Jim Behling - Director of Deer Creek Camp,  New Braunfels, Texas

"Wind River Ranch is the perfect mountain vacation. The beauty, serenity and charm will refresh you. The attention and creativity of the staff will spoil you. The time with God will revitalize you. The experience of Wind River Ranch will draw you back again."

Dr. Bill Brewer - Senior Pastor, Richland Bible Fellowship, Richardson, Texas

"I went to Wind River during a week in the summer of 1998, not knowing what to expect, really, besides a few days in the scenic mountains of Colorado. What I came away with was a renewed spirit, a refreshed body, and a scrapbook of wonderful memories that will live on in our family for years to come. We can't wait to get back."

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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.
May 31-June 6 Bucky Hunsicker   Bucky is the pastor of the

Stuart Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Stuart, Virginia (www.stuartpresbyterian.org) and has a passion for teaching and challenging people with the Scripture.

Bucky and Matilda have 3 grown children. This is their 3rd year to be back at the ranch as guest speakers by popular demand.


June 7-13















The Peasall Family


A week with the Peasall's is a week you will not soon forget. They are a family that will bless your socks right off! The three oldest girls auditioned for the roles of George Clooney's daughters in the 1999 movie, "O Brother Where Art Thou". As it was, they didn't look pitiful enough to be cast, however, their harmonic voices were wanted.
Sarah, the oldest is 20 and a newlywed. She plays lead guitar. Hannah is 17, and plays mandolin while singing soprano to Sarah's alto. Leah is14, plays a sassy fiddle and sings tenor. Daddy, Michael Peasall plays stand-up bass and throws in some on the vocals. He is a former music minister, a pastor and one who carries a passionate message of the Savior whom he, his wife Sally and family serve. There will be occasions where the whole family will entertain you from brother Joseph, 11,with electric guitar and even sister Emma, 7, might come out to clog for you. The one to bring up the rear is Julia, 4. We know that in this family, talent flows freely. She will bless you with her smile.


June 14-20 Kirk Freeman

After an early foray into the world of country music, Kirk spent 12 years in the publishing industry ultimately starting his own consulting firm. However, his passion for the local church and loving people for Jesus's sake led him to start CrossBridge Community Church in San Antonio in 2003. The church's core group of 27 people grew to 800 in less than four years as they reached out to the community. A 2nd year speaker, Kirk will bless you with stories and music. He and his wife, Debbie and their three daughters are eager to return to the ranch for more good times this summer. For more information, go to www.CrossBridgeCommunityChurch.com.

June 21-27

Steve Stenstrom and PAO/NFL WEEK


Steve and his wife, Lori reside in Menlo Park, California, with their four young children. Following a six ? year career as a quarterback in the National Football League, they realized the Lord was leading them back to the area where they first met as undergraduates at Stanford University. Together, they co ? founded Kingdom First Ministries through which they seek to reach the Stanford campus and surrounding community with the life ? changing power of the Gospel. By combining his deep love for the truth of God's Word with his experiences as a quarterback, Steve brings a unique way of discovering life as it was meant to be lived. Steve spent much of his life learning from coaches like Bill Walsh, Dennis Green, and Steve Mariucci. As Steve says, ?The 10 years I spent as a student of the West Coast Offense continue to teach me foundational lessons for life.? As Steve shares about his football playbook experiences, you'll find yourself inspired to get to know the Bible: The True Playbook For Life.You'll want to be there as Steve shares those experiences and other personal anecdotes in a way that is sure to drive each person closer to God. Having started out as guests at Wind River, Steve and his family are looking forward to coming back for their 4th summer to help others experience the same refreshing, reflective week they first enjoyed as guests and now enjoy as speakers

June 28-July 4

Steve Stenstrom / Danny Wuerffel


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, spent his collegiate football career at the University of Florida, leading the Gators to four SEC championships and a National title. Besides graduating with High Honors and a BA degree in Public Relations, Danny won the 1996 Heisman trophy, the Draddy award (for the nation's top student-athlete) and set 17 NCAA and Univ. of FL football records. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1997, where he first learned of Desire Street Ministries. After playing for the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins, Danny retired from pro-ball to become Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries.

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.

July 5 - 11

Bill Brewer

This will be the 12th straight summer that Bill and Carol have come to Wind River Ranch.  We have been blessed to hear the lessons that God has put on his heart to share with the guests and staff.  Bill is a Dallas Theological Seminary graduate and has been pastor of Woodcreek Church in Richardson, Texas for 30 years.  You and your family will be blessed by Bill's ability to tell stories and especially the ones from his time spent growing up in Louisiana.  Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, Carol; daughter Becca; and son, Clint.
July 12-18 Burt Palmer

Burt Palmer, a native Texan and third generation United Methodist minister, claims Wichita Falls as his hometown. After graduating from Wichita Falls High School, Burt went on to earn degrees from Hendrix College and Duke University Divinity School. In 2000, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He is married to Shawn and they have two children, Micah and Meagan. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.

This is Burt's first year as a speaker, but comes highly recommended. To learn more about Bear Creek United Methodist Chuch please go to www.bearcreekumc.com

July 19-25 Jeff Warren

 Jeff is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of McKinney, Texas. He is a graduate of East Carolina University and SW Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeff received his doctorate in Ministry in 1997. Jeff does it all. He sings, plays the guitar, and is a powerful speaker used mightily by God. Jeff is back by popular demand. A wrangler on our staff admits that other than his own father, Jeff has had the greatest impact of any individual on his life. This will be Jeff's 10th year at Wind River Ranch. You will love his wonderful wife, Stacy, and their three children, Whitney, Emily, and Travis. (see the speaker section for quotes from Jeff Warren)

July 26? Aug 1

Chris Stull

This will be Chris Stull's second year coming as a speaker to Wind River Ranch. We did not even hesitate in asking Chris and his family to return again for 2009. He is the associate pastor at McKinney 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, and all 5 of their kids throughout the week. They moved from a church in Arizona to their new ministry spot in McKinney, Texas just over 2 years ago. The lead pastor who works with Chris is Jeff Warren. He is the speaker for week 8 for Wind River Ranch. Book now and come rest, relax, and renew at Wind River Ranch and get to know this great family.

August 2-8  Bryan Doyle  



Bryan Doyle is back by huge demand at Wind River Ranch for season 2009. You will love his quick wit and English dialect but mostly his passion for sharing the gospel of Christ.

Bryan is the Missional Life Pastor at First Baptist Church McKinney, TX. He has served and led churches on three continents. He served in Johannesburg, South Africa for ten years and then for nine years at the Stopsley Baptist Church, England. 

 Bryan was born in Manchester in the north west of England, he is married to Tracy (a South African) and they have three children, Shannon, Kayleigh Grace and Calvin-David.

August 9-15

Bryan Schwartz

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, now Living Faith 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.  We are thrilled to be stacking hands with Wind River Ministries as speakers for week 11 in 2009. My wife and 7 kids are excited too!"


Bryan and Diane have been married for 13 years and they have 7 children, 3 girls and 4 boys ranging in age from 13 down to 11 months. Their church website is www.lf-church.com 




Aug 23-29 Eddie Taubensee  


Eddie Taubensee had an 11 year Major League Baseball career catching for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Indians. Eddie had career highs in 1999 hitting .311, with 21 home runs and 87 RBIs. He has travelled the world sharing the gospel in Thailand, South Africa, Japan, Dominican Republic, Australia, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Germany. Eddie and His wife René are the Pro athletes Outreach, Ambassadors to Major League Baseball and are the Directors of the annual Baseball Conference. Eddie is also the Director of Evangelism and Men's Ministry at Harvest Church of West Orlando and can be heard occasionally on the Church's podcast at www.harvestfl.org. Eddie also enjoys being a little league coach and full time father to his 3 boys.
René Taubensee is a former Television reporter and columnist from Alberta, Canada. She has been married to Eddie since 1993 and they have 3 boys; Justin, Benjamin, and Matthew. She has been involved in a number of Charity /var/www/vhosts/windriverranch.com/httpdocs/ including the reopening of an Inner City recreation center in Cincinnati and two years as President of Women in the Major Leagues. René is a featured Actor at Harvest Church.  She also spends time during the week mentoring and discipling women and teaches Art History at their children's school. René and Eddie have been PAO Board members since 1997.
Sept. 4-7

Labor Day Camp

Jeff Hucheon



Jeff Hutcheon took up his post as Director of Community Ministry in 2005. His college days at Northwest Missouri State University were spent playing basketball for the Bearcats. He was President of the campus FCA and traveled with Athletes in Action on a touring basketball team. Jeff graduated with a degree in radio and television, then went to work for Fox Sports, the Houston Rockets, and finally served as VP of Marketing, Research and Development for Administaff. Jeff now serves on staff with FCA in Colorado. Jeff, his wife, Sherri and daughter, Lindsey live in Castle Rock. They attend Southeast Christian Church in Parker. Jeff can often be found working at one of his favorite hobbies, golf.

Come enjoy a time to rest, relax and renew. It is very laid back conference with a morning study and short evening session. Rest assured that there is plenty of down time to ride horses, to hike the mountains, to enjoy a shopping trip in Estes Park and  to swing in one of our hammocks while listening to the elk bugling in the distance.

Sept. 10-13 Fall Classic



Links Players and Wind River Ranch invite you to the Fall Classic in Estes Park, CO. This 4 day event includes a morning gathering on Friday and Saturday, followed by rounds of golf at Estes Park Golf Course each afternoon. All meals , gatherings and accommodations will be at Wind River Ranch.

Sept. 17-20

Women's Retreat

Melissa Shaver

Walking in Grace Ministry is back for a second year at Wind River Ranch.

"Walking in Grace Ministries is truly my testimony. I am who I am literally because of God's grace in my life. God truly has stubborn love for every one of us and will not let go...I am living proof of that."

"When I became a Christian, I had no idea what to do next. People said, "Welcome to the family," and then went on their merry ways. I was left wondering what to do now. I kept hearing that the Bible was living and applicable to life. But I didn‘t know what that meant or how to find it. It wasn‘t until I began to learn how to sort through scripture ? to look at truth and then turn it into application for me ? that I began to grow in my walk with the Lord. And, it changed everything! Truly a transformation."

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.

Sept. 23-27  Couple's  Retreat TBA



Oct. 2,3,4 RMNA

Western Heritage II:    Converging Communities

 Learn how the various communities -RMNP, the town of Estes Park, ranches and great lodges have converged to make Estes Valley the unique and beautiful place that it is today. Enjoy an atmosphere of rustic elegance, great accommodations, delicious food and a wonderful setting for equestrian touring in RMNP. Friday, join Curt Buchholtz, executive director of RMNA, for dinner and conversation about the history of the Estes Valley and RMNP. Saturday, enjoy a hearty ranch-style breakfast; then, saddle up for a scenic horseback ride and lively commentary on local western heritage with cowboy      history buff,Howell Wright. In the evening, relax with a gourmet dinner and live cowboy music before retiring to your cozy cabin. Complete your weekend of discovery with a satisfying Sunday breakfast and a tour of a local historical ranch.

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