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.
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!
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.