Meet Our Team
Joe and Darlene Bahr
Joe and Dar live in Colorado and have been involved in ministry to young people and developing leaders for the past 20+ years in a variety of ministry settings…including prison. Joe is focusing on Mexico and developing Kingdom builders. They developed a heart for Mexico while living on the border in El Paso, Texas for 10 years. To learn more Follow Joe on his blog.
Catherine and Aaron Banks
Catherine and her husband Aaron have been doing student ministry for 5 years together and have a huge passion for the outdoors and helping to start church based wilderness ministry. Catherine serves as the administrator for Outdoor Leaders International
Sam and Mandy Begg
Sam and Mandy currently live in Salt Lake City, UT. Sam has 23 years of youth ministry experience with Young Life. The first seven of those years in Young Life were spent overseas in Germany. The last three years he has been a regional trainer for Young Life. Sam also currently teaches HS bible part time at a local Christian school.
Jennifer is our fabulous behind the scenes guru making it all happen. She does an amazing job of keeping our organization in line as our administrator.
Joel and Alison Carlman
Joel and Alison lived Cape Town, South Africa for three years studying international development and economics before starting careers at the intersection of technology and development. Joel now works to develop and encourage leaders of young people in several countries across eastern and southern Africa. Joel is also the editor of the publication: Finance Forward: Forces Shaping the Future of Inclusive Financial Services.
Juan Carlos and Courtney Cevallos
Juan Carlos and Courtney have been serving overseas for the last 8 years developing youth leaders throughout Latin America using outdoor and adventure activities. Their passion is to see youth leadership being developed and discipled to reach the next generation.
Ashley and Becky Denton
Dr. Ashley Denton is the founder of the Wilderness Ministry Institute and the author of Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory and Practice, and editor of The Personality of Jesus: How to Introduce Young People to Jesus Christ and Help them Grow in their Faith. He brings 25 years of national and international ministry experience to the Nexus team. You can follow Ashley’s blog and tweets at ashleydenton.com & outdoorlead
Ben and Alicia Eakins
en and Alicia spent three years living in South Africa developing indigenous youth leaders. They now live in Colorado and continue to work heavily in Africa. To learn more about what the Eakins are doing please visit them on their blog.
Daniel and Georgiana Eakins
Daniel and Georgi have had a heart for Romania for 10+ years and are excited to be moving there to serve and disciple youth leaders and young married couples. They have been involved in music ministry for the past 6 years with a band called The Ineloquent and hope to continue using music to build relationships in Romania. Keep up with Dan and Georgi on their blog (www.reachromania.com) and check out their music on their website (www.theineloquent.com).
Craig and Rebecca Hasselbach
Dr. Craig (“Hass”) brings 7 years of student ministry experience and 18 years of senior/lead pastor experience to the Nexus team. Craig and Rebecca have 4 kids. You can follow Craig’s blog at www.adventurepastor.com and follow his heart for reaching the world for Jesus with the grace of the gospel.
Jon and Heather Hoppin
Jon and Heather Hoppin have been training youth leaders and working in youth ministry for 15 years. With their shared passion for wilderness ministry they are a great fit for Nexus International and WMI.
Bill and Karen Maston
Bill is the founder of Nexus International and brings a wealth of leadership and ministry experience from his 25 years on Young Life staff. Bill (more commonly known as Gandalf among the younger staff) has been developing youth leaders in over 25 different countries with Nexus International. You can see his ministry at his blog.
Joel and DeAnn Vermillion
Joel and DeAnn have been working with young people in a wilderness ministry setting overseas for the past 18 years. They recently moved back from Sweden to the US after serving ten years with Torchbearers International.