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.

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 Stanger is a financial associate with Thrivent Financial.  Prior to his career with Thrivent, John spent over 24 years in law enforcement.  He has worked for Woodstock, Illinois Police Department as a patrol officer for two years.  In 1996, John joined the Prior Lake Police Department in Minnesota where he served for over 22 years, retiring in August 2018 as Lieutenant.  During that time, he was a patrol officer, field training officer, SWAT team member, evidence manager, and event coordinator.

 

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

 

John's experiences in law enforcement in addition to his passion to help those who work in public safety have shaped his mission to improve the financial wellness and the retirement strategies of those who serve and their families. 

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 three 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.

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 three 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.