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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.