Group Leaders

Lyle Richardson: A recharging of the soul happens on the trails, in the woods, on mountain tops and under the stars. Creation eagerly awaits the Sons of God to be revealed. It seems that the distance between God and man shrinks when we surround ourselves with His Creation. Lyle’s youth group experience was foundational to his spiritual development and he would like to carry on the tradition of mentoring the next generation. Lyle lives in Barrington, RI with his wife Kira and four children Isabella, Sophia, Lavontay, & Brody. He attends His Providence Church in Seekonk, MA where he is constantly challenged in his faith.

Todd Blount: Todd loves getting into the pace of a challenging hike. His experience as Director of the Leadership Development Program at Camp Brookwoods [Alton, NH] is a perfect foundation for Rhode Trip. Todd helps with the overall program, and leads Rhode Trip I. He lives in Barrington, RI with his wife Mindy and children; Nelson, Calvin and Eliza. Todd attends the Godspeed Fellowship.

Todd Denison: Todd grew up hiking the Adirondack Mountains and has always felt closest to God when he is outside in his creation. He has worked as a specialty paramedic for over 29 years and has been employed by Boston MedFlight for the last 18 years in their clinical and risk/safety departments. He is a member of numerous professional associations including Wilderness Medical Society, Association of Air Medical Services, and Association of Critical Care Transport. He has had many opportunities to deliver medical care in austere environments through international medical missions and disaster responses. He lives with his German shepherd Sherpa (his trail running buddy) in Hubbardston, MA. He attends Heritage Bible Chapel in Princeton, MA and is a mentor and a senior leader in their student ministry.

Mark Russell: Mark loves the challenge and excitement of the outdoors; and has a passion to see God use the challenge of outdoor camping experiences to drawn men to himself. Mark has experience as a middle school and high school youth group Leader, as well as a Counselor and Boat house Director at Camp Brookwoods [Alton NH]. Mark began camping and backpacking as a young boy with his father, he attained the rank of Life Scout and continues camping and hiking today with his own family. Mark will be on Bivouac this year and responsible for Spiritual Content and other parts of the program. Mark lives in Barrington, RI. With his wife Melissa and children; William and Adeline. He attends Godspeed Fellowship in Seekonk, MA.

Brian Booth: Brian enjoys being outside, with no walls to surround him. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed being in God's creation. Growing up in Central Massachusetts, his parents often brought him along on many hiking, canoeing, biking, sailing and fishing adventures. He worked many years in farming, starting at the early age of nine. He studied at Umass-Amherst, gaining both an associates and bachelors degree in pre-veterinary medicine. He is now a self-employed contractor. Brian attends Heritage Bible Chapel, in Princeton MA. He is involved with youth, co-leads the widows ministry and is leading the annual Guatemala missions trip. He is married to Lucinda with children Joshua, Kristen and Lindsay.

David Robson: David is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast who has hiked, camped and explored throughout the United States and Canada. He grew up attending a “rustic” church camp in the Catskills and was part of a church youth group that regularly took hiked and camped in the Adirondacks. He has taken backcountry trips to the Colorado and Canadian Rockies as well as hikes and outings throughout the southwest, northwest and of course New England. He enjoys the time for contemplation and prayer that a long hike can provide as well as the exposure to the Lord’s majesty and the splendor of His creation. David has been a part of the leadership of the Reformed Presbyterian youth camp in the Catskills of New York for 30 years, is currently one of its four Commissioners, and still attends with his family every summer. He is an Elder at Christ Reformed Presbyterian Church in East Providence, RI, and enjoys life and the Lord’s blessing with his wife of 20 years and their 3 children. And, he is the proud and happy father of 2 Rhode Trip participants.

Andy Norquist: Ever since participating in Boy Scouts as a lad, Andy has loved being outside. The further from civilization the better. He has led backpacking and snowshoeing trips throughout the White mountains, canoeing trips in the wild boundary waters of Northern Minnesota and camped on an isolated island in the Adirondacks. Andy works at Rhode Island School of Design in the Exhibitions office. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife Shannon and their three teenage children Angel, Luis and Honesty. Together they attend Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Wally Wildes: In Psalm 19:1-4 David speaks about God's Creation and how it proclaims the Glory for God. When I spend time observing the beauty of God’s handiwork through the mountains, lakes, oceans, forest, and open ranges; it brings me to a deeper place in my heart to worship God. I have been blessed to be in over 20 countries around the world and have seen the magnificence of God almighty in all these incredible places. I have a strong passion and desire to disciple young men who want to know Jesus and to live out His mission in their lives and being out in God's Creation can help facilitate this encounter with the Creator. It has been a blessing and honor to lead mission trips to Dominican Republic with high school age and adults over the last four years. My role as Regional Director for Marked Men for Christ has given me insights to Gods Grace and Love for all men who desire His Healing power and to live in Mission. I currently reside in Barrington and live with my wife Jane, Daughter Hayley, and son Brandon. We have been part of the His Providence church family in Seekonk, MA and it is such a blessing and privilege to be able to serve with Rhode Trip.

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