Rick Holland

Rick Holland is joining us for the 6th year at Ascend Camp. His dynamic preaching style and enthusiastic personality, as well as his clear and authentic preaching style continues to be a favorite for students at Ascend Camp. We are excited to welcome him back!

Rick was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee and became a christian in high school. He was a youth pastor in Georgia, Michigan, and spent 25 years in Sun Valley, California at Grace Community Church. In 2005, Rick founded the Resolved Conference. Currently, Rick is the Senior Pastor at Mission Road Bible Church in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Rick and his wife, Kim, have three sons whom have also attended Ascend Camp: Luke, John and Mark.

Dan Dumas

Dan Dumas is the CEO of Red Buffalo and presently serves as Special Advisor for Foster Care and Adoption to the Governor of Kentucky. Dan is a teaching pastor and elder at Crossing Church in Louisville, KY. He is passionate about all things leadership, adoption, expository preaching, biblical manhood and being an idea-generating, transformational and organizational leader. He is the author of Live Smart, the co-author of A Guide to Biblical Manhood and the editor of A Guide to Expository Ministry. Dumas served as a Senior Vice President from 2007 – 2017. He currently also serves as a special advisor to the President of Southern Seminary and Faculty member. Dan actively writes on Leadership and Preaching at his blog: Leaders Don’t Panic, and provides a variety of coaching and consulting for businesses, churches, and their leaders. Dan has served in a variety of ministry capacities in many local churches, including Executive Pastor at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. Prior to his time in ministry, Dan served in the US Navy as a search and rescue swimmer.

Dan is married to Jane and has two children: Aidan (14) and Elijah (8). He loves all things sports (especially water sports) and is an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting and fly fishing

Smedly Yates

Smedly Yates is a graduate of The Moody Bible Institute and The Master’s Seminary. He served as Pastor of Student Ministries at Community Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, from 2002-2008. Since 2008 he has served as a pastor at Grace Bible Church in Tempe, Arizona. He and his wife, Janet, have five kids and live in Chandler, Arizona.