"After God's Own Heart" - Speaker Biographies

 

Christopher Reardon

Chris ReardonChris is the director of the "After God's Own Heart" series. During his first two years attending the United States Naval Academy he struggled to understand if Christians could serve in the military or law enforcement because it can and often involves the use of violence to include the taking of human life in order to protect members of society from violent individuals and groups. This didn’t match up to what he believed at the time about Biblical principles.

In May of 2005 he sought out a Marine Officer who was a member of the Officers Christian Fellowship group at the academy and brought up this concern. From that discussion, he ended up understanding fully the Christian message of salvation and committed himself to a personal relationship with Christ. Later after studying the Bible extensively that summer, he decided that he could serve in the military and still maintain a good conscience towards God.

In May of 2007 he graduated the academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He went on to serve in multiple Marine Corps units that included a deployment to Iraq and two Marine Expeditionary Unit deployments. Chris is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and is earning his Masters of Science Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio.

Along with being part of the leadership of Force Ministries, he has also served in various local churches and worked with other military ministries and command chaplain programs by mentoring and leading Bible studies. He has also participated as a vocalist in chapel praise teams while deployed.

 

Michael & Nicole Lee

Kurt ParsonsNicole moved to the United States from the Netherlands as a young child and moved often until she met her husband soon after high school. Nicole and Michael have been married over 25 years and have four sons: Keir – 23 (residing in California), Dane – 20 (married and stationed with the Coast Guard in Virginia), Rainier – 18 , and Theodore – 14. They have one granddaughter: Hayden – who is almost a year old.

Born in southern California, Michael Lee has been in the Army since 1984, with a seven year break in service. He currently remains on active duty. During his service he spent seven years with 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Rgt; three years training for Special Forces Medic; and the last 11 years has been a member of the 5th Special Forces Group. Michael has been deployed to various locations world-wide, with over 50 months in the Middle East since 9/11.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and he has completed many military schools including: Ranger School, Advanced Airborne, Military Freefall Jumpmaster, Army Combat Diver Qualification Course and several others.

Some of his military awards include: 4 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Army Commendations with “V” Device, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Medic Badge, and 5 Bronze Stars.

Along with his wife, he has led a teen youth group, groups for couples and individuals, marriage groups and several Bible studies. They have also began ministries for military personnel and families. Nicole has led ministries for teen and preteen girls, and led Bible studies for women and military wives. Michael has also facilitated several men’s groups.

Most of their married years were spent with Michael in the Army. They have moved to several locations with the longest being in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky for almost 11 years. During the time being stationed at Ft. Campbell, Michael was deployed to OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) and OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) on seven tours totaling over 50 months in a special operations unit. Before that time Michael also deployed to many other countries for several months at a time.

Nicole homeschools her sons (only one more left!) and enjoys running, biking, quilting, reading and writing and, of course, traveling. Michael enjoys spending time with his family, CrossFit, kayaking, mountain biking, running and other outdoor activities.

 

David & Jaime Moore

David and Jaime MooreDavid is currently the assistant Marine Corps Liason for the mobile facility program for Fleet Readiness Center Southwest on Naval Air Station North Island, CA. He has been married for over 9 years and has a 7 year old daughter.

Born and raised in California, he attended Valley Christian High School where he received Christ at the age of 15. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1998 and his first duty station was MALS-24 located in Kaneohe Bay, HI. While stationed in Hawaii, he met and married his wife Jamie. During their time in Hawaii David deployed for 6 months to MALS-36 in Okinawa, Japan. At this time Jamie became a believer in Christ and they were baptised together at Leeward Community Church.

In August 2003, David received orders to MALS-16 in Miramar, CA. From February to August of 2004 David deployed to Iraq to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In February 2005 David received orders to attend Recruiter School aboard the Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA. He graduated in May and received orders to Recruiting Station Houston, TX where they spent the next 3 years. During their time in Houston, they served in several different ministries including children's and the program/bulletin ministry at Atascocita Community Church.

In April 2008 David was promoted to his current rank of Gunnery Sergeant. He received orders to MALS-11 located in Miramar, CA. While in Miramar they started attending Community Bible Church where they are involved in the children's ministry. They were then introduced to the Navigators Military Ministry and in September 2008 David served as the SNCOIC for a deployment to Iwakuni, Japan. While in Japan David held a Bible study and found 11 Marines who joined. Upon the return of the deployment David introduced 8 of the Marines to the Navigators Military Ministry.

In October 2009 David received orders to his current assignment. He and his wife currently assist with the Navigators Military Ministry at Miramar Air Base, CA.

 

Hezekiah Barge

Hezekiah BargeHezekiah is a Lieutenant Colonel and an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He has enjoyed serving his country for the past 20+ years since enlisting in 1986. He has participated in combat deployments in support of Desert Storm in Kuwait, Restore Hope in Somalia, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.

He has served as a Christian Lay Leader throughout his career in the Marine Corps. His ministry involvement is as follows: Men’s Ministry Leader at his local church, Board Member for Eagle Peak Leadership, former Council Member for Officer Christian Fellowship, and is a supporting partner for the Navigators, Campus Crusade for Christ, and Tun Tavern Fellowship.

Hezekiah holds a Master and Bachelor of Science in Information Systems. He has been married to Dawn Marie for 21 years, and they are thankful to stand hand-in-hand home schooling their five children.  



 

Michell Cook

Pastor Michell Cook was a former helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and he left active duty at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Two. He has been a pastor for over twenty-five years and is now a staff pastor at Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon, CA as director of counseling. He was a pastor in the Vineyard Christian Fellowship movement for thirteen years under John Wimber.

His passion and expertise is in training and equipping prayer and healing ministry teams, marriage group leaders, counselors, and marriage mentors. Michell has had numerous traumatic experiences that God has used to form his life and approach to ministry. Being under a "victim mentality" for most of his life, Michell has overcome these negative influences and God has led him into a deeper understanding of how they can affect couple relationships.

He currently holds a master's degree in counseling. Michell and his wife Diane of 16 years currently reside in San Diego, CA.

 

Robert Owens

Robert Owens served in the United States Air Force as a “Pararescueman” (PJ) from 1973-1976. In 1980, Robert graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelors of Theology. Robert was the first pastor ever to graduate from the “Reno Leadership” program sponsored by the Reno, Nevada Chamber of Commerce. Reno Leadership annually selects community leaders to attend an eleven-month training course for up and coming leaders in the region. From 1983-2003, Robert was the founder and former senior pastor of University Family Fellowship Church in Sparks, Nevada. During his time leading this church, Robert helped plant another church that grew to over 2000 with 16 full time staff and 33 part time staff in 17 years. Robert has been appointed to the Nevada Judicial Ethics Committee by Governor Kenny Guinn starting in 2002. He has since been reappointed to two more four year terms. He is the first and only pastor in Nevada history to ever be appointed to that Ethics Committee or any other state wide governmental oversight Ethics Committee. Robert was named “The Best Spiritual Leader” in Northern Nevada in 2003 by the readers of Destination Reno. From 1985-2007, Robert had his own weekly Inspirational Television Program on Fox News and United Paramount Network which was supported by viewers and secular sponsors.

Since 2003 Robert has served as a consultant and leadership speaker to a wide variety of organizations throughout the United States and in 25 different nations around the world to include International Rotary Clubs, military organizations, university forums, professional athletic teams, and corporate businesses. Some of the geographical settings he has consulted in have included the Solomon Islands, Cape Town, South Africa, Beijing, China, London, England and Moscow, Russia. Robert has five children: Jessica, Matthew, Beau, Christie, and Katie.

 

John Bishop

John E. Bishop has recently joined Alpha Strategies Corporation as Director of Marketing. Alpha Strategies Corporation is a small asset management firm based in Reston, VA.

For the past three years John has been focused on helping men rightly and righteously understand the relationship they are intended to have with their work. Part of that understanding includes the reality that spiritual warfare is real, powerful and directed specifically at this issue of how men relate to their work.

From 2005 to 2007 he was serving in support of the marketing of Madison Harbor Capital's Private Real Estate Fund of Funds and before coming to Madison Harbor Capital John was Senior Vice President for Institutional Sales at CNL Institutional Advisors, Inc. His career at CNL spanned 23 years from 1982 through 2005.

John started his business career in sales and marketing with the Building Owners and Managers Association in Washington, DC and then became an insurance specialist with the then New England Mutual Life Insurance Company and later with Northwestern Mutual Life.

John is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy and a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps having served with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam and later in Okinawa.

 

Kurt Parsons

Kurt ParsonsKurt has been married to Sandy Lynn Parsons for over 16 years. They have four wonderful daughters; Kasandra, Makaeli, Justice and Katarina. The family currently resides in Annapolis MD. They’ve had the distinct pleasure of moving over 13 times and living in 5 states.

Enlisting in the Navy at age 17, Kurt went on to become a United States Navy Deep Sea Diver. During the past 20 years Kurt has lived or operated in over 20 countries. In May 1998 Kurt was commissioned as a Naval Officer. Kurt later was winged a Naval Aviator in Dec 2000. He has served combat tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He is currently stationed with VXS-1 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River MD. He earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Leadership and Human Resource Development.

For over 16 years Kurt and Sandy have been mentoring, leading bible studies and active in their local church. Kurt is one of the founders and CEO of “Nation Builders,” an international group that rebuilds the most war torn countries spiritually and physically. Kurt is an adviser for Force Ministries, which is a ministry group focused on military and law enforcement personnel living a Christ centered life.

 

John Voss

John and Rachel VossJohn has been married to his wonderful bride Rachel Voss for 42 years. He currently is the Navigators Military Ministry Representative at Camp Pendleton, CA. Born and raised in Iowa, he served as an enlisted person and officer in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War era. He served 18 months in Vietnam as an infantry platoon commander and a tank platoon commander. After his combat tour he served as a Series Officer at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego before receiving follow on orders to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for flight training. Upon receiving his Naval Flight Aviator Wings he was assigned to an A-6A Intruder squadron in Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. While there he became involved in the Navigators Military Ministry and rededicated his heart to Christ at the age of 26. In 1973, he left the Marine Corps as a Captain and went to work for his father’s insurance company in Iowa for the next 15 years where he continued his work with the Navigators.

In 1988, John and Rachel were invited by the Navigators to minister to Marines and Navy personnel at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona as full time staff members. During this time as well he was invited by the Navigators to help open a Christian ministry presence in the country of Vietnam through their undergraduate education system. In 1995 John and Rachel went upon acceptance of an invitation by the Navigators to go to Moscow, Russia in order to teach Russian officers a course titled: Combat Biblical Leadership Principles. For the next 10 years John and Rachel invested their lives into Russian military officers in teaching them what the Bible said about the profession of arms and many other life topics to include principles on having a strong marriage and family. From 2005 on, they returned to the United States and have been conducting ministry with the Navigators to Marines and Sailors at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Base Pendleton in Southern California.

 

Dr. Gregory Wark

Dr. Greg WarkFor thirty years, Greg and his wife Amber have devoted themselves to promoting betterment in others. After serving as a lead pastor for over 20 years, Greg transitioned to full time work with military and law enforcement, functioning as a pastor, counselor, and friend, to those who give so much for the freedoms we enjoy. Greg founded Force Ministries, a not for profit corporation to facilitate the development and production of people and materials that help those who serve deal with the rigors of this honorable profession. Greg also is credentialed as a chaplain with a federal law enforcement agency.

Greg is also the President of Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTNow), also a not for profit company that was formed to make an impact in the fight against child sex slavery. Trafficking of the young remains a pernicious problem on every continent, and we continue to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. SCTNow hires former military and law enforcement individuals to investigate and arrest those who prey on the innocent worldwide.

He currently holds several post graduate degrees including a master's degree in theology, and a doctorate in ministry. Greg and his wife of 34 years, have 5 children and three grandchildren. He and his wife currently reside in Franklin, TN.