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2016 Family Vacation Weeks in Colorado

Week 1 [Healing Heroes]

May 29th-June 4th

Speaker: Danny Wuerffel

Availability: Private for Wounded Warriors
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Week 2 [Desire Street Ministries]

June 5th-June 11th

Speaker: Danny Wuerffel

Availability: Private

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 2

Week 3

June 12th-June 18th

Speaker: Bruce Deel

Availability: Available

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 3

Week 4

June 19th-25th

Speaker: Bryan Carter

Availability: FULL

Bryan Carter is the Senior Pastor of Concord Church in Dallas, TX. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a BS in Secondary Education (Science) and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a MA in Christian Education. Preaching, teaching, and leadership are his life passions. He serves as a presenter/developer for “33:The Series” a curriculum on authentic manhood published by Lifeway and a presenter for “The Art of Marriage” curriculum published by Family Life Ministries. Bryan Carter and his college sweetheart, Stephanie have three children, Kaitlyn, Kennedy and Carson.

Week 5

June 26th-July 2

Speaker: Chris Stull

Availability: FULL

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 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.

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Week 6

July 3rd-July 9th

Speaker: Eric Barton

Availability: FULL

I grew up in the Texas Panhandle and spent most of my summers in Monterrey, Mexico. I have been married to Susan for 19 years, and we met at Baylor University where I studied international business and marketing. We have two sons, Ethan and Joshua. I am a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary where I studied pastoral leadership and discipleship. My favorite part of pastoral ministry is teaching God’s Word to God’s people to move them forward to a Christ-centered life. I love martial arts movies, football, campfires, cherries, and cheese. I can talk faster than you.

Week 7

July 10th-July 16th

Speaker: Mac Powell

Availability: FULL

Mac Powell grew up in Clanton, Alabama. His love affair with music began at an early age as both of his parents would sing and play guitar around the house. Mac soon began to sing in the little bitty Baptist church by day, and listen to his dad’s record collection by night.

When Mac was a sophomore in high school, he moved to Atlanta, Ga where his passion for music and faith found an outlet in the band Third Day. The band has traveled the world and earned 4 Grammy awards while selling millions of albums and building a devoted fan base. Third Day has helped transform Christian music, and Third Day was honored by being entered into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Mac and wife, Aimee and their children have been at Wind River Ranch for four years and we are very glad to include him as a guest speaker again this year!

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Week 8

July 17th-July 23rd

Speaker: Miller Cunningham

Availability: FULL

Miller was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to missionary parents. He returned from Africa with his family to complete High School in Houston, Texas. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Masters from Southwestern Seminary in church music. He has served churches in Texas, Arizona, Ohio, and Tennessee before coming to Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas in 2006.

Along with serving in the Worship & Music ministry over the years, teaching and leading the church in worship, Miller has also been deeply involved in leadership in the church and in local and global missions. Miller has served in over 25 countries to evangelize, train national leaders, and plant reproducing churches. It is the passion of Miller’s heart to see people come to Christ and grow in the knowledge of God’s great grace and love. His great joy has been to see the church mobilized to the commission of the Lord and live in the joy of His presence. Miller works in partnership with the Sr. Pastor to provide leadership to the staff, ministry leaders, and help mobilize the church ministries to accomplish the mission and vision of the church.

Miller is married to Ginger Hardin and they have two sons, Benjamin and Scott.

Week 9

July 24th-July 30th

Speaker: Jeff Warren

Availability: FULL

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.

Jeff has a wonderful wife, Stacy, and they have been married since 1985. They have twin daughters, Whitney and Emily, and a son, Travis.

Jeff has been a speaker at Wind River Ranch since 1998.

Jeff Warren

Week 10

July 31st-August 6th

Speaker: Pike Wisner

Availability: FULL

Pike Wisner has served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Tyler, TX since March of 2011. Before coming to First, Tyler, he served as the Student Minister, and then Associate Pastor of Teaching at Park Cities Baptist in Dallas for 14 and a half years. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1997, Pike grew up in St. Petersburg, FL, and received his Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Florida State University in 1990. Yes, the National Champions!
While at Seminary, Pike served 3 summers with Centrifuge Baptist Student Camps where he honed his frisbee, basketball and water balloon throwing skills (while shepherding teenagers, of course). Pike married Andria Cook, in 1999 and they have two boys; Nash (8) and Drew (4). It is likely that Pike will tear up at some point while preaching. Bless his heart, he just can’t help it!

Wind River has been blessed to have Pike and his family for several years now. You will love them!

Pike Wisner

Week 11

August 7th-August 13th

Speaker: Gary Stroope

Availability: FULL

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.

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Week 12

August 14th-August 20th

Speaker: Tim Harrison

Availability: 2 Rooms Available

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 high school-aged son Noah, and have had many awesome family adventures, including 6 summers at Wind River Ranch.


Week 13 [Healing Heroes 2]

August 21st-August 27th

Speaker: Eddie Taubensee

Availability: Private for Wounded Warriors
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Healing Heroes Scholarship Application

Eddie Taubensee and his wife Rene’ have been married for 22 years and have three incredible boys (Justin, Ben & Matthew) and reside in Winter Garden, FL. Eddie spent 11 years in the Major Leagues as a Catcher (Indians/Astros/Reds) and it was during his career where he surrendered his life to Christ. This took place at the Pro Athletes Outreach Conference that ministers to the professional baseball players and now the ministry that Rene’ and Eddie are the head of the Baseball side of that ministry. Eddie’s passion is to impact the game for the Kingdom of God and that is what prompted him to get his Biblical and Theological Studies degree from Dallas Theological Seminary to continue to do that. He gets to use the Greatest Game ever played to tell the Greatest Story ever told to others.

Week 14 [Healing Heroes 3]

August 28th-September 3rd

Speaker: Hal Irvine

Availability: Private for Wounded Warriors
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Healing Heroes Scholarship Application

Hal grew up in a Christian home in southern California. He gave his heart to the Lord as a child and was baptized as a teenager. He attended the University of Arkansas but dropped out and served four years in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. During his time in the service, he experienced a very real renewal of his faith, heard God’s call to ministry and met his future wife Karen.

After leaving the Army, Hal and Karen were married and moved to Chicago to start training for the pastorate. Hal graduated from Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Hal and Karen have been married for 26 years.

Their oldest boy Andy went to be with the Lord in 2007 and their youngest son, Billy, is getting ready to start college. The Irvines have served Converge churches in Alaska, Montana, and now Estes Park.


Mission’s Get-A-Way

September 7th-September 11th

Speaker: Eric and Rachel Dufour

Availability: FULL

Eric and Rachel DUFOUR have served for many years as counselors, missionaries, and pastors and have consistently ministered to pastors, missionaries and ministry leaders all over the world.
They were married in 1991 and raised five sons together.
At the beginning of their journey, they worked in a rehab center for drug addicts and alcoholic men and in a rescue center for abused women, for five years. They planted a church in Alsace, and they pastored two churches in France for four years.
In 2000, after receiving a call from God to the mission field, they left France for a closed country in South East Asia, with their whole family. They gave birth to a development project; sharing God in creative ways, teaching teams of local trainers how to empower the hill tribe village people. During this time, they also worked extensively with underground churches, training and counseling persecuted pastors and leaders.
As Regional Directors for their mission organization and Country Coordinators for a local international agency, they traveled in different countries overseeing projects and managing teams. They were also counselors for an International Fellowship, where Eric served as a regular speaker and a Board Member.
Since 2008, Eric and Rachel have been serving full-time as counselors. They served for 7 years with Shepherd’s Heart Ministry and have now launched their own ministry: Serving Alongside Ministry (SAM) They counsel pastoral couples, spiritual leaders and missionaries in crisis from burnout, moral failure, or marriage breakdown all around the world, fulfilling a passion that God has placed deeply in his heart.
They speak at conferences for pastors and missionaries in a variety of settings and countries.
Eric has a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Organization’s Administration from the University of Paris XI and I.I. A.P. France. Eric and Rachel are both ordained Pastors and currently live in Parker, CO.

Mission’s Application (2016)

Couples’ Get-A-Way

September 14th-September 18th

Speaker: Gil Martin FULL

Gil began counseling in 1980 and his extensive counseling experience and
giftedness has enabled him to provide help to individuals and couples that previously felt they had no hope.
He bases his counseling on the Great Commandment and believes that Biblical principles accurately applied still transform people’s lives.
Gil’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from-Louisiana State University, a Master’s degree in Counseling from Louisiana Tech University, and a Master’s degree in Psychology also from Louisiana Tech University.
Gil is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and as a
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Louisiana.
He is a Board Certified Life Coach and a Certified Marriage Today Counselor.
Gil is a Marriage Coach for the Smalley Institute, smalleyinstitute.cc.
Gil is the owner of His Truth Counseling and Life Coaching, LLC.
If you would like an appointment or more information, call 318-816-8427.

Ladies’ Get-A-Way

September 21st-September 25th

Speaker: Vanessa O’Neal

Availability: 2 Rooms Available

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 partnering with various ministries worldwide.

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

Vanessa enjoys camping, playing sports, leading worship and riding horses.

Pastors’ Get-A-Way

September 26th-September 30th

Speaker: Renaut van der Riet

Availability: FULL

Pastor’s Application (2016)

Renaut’s most important role is as husband to his wife, Brooke, and as father to his 8 children, ranging in age from 8 to 17. Four of his children were adopted from Ethiopia in 2012.

Renaut is the founding pastor of Mosaic Church in Oakland, FL, a suburb of Orlando. Mosaic was planted in 2002 and is one of the fastest growing churches in Orlando with more than 2000 attending gatherings at three campuses each week.

In addition to leading Mosaic, Renaut and Brooke are the founders and owners of multiple business ventures including Axum Coffee, a specialty coffee shop chain, Axum Roastery, House Blend Cafe, and Axum Cafe, a healthy eating experience. All their business ventures give 100% of net profits away towards social justice issues around the globe.

Renaut is passionate about inspiring and challenging people to live lives informed by the Gospel of Jesus in every arena. He is passionate about marriage and family and the privilege and responsibility we have to nurture those relationships. He is well known for his unique communication style that puts people at ease and engages them in sound biblical teaching. Renaut has been in full time ministry for the past 18 years. He is a husband, father, visionary leader and Pastor.