Protectors'

Peak

Board of Directors

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Richard Abbey lives in Kootenai County, Idaho with his wife of over 20 years and has three children. He has two daughters at home and his oldest son is currently serving in the Army. He is active in ministry and is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for the military and first responders. Richard  served his country in the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division and is a Desert Storm combat veteran. He is a small business owner and entrepreneur working as a land developer.

David Lindahl lived overseas in Asia for five years teaching English at a university.  He also worked for three years with InterVarsity as a campus staff worker with international students.  David holds a BA in Youth Ministries from Bethel University, a BS in Elementary Education, and a MAED from Lee University.  He has a son, Dawson, and a daughter, Bergen.  Currently, David lives in Fargo, North Dakota with his lovely wife, Erica.

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Kurt Bramer has three decades of experience as a paramedic retiring as the Deputy Chief/Emergency Manager of Hennepin County Medical Services.  He is an adjunct professor at Bethel University and has over 20 years of teaching experience at the college level.  Kurt has extensive experience leading first responders and is also active as a contractor and entrepreneur.

John was a police officer in Illinois and Minnesota for over 24 years.  During his time in law enforcement, John was a patrol officer, field training officer, SWAT team member, evidence manager and event coordinator.  John retired as Lieutenant in August of 2018.

John earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1988 and later earned his master’s degree in Public Safety Administration and Education from the University of St. Thomas in 2003.

John is now owner of a financial practice and is part of Valor Group – Thrivent.  Their mission is to improve the financial wellness and retirement strategies of those who serve and their families.  

John lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with his lovely wife, Leah.  They have two children, Nick, who lives in Minneapolis and Mira who is still in school.  John’s family brings him great joy and were an oasis of stability during his law enforcement career.  Christ is at the center of all and John is committed to helping others find rest and solace in Him. 

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Pastor Don Manning grew up in a rural community near Spokane Washington named Valleyford. There, he attended the Valleyford Community Church with his family from age 6 into adulthood. It was at vacation Bible school at that church that he first gave himself to Jesus Christ.

Don met his future bride Gaylene while they both attended Spokane Community College. They married in 1988, and eventually raised 2 daughters and a son together. Don worked as a deputy sheriff and served in the Army, then the Air National Guard. He retired from the National Guard in 2009, followed by the  Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in 2014. 30 days after that, Don and Gaylene moved to La Pine Oregon as Village Missionaries, serving this community as the pastor of La Pine Community Church.

 

Don attended the Oregon State Public Safety Chaplain’s Academy in 2018. He currently provides part time volunteer chaplain services for southern Deschutes and northern Klamath counties when requested by law enforcement or fire agencies. 

Don holds an A.A.S. in criminal justice, a Bachelor’s in religion/Biblical studies, and is currently studying towards a certificate in pastoral counseling.

Nate Harder is the director of Protectors' Peak.  He has served in law enforcement for over two decades holding positions as a police officer, field training officer, police trainer, detective, SWAT team member and leader, SWAT commander, Street Crimes officer, and his current position of Chief of Police.  He is a former Marine and has been married to his wife, Becky, for twenty four years.  Nate has been blessed with four beautiful daughters who bring him joy. Nate's vision and passion is serving our servants and connecting them to Jesus Christ through solace, rest, and the beauty of creation.

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Becky Harder is the co-founder and associate director of Protectors' Peak. Her previous job experience involved working with children and families as an elementary and preschool teacher, children's pastor, coordinator of a parent mentor program, and currently as the executive director of a youth mentoring program. Becky's most cherished and treasured time was being a stay at home mom and taking care of her four daughters. She has been married to her husband Nate for twenty four wonderful years. She understands the challenges and joys of being a law enforcement family and all that it entails. Her passion is to see God move in the lives of those who are hurting and are ready to receive His healing, grace, and love.

Brett Westbrook is a Minnesota native who loves to say that he once lived in Texas.  Brett graduated from Bethel University where he met Nate Harder and Becky (Mott) Harder and they formed a friendship beginning in 1992. 

 

Armed with a degree in teaching Spanish and coaching high school sports, Brett’s calling to police work rang loud only 3 years into his teaching career.  Brett joined the Arlington, TX police department where he served as a Spanish translator for the midnight shifts, became a defensive tactics instructor and then moved into the gang unit working with Spanish-speaking gangs.  He and Nate Harder continued their friendship in Arlington as their young families grew up together.  

 

The Westbrook family moved back to Minnesota in 2004 after Brett’s wife, Angie, became ill with Lyme disease.  Brett entered the MN State Patrol Trooper Candidate School and successfully graduated and continues to serve as a state trooper.  He has assumed the roles of: mentor, defensive tactics instructor, Spanish instructor, canine handler, criminal interdiction instructor and is currently assigned to the State Capitol security detail.  Brett has also coached high school hockey for much of his professional career and continues to apply his coaching skills to a high school girls’ hockey team. 

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Matt McClay was born and raised in the northern suburbs of St. Paul MN.  He attended Bethel University, graduating with a degree in Accounting and Finance.  He went on to continue his education back at Bethel Seminary.  Matt completed his Master of Divinity concentrating in Pastoral Care and Marriage and Family Therapy.  After all of that he ended up in a career in software sales.  Matt currently resides in Mounds View, Minnesota with his wife and three kids.