Director of Development: After earning a degree in Education from Texas A&M, Steve Reid coached college football for 4 years. He then entered the banking world, serving numerous customers in several different communities. Blessed to retire in 2015, and being raised by a tremendous dad who did not have an earthly father active in his life, Steve has a personal interest in seeing the fatherless epidemic end in America. He loves everything outdoors and spends the majority of his time hunting, golfing, fishing, hiking, and flying airplanes.
Executive Director: Eric Swithin served four years in the United States Marine Corps, received his BA in Economics from Rice University, and his Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. Eric spent three years as a youth pastor before going full-time with Outdoor Adventures. Eric is a radical follower of Jesus who feels most at home when he is above treeline in the Rocky Mountains, so he goes there as frequently as he can. His heart's desire is to be a father to the fatherless, to guide boys into manhood and to help men encounter God by participating in His mission.
VP of Risk Management/Secretary/Treasurer: Kameron Swithin received her BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis; she received her law degree from the University of Houston, where she was Executive Editor of Houston Law Review; and, she is also a certified mediator. She loves gazing at beautiful scenery with a cup of hot tea in her left hand and a good book in her right hand. She desires to glorify God through legal advocacy.
Chief Technical Officer: David Botterill served four years active duty in the United States Army then 18 years in the Army National Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer 3. David has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and 30+ years of experience in software engineering. He was overwhelmed when Eric told him about God’s work through Outdoor Adventures in 2015 and feels drawn to help the fatherless in any way he can. David’s life verse is, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” - Matthew 6:33"
William Hernandez is a 2017 Walkabout graduate! He served as a junior leader during a 2018 Walkabout and served as a summer intern in 2020. He is an outdoor enthusiast who comes alive playing rugby. He currently attends Arkansas State University where he is majoring in Disaster Preparedness. He is a member of Arkansas State Campus Ministry and the Varsity Rugby Team.
Ethan Hageness is a full time youth pastor for a church in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He was a varsity basketball and football player in high school and went on to play football in college. He is a licensed EMT and has a love for all things outdoors and everything involving sports. His calling in life is to disciple young men and tend to the needs of the fatherless.
Director of Texas Operations: Thomas Oskamp grew up in western Washington where he fostered his love for everything outdoors. He attended LeTourneau University in East Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and currently works for an oil service company in Houston designing downhole drilling tools. In his free time, Thomas enjoys woodworking, playing competitive beach volleyball, camping, hiking, and pretty much any outdoor activity. Thomas was introduced to Jesus through men who mentored him in college and is passionate about mentoring younger men in following Jesus.
Caleb Sims has a BA in Education from Arlington Baptist College, where he played three years of college baseball. Also, he has a BA in Pastoral Studies from Baptist Bible College. Caleb is an avid outdoorsman and athlete and considers an active lifestyle essential to joyful living. He is a loving husband and father and a business owner in Houston, TX. His calling in life is to be an example to the next generation by representing what it looks like to love God and love people with great tenacity.
Jake Bicknell currently resides in Southwest Colorado, but was raised in Syracuse, New York. He received his BA in Physical Education, with a Minor in Strengthening and Conditioning, from West Virginia University. He has always had a heart for teaching and coaching youth. Today, he serves as a summer wilderness guide for Outdoor Adventures and he serves regularly as a youth group leader. He loves passionately sharing the saving message of Jesus. He is a lifelong athlete and outdoorsman who believes strongly in the impact coaches, teams, and competition can have on youth.
Caleb Beaird is someone who loves nature and the peace it brings. He will be attending Wheaton College but is currently taking a gap year to discern his calling. He is seeking to discover how he was made so that he can most effectively pour out our Father's heart. Most importantly, he is a beloved son of God.
National Missionary: Steven Letzelter currently lives in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and works for Outdoor Adventures as a guide and a missionary, sharing the Gospel with the fatherless. Steven has a love for the outdoors and the adventures it brings, so much so, he lives full-time in a van in order to not miss a single experience. He's passionate about film and videography and sharing the power of the Gospel in everything he does.