Born in Corvallis, Oregon, Ryan Huguley grew up in a Christ centered home. At the sweet age of six Jesus saved him at a Sunday night service. Since his dad was in the military, he moved from Oregon to California and finally to South Dakota for his high school years. Ryan attended RC Christian and was known for his stellar athletic skills and ability to make friends easily. After graduation in 1999, Ryan attended Trinity International University and Moody Bible Institute. In 2005 he married his wife Tami and they now have three beautiful children, Ava, Ryder and Lincoln.
In 2009 he planted Redemption Bible Church in Arlington Heights, IL with a handful of friends where he served as Lead Pastor for seven years. In March of 2016 Ryan packed up and moved to Hickory, NC where he became the Senior Pastor of Hickory Harvest Bible Chapel. They are a diverse bunch doing their best to make as many disciples of Jesus as possible in their region. Ryan also uses his website ryanhuguley.com to help people pursue Jesus through his blog and as host of #InTheRoom podcast.
Michelle (Haisch) Wootten
Michelle (Haisch) Wootten attended Rapid City Christian from 2000 until she graduated in 2006. Called to missions at a young age, the Lord used this time at RC Christian to strengthen her relationship with Him and prepare her to become a missionary. After graduation she attended Bethany Global University where she learned how to serve cross culturally through classes and a 16-month internship in Thailand. After graduating with a BA in Intercultural Studies and Bible and Theology she met and married her husband Grant, and they returned together to Thailand to live and serve long-term. During her first few years in Thailand Michelle volunteered at an at-risk children’s center, taught English to children in a hilltribe slum, and worked with an organization that sent her into the red-light district to be the light of Jesus. Shortly before the birth of their daughter Journey, Michelle and her husband moved to the small city of Sukhothai where they have been disciple-making and are partnering with the local Thai church to bring Christian English teachers into the public schools as ambassadors of Christ.See her acceptance speech here, https://youtu.be/3RXhnFHt7dg .
Laura (Jones) Bryan
Trevor and Laura have started their own business, Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch. They have purchased a small ranch/ B&B and moved out by Custer State Park where they will be having guests stay with them for an all inclusive vacation. Guests will enjoy horseback riding, kayaking, fishing and hiking. This was something God put on Laura’s heart many years.
Jeremiah 29:11 …For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord”, Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Alexa (Maxwell) Eike
After graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from SDSM&T, I moved to Cedar Rapids, IA, to work full-time for Rockwell Collins. I fell in love and married a farmer which changed my plans of ever heading back West again! After we had our 3rd child, I hung up my engineering hat to be a full-time mother. God has blessed us with 4 awesome kids. We continue to run our farm – our kids are 4th generation Eike on this land.
In Memory of Kari Jo Bratager
ENGLEWOOD, COLO. | Kari Jo Bratager was born Aug. 21, 1976, to Arlen ”Chip Bradley” and Lila Bratager in Rapid City, SD. Kari passed away Oct. 6, 2014, after a hard fought battle with cancer.
She went to Rapid City Christian School from the seventh grade through high school, graduating with honors in 1995. She then went to Colorado Christian University where she received her bachelor’s degree in 2000, graduating Magna Cum Laude, with two majors in Theater and Youth Ministries. After several years as a preschool teacher, and working with Denver ACTS, a theater group that worked with inner city children, she decided to return for her Masters degree in Counseling at Denver Seminary, again graduating Magna Cum Laude. She so loved working as a teacher of small children that she remained at Bethany Early Childhood Center, working part time for the last seven months of her life.
She will be greatly missed by her family and hundreds of friends and students that she left behind in Denver.