2019 Family Vacation Weeks in Colorado

Week 1 [Healing Warriors 1]

May 26th-June 1st

Speaker: Curtis House

Availability: Private

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Curtis grew up on a farm thirteen miles from Tulia, Texas, a small town located in the Texas panhandle. He attended McMurry University for one year, followed by West Texas A&M the following year. He joined the U.S. Army where he began as a 91A, then 91B, (medic & field medic), and later became a 91J and was certified in burn care. His highest award is the Meritorious Service Medal. After his service in the Army, Curtis attended West Texas A&M University and graduated with a biology degree. He attended Duke Divinity School, and has served as a pastor in Happy, Texas, Lubbock, Texas, and planted Harvest Amarillo Church eight years ago. Curtis and his wife Allison have four children. He enjoys anything that involves his family. They love to camp, fish, hunt, and simply hang out with one another. His ministry is one of service, and his theology emphasis our identity and the freedom we have in Christ.

Week 2 [Healing Warriors 2]

June 2nd-June 8th

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 3 [Desire Street Ministries]

June 9th-June 15th

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 16th-June 22nd

Speaker: 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.

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Week 5

June 23th-June 29th

Speaker: Chris Stull

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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

June 30th-July 6th

Speaker: Joe Champion

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Joe Champion is the founding Sr. Pastor of Celebration Church, a multi-site church with campuses in the Austin, Texas metroplex and in Mozambique, Africa. He is passionate about helping people connect with their destinies through the live-giving ministry of the local church. He serves on the lead team of the Association of Related Churches.

While a football player at Louisiana State University, he considered following in his father’s footsteps with a career in the National Football League but entered full-time ministry in 1989 after a life transforming experience with Christ. Later, he answered the call to plant a church in the greater Austin area.

Joe and his wife, Lori, founded Celebration Church in October of 2000. Over the years, Celebration Church has grown from the Champion family of five to over 6,000 people in attendance each week across the four different campuses, both locally and internationally!

Celebration Church is a non-denominational church with a vision to reach the city of Austin, and the globe with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to raise up and train ministers, missionaries and Christian leaders through the Celebration School of Ministry.

Joe and Lori have been married for 27 years and have three children, Mason and his wife Caroline, Connor and Jackson.

Week 7

July 7th-July 13th

Speaker: Mac In The Mountains with Mac Powell

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MacPowell 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 8

July 14th-July 20th

Speaker: Mac Powell

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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 21st-July 27th

Speaker: 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.

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 28th-August 3rd

Speaker: Pike Wisner

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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 4th-August 10th

Speaker: Jim Stewart

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Jim Stewart, Lead Pastor of Calvary Chapel Kansas City

Pastor Jim has a very practical and loving style in his teaching through the Bible. This approach reveals his passion to communicate the truth of God’s Word in a way that will help to develop the new Christian and yet challenge even the most seasoned believer to experience a more effective and closer walk with the Lord.  At the same time his desire is to call to repentance those who have yet to experience the love of God and to receive salvation through the finished work of the cross.  A resounding theme seems to be in making a distinction between being merely religious verses cultivating a real relationship with the One True Living God.  As you study along with Pastor Jim, may God’s Word accomplish His purpose in your life for His Glory.

Pastor Jim has been serving the Lord for over 30 years and has been the Lead Pastor of Calvary Chapel Kansas City (www.calvarychapelkc.com) since 2001. He has planted and helped to plant various Calvarys in the Midwest as well as in other parts of the world, and as opportunities arise he is a guest speaker at conferences and retreats. Pastor Jim is Founder and President of Fountain Radio heard on 107.9 FM in the Kansas City metro area and around the world on www.fountainradio.com. His teaching ministry, Living Fountains, is a ½ hour radio program that can be heard on stations daily around the country. For more information, go to www.fountainmedia.org.

In 1981 he married his wife, Loellen, and together they have three grown sons who have families of their own.  He is a committed husband, father and grandpa and is passionate about preaching the Gospel, teaching the Word,

and discipling others in a personal relationship with Jesus, thus fulfilling the Great Commission.

Week 12

August 11th-August 17th

Speaker: Tim Harrison

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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 18th-August 24th

Speaker: Hal Irvine

Availability: Private

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Week 14 [Healing Warriors 4]

August 25th-August 31st

Speaker: Hal Irvine

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Wounded Warrior Weeks

Couples’ Getaway [1]

September 4-8th

Speaker: Eric & Rachel DuFour

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Eric and Rachel Dufour, prominent counselors and international speakers, passionately believe in healthy marriages, healthy families and healthy servants of God. As they began their church planting ministry in France in 1991, they focused on women in distress and drug addicts. In 2000, they and their five young sons left the safety of their passport country to answer the call of the great commission in a communist country in southeast Asia. Serving God on the mission field was very challenging but He used their painful journey, through a life-threatening cancer and the depression that ensued, to shape their ministry.

In 2008, the focus of the Dufour’s ministry changed. They moved to Colorado and began offering comprehensive marriage counseling to pastors and missionaries from all over the globe. Serving Alongside Ministry (SAM), the organization they founded, uses strategically located retreat centers all around the world to provide week long, intensive marriage counseling sessions for those who have dedicated their lives to growing the kingdom of God. SAM also purposes to aid in the prevention of distressed marriages with their video series 40 Days to a Successful Marriage.

 

Pastors’ Getaway

September 9-13th

Speaker:  Renaut van der Riet

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Couples’ Getaway [2]

September 18-22

Speaker: Gil & Pam Martin

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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.

 

Couples’ Getaway [3]

September 25-29

Speaker: Gil & Pam Martin

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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.