Wilderness Ministry Advocate and Author to Speak at Greenville University

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Wilderness Ministry Advocate and Author to Speak at Greenville University

Ashley Denton, director of the Wilderness Ministry Institute and chief operations officer of Nexus International, a global leader in student ministry development, will visit Greenville University April 8 to share his passion for and insight about the wilderness experience.

DentonHe will speak on “The Sleeping Bag and the Riddle: Wilderness and Our Soul’s Deepest Desires” in chapel at 9:30 a.m. in Whitlock Music Center. A 3:30 p.m. colloquium sponsored by the Zahniser Institute will feature his presentation “Wilderness for Everyone Everywhere: The Relationship Between Wilderness and Closeness With God” in Snyder Hall, Room 104. Both events are free and open to the public.

Denton is the author of Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory and Practice and The Personality of Jesus: How to Introduce Young People to Jesus Christ and Help Them Grow in Their Faith.

He holds a doctorate in missions and cross-cultural studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a master’s in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s in landscape architecture from University of Arizona. 

His unique ministry has touched persons in over 62 countries by encouraging and equipping leaders of indigenous peoples with skills to introduce young people to Jesus Christ through relational youth ministry mixed with outdoor adventure. 

In addition to his roles with Wilderness Ministry and Nexus, he currently serves as a volunteer pastor at Mountain View Community Church and as professor of outdoor leadership at Denver Seminary and Colorado Christian University.

Denton resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his wife Becky and their five children.

Learn More

Keeping the Wild in Wilderness-The Nation Celebrates Zahniser’s Work
Wilderness Writings and Adventures
Alive and Thriving: GU’s Unique Wilderness Heritage
The Wilderness Experience

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This story was published on March 18, 2019

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