Meet new coordinator Bill Wos
Bill Wos, left, with Pennsylvania member Matt Kroll, right, and a friend from Colorado on the summit of Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire's Whites in January 2009. (Mount Washington is in the background.)
Bill Wos volunteered to become the fourth coordinator of the Pennsylvania Chapter on Nov. 18, 2011. Here's a glimpse of Bill:
Date of birth: Feb. 17, 1955. Residence: Willow Street, PA. Family: Married with one daughter and grandchildren. Occupation: Commercial Construction Estimator.
How long have you climbed? 20 years. Type of climbing you do: Rock, ice and mountaineering. Highlight of climbing career: Getting young people involved in climbing.
How long have you been a Christian? 37 years. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: The Voice of the Martyrs.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Hebrews 13:3 (“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering”). It is the scripture we base The Voice of the Martyrs on.
Special “God moment” you'd like to share: Watching young people that I’ve worked with grow up and serve God’s Kingdom.
What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? It’s an opportunity to share with others the passion of serving God’s Kingdom and enjoy His creation as well.
Former chapter coordinator: Craig Beck
Thanks to Chip for serving in Pennsylvania!
Craig Beck on the summit of Mount Washington, N.H. on July 11, 2008.
Born: April 8, 1977. Residence: Lancaster, PA. Occupation: I’ve worked for 10 years at Sight & Sound Theatres are the Lead Animal Trainer of the smaller critters (birds, dogs, skunks, alpacas, etc.).
How long have you climbed? On and off over the last seven years.
Type of climbing you do: Rock gyms, day-hikes, and I’m looking forward to starting bouldering.
Highlight of climbing career: The climbing wall at the Bass Pro Shop. Just kidding. From July 8-15, my cousin and I journeyed to the mountains of the Northeast: Mount Washington, N.H. (6,288 feet), Mount Mansfield, Vt. (4,393' — in pouring rain), Mount Greylock, Mass. (3,491') and Mount Frissell, Conn. Then we drove to High Point, N.J .(1,803')! We drove 2,000 miles, hiked around 30 miles, climbed to the top of four states, drove to the top of one, and had the greatest time in God's hand-hewn cathedrals. It was awesome to see God challenge me and abide with me through the good, bad and wonderful of it all as we trekked His masterpiece — truly was ministered to deeply by just being in His Creation! I hope to journey out towards western PA and the top of Pennsylvania — Mount Davis (3,213’) — and one day to Mount Marcy in New York (5,344’).
How long have you been a Christian? I have been a Christian for 20-plus years, but recommitted to follow the Lord my senior year of high school.
Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Audio visual, evangelism, service, training animals. I haven't done anything like this (leading a Climbing For Christ chapter) since I led the Campus Crusade for Christ at Penn State-Schuylkill campus, 10 years back.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): It's more so the one I live by most often — Philippians 4:13. It spurs me on. I repeat it as I work out and as I endure challenging circumstances and easy ones, too!
Special “God moment”: I often daydream of a run I took about seven-plus years ago, I was just running as I often do, but I felt so close to God and was able to really see Him in everything. From the beauty of the day to how perfectly everything fit together. A hot-air balloon went by, a one-engine plane, a farmer in the field, a horse and buggy, a babbling stream. It was like a movie scene, too perfect to be real, but it was and it was just for me and all I was doing was enjoying a run in the countryside. It was a great moment to appreciate and acknowledge His hand in and around my life!
Bonus special “God moment”: Also, on a five-peaks hike in the Northeast in July (photo above), it was amazing to see His hand-hewn cathedrals. The beauty and challenge of the trails were all testimonies to His great power and His magnificent creativity. It was personally and spiritually revitalizing!
Re-starting the chapter: Hike Chickies Rock
An easy one-mile hike on Chickies Rock near Columbia, Pa. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. Chapter coordinator Chip Beck and long-time member Bill Wos met. “We had a great time of fellowship and brainstorming,” Craig says, as he seeks to find ways to get more local members involved with the chapter.
The view of the Susquehanna River from the top of Chickies Rock.
Craig and 'Jon and Kate Plus 8'
Jon and Kate Plus 8, a reality TV show about a husband and wife who had twins and then sextuplets, visited the Christian theater in Lancaster where chapter coordinator Craig Beck worked as the lead small animal trainer.
“Hello everyone,” Craig said. “Hope all is well in your world. Just thought I'd give you a heads-up. Sight & Sound Theatres will be on an episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8 at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 on The Learning Channel. The family visited here a few weeks ago and we were able to show a few critters to the kids. We're not sure what they will show, but in some way they will show their visit to S&S.”
Take a Kid Climbing Day, Special Edition
Pennsylvania was focused on the Super Bowl on the day “Take a Kid Climbing” was scheduled nationally (on Feb. 1, 2009). The state had plenty to cheer about as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Arizona, 27-23, to win Super Bowl XLIII. Taking a kid climbing wasn't forgotten, though. The PA Chapter had its own day: Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cliffhangers Climbing Gym in Reading.
The PA Chapter, which celebrated its rebirth in the summer of 2008 with an easy hike on Chickies Rock near Columbia, PA, returned to Chickies on Saturday, May 9.
Formerly the Messiah College Chapter. Because of limitations placed on this chapter on a college campus, we moved it into the real world in 2008.
Take a Kid Climbing Day: Climbing For Christ member Bill Wos led a youth event from 12:30-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at Cliffhangers, 550 George St., Reading.
Page updated Nov. 18, 2011