2016 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

[Healing Heroes 1]

May 29 - June 4




This is a private week.






Week 2

[Desire Street Ministries]

June 5 - June 11

Danny Wuerffel 



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 12-June 18


 Bruce Deel




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 19 - June 25

Will Davis Jr.


Will Davis, Jr. has been in the 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.


Week 5

June 26-July 2

Chris Stull




This will be Chris Stull's ninth 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 Stulls are a wonderful family and you will be blessed to get to know his wife, Brenna, author of the book, "Coach Mom" and their 7 children.  Book now! Come rest, relax, and renew at Wind River Ranch and get to know this great family.


Week 6

July 3 - July 9

Steve Stenstrom





Steve and his wife, Lori, live in Denver, Colorado 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 7

July 10 - July 16

Mac Powell 

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Week 8

July 17 - July 23

Bill Brewer


Bill is currently the 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 the 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 9

July 24 - July 30

Jeff Warren




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 31 - August 6 







Week 11

August 7 - August 13

 Gary Stroope




Gary Stroope begain his work journey putting himself through college as a stand up comic for corporate and special events.  He was a minister to students, associate pastor and for ten years senior director of creative arts at watermark church in Dallas.  For the past three years, Gary continues to serve on senior leadership and has led a new campus in Fort Worth.  He and his wife have two sons who are both married, and three grand kids.  Both sons served at Wind River Ranch on staff. 



Week 12

August 14 - August 20

Tim Harrison






Tim is the lead pastor of a new church called Grace 242, and his wife Karen is Assistant Pastor.  Tim’s ministry journey includes serving in Young Life, as a youth director, associate pastor and lead pastor at several churches in Florida. Texas, Washington, New Jersey and now Wisconsin.  Over their 30 years of marriage, the Harrison’s have always served together in ministry.  Their latest adventure has been planting a new church called Grace 242 in Mequon, Wisconsin.  Tim is an experienced teacher and pastor, and is gifted at making the Scriptures understandable and relevant.

Tim enjoys fishing, soccer and playing guitar; while Karen enjoys running, reading and hanging out with people.  They love to travel with their son Noah, and have had many awesome family adventures, including 5 summers at Wind River Ranch.


Week 13

[Healing Heroes 2]

August 21 - August 27

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 BaseballConference.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 atwww.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 charities 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.


Week 14

[Healing Heroes 3]

August 28 - September 3

 Hal Irvine



 Hal Irvine was born and raised in southern California.  He was raised in a Christian home, came to Christ as a child and baptized as a teenager.  After high school he attended the University of Arkansas.  The college years were years of backsliding and rebellion.  

After leaving Arkansas, Hal enlisted in the Army and spent four years as an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC.  During his enlistment Hal had a radical renewal of faith.  It was also during his enlistment that Hal sensed God's call to ministry.

After leaving the Army, Hal married his wife Karen and completed his theological education.  Hal and Karen's oldest boy, Andy, went to be with Jesus in 2007.  Their youngest son, Billy, is 20.  Hal and Karen have been in the ministry for 28 years and have a heart for those who have served our country.

Mission's Getaway 

September 7 -September 11





Couple's Getaway

September 14 - September 18







Ladies' Getaway 

September 21 - September 25

Vanessa O'Neal                




Vanessa served on staff here at Wind River Ranch for over five years discipling the summer staff and investing in the guests.  She spent another five years leading missionaries overseas to over 15 countries, and is now living in Bryan, Texas while parterning with various ministries worldwide.   

She is passionate about coming alongside the body of Christ to see it fully alive, healthy, unified, and free to love God and others wholeheartedly.

She enjoys camping, playing sports, singing and riding horses.



Pastor's Getaway  

September 27- October 2






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