Ministry Servant: Alex Telles
I was raised in a Christian household so I knew of the faith and God's existence at a young age. Only that lifestyle was never attractive to me. I was always drawn to the "not-so-good" crowd. The party scene (and all that it entails) consumed the majority of my life. God intervened on my behalf and saved me from many catastrophic events but I always continued on in my usual ways. And then it happened. What has happened to many people before has finally happened to me. I was placed in a situation where all my resources were used up and God was the only one left that was able to help me. I gave up all that I had ever known in 2012 and finally tried things God's way. Trusting Jesus Christ with my life has proven invaluable! I've been walking with Him ever since and never looked back! I can't believe I ignored His calls for so long but we all have our own timing. This hiking family played such a vital role in not only my initial lifestyle transition but in providing the needed fellowship to maintain this Christian walk. Praise God for the unfathomable faithfulness in love He has for each and every one of us!
Hiking Administrator: Leah Reed
My name is Leah and I love Jesus! I am a single mom to a beautiful young woman who just turned 18! I grew up knowing the Lord but walked away during my high school and college years. In 2009, my dad passed away and this marked a total transformation in my life. I decided to leave my 10 year long, cohabiting (non-married) relationship to pursue Jesus 100% with my life and I haven't looked back! He is worth it! Jesus continued to pursue me even when I wasn't walking with Him! How awesome is that?! I lost a lot when my dad passed away and the Lord asked me to give up my relationship with my ex-fiance. I had been praying that God would give me family and he answered my prayer through this group!! The hiking ministry is like family and they were welcoming from the very first day. Now, I am excited to give back to the group that has blessed me through the opportunity to serve. We hope you come out and see what we are all about!
Men's Bible Study Leader: Curtis Newberry
Women's Bible Study Leader: Bille Newberry
We thank Jesus Christ for being in our lives. He is our LORD and Savior and came into our lives over 25 years ago. He has blessed our Marriage - His Ministry and we are founded on His Holy Word. He has blessed us with lovely children and we are flowing in His purpose for our lives. He saved us from our sins and has healed us so we can be a blessing to others. We were Married on May 27, 1992 and have been blessed in the Holy Spirit to have a Marriage and Family Counseling Ministry to freely give to others what God has given to us. Jesus is LORD of the Newberry family. "AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD [JOSHUA 24:15]."
Hike & Navigation Leader: Jarrod Hammack
Like many other people, I also grew up in a Christian home and was saved when I was young. However, I didn't really live life for God until a recent transformation in 2011. After over 15 years of intercession on my behalf, my mom's prayers were answered when I was in a church service at The Rock on May 22, 2011. That was the day that God spoke to my heart and started the biggest change of my life. I gave my life to God that night, and since then He has taught me so many things, especially to trust in Him and surrender everything to Him. Not too long after I gave my life to Christ, I felt God leading me to join a ministry. I was blessed to find the hiking ministry because God has given me a great desire to explore new places, and He has provided me with an awesome group of godly friends.
Worship Leader: Deinno O'Keefe
Born and raised in good ol' Pennsylvania. Grew up as a preacher's kid in a solid family of God and dove headfirst into ministry from the start. After graduating college, I packed the Uhaul and began my "migration" to warm weather and palm trees. Music has always been a passion in my life, from singing in the choir through high school, to playing the bass guitar in a Christian rock band through college - I'm blessed to be a part of the Hiking family leading people into the presence of God through worship.
Outreach Coordinator: Lindsay Ebert
I was blessed to grow up in Christian Midwest home - going to church, reading Bible stories & praying were important to our family. We were raised to know who God was & what a loving family looked like, but I never fully understood the Father's love that came from being a part of God's family. As I got older, school, sports & friends became more of a priority than what we were raised with. I always believed God was real while going through the motions of high school, college, Army deployments, relationships, achievements & trials, but then I continued to have one foot in the world, never making a relationship with Jesus a priority. Then Rock church became my home when I moved to San Diego in 2010, However, it wasn't until 2011 that I decided to finally put both feet in & fully surrender my life, relationships & desires to the Lord. I began to encounter the love of Jesus that only comes from being in relationship with Him - ever since He's continued to rock my world! In 2013, He brought me to the Hiking Ministry when I needed a loving family in the body of Christ more than I realized! This ministry has helped shaped my heart to desire God's will & continues to be that "home away from home" full of faith, fun & love!
Men's Bible Study Leader: James Clancy
I have been a CHRISTian since I was 17 years old. I lived a pretty good life and never really did anything wrong or bad. I thought I was a “good Christian” and thought everything was “good.” My walk with GOD really came into perspective in 2011 when I was faced with a divorce. I remember asking GOD “why is this happening to me?” I thought I was being a GODLY man and husband. This was the turning point in my life with Christ because HE really showed me how much HE really loved me! He showed me what I really needed to do to work on being the GODLY man that HE called me to be. I thought I was doing right according to my views but GOD showed me otherwise!!! He reminded me that I needed to totally TRUST in HIM and NOT to lead my life according to what I thought was “right.” I was introduced to the hiking ministry from a fellow brother who I met while I was going through this season in my life. My passion and desire is to be there for fellow brothers in CHRIST that may be going through a similar season and to come along side them as others have been there for me!
STAND STRONG! STAND TALL! WARRIOR UP! “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love!” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14. Aloha and GOD bless you and your Ohana!