2014 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

[Wounded Warrior]

May 25-31

TBD  

 

This is a private week.

 

 

Week 2

[Desire Street]

June 1-7

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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 football 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 3

June 8-14

Bruce Deel

 

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Bruce Deel is the Executive Director of City of Refuge in one of the worst areas in the City of Atlanta. When he was sent to a church in the area his assignment was to shut the doors of the struggling church. What he found were people with a desire for God and out of this desire the amazing ministry of City of Refuge was birthed. To learn more about this ministry click here.

Week 4

June 15-21

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Steve has been on staff at Willow Creek Community Church for 17 years and currently is the Lead Pastor of Willow’s North Shore Congregation. Steve is a highly relationally pastor who believes God is at work in everyone’s story. Steve has a gift for helping others understand scripture and applying it to their everyday life.
 
Steve and his wife Kami have been married for 15 years and are blessed with 2 energetic kids. Steve and his family are thrilled to be at WRR this year and are looking forward to meeting you and your families and to hear your stories. Together we will have a wonderful week of learning from each other, learning from the Bible, and finding time to unplug and reconnect.

Week 5

June 22-28

Steve Stenstrom

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 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 6

June 29 - July 5

Chris Stull

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This will be Chris Stull's eighth year coming as a speaker to Wind River Ranch. He is the pastor at Wellspring Church (wellspringchurch.com) in Phoenix, AZ. 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 6-12

Bill Brewer

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Bill is currently a Senior Pastor at Woodcreek Church. He and his wife Carol began attending Woodcreek one week after the church started in September, 1976. In May of 1979 Bill was hired on as full-time Senior Pastor. Since then, Bill and his wife have seen God do many great things in and through this church.

Bill is passionate about seeing people grow in their love for Christ, his church and God’s Word. “I love seeing the church have a visible impact for the Gospel in the community and the world. I get excited about seeing people respond to the Gospel and begin their journey as followers of Christ.”  Bill’s favorite part of his job is serving with the Elders and staff and seeing people transformed by the power of the Gospel and God’s Word.

Bill and his wife Carol have been married since 1978 and have one daughter, Rebecca Brewer Mercer (Husband, Drew) and one son, Clint Brewer (wife, Kelly).

Week 8

July 13-19

Jeff Warren

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Jeff has been Senior Pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, TX 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 Pastor.  Jeff has now come full circle by returning to PCBC.

He has been married to Stacy for 26 years. They have twin daughters at Baylor University and a son who is in high school.  This will be Jeff's sixteenth year as one of WRR's guest speakers.

Week 9

July 20-26

Jeff Warren

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Jeff has been Senior Pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, TX 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 Pastor.  Jeff has now come full circle by returning to PCBC.

He has been married to Stacy for 26 years. They have twin daughters at Baylor University and a son who is in high school.  This will be Jeff's sixteenth year as one of WRR's guest speakers.

 

 

Week 10

July 27 - Aug. 2

Gary Stroope

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I have always loved film, theatre, music, art, and love that I get to use them as tools to express God's love for His children. I’m crazy blessed that my life experience, training, and passion have allowed me to lead a gifted group of technical directors and artists at Watermark. My greatest joy is knowing that my wife and I share our life together.  We have two married sons, (the best daughter in-laws ever) and two grandkids so far. We love being outdoors, hanging out with friends, family and two dogs. I marvel that God would allow a broken rebel like me to serve Him, and even more that He would restore joy and life where there should be death.

Week 11

Aug. 3-9

Jeff Hutcheon

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Jeff has over 22 years of experience in business development, marketing and sales. He began his career working in the professional sports industry, managing and building sales teams. Just over 8 years ago, the Lord called Jeff and his wife, Sherri, to leave the business world and to begin a new ministry in Colorado. Their ministry is focused on uniting, developing and mobilizing marketplace leaders around the world to utilize their time, talent and treasure to advance the Kingdom. Jeff is currently a co-director of Kingdom Builders Leadership Ministry and is the lead catalyst for Lighthouse Fellowship Church located in South Denver. Jeff and Sherri currently live in Castle Rock, Colorado with their two children, Lindsey, 19 and Peter, 10.

Week 12

Aug. 10-16

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Chris Ball, associate pastor at San Marcos Community Church in San Marcos, Texas, has been serving in ministry full time since 2005. Chris and his wife Natalie have three boys (Cohen, Callum & Beckham) ages five and under. Both Chris and Natalie have degrees from Texas State University and Chris received a Masters Degree in Religion through Liberty University.

Chris loves playing the guitar, stargazing, woodworking and football (especially as it relates to the state of Texas). Natalie played collegiate soccer at Texas State and teaches cross training and cycle classes at the YMCA.

One of their strongest passions is leading worship together. “We have a prayer meeting on Monday nights at church and it’s just the greatest! I think it’s so wonderful because people come so hungry to move God’s heart through loving on Him through worship and prayer, and the result is we find ourselves wrapped up in His presence.”

Week 13

Aug. 17-23

Tim Harrison

 

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Tim, his wife Karen, and their teenage son Noah live in Cedarburg, WI. Tim has over 22 years of ministry experience, including many years in youth ministry and with Young Life. In addition to ministry, he has over 25 years experience playing and coaching soccer at all levels. However, now when he plays with high school and college players, he requires 3 pre-emptive Advil. Karen has been in some sort of team ministry with Tim for all 27 years of their marriage.

Tim's passions are teaching and preaching, and is committed to helping people see and experience Christ in the scriptures, while making relevant connections to our daily lives. His style is conversation and informal, and his sense of humor shapes his teaching. Karen loves discipling and mentoring people to find their call to serve. Their ministry life has been quite a journey: Tampa (FL), Amarillo (TX), Ft. Lauderdale (FL), Princeton (NJ) for Seminary, Spokane (WA), Clinton (NJ), and now Cedarburg (WI).

The Harrison's love to travel for adventure, and consider Colorado to be their second home. Tim loves all kinds of fishing (including fly fishing). Karen loves running and reading, but not at the same time. Noah loves soccer, and is very excited to be driving. Prayers are welcomed!

Week 14

[Wounded Warrior]

Aug. 24-30

 TBD

 

 

 

Ladies Retreat

Sept 4-7

Melissa Shaver

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Melissa Shaver, Director of Walking in Grace Ministries, began the ministry in 2003 through the testimony of what God was doing in her life. Through making the decision to give Jesus Christ full authority of her life 15 years prior, she had to learn how to have a personal relationship with her Lord through Bible study and prayer. A passion developed in her to teach and encourage other women to strive for this life-changing relationship.

“I am who I am literally because of God's grace in my life. He absolutely knew the plans He had for me before I was born, and He has protected me through many a circumstance for me to be where I am today. God truly has stubborn love for every one of us and will not let go.  I am living proof of that.”      -Melissa Shaver

Melissa lives in McKinney with her husband of 17 years and 3 beautiful children.

 

Couples Retreat

Sept 10-14

Eddie Kaufholz

 

 

 

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Brianne and Eddie met at University of Florida (Go Gators!) where they volunteered with Young Life.  Each have their Masters in Counseling, Brianne from Seattle Pacific University and Eddie from Asbury Seminary.  They have been married for 9 years and have two daughters: Eve (3), and Lucy (2).
Brianne is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owns her own practice in Orlando, primarily seeing couples.  She is still maintains ties with Young Life ministry: training leaders, and speaking at women's retreats.  She has guest lectured at Northwest University and Asbury College.

Eddie is a minister at Summit church which affords him the opportunity to preach, provide pastoral care, oversee the churches small groups, and cast vision to the church. He is also a writer and co-host for RELEVANT Magazine and The RELEVANT Podcast.   

Brianne and Eddie volunteer as Marriage Mentors, ENRICH facilitators, and speakers at their church's Marriage Preparation class.

They love all things having to do with the Olympics and traveling. Maybe one day they will travel to the Olympics!  It is their joy to share their lives and are honored to be invited into yours.

Couples Conference

Sept 17-21

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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.

Pastors Retreat

Sept 23-27

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Will Davis, JR. has been in ministry since 1980. He and his wife Susie have three children and live in Austin, TX 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, TX.

Missions
Conference

SEpt 27-31


Will Davis, Jr.
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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.

 

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