To implement a Christian-based wilderness program through which teenaged boys advance on their journey in becoming capable, Christ-centered men. Through the experiences of wilderness canoeing, big game hunting and winter adventures along with biblical discussions about masculinity, teens will obtain outdoor skills, confidence, and an understanding of what a Christian man is.
We introduce teenage boys to wilderness adventure, teaching them outdoor skills and discussing Christian masculinity through the following trips:
On these trips, biblically-based discussions are held to help these young men begin to answer the following questions:
We’re seeking boys ages 12-17 with an active Christian life (such as regularly attending a Christian church, youth group, youth camps, etc.) who are one of the following:
The journey to manhood is fraught with mistaken information, values, and actions. On any wilderness experience that’s new, having a guide to show the way is critical. Our trips pair each teen with a mentor. Mentors preferably are the teen’s father figure, be they biological or family friend. Teens needing a mentor will be provided one (please contact us for information on the detailed background check/vetting process used in selecting mentors).
Of Mountains & Men is dedicated to making your donations directly impact the young men in need. Your tax-deductible contribution is gratefully used in several ways:
Of Mountains & Men is an IRS-certified 501c3. Our Board of Directors adheres to the organization’s By Laws.
The ministry was founded by and is led by its Director, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Steve Osterholzer. Steve served as a US Army Officer for more than 26 years, including teaching at the United States Military Academy at West Point. With more than 50 years experience in the outdoors, he’s led more than 60 wilderness canoe trips and over 100 big game hunts, guiding both family/friends and as a professional hunting guide. Dedicated to his family, he’s earned 3 Master’s Degrees and has been published in more than 15 hunting/Christian magazines. “Christ In Me, The Hope of Glory.” (Colossians 1:27).
Youth Group Outreach
Joel’s the father of 6 children, including three foster kids whom he and his wife Amy felt the Lord calling them to adopt. He’s a career firefighter with many years of hunting and fishing experience, including several adventurous years in Alaska. Joel’s guided youth to success on previous ministry hunts and is passionate about serving youth.
Paul and his wife Megan have three young children. Paul served his country as an Infantryman in the US Army, including a combat tour in Afghanistan. An avid hunter and Boundary Waters veteran, Paul graduated with a degree in Forestry from Michigan State University.
Joel, a husband to Molly, father to two boys and follower of Jesus, thrives on spending time in God’s great outdoors where he finds refreshment while hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and gardening. Joel has spent a great deal of his life serving children and youth through various ministries and church groups. Joel believes that God created humans with a deep need for adventure but we must fight to make the time for it.
Prayer Lead/Special Projects
Jesse and his wife Hannah have dedicated their lives to helping others. Hannah’s a midwife and Jesse focuses his huge heart on raising their 4 children and Of Mountains & Men. Jesse’s the veteran of several wilderness canoeing trips and is a successful deer hunter.
Ben is an avid outdoorsman, father (2 kids), and husband. His wife Janae and family run a small resort in northern Minnesota and also does carpentry and property management. Ben grew up in a foster family for 20 years and enjoys helping troubled youth. He did 10 years of Bible study at the county jails, and is involved with hosting a men’s Bible study with area churches.
William (BJ) Rice was born and raised in a small town (pop. < 1,000) in Montana. Hunting and the outdoors has always been a part of his life. He graduated college from the US Military Academy at West Point. He then went to graduate school before completing another 14 years on Active Duty in the US Army with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. God then led his family to New Mexico where they have a chance to explore the outdoors on a regular basis.
Chad and his wife Holly have two sons and one daughter. Chad enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors, camping, boating, fishing and hunting. He has a passion to help young men understand the fulfilling call from God to be in the outdoors, not only with his sons but also with several of their friends. He has served on may local boards within and for the church. He spends his work days running a development company and building homes.