One Man and His Wilderness was birthed as an idea to capture and share people’s stories of their wilderness experiences and how adventure produces an awe inspiring, faith building and deeper relationship with God.
Our aim is to provide inspirational stories and encouragement to regular people, to live a life full of adventure, while allowing their experiences in the backcountry to produce a wild, deep and rooted relationship with God and others.
Our ultimate goal is to lead people to a deeper relationship with God and to honor Him in all that we do.
I grew up in Upper East Tennessee where I developed a love of adventure and all things wild. I was introduced to rock climbing at the age of 13, and while I wasn’t a great climber, it fueled my desire for adventure and pushing my limits. When I graduated high school, after a short trial of the college life, I dropped out and moved to Buena Vista, CO to become a raft guide. I had always loved the water, but this was something different, something far more captivating and challenging. I went on to start a rafting company with a guide buddy of mine in Wisconsin and began kayaking up there. This led to many years of pushing myself on big rivers and steep creeks.
One thing that these wilderness adventures helped me discover, was that there was something or someone greater than me. Someone who designed such a beautiful world and was captivating my heart through His creation. I started following Christ in 2012 and it has been my biggest adventure yet. I discovered that the epic journey of following Jesus, while great in itself, is so much better with community around you. This led me to inviting others to go into His creation to experience Him in a deep and intimate way. I never thought that my life would be centered around adventure and Jesus, yet He has given me the great opportunity to make a living doing this.
God placed a calling on my life in 2014 to lead others to this deeper understanding of Him that He had revealed to me through my time in the wilderness. I began working with an organization called the Wilderness Ministry Institute, where we get to invest in youth leaders around the world, point them to a deep relationship with Jesus, and then equip, encourage and empower them to reach others with the same mission while utilizing the wilderness to captivate and teach young people about this deep love Jesus has for them.
I am beyond blessed with a wonderful, loving, gracious and beautiful wife (Erin) and 3 strong willed, adventurous kids (River, Sawyer and Everly). My greatest desire in this life is to serve Christ with everything I have and to lead my family and others to do the same.