Meet Your Coordinators
Born: 1978. Residence: Ellicott City, Md. Personal: Husband and father of three. Occupation: Analyst.
How long have you climbed? Off and on for 14 years.
Type of climbing you do: Rock (trad, sport, indoor, outdoor, top rope), ice, hiking/backpacking, some mountaineering, also trail running.
How long have you been a Christian? All my life.
Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Family, music, sports, international missions.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): 2 Corinthians 1:3-6. Because God reminds me that when we suffer it is for a reason — so others will come to know Him.
Highlight of climbing career: The highlight of my climbing career would have to be helping others reach a peak in Colorado every week for an entire summer. I was working as a guide in the Sangre de Cristo mountains for a Christian outfitter. Among other things we would guide kids and adults up a pretty rigorous 13,000-foot peak. It was amazing to be a part of the spiritual, emotional, and physical transformation as they struggled up to the peak. These are the moments I live for — the moments that I feel God has created me for.
Special "God moment" you'd like to share: When faced with the inevitable death of one of my children I cried out to the Lord, in anger and frustration. He met with me in the most amazing way. As I sat on the roof of a hospital in Denver, Jesus sat with me and wept with me. I know His plan is perfect, no matter what it may seem like at that moment.
Born: 1939. Residence: Columbia, Md. Personal: Married (42 years) with two children and five grandchildren. Occupation: Retired Information Technology Professional
How long have you climbed? First climbed mountains on Appalachian Trail up to 6000-plus feet in 1990.
Type of climbing you do: Mostly trekking. First large mountain was Kilimanjaro in September 1998; others Aconcagua, Rainier, Kosciuszko; trekked in Peru to over 16,000 feet, Nepal, France, Switzerland, and New Zealand.
How long have you been a Christian? About 29 years
Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: I grew up in competitive team sports of football, basketball and baseball. Upon retirement I planned to buy West Virginia mountain property to build a house and grow fruit, vegetables, flowers, etc. God led me into individual outdoor sports, including running, hiking, climbing, biking, golfing, canoeing/kayaking, and scuba diving — from mountain tops to under the sea on all seven continents. I have witnessed to thousands, touching hundreds, including family (siblings and their families), church, friends, fellow travelers and people I have met while traveling.
Favorite Scripture verse? "Prove all things, hold fast that which is good." — 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (KJV). I believe this is the key verse to understanding God through the Bible in our current society. We are bombarded by relativism, which has crept into our thinking — including many Christians. Most people think nothing can be proved, nothing is absolute. This is satan's deception. Man wants to make decisions and live his life based on half-truths, which ultimately leads to disaster.
Highlight of climbing career: I don't consider myself a climber, but I would have to say Aconcagua is the highlight. I was on a big mountain in an expedition setting, which I wanted to experience.
Special "God moment" you'd like to share: Over the years I have had many "God moments" in the form of revelations, understanding and protection in dangerous situations. As a new Christian I was wrestling with God with questions, doubts and personal problems. I started running for the hundredth time for my health, which wasn't very good. Despite trying to run through a chronic condition I had to stop running. I tried almost every day for weeks to run but couldn't. Then it dawned on me and I prayed reminding God that I was not running for myself, but for my health in obedience to HIM. The next day I ran. About six months later I had another type of injury that stopped me from running. This time it took me about a week to realize my folly and pray. Again I ran the next day and for the last 28 years. Between these two events there was a hostage situation where the terrorists were killing a hostage every few hours. I couldn't go to bed and prayed until about 3:30 a.m. The next day the terrorists gave up peacefully without killing any more hostages. All three incidences were undeniable miracles. I have been a man of faith since — sustained by many reinforcing answers to prayer.
- Read Dan's account of the 40.9-mile Hike Across Maryland on the Appalachian Trail on May 5, 2007. CLICK HERE