Gary was on Youth for Christ/Campus Life staff when he was Jim Ramos’ freshman basketball coach in 1980. Gary, Debi and their family moved to Germany as missionaries serving military students and their families in 1984. They moved to Colorado in 1993 to study under Larry Crabb while Gary attained his Biblical Counseling Degree at CCU. He has been on staff at Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church (PEPC) since 1994 as the Student Ministries Pastor, Family Life Pastor and now oversees Pastoral Care. Gary has been married to Debi, the love of his life for 43 years. They have three adult married children, Casey, Cori and Colin with three precious granddaughters. Debi still works for YFC/USA and is on the Senior Leadership Team as the VP of Operations. For the past fifteen years Gary has coached baseball at Ponderosa High School.
He enjoys traveling, most sports and still actively plays softball, basketball and golf. A couple of his other hobbies are spending time in his salsa garden and anything that involves hanging out with his family. One of his favorite scripture verses that God has been faithful to its promise in his life is Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Gary’s a passionate follower of Jesus who fervently believes that when a man genuinely encounters Christ, his marriage, family, work place, church and community are transformed.
Erick bought his family's commercial roofing company after receiving two bachelor's degrees from Linfield College. He currently lives in Buffalo, WY, with his wife Alicia and two young daughters Kjerstin and Charlie. After work, Erick enjoys outdoor and adventure sports. Snowmobiling and hunting rise to the top of that list.
"I am a stubborn, arrogant jerk who foolishly insists on learning everything the hard way. BUT, through the grace of God, with the help of Christ, and with the support of all those who love me, I daily seek to be molded and changed into the strong Christ-like man my Lord and Savior has called me to be. It is only through His love that I am saved and forgiven. Because of this, I strive to serve Him in every way I can. I stumble daily, but I trust that in His unfailing grace, He will continue to be faithful in pulling me up and welcoming me back into His loving arms. It is with this faith that I find the joy and hope to strike foreword in this sin stricken world."
Mike had a forty year career as CFO in Christian higher education at four schools: Whitworth University, University of the Pacific, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and George Fox University. He currently resides in McMinnville, Oregon with his wife, Aj. They are a blended family with four married children and 11 grandchildren. He volunteers as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for foster kids among other volunteer activities. In his spare time he enjoys bicycling, golfing, and snow skiing.
“Having been involved with the Promise Keepers movement in the 1990’s, I was drawn to the Great Hunt for God when we heard Jim explain his vision of the new ministry at our church. I was well aware of the problem with men. I joined a second generation Great Hunt team, and following going through the two year study with 10 other men, I have co-led a third generation for the past several years. I have appreciated the opportunity to serve on the Board, having seen the change in men’s lives as they commit to study and accountability through Great Hunt teams. It has been exciting to see the growth of the ministry with Virtual Teams now meeting on the internet, the Man Card Podcasts, and the Men in The Arena closed Facebook page. Who knows where the Lord will lead in the future”
Patrick is the former owner/doctor of George Chiropractic Clinic, Inc., which opened in 1985 in McMinnville, Oregon, and operated for 32 years until his retirement in 2017, at which time the practice was sold.
He continues to reside in McMinnville with Becky, his wife of 15 years, and as a blended family, they have four children, Jennifer, Jessica, Matthew, and Zachary.
Though retired, Patrick remains engaged in the community, serving on various boards and committees, including Coast Hills Community Church, The McMinnville area Chamber of Commerce, and the local chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He is passionate about pursuing God, outdoor activities such as hiking, whitewater rafting, hunting big game and fly fishing, as well as spending as much time with his children as their schedule allows.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be part of the Great Hunt for God board, serving alongside Godly men who are passionate about moving this ministry forward, giving men the tools they need to become the men that God has created them to be. Lives are being impacted on a daily basis, and I have witnessed this personally, having co-led a Great Hunt for God team. I am excited for the future of this great ministry, and I am grateful and humbled by this opportunity to serve.”
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
God gave men the awesome privilege of leading the family. (taken from The Climb, by Jim Ramos, pg. 124)
Kai is a former U.S. Secret Service Special Agent, and U.S. Marine Corps Infantry officer. Hecurrently resides in Georgia with his wife, Sheri, and their two daughters Caitlyn and Sierra. Beyond his professional life, Kai loves being outdoors and takes any opportunity to kayak, paddleboard, bike, or run. He also enjoys woodworking when he can find the time.
“Personally (and most importantly), I absolutely adore and am very proud of my wife and two daughters. They are kind, loyal, funny, and inspire me to be a better husband and father. My wife and I have had our share of struggles over eighteen years of marriage and parenthood. What keeps us going and connected is our commitment to pursuing God’s will. Not always perfect and we make plenty of mistakes but keep pushing up the mountain.”