Tom and Emma Henry with Appalachian Mountain Leadership (AML), a ministry based in Boone NC, which facilitates Christian outdoor adventure experiences for groups that encourage spiritual growth, community development and leadership development.  In addition to providing programming for groups such as childrens’ homes, scout groups and Young Lives (division of Young Life ministering to teen moms), AML is comitted to being a Christian presence in the adventure community and industry. They partner with organizations such as Solid Rock Climbers for Christ in hosting outreach events and regularly “climb on mission.”  The Henrys joined Ascend in the Fall of 2015. Tom, serves as Director of Leadership Development and Emma serves as a guide and counselor. Tom has worked in the field of outdoor education and facilitations for six years; Emma has a degree in, as well as a deep passion for, Outdoor Education.

Matt and Jenny Williams who work as missionaries to university students at IUPUI (an Indiana University) and reach out to international students at the college.  Matt was born and raised in South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University.  His college years are when God grabbed his heart.  After graduation he spent a year overseas in Slovakia, located in Eastern Europe, interning with Cru.  That year showed him many things.  One, that college students really do have an impact on the future of their country.  Two, that the need for laborers is great in many places. Seven years later, he still loves that he has the opportunity to work with the Lord in teaching colleges students, building their faith, and sending them to impact the word with the gospel. His roles on the Indianapolis Metro team include working with Athletes in Action and Butler, discipling student leaders at IUPUI and reaching out to international students.  Matt married Jenny Lichtenheld on July 12, 2014 and they have a son, Caleb.

Steve and Stephanie Bredesen in Nakalanda, Uganda, who are directors of Eagle’s Nest Clinic and Eaglet’s Primary School.  Please read all about the Bredesen’s work in Uganda by clicking here.






Ben and Jenny Reyes have ministered in Brazil and Paraguay since their marriage in 1989.  They have two sons, Phillipe and Mathias.  They Reyes work locally in discipleship, leading Inductive Bible Study seminars and teaching on the subjects of church planting, mission to Muslim, mission in the local church and effective short-term mission trips.