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Mission: Denali 2008


Team Bios


The team: Rodney Briggs, Cameron Carson, Charleton Churchill, T.J. Engstrom, Tim Hall, Daniel Karlsen, Karim Mella, Jim Moore, and Cristina Robles (not a member of Climbing For Christ).


Rodney Briggs


 

Rod Briggs

Rod Briggs.

Age: 42. Residence: Seattle, Wash. Personal: Married to Joelle Briggs for 5 years; with one son (Levi Briggs, 2 years old). Current and past occupations: I served in the active duty Army, Army reserves, and the National Guard. I have also worked for the federal government. Currently I have my own law practice. Church/community of faith: Hope Lutheran Church (West Seattle).
 
Favorite Scripture: “Let the spirit change your way of thinking and make you into a new person” (Ephesians 4:23). “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave the home or town” (Mathew 10:14).
 
What’s the highest peak you’ve climbed previously, and what has been your most memorable mountain experience? Cotapoxi, Ecuador (19,348 feet).

What are you looking forward to most while on the mountain? Fellowship with other believers
 
What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? This will be my first experience with C4C.  I am looking forward to fellowship with other Christians while mountain climbing.  It should be a great experience. 

Cameron Carson

 

Cameron Carson

Cameron Carson fishing in Canada with his grandfather.
In Alaska, he will be a fisher of men.

Age: 20. Residence: St. Paul, Minn. Personal: Single. Current and past occupations: Student. Double Major: Accounting and Entrepreneurship. Minor: Computer Science. Been working in ice arenas for several years driving the Zamboni and doing maintenance work as well as having several other sales positions in different companies. Church/community of faith: Living Word in Brooklyn Park, Minn.
 
Favorite Scripture: Psalm 91 – The whole chapter.

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: A few missions trips to Indian reservations where we mainly just served and helped people with very little person to person contact and ability to evangelize apart from helping to serve their needs.

What’s the highest peak you’ve climbed previously, and what has been your most memorable mountain experience? Alta Peak in Sequoia National Park

What are you looking forward to most while on the mountain? I am looking forward to the chance to spread the Love of Christ to the other climbers on the mountain as well as have an opportunity for fellowship with our group. I am also looking forward to growing greatly in my faith while on the mountain.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? The chance to come together as the body of Christ during climbing activities compared to having climbing separate from faith. I especially love the mission and challenge of going and reaching people that others will not go to because of the difficult journey.

Charleton Churchill

 

Charleton Churchill

Charleton Churchill leading worship on backpack guitar at 14K Camp on Denali in 2007. (Photo by Johnathan Esper)

Age: 33. Residence: Jackson, Calif. Personal: Married to Kelly for 9 years, happily; with three daughters (Janae Faith Churchill, 5 on June 20; Ashlyn Grace Churchill, 2 on June 28, and McKinley Hope Churchill, due June 26, Lord willing). Current and past occupations: Christian Band, All-Together Separate. Worship Leader/High School & Jr. High Pastor/Also, children’s ministry. Attending CSU Sacramento, B.A. in Philosophy, working towards Masters in History. Church/community of faith: Calvary Chapel, Pine Grove, Calif.

Favorite Scripture: Habakkuk 2:2-3 (“And the Lord answered me: 'Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. 3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end — it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay” — ESV).

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: Youth ministry (15-plus years); children’s ministry, Climbing For Christ Denali 2007; Campus Life; helping start church in Canada; typical mission trips to Mexico and Los Angeles, Downtown Skid Row; Southern California Beach Evangelism; Christian Band All-Together Separate; University Campus Ministry SMT Director; Staff and Counselor at Jenness Park Christian Camp; Ropes Course Instructor; daily relational contact of loving people and discerning opportunities to share God’s message.

What’s the highest peak you’ve climbed previously, and what has been your most memorable mountain experience? Highest Peak is Mount McKinley, 20,320 feet. Most memorable moment: First steps off the bush plane onto the Kahiltna Glacier Base Camp.  Tears. It was awe-inspiring, overwhelming, bigger than I imagined, read about, and prepared for ... a magnificent splendor showing off the immeasurability of God Himself. Too much to take in at one moment.

What are you looking forward to most while on the mountain? Everything and nothing. Every fiber in me anticipates elements of ministry; the other part is a blank piece of paper that God needs to write on, which at this point is still blank, and I surrender my “looking forward” over to the true God.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? Dual — hard-core ministry.

T.J. Engstrom

 

TJ Engstrom

T.J. Engstrom.

Age: 22. Residence: Bozeman, Mont. Personal: Single. Current and past occupations: I am currently a student at Montana State University majoring in construction engineering.  When I am not in school (which is frequent), I am on a national oil spill response team. Church/community of faith: Campus Crusade For Christ.

Favorite Scripture: Joshua 5.13-14 (“Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, 'Are you for us or for our enemies?' 'Neither,' he replied, 'but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.'”).

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: Inner city street ministry, downtown San Francisco, which was an amazing eye opener for a white suburban boy from Minnesota. Street ministry in downtown Missoula. Leading men’s small groups/prayer on my college campus. Mountain ministry in Montana. Campus Outreaches.

What’s the highest peak you’ve climbed previously, and what has been your most memorable mountain experience? Neighboring Peak of Peak C in Colorado’s Gore Range. My most memorable experience was one of my closest calls to death, which was from complete stupidity on my part. One of my first climbs in Montana was Sheepshead peak in the Mission Mountains, a rugged range in Western Montana. Me and a buddy of mine gained the ridge and were on our way to the top of the peak, and were planning on camping on the saddle on the other side to climb McDonald peak the next day. We were hiking along the scree rock protruding from the snow. I still managed to fracture the 25-foot-wide cornice, which broke away at my feet (strike one). With only a few hours of daylight left we made a push for the summit. We needed to climb a few hundred feet up some class 4 and 5th class rock, which was fluted with snow. Me and my buddy climbed separate chutes to save time since we weren’t using pro (strike two). About 50 feet from the top of my climb the snow broke away from the rock and I was left stemming with my crampons against some very smooth rock (strike 3). In desperation to keep from falling I dropped my pack which contained the tent and most survival gear, and proceeded to watch it bounce off of many jagged rocks and continue to roll 1,500 feet down the slope below. After some quick negotiating with God, which consisted of me saying “alright, I am good to go, but if you have something more for me then dying on these sharp rocks, HELP!” I got to the top and saw that my buddy’s tracks did not make it to the top. I quickly down-climbed his chute and found him sitting tucked in a ball against a rock. I yelled at him until he finally noticed me. He saw my falling pack and thought it was me. He had just witnessed my gruesome death. We got down to the tent, dug out camp, and silently contemplated life.

What are you looking forward to most while on the mountain? I can’t wait to remove myself from the business I get wrapped up in. 

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? The vision. 

Tim Hall

 

Tim Hall

Tim Hall catching his breath at Windy Corner during Mission: Denali 2007.
(Photo by Charleton Churchill)

Age: Turning 20 on the trip. Residence: Boulder, Colo. Personal: Single. Current and past occupations: Currently a student at Fort Lewis College will be transferring to CSU in the fall. My major is in Physics/Engineering with Mathematics minor. I work for Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries as an outdoor instructor/guide leading individuals into God’s creation and introducing them to Christ. During my spare time I work independently doing tree trimming/removal to pay for ... everything. Church/community of faith: Grace Church (Durango), Rez. Fellowship (Loveland), SROM (Laramie), Christ Follower (Universe).

Favorite Scripture: Every Part of His word I love, it is truly alive. Life verse is always good though, Phil. 2:3 (“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves”). I also like Psalm 34 and 22. Revelation gets me excited, too.

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries, C4C Denali 2007 and, well, 2008. I also take part in a college outreach program known as TNF (local to Durango).

What’s the highest peak you’ve climbed previously, and what has been your most memorable mountain experience? Denali 2007. One of my favorite moments was climbing a sweet crack in Vedauwoo, Wyo., looking out at the horizon after reaching the top completely pumped and just yelling “Thank you, Jesus.” I felt alive, real, God was tangible and He created this for me to enjoy ... that is a cool gift.

What are you looking forward to most while on the mountain? I have no idea; there is so much amazing work that the Lord has planned for each of us. Maybe chilling at 14 Camp and pulling out the Jesus card on some of the climbers, nicely though. I want people to meet our Lord and see the beauty He has in store for us and His unconditional love.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? This ministry has impacted my life and allowed God to do many great things to so many. I would not be the man I am today without God using C4C to grow and strengthen me and to bring so many opportunities into my life.

Daniel Erik Strand Karlsen

 

Daniel Karlsen

Daniel Karlsen.

Age: 36. Residence: Golden, Colo. Personal: Single. Current and past occupations: Project Management and process improvement for a variety of large public corporations.  Currently on a sabbatical of sorts. Church/community of faith: South Side Bible Church, Littleton, Colo.

Favorite Scripture: Titus 3:3-8 (“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”).

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: Eagle Lake Camp Counselor – 2 summers of evangelism and discipleship of elementary through high school age. University of Colorado Navigators – evangelism, bible studies, discipleship for 4 years. 2 ½ years affiliated with Navigator ministry while living and working in Surabaya, Indonesia. Juvenile and Federal Prison ministry 7/5 years, respectively, in Denver.

What’s the highest peak you’ve climbed previously, and what has been your most memorable mountain experience? Aconcagua, 22,870 feet. Frighteningly botched descent off Long’s Peak diamond.

What are you looking forward to most while on the mountain? The cold ... and seeing team progress.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? I’m too new to know but I like the mission to take Christ to places where other can not or will not go ... that’s in my DNA.

Karim Mella

 

Karim Mella

Karim Mella on Aconcagua.

Age: 40. Residence: Tampa, Fla. Personal: Married Larissa Jansen 16 years; with one daughter (Lara Mella-Jansen, 14). Current and past occupations: Department of Defense. Church/community of faith: Saint Paul Catholic Church, Tampa, Fla.

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my Shepard; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right path, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”).

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: During my years in high school I spent several weekends each semester going on backpacking trips to the countryside (in the Dominican Republic), where we celebrated with the locals our Christianity and our love for Jesus. During summers and Easter Week, we made week-long trips in very small towns off the beaten path, where we shared our lives with the poor farmers that live in those communities, and because of our common love for God, we became so close in such a short period of time that at the end of the camp we felt that we were leaving families behind.

What’s the highest peak you’ve climbed previously, and what has been your most memorable mountain experience? Aconcagua, 6,985 meters. Seeing the sun rise over the Africa landscape in a 3-by-10-foot ledge with five fellow climbers after an unplanned bivouac at 5,000 meters on Batian's south face.

What are you looking forward to most while on the mountain? To see and feel closer to me God’s creation and blessings to us (nature in the purest form).

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? So far, the energy and dedication of the people related to this community, and the love for sharing the teaching of our Lord.

Jim Moore

 

Jim Moore

Jim Moore.

Age: 50. Residence: Crystal Bay,  Nev. Personal: Married to Leslie 16 years; with one daughter (Shana, 15). Current and past occupations: Guide, instructor, carpenter. Established North Shore Adventure Camp. Church/community of faith: Calvary Chapel Truckee.

Favorite Scripture: Galatians 6:14 (“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world”).

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: Currently with Tahoe Resort Ministries, Barnabas Factor, and North Shore Adventure Camp.

What’s the highest peak you’ve climbed previously, and what has been your most memorable mountain experience? Mount Rainier and the times God has spoken to me on the way up.

What are you looking forward to most while on the mountain? Ministering to other climbers.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? Opportunities to minister.

Cristina Alejandra Robles Lozano

 

Cristina

Cristina Robles on Mount Elbrus in Russia.

Age: 30. Residence: Zacatecas, Zacateca, Mexico. Personal: One son, Gerardo (a.k.a. Jerry). Current and past occupations: I work in my state giving some conferences for the woman and children to promote the sport, in my city people do not like to do sport, so we have the biggest problem from all Mexico in youngest people of Drugs and Alcohol. Church/community of faith: The name of the Church is Guadalupito.

Favorite Scripture: My favorite verses have to do with Job the patient man; all that he has to live, his history, and the way he talks to God.

Ministries, missions, or evangelism involved in: I have been in some missions to help some people giving them food and clothes in our little cities around here in Zacatecas, Mexico.

What’s the highest peak you’ve climbed previously, and what has been your most memorable mountain experience? The highest peak it was Lenin Peak, 23,406 feet, and the most memorable experience that I have in mountain is to find a very nice people and the mountain has giving me many values from life and has giving me true nice friends .

What are you looking forward to most while on the mountain? Pace, a quiet moment to speak with God, to think, to learn from the others to help and share things that I have learn and to learn from the others.

What’s your favorite thing about Climbing For Christ? That, for some reason, I was accepted and I am so happy for that. And also that I am in this expedition of Christ. The name of Him and we are doing something that I think that each climber have when he or she climbs, Jesus on the way, but sometimes we don’t talk about Him and in this case we are going to be so much close to Him.

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