I began my journey with RFC in 2003 as a chaplain and the Region 5 director. It was a big leap of faith for me: stepping into my first full-time ministry job and working with an organization to which I’d had very limited exposure. But God had opened the door for this to happen and made it abundantly clear this was where I was headed!
One of the things that is different about the director’s role with RFC is that they must raise their own funding; it’s very similar to a missionary’s role with their sending mission agency. For most people, that’s a tremendous act of trust in God’s provision! But my wife Kam and I were all in – the Lord had already prepared our hearts and minds to move into a position that required us to raise the financial support to fund our role in the ministry.
RFC’s structure has seven regional directors and two ministry directors who oversee the ministry throughout North America. Depending on people who are ready to dive headlong into the faith-filled venture of support raising has created challenges for RFC as we’ve sought to find full-time directors, and we currently have two RD positions to fill.
After spending seven years as the director for Region 5, I stepped away from RFC to concentrate on the growing ministry at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. It wasn’t until I connected with Eddie Baugher, our current Executive Director, that I was drawn back into working for Team RFC. This began as a part-time position as the training director before I moved into my current full-time role as field ministry director. Region 1 (the northeast part of the U.S. & Canada) is without a director at present, and I’ve also been filling in as the interim director there until the Lord brings the right person for the job.
The chaplain role is probably my favorite part of working with RFC. It is such a blessing to know that God has prepared and called me to minister in His Name! Being able to serve the drag racing community as a chaplain for the last two decades is something that I truly cherish.
Over the years, I’ve seen countless lives changed by the transforming power of the Gospel. I’ve seen those who had previously walked away from their faith find grace in Jesus Christ, and I’ve watched drivers walk away from crashes where that didn’t look possible. On the flip side, I’ve witnessed the power of God’s love touch the grieving families of those who have been seriously injured or killed while racing. There are so many stories…because God is always there and always active!