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Mission: Nepal

Team Bios

The team: Kyle Austin, Becca Catlin, Jim Doenges, Pete Hohmann, Jerry Isaak, Todd Jenner,Jim Nowlin, Brian Smith, Dan Stewart, Erica Zeiler, and Jason.

Kyle Austin

 

Kyle acting out crucifixion

Kyle Austin portraying Jesus being crucified during a drama presentation in Nepal.

Age: 21. Residence: Houghton, N.Y. Personal: Single. Current and past occupations: Wall painter, grocery store clerk, hardware store assistant manager. Church/community of faith: Long Lake (N.Y.) Wesleyan.

Favorite Scripture: 3 John.

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: Missionary kid for 13 years in Germany and Czech republic (I helped with English camps). Went on a mission trip to a small town in England. Went back to Czech for their Camps 2 years. Was on C4C’s Mission Mexico in 2005. Was in Nepal for 2 years.

What are you looking forward to most while on this mission? Going back to Nepal and hearing what C4C’s dreams are for the area.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? We can and do bring the gospel where few others can.

Rebecca Catlin

 

Becca Catlin

Becca Catlin, center, praying (with Jim Doenges to her right) during Mission: Kilimanjaro 2007.

Age: 32. Residence: Tacoma, Wash. Personal: Single. Current and past occupations: Physical Therapist. Church/community of faith: Christ’s Church Federal Way.

Favorite Scripture: Romans 1:16.

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: Climbing For Christ's Mission: Kilimanjaro 2007; Montana Mission trip with our youth group in 2004, '05, '06, '07; Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 2000.

What are you looking forward to most while on this mission? Being in the center of God's will taking to heart the commission to make disciples of all nations.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? I like the purposefulness of evangelism and mission focus. The icing on the cake is doing it inside of a hobby that I love.

Jim Doenges

 

Jim Doenges

Jim Doenges at home in Colorado.

Age: 48. Residence: Littleton, Colo. Personal: Married for five years to Teresa. Current and past occupations: Currently, minister of outreach for Climbing For Christ (since fall of 2006). Past, congregational outdoor ministry, senior environmental scientist with various consulting firms working for both public and private sector throughout the country for 18 years. Church/community of faith: South Suburban Christian Church in Littleton, Colo.

Favorite Scripture: When Jesus says in Acts 1:8 “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” I want to be more obedient to and capable of 1 Peter 3:15 (“in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”).

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: Mission: Kilimanjaro 2008 and 2007, Mission: Haiti, and Mission: Denali (all with Climbing For Christ). Four mission trips to the Navajo Nation.Congregational outdoor ministry for four years. Adjunct wilderness ministry instructor for Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries, Riverside Outdoor Ministry, and other organizations. Colorado Council of Churches, Environment Commission. Past deacon, elder, and church board member.

What are you looking forward to most while on this mission? Learning more about the Sherpa people, learning from my teammates, sharing the love of Christ, the rhythms of life on the trail, and once again being blown away and humbled by mountains He crafted.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? Encouraging people all around the globe, seeing God change lives, and being part of a unique ministry that is so needed and had been so lacking in the world.

Pete Hohmann

 

Pete Hohmann

Pete Hohmann.

Age: 54. Residence: Mechanicsville, Va. Personal: Married for 29 years to Katie who is a professor and dean of women at Valley Forge Christian College. One daughter (Hannah, age 26). Current and past occupations: I am a full-time children’s pastor. My goal is to equip, empower and release the present generation of children in a pure, undiluted gospel of power. Church/community of faith: Mechanicsville Christian Center, Assemblies of God, near Richmond, Va.

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 16:2 (“You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.”)

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: I was missions pastor for 10 years and I led missions teams in Belize, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Czech Republic, Hungry, and Uzbekistan. I trained children’s leaders in Tanzania. I am also a writer, author and speaker regarding children’s issues.

What are you looking forward to most while on this mission? Seeing someone delivered from darkness into light. Of course, I want to see the Himalayas, but nothing compares to seeing God demonstrate His power!

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? This is my first experience with Climbing for Christ, but I love the idea of combining missions and climbing.

Jerry Isaak

 

Jerry Isaak

Jerry Isaak at Rogers Pass in the Selkirk Mountains, British Columbia.

Age: 26 (birthday on May 4). Residence: Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Personal: Married for 5 years to Katie. Current and past occupations: I am currently working as Associate Director of Athletics and Recreation at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford. Church/community of faith: We are members of Kamloops Baptist Church and, since moving three hours away, we have been attending a non-denominational church called The Bridge.

Favorite Scripture: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God reigns'” (Isaiah 52:7).

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: I have worked at a Christian camp, part-time and full-time (1996-2001). I served as a counselor and later as assistant barn manager where I trained horses and taught roping, team penning, and horsemanship. I did an undergraduate degree in Sports Ministry at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and was involved in multiple ministries during my three years in the city. I taught boxing at a YMCA in an after school anti-gang program, I was a tutor for inner city kids, and I helped run basketball leagues and sports evenings for high school kids.  I have worked in various capacities for Josh McDowell, around the world, including many parts of the USA, and internationally in Morocco, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. My wife and I have also served for a year at Tauernhof, an international bible school in Schladming, Austria. We served as experiential learning instructors, R.A.’s, and ski instructors, among other things. I currently work at a small Christian college outside Vancouver, British Columbia.

What are you looking forward to most while on this mission? I’m most looking forward to fellowshipping with other believers who have a passion for being in the mountains and sharing with others the good news of Christ.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? The wide variety of people that are involved, even within the “climbing” community.

Todd Jenner

 

Todd Jenner

Todd Jenner strips bark from a tree to make a rafter for the church in Gentilhomme, Haiti during our 2006 mission trip.

Age: 64 and counting. Residence: Cameron, N.Y. Personal: Married for 17 years to Wendy. Two children (Todd and Lisa). Current and past occupations: American Tree Farmer wood(s) worker, rural mail carrier. Church/community of faith: Buena Vista Wesleyan Church in Canisteo, N.Y.

Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 52:7 (“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who brings good tidings, who proclaim salvation …”).

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: Work with teens. Third and fourth-grade Sunday School (boys). Served in Keny ain 1998. Went on mission trips with teens to with the Pittsburgh Project. Volunteers at local Christian radio station/family center (Family Life Ministries). Members of Climbing For Christ's board of directors and a member of Mission: Haiti 2006.

What are you looking forward to most while on this mission? God’s hand at work, and the chance “to esteem others higher than ourselves.”

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? Our current work in Haiti.

Jim Nowlin

 

Jim Nowlin

Jim Nowlin with his sons in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina.

Age: 34. Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo. Personal: Married to Shiloh for 12 years. Four children (Ranen, 10; Jadon, 7; Bryn, 4, and Rehaviah, 2. Current and past occupations: Realtor/Real Estate Investor, Property Manager, Waiter, Missionary. Church/community of faith: Boulder Street Church (a New Life Church campus).

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 121.

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: Numerous short- and long-term missions as a team member or leader between 1991 and 2007 to a variety of locations including Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Chile, Albania, Ecuador, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, New York City, Thailand, India, Afghanistan, Kenya, Rwanda. Worked for my church in the early ‘90’s. I have led and currently lead different home groups through the years. Volunteer staff at my church for our Saturday Night Service.

What are you looking forward to most while on this mission? Engaging with the local Nepalese people, culture and our team, walking in the presence of God while beholding the majesty of His creation, fulfilling a few significant life-goals, and advancing the Kingdom of God in the Kingdom of Nepal.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? C4C is cutting edge and doing what I am so passionate about — missions and mountains!

Brian Smith
 

Brian Smith

Brian Smith with his daughter Chloe on Quandary Peak in Colorado during the winter of 2007.

Age: 38. Residence: Loveland, Colo. Personal: Married to Helen Smith for 12 years. Two children (Chloe, 7, and Everest, 4). Current and past occupations: Current occupation is Humanitarian Missionary to Nepalese with disabilities. Past occupations include real estate investor, powered paragliding instructor and 12 years in sales. Church/community of faith: Crossroads Church, Loveland, Colo.

Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”).

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: Multiple Campus life and Youth group trips 1984-1988 on the west coast of the USA. 1987 — Six-week trip to the Philippines to visit and help my uncle who was the founder and president of Oriental Missionary Crusade. I was involved in church services and construction work at Faith Village Bible School on the island of Boracay. I also attended many different churches that my uncle had built in Manila and the island of Panay. 1988 — Mission trip to Mexico to build homes for the homeless during a 1 week period.  I was involved in daily church worship services and construction work. 2004 — Two-week trip to Alaska to help rebuild a church that needed both spiritual and construction help in the small town of Nakiski. I was involved in daily church worship services, construction work and prayer with the struggling pastor and church body. I have shared my testimony, speaking at several churches of various sizes in Oregon about my experiences with God on Everest and how God healed me and saved my life after suffering from severe HAPE at 21,200 feet while climbing Mount Everest. 

What are you looking forward to most while on this mission? Building long term friendships with many of the Sherpa people that will ultimately turn into an opportunity to serve their needs and witness to them.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? I appreciate that C4C enjoys traveling into far off places to serve people, share the Gospel and bring Christian climbers together. As a Christian who has climbed hard for over 20 years, I have rarely had a Christian climbing partner.

Dan Stewart

Age: 18. Residence: Hornell, N.Y. Personal: Single. Current and past occupations: Currently a home-school senior. Church/community of faith: Buena Vista Wesleyan Church in Canisteo N.Y.

Favorite Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11(“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future'”).

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in:  I have been on several short-term missions trips with my church’s youth group in the past. These typically involved work projects or maintenance.

What are you looking forward to most while on this mission? Spending time getting to know teammates and being able to learn from them and grow with them.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? I like the fact that there is an organization which encourages and facilitates the spreading of the Gospel among the mountaineering and hiking community.

Erica Zeiler

 

Erica Zeiler

Erica Zeiler, center in red T-shirt, makes balloon animals for school children in Gentilhomme, Haiti while on mission there with Climbing For Christ in December 2007.

Age: 28. Residence: Littleton, Colo. Personal: Single. Current and past occupations: Associate Pastor of Youth and Community at South Suburban Christian Church in Littleton, Colo. Church/community of faith: South Suburban Christian Church.

Favorite Scripture: Lamentations 3:22-23 (“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness”).

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: Volunteer and paid youth ministry since 1996, including camps, mission trips, backpacking trips, retreats, weekly outreach services, discipleship, leading ministry teams, administration. Mission trips to Aguas Caleintes, Mexico (1998); Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Lame Deer, Mont. (2002-present); working with several agencies in downtown Denver (2001-present); Mission Haiti with C4C (December 2007).

What are you looking forward to most while on this mission? I am excited to see the ways that God is working within His people in Nepal, joining with them in worship, and watching for the detailed ways that He uses the people of our teams to join in His work.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? Their heart for unreached people in hard-to-get-to places, as well as their willingness to make the personal sacrifices necessary to reach those people.

Jason

Age: 37. Residence: Katmandu, Nepal. (U.S. home in Birmingham, Ala.). Personal: Married to Shana for almost 8 years. Three children — Nathaniel (Nate), 5; Abigail (Abby), 3, and  Judah, 5 months. Current and past occupations: Currently, missionary. Past occupations include teaching and accounting. Church/community of faith: Home church is Garywood Assembly of God in Birmingham, AL, where my father is the pastor. Also, my wife Kristi’s dad pastors First Assembly of God in Peoria, Il., so that is like a second home church for us. While on the field, we attend the Kathmandu International Christian Congregation church in Lalitpur, and fellowship often with local Nepali A/G churches as well.

Favorite Scripture: Romans 1:16.

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: My wife and I have been involved in missions work throughout our lives. I began my service in missions with a short-term trip to south India in 1994, and followed that up with several short-term ministry trips to Calcutta in 1999 and 2000. After marriage, my wife and I served as Missionary Associates in Calcutta (September, 2000), and in Nepal (2001). In 2003, we returned to Nepal as full-time missionaries.

What are you looking forward to most while on this mission? Meeting the other team members and getting to know them.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? That they are willing to come to Nepal! It is so far away from the States, that we don’t get many visitors. We are excited about having a team come, and hope that it will be a regular occurrence!

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