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.
Loghan Burrell is a 2017 Walkabout graduate who currently attends Humble High School. He's a Cadet Corporal in JROTC and a football middle-linebacker. He plans on attending Morehouse College, majoring in Business and minoring in Psychology. After college He plans on enlisting into the United States Marine Corps. Loghan enjoys helping other teens overcome their struggles by leading them towards Jesus.
William Hernandez is a 2017 Walkabout graduate and a 2018 Walkabout Junior Leader. 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.
Zack Spelz received his BA in Business Administration from Towson University in Maryland, has launched start up companies and taken small companies to the next level. His love of the Lord was fostered early by his father and other strong men. Zack enjoys piloting anything with a propeller, rudder or wheel and outdoor sports.
Programs Director: 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. He has a secret addiction to Pokémon.
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 currently serving the Lord as the Student Pastor at Bayou City Fellowship 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 volunteers with middle and high school students through a community youth ministry passionately sharing the saving message of Jesus. He simply loves hanging with them! He is a lifelong athlete and outdoorsman who believes strongly in the impact coaches, teams, and competition can have on youth.