Outdoor Leadership Instructors
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 Ropes 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 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.
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.
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
Jim holds both a BS and MA in Biology from University of Bridgeport, Conneticut. He is the Program Director and Senior Instructor, of Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries, based in Laramie, Wyoming. SROM is the only wilderness ministry accredited by the Association for Experiential Education. Previously he served as the Director of Outreach and Mission Trip Leader with Climbing for Christ, the Outdoor Minister and Director of PEAK Outdoor Ministries with South Suburban Church in Littleton, Colorado and has led missions trips to Mt. McKinley, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Nepal, and the mountains of Haiti.
Among his various certifications, Jim has been ratified as an Avalanche Professional by the American Avalanche Association, is a Certified Leave No Trace Master Educator, Wilderness First Responder, and boasts thirty years of experience in backpacking and mountaineering, including 40-day wilderness courses and has summited peaks on four continents. Jim is a Licensed Minister with the Disciples of Christ, a mentor for many Denver Seminary students and a Lead Guide for Denver Seminary Adventure Previews.
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, Jim 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.