One thing that became reflectively clear to Shane when he started with YD Adventures was that there was not a lot of whitewater to experience growing up in Kansas. In fact his first day of whitewater rafting was his first day of whitewater guide training with YD. Starting as an intern in 2007, he has been the Staffing Manager at YD Adventures Washington since 2008 and since 2010 has also been the River Manager for our Washington base located at Stonewater Ranch. In that time he has paddled just over 6,000 miles! He is enthusiastically committed to his formal title of Lead Raft Dance Facilitator for the last 7 years.
Some things about Shane that are important to his story. He grew up in Kansas on a cattle ranch. He met Jesus for the first time through the great love of the people at a small country church, Grenola Christian Church. While nearly committing to Kansas State University, he felt led to attend and graduate from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. There he met his wife Kady and felt the strong urge of God to pursue vocational youth ministry.
He continues to be drawn to wilderness and adventure based youth ministry because of the newness and mystery of it. Mystery and wildness are essential to adventure. And our God is forever wild and mysterious. We cannot control or completely explain Him, and that is attractive! On our trips we are in a position of complete trust because there is so much we cannot control, and it forces us to look to the One that controls everything.
A motto that has permeated the life of Shane the last 10 years is, “Give it some heat!” It is motivation to leave nothing behind, not walking away and giving up, in relationships and ministry going for it! Kady and Shane have been married since 2003 and have 2 children. Malachi born in 2013, and Elsy born in 2015. Some things he enjoys: holding hands with his wife, parenting with her, playing legos with Malachi, dancing with Elsy, Virgil’s Root Beer, sports of all kinds, rooting for the KSU Wildcats, and nice juicy burgers!