Rick D’Atre

Program Manager & Medical Instructor, Stonewater

About Rick D’Atre

I first heard about Youth Dynamics at an Urbana Missions Conference in 1996. My wife and I decided to come out as Summer Staff the following summer with the intent of becoming full-time staff. That summer wasn’t without its struggles and disappointments, but it was the heart of the team we got to work with that led us to return home, raise our financial support, and move from the east coast the next summer. It is the heart that has kept us here ever since.

Author and theologian Howard Thurman says, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

What makes me come alive is taking people on experiences they might otherwise not be able to do on their own, sharing the wonder of God’s creation, and providing opportunities for restoration through encountering the Spirit of God.

I have a long history of enjoying the outdoors, from being an Eagle Scout to involvement in SAR through SWVaMRG in Blacksburg to guiding backpacking and canoe trips in the Adirondacks with Gordon College’s LaVida program. Wilderness ministry became the natural combination of the things I love to do and the relationship I found with Jesus in high school.

Outside of my administrative responsibilities, I love training staff and equipping them to be effective guides and able to take advantage of opportunities to share the Gospel and impact students spiritually.

Although I may not be getting much use out of my electrical engineering degree, I am an instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates, a snowmobile guide and trainer, and a volunteer on the local ambulance. I have guided trips in the Adirondacks, the White Mountains, the Olympic Peninsula, and other locations around Washington State. Those trips have included canoeing, backpacking, winter ski/camping, rock climbing, and low/high challenge courses. In a non-guide capacity, I have also done the Lower Salmon, Owyhee, and Tieton rivers.

Oh, and I have five amazing kids!

Contact Info

(509) 763-3161 x110