We’re HigherTrek and we love investing in the next generation of Christian leaders.
At HigherTrek, we believe all young men are lovable, valuable, and capable assets in the Kingdom of God.We’re pretty much obsessed with helping them become the men God created them to be. Since spiritual maturity can’t be achieved without emotional health, our approach to discipleship begins with the culture we create: where everything is confidential and guys who come to our experiences rarely know each other when they apply. Our small group discipleship model blends adventure and fun with a curriculum that addresses the challenges young men face as they transition into adulthood.
We’re a non-denominational ministry for college-aged guys. The most visible aspect of our ministry is the two-week adventure discipleship experiences we host. What is less seen is the months of preparation we walk guys through before they arrive at HigherTrek, and the follow-up we facilitate after; launching them back into their local churches, pairing them with mentors, and offering shorter alumni programs annually. We also partner with other like-minded organizations (like the Global Commerce Network and Freedom Fight) to continue the investment in our alumni. Meanwhile, our staff are engaged in grassroots ministries in their cities. Our focus has always been and will always be helping young men own and grow their faith.
Christian Postel | Executive Director
I want all young men to have the opportunity to experience discipleship in a way that ignites their faith and leads them to really following Jesus for a lifetime. This ministry changed my life in my early twenties and I’m honored to still be a part of what God has been doing through HigherTrek ever since.
I’m in my eighth year on staff with HigherTrek and I’m reminded now more than ever that the local church will be the primary vehicle by which the world gets changed. In order for that to happen we need spiritually healthy families, and to have spiritually healthy families we need spiritually mature men. I invest my life into this ministry because the investment made in me during HigherTrek didn’t just help me out a little then fade away, it is having a generational impact on my family. This happened not because of revelatory content but because of an environment that fostered trust, vulnerability and acceptance.
It feels crazy to think the first disciples were in their teens and early 20’s when they started following Jesus, but it shouldn’t. No wonder four of the five great mission movements in history were started by college students. Historically, young men have a track record of changing the world. Being a part of HigherTrek means being a part of equipping young men for a life of discipleship, to change the world.
I’m married to Meredith (way outkicked my coverage) and we have a three-year-old daughter. Our family enjoys being outside as much as we can and soaking in the best Kentucky has to offer, from local outreach at our church to horse farms and UK sports.
And for the obligatory stuff: I earned a BA in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Franklin College and after spending a year working with a local Rescue Mission, felt led to drop out of seminary to start working alongside our founder, Chuck Wenger, with HigherTrek. It’s been a privilege and I’m thrilled about where God is leading this ministry as we move forward.
Bill Their | Director of Programming
Hey Christian here again. I’m writing Bill’s bio because our Communications Committee gave me a deadline and Bill is fishing in the Atlantic Ocean with a group of guys right now. Not sure who does discipleship on a fishing boat but I can’t blame him for wanting to get out of Kansas.
Bill joined our team in 2018 after working in college ministry in Big 12 country and after seeking the lost overseas, reaching high caste Hindus on college campuses in Calcutta. He is a great disciple maker because he loves Jesus and he is great at relationships.
I’ve had the honor of watching Bill lead with vulnerability; he knows how to harvest a culture of transparency, honesty, and accountability and he’s an asset in the Kingdom and on our team. Bill is especially good at challenging guys and helping them cast vision for their lives as they dream big and transition into adulthood.
As he leads Bible studies and facilitates conversations, Bill is masterful at knowing when to speak and when to listen. He has a heart for the lost and a desire to see God glorified among the nations, which makes him a natural at helping guys draw connections between everyday discipleship and God’s heart for the entire world.
A big motivating factor in Bill choosing to come to work with HigherTrek was knowing the impact he could have on young men as a sender – sending guys into their spheres of influences equipped with the tools to replicate their faith no matter the context of their lives.
Bill is from Great Bend Kansas and currently lives in Wichita where he’s active in his local church, participating in and leading discipleship groups. He is a Kansas State alumnus and 2015 HigherTrek alumnus. In addition to fishing, Bill enjoys playing and watching sports, especially the Chicago Cubs. I’m proud to call him a dear friend.
Board of Directors
Pastor Mike Van Rees Spiritual Director
Scott Adams Chairman
Alan Wells Vice Chairman
Kirt Eldgredge Spiritual Director
Ross Kelderman Treasurer / Secretary 2005 brother
Christian Postel Executive Director 2009 brother
Dr. Eden Murad
Matt Joens 2005 brother
Dr. Aaron Goodwin 2007 brother
Sergio Voitenko 2008 brother
In 2004, six years after his wife passed away, Chuck Wenger noticed that the sons of business friends he’d made over the years were all of similar age and asking similar questions. Questions like who am I? What is God’s will for my life? What does it mean to be a disciple today? Can I really change the world?
Chuck saw an opportunity to disciple eager young men, and five from around the world were invited to his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He’d call the group Band of Brothers in Christ. They used God’s Word to find answers to the questions and challenges they faced and left with a life that was changed by the Word. After it was over, Chuck shared with his pastor that he thought it was a success. But God wasn’t done. Instead, Chuck’s pastor handed him a list of names for the next year’s program. From then on, Chuck determined that if God would provide the men to be discipled, he’d disciple them. He did just that.
For over ten years, Chuck worked with small groups of young men who desired to follow Christ totally. Young men who began with questions about faith were changed into fully devoted followers of Christ.
“I am led to invest in the lives of young men who will impact the world for Jesus Christ,” Chuck would say. And he had a history of making good investments. Over the last 34 years of his life Chuck successfully led c wenger group, the business he and his wife started after the nine years he worked for Billy Graham; Chuck had been led to Christ by George Wilson, the co-founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and soon after went to work with him.
By 2010 Chuck began formalizing a board of directors and Band of Brothers in Christ hired it’s first employee. The vision of using God’s Word to equip young men for a life of discipleship had taken shape. Under Chuck’s watch, Band of Brothers in Christ directly discipled 81 young men from more than nine countries and 20 states.
In December of 2015, surrounded by his five children, Chuck went home to be with the Lord. God used the faithful support of the Band of Brothers in Christ alumni, parents, and friends to continue moving the ministry forward. By 2018 programs were being hosted in four new states.
In 2019, due to an increase in the use of the name Band of Brothers in Christ by so many small groups, Bible Studies, and local ministries across the country, our board voted unanimously to change the name of the ministry to HigherTrek. New name, same vision and mission. Today, Chuck’s signature statement is as true as ever, “the best is yet to come!”