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White Sulphur Springs welcomes transition coaching team this Fall

You’ve been serving your country, and are now preparing to transition from military service to a new season in life. And perhaps that desire is to move from career success to the significance of serving God as a faithful Kingdom finisher.

Ever wonder what’s next ahead—and how to go about getting there?

Join us 20-20 October at OCF’s White Sulphur Springs conference center. Transition and executive coaching team called Caleb Challenge will conduct a workshop to help like-minded military officers who are exiting the military to jump-start the essential planning process. Comprised of five retired senior officers, the team will provide attendees with perspective, experience, and biblically based insights to think through, discover, prayerfully plan and initiate their service to God in accordance with their unique equipping and calling.

Areas that will be explored include: discovering/clarifying personality, strengths, and experience; use of proven tools, models and methods, and building/executing a life plan that can be used indefinitely.

Space is limited to 30 participants. 

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Conference Details

What is it: Jump-start your planning process with perspective, experience, and biblically based insight principles from retired senior officers of the Caleb Challenge executive coaching team.

When: 20-22 October, 1800 hours Friday-1300 hours Sunday

Where: OCF’s White Sulphur Springs Conference Center, Manns Choice, PA

Pricing: Workshop fees: $150 individual / $225 couple if registered by September 22, $175 individual / $260 couple if registered after 22 September, $200 individual / $300 couple if registered after October 6

Meals and Lodging: double/triple occupancy ($166) – single occupancy $206

Space is limited: There’s only space for 30 participants in the workshop. For more info, call the WSS office: 814-623-5583.

Speaker Information

Pete-Peterson-mug-shotQuentin “Pete” Peterson

Pete Peterson is a strategic planner and analyst in the Strategic Studies Group at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics headquarters in Fort Worth, TX. Pete provides strategy and analysis support to Air Mobility programs and Aircraft Training programs, including the C-130J, the C-5M, and the T-X (T-38 replacement) program.

In his current role since 2008, Pete came to Lockheed following a 34-year career in the United States Air Force where he was a command pilot, instructor pilot, flight examiner, strategic airlift analyst and operations officer and accumulated over 4,100 flight hours in a variety of aircraft. Pete commanded a military airlift squadron, an operations group and an air mobility wing and held a variety of staff and joint staff assignments including Vice Commander, 18th Air Force, and Director of Operations, Air Mobility Command.

For over 40 years Pete has used his gifts of leadership and teaching in the local church to help men and women grow spiritually into the person God created them to be, to accomplish the work God called them to, and to finish their lives strong for the Lord. In his home church, he serves as an elder, leads the CareNet Board (a ministry providing support groups and lay counseling to men and women in emotional need), and teaches a men’s discipleship group.

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Pete grew up on a farm in Geneva, Nebraska. In 1973 he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and holds an Operations Research Master’s degree from Stanford University. Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2015, Pete and his wife, Pam, reside in Argyle, Texas. Daughters Cara and Brenna and son Chris are all married, and Pete and Pam are proud grandparents of seven grandchildren.


Ed-Hatch-mug-shotEd Hatch

Ed is a global leadership coach and collaboration consultant and has worked for nearly five years with Breakthrough Partners, a ministry with a mission to develop leaders in the hardest places in the world. Recently Ed has been contracted to increase the spiritual formation and leadership development capacity of an international Christian Relief and Development organization that delivers poverty solutions to people in 27 countries on three continents.

Retiring in 2009 after 30 years in the Air Force, Ed served the majority of his career as a Logistics Officer. His last 10 years involved working in key jobs in the Joint world where he led efforts and worked with others to help the military services improve and transform the way they deploy, employ and sustain forces together. He is a gifted teacher and has been continuously involved in various aspects of church leadership for over 43 years. His passion is to help people and organizations develop to their full-leadership capacity and be all they can be for the good of others to the glory of God.

Ed has Masters and Bachelors degrees in Bible and Theology. He is currently in the dissertation phase of a PhD in Organizational Leadership through Regent University researching the nature of leadership for human flourishing in a global community from a biblical perspective. He and his wife Joy celebrated 40 years of marriage in 2015; they have 3 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. Their three granddaughters and one grandson love to call them “Mamaw” and “Papaw”. After moving 17 times in 35 years they have put down roots in Newberg, OR.


Bob-Durfey-mug-shotBob Durfey

Bob Durfey is a Master Certified executive coach with Halftime ministries and has a passion to help others find their calling. “I had grown up backpacking in the Sierras, Whites and Olympic Mountain ranges”, Bob says. “Most of my ‘Life #1’ had been like a great hiking trip in a beautiful range of mountains, but the four years before I retired from the Coast Guard felt like I had been backpacking in a fog-filled valley, looking for the trailhead for the next mountain range to climb.” Bob is now 7 years into Life #2 and describes it as holding more adventure and blessing than any helicopter mission he ever flew. Bob has empathy for those who feel they are in the fog or needing rescue. His mission statement is to RESCUE LEADERS FROM SUCCESS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO BECOME VESSELS OF SERVICE!

In his 30 year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, Bob piloted ships, flew helicopter rescue missions, and mentored and equipped leaders. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Harvard University and the Air War College and held two major commands and served in several key operational leadership positions. His aircrews quickly responded to New York City and Washington D.C. on September 11th 2001, flying the first homeland security patrols since WWII. He tells a great story of a meeting with President Bush, taking the opportunity to bless him with a prayer.

Bob and his wife Carolyn, married 35 years, live near Boston, MA, and found the tools and coaching in their own transition very helpful in doing life as a family. Both of their children are serving the Lord and doing RESCUE work – Sarah (age 29) works against human trafficking; Joe (age 26) is an engineering officer in the Coast Guard.


James-Spencer-mug-shotJames W. “Bill” Spencer

Bill is a recent past National Representative for Focus on the Family where he served as a “lobbyist for the family” in their Public Policy division, advocating for pro-family and pro-life issues at state and local levels of government all across the country. Currently he is affiliate faculty in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies for Colorado Christian University teaching courses in Social Science, Business, and Christian Leadership. Bill was named the 2014 Outstanding Faculty of the Year for CCU’s Business and Technology Division.

Retiring after nearly 29 years in the Air Force he was a command pilot flying RF-4s and served in a variety of command and staff positions including a tour as publisher and editor of the US Air Force’s professional journal (now, Air & Space Power Journal). Bill is currently serving on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of The Brushfires Foundation, a Wisconsin non-profit that promotes proper stewardship of God’s design for human sexuality while countering the harmful cultural impacts of pornography addiction including human trafficking and individual brokenness.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Bill graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs, American Politics. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and a Master of Public Administration degree in Manpower Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California.

Celebrating 38 years of marriage in 2015 he and his wife Kathleen reside in Colorado Springs, CO. They have four wonderful children, a delightful son-in-law, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and two little girls in the world who call Bill “Grandpa”.


Lee-Deremer-mug-shotLee DeRemer

Dr. Lee DeRemer is the Director of LIFECYCLES, an urban teen ministry whose mission is to build young men of character in a Christ-centered bicycle touring adventure experience.

LIFECYCLES stands in the gap created by three generations of fatherlessness with spiritual growth, physical challenge, and life skills development in a mentoring environment. Lee’s leaders dare teens to look beyond their circumstances and dream of becoming the men God created them to be. Their motto: Saving lives by changing futures, one ride at a time.

During 26 years in the Air Force, Lee served operationally as a KC-135 pilot and commander a squadron, operations group and expeditionary operations group. He served on the Joint Staff, the Air Staff and at the Army War College as professor of strategic leadership and ethics. Lee is a member of his church’s leadership development team, an adjunct faculty member at York College of Pennsylvania, and a public speaker on the subject of identity and purpose in mid-life, and their power to inform a calling in the second half of life.

Lee holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Values-Driven Leadership from Benedictine University and Master’s degrees from the National War College, the Naval War College, and Central Michigan University. Lee is published on topics such as life transition, mid-life introspection, self-leadership, and ethics.

Lee lives in York, Pennsylvania with his wife, Marcie, of 32 years, and his mother-in law. They enjoy their son (Brady), their daughter (Becki) and their spouses tremendously. And, they are crazy about the life and love that abounds in their young granddaughter.

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