Outdoor Leadership Instructors

Outdoor Leadership Instructors

David Condit, MDiv

David graduated from Denver Seminary in 2011 with an MDiv. He previously earned an MA in counseling from Saint Mary's University, as well as a BS in psychology at Colorado State University. David is licensed as a professional counselor and is a national certified counselor. He served several years in the military in a variety of capacities including as a C-130 aviator, flight instructor, US Air Force Academy assistant professor of behavioral science and leadership, research psychologist, water and survival training, numerous deployments. He has also served with the Air Force in leading outdoor leadership reaction courses, high ropes courses, and developing a scenario-based leadership program. David's multiple years of professional and lay church-based ministry also contribute to his work with Denver Seminary's outdoor leadership program.

Amber DeBoer, MS

Amber DeBoer received her MS in outdoor leadership from Southern Adventist University and a BA in behavioral science from Metro State College in Denver, Colorado. She has worked both as a third grade public school teacher for 8 years as well as serving as a middle school language arts teacher. Amber is Red Cross certified in first aid and CPR. She also holds certifications from Adventure Experiences, John Brown University, and Camp Id-Ra-Ha-Je as a popes course facilitator and low & high ropes facilitator. Amber has served as a wilderness trip leader for 11 years with Camp Id-Ra-Ha-Je and Narrow Way Expeditions. Amber is a senior guide with the Denver Seminary outdoor leadership course.

Mike DeBoer, MS

Mike DeBoer holds an MS in outdoor education from Southern Adventist University, as well as a BA in biology from Northwestern College. Mike has a number of certifications from the wilderness Medicine Institute and the Association for Challenge Course Technology including wilderness first aid instructor, level 1 ropes course instructor & facilitator, and wilderness first responder. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School's instructor course and is a Red Cross certified first aid and CPR Instructor. Mike formerly served on the board of the Christian Wilderness Leaders Coalition as wells as founding Narrow Way Expeditions, where he served for twelve years. Mike is the current executive director at Camp Id-Ra-Ha-Je and serves as an adjunct faculty member of Colorado Christian University.

Dr. Ashley Denton, DMin

Dr. Ashley Denton holds a DMin in missions and cross cultural studies, from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, where he wrote his dissertation: “Wilderness and Missions: A Theology for Developing and Sustaining Young Leaders in Mission." Ashley received his MA in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BLA at Northern Arizona University. Previously, Ashley served fifteen years on staff with Young Life as an area director in Colorado and national director in New Zealand.

Currently, Ashley is the director of the Wilderness Ministry Institute, a Christian missions organization that develops indigenous outdoor ministry leaders who utilize the outdoors and adventure activities for purposes of evangelism, discipleship, spiritual formation, leadership development and mission. He also serves as the director of Outdoor Leadership International and the Center for International Youth Mission. Both the Wilderness Ministry Institute and Outdoor Leadership International operate under the auspices of Nexus International, an international organization that serves as a resource center to provide training and support for national youth leaders and their youth agencies to address the holistic needs of young people in their respective countries. Ashley works in over 25 countries throughout Oceania, Pacific-Asia, and Eastern Europe. He is also the college and student ministries pastor at Mountain View Community Church in Fort Collins, Colorado and author of Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory and Practice.

Jim Doenges, MA

Jim holds both a BS and MA in biology from University of Bridgeport. He works full-time with Lifelines, the outdoor ministry of Cru. Previously Jim was an associate professor of outdoor leadership at Colorado Christian University and director of Outdoor Leadership Programs. Prior to that he served as the higher education manager, assistant program director, and senior instructor at Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries; as the director of outreach and mission trip leader with Climbing For Christ; and as the outdoor minister and director of PEAK Outdoor Ministries at South Suburban Church in Littleton. Jim has led 40-day backpack trips as well as mission trips to Mt. Kilimanjaro, Nepal, Denali, and the mountains of Haiti. He is a Leave No Trace master educator instructor, wilderness first responder, and board-ratified avalanche professional. Jim has also served on the boards of several outdoor organizations, and as a mentor for Denver Seminary students.

Karl Helvig, MA

Karl holds an MA in biblical studies with a concentration in New Testament from Denver Seminary and is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church. He has also studied at experiential education and intercultural studies, and holds a certificate in TESOL both from Wheaton Graduate School. He earned his BA in classical greek and religion from St. Olaf College.

Karl currently serves as pastor for youth and young adults at Centennial Covenant Church in Littleton. Prior to this, he and his wife lived in China for three years teaching English at Chinese universities and leading college discipleship ministries. Karl has served on the board of multiple christian camping ministries in Minnesota and Colorado and has led numerous multi-week expeditions in the BWCAW, the Colorado Rockies, and countless parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Dr. Bradley J. Widstrom, EdD

Brad earned an EdD in sociology and anthropology of education, at Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. He also holds an MRE from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a BA in elementary education from Trinity College. Previously, Brad served as both a public school educator in New Jersey and Washington, and as an ordained youth pastor and director of Christian education with the Evangelical Free Church of America for over 15 years. Brad has been a member of the Denver Seminary faculty since 1999 and is the department chair of the youth and family ministry program. He is also the director of the outdoor leadership concentration. Brad brings many years of leading backcountry trips with adolescents and young adults to the outdoor leadership program.