2017 Family Vacation Weeks in Colorado

Week 1 [Healing Warriors 1]

May 28th-June 3rd

Speaker: Travis Jacobs

Availability: Private

Travis Jacobs is a dad, storyteller, radio host, and author of the book Rhythm Wisdom Volume 1: The Endangered Humans Traveling Guide His writing and storytelling style combine hope, healing, humor, and a hi-five to the human spirit. Free videos of his work can be found at Rhythmwisdom.com. Travis can usually be found somewhere in the woods with his beautiful daughter, his German Shepherd “Rooster” and some Kombucha Tea.

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Week 2 [Healing Warriors 2]

June 4th-June 10th

Speaker: Danny Wuerffel

Availability: Private

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Week 3 [Desire Street Ministries]

June 11th-June 17th

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.

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Week 4

June 18th-June 24th

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.

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Week 5

June 25th-July 1st

Speaker: Chris Stull

Availability: Unavailable

Chris Stull has been a very welcomed guest speaker to Wind River Ranch for many years. 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 2nd-July 8th

Speaker: Steve Stenstrom

Availability: Available

Former NFL quarterback, Steve Stenstrom is the President and CEO of Pro Athletes Outreach.

“I’m a follower of Jesus, a husband, father and ministry leader. My greatest desire is to one day hear God say, Well done my good and faithful servant.”

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Week 7

July 9th-July 15th

Speaker: Bill Brewer

Availability: Available

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 Seniior 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.

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Week 8

July 16th-July 22nd

Speaker: Mac Powell

Availability: Unavailable

 

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 five years and we are very glad to include him as a guest speaker again this year!

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Week 9

July 23rd-July 29th

Speaker: Jeff Warren

Availability: Available

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.

 

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Week 10

July 30th-August 5th

Speaker: Pike Wisner

Availability: Available

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!

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Week 11

August 6th-August 12th

Speaker: Gary Stroope

Availability: Available

Gary and his wife, Kimberly make their home in Ft. Worth, Texas whre he is pastor to Watermark Church Fort Worth Campus.

The Stroope’s have grown sons who served on staff at Wind River Ranch and have two terrific daughter-in-laws along with three grandchildren. A quote from Gary: “They all love the ranch!”

Gary put himself through university as a stand up comedian but today loves fly fishing and all things outdoors.

This year will be Gary’s 12th season as guest speaker at the ranch.

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Week 12

August 13th-August 19th

Speaker: Tim Harrison

Availability: 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 7 summers at Wind River Ranch.

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Week 13 [Healing Warriors 3]

August 20th-August 26th

Speaker: Hal Irvine

Availability: Private

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Week 14 [Healing Warriors 4]

August 27th-September 2nd

Speaker: Hal Irvine

Availability: Private

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Wounded Warrior Weeks

Mission’s Getaway

September 6-10th

Speaker: Eric Dufour

Discount: Apply for scholarship

Availability: Available

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Couples’ Getaway [1]

September 13-17th

Speaker: Gil Martin

Availability: Available

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 also a Board Certified Christian Life Coach and a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor, through the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Gil is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Louisiana. His background includes working in a drug rehabilitation program, working with the developmentally disabled, working in a private psychiatric hospital, having a private practice for over ten years. He feels he was used by God as the counseling pastor, based at a local church, to start the largest Christian counseling center in North Louisiana. Gil is a licensed and ordained minister and is a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. In addition to his work in counseling and life coaching, Gil is a chaplain with the West Monroe Police Department and range safety officer with the

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s office.

Gil’s passion is working with God through counseling to transform lives and helping churches get counseling ministries started. As a counselor, he has been using Gary Smalley’s material in marriage counseling for more t than thirty years. He loves the way that Gary makes complicated things simple and easy to understand.

Gil was married in 1977 to Pamela and has two children, and two grandchildren.

Volleyball and Freetime

Couple’s Getaway [2]

September 20-24

Speaker: Gil Martin

Availability: Available

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 also a Board Certified Christian Life Coach and a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor, through the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Gil is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Louisiana. His background includes working in a drug rehabilitation program, working with the developmentally disabled, working in a private psychiatric hospital, having a private practice for over ten years. He feels he was used by God as the counseling pastor, based at a local church, to start the largest Christian counseling center in North Louisiana. Gil is a licensed and ordained minister and is a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. In addition to his work in counseling and life coaching, Gil is a chaplain with the West Monroe Police Department and range safety officer with the

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s office.

Gil’s passion is working with God through counseling to transform lives and helping churches get counseling ministries started. As a counselor, he has been using Gary Smalley’s material in marriage counseling for more t than thirty years. He loves the way that Gary makes complicated things simple and easy to understand.

Gil was married in 1977 to Pamela and has two children, and two grandchildren.

Horseback Riding

Pastor’s Getaway

September 25-29

Speaker: Renaut van der Riet

Discount: Appy for scholarship

Availability: Full

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Off-Ranch Adventures