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.
He 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.
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.
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