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About Us

Project Forty is a unique wilderness and discipleship ministry operating out of Flint, MI.  The vision for Project Forty was birthed out of a personal calling, not derived from any particular church or denomination.  Its goal is to disciple students through adventure and meaningful relationships to promote personal growth within their family and local church body.  It is not a ministry to replace the local church ministry, but rather to enhance one’s ability to learn and grow under the authority of their parents, pastors, and mentors.

To use wilderness adventures to provide unforgettable experiences that reveal the character of God and provide biblical discipleship for teens and young adults.  Families, students and youth leaders alike will be challenged spiritually, emotionally, and relationally as they learn new skills and wander outside their comfort zones.

To see teens and young adults passionately pursue their walk with God, value the stillness of creation in the midst of a technological society, and lead their communities in character impacting the world for the Kingdom of God one relationship at a time.

These guided wilderness experiences are designed to focus on basic human needs of students, while revealing God’s design for our relationship with our Creator.  Instructors have the opportunity to build meaningful and productive relationships with their students and use group dynamics to challenge focused characteristics.  Wilderness ministry acts as a catalyst for intentional follow-up that builds community and perpetual growth.  Project Forty believes and promotes a relationship with God is the focal point of these deliberate steps toward healthier bonds between students, leaders and within the family unit.

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Matt has worked with teens and parents since 1997. His experience encompasses working through a large local church, Young Life Ministries, and as a Senior Life Coach at a residential treatment children’s home called Promise Village. He has received extensive ongoing training since 2005, with a focus on his Life Coaching of troubled and struggling teens/families. He has a B.A. in Youth Ministry from William Tyndale College and his expertise as a climber has grown over many years, leading him to becoming a Single Pitch Instructor through the American Mountain Guide Association. Matt also maintains a certification of Wilderness First Responder to make sure that safety is prominent in all that he does. He was a mountain guide for teens for several years, a spring outdoor educator, and has been guiding interns with Jen, leading expeditions for them on ice and rock climbing trips for many years. He practices the disciplines of traditional and sport climbing as well as leading on ice.
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Jen started climbing in 2005 and her love for and expertise in climbing has grown immensely. She has also guided interns on ice and rock climbing trips. Jen has been doing social work professionally for over ten years since graduating with her BSW from the University of Michigan. As a full time mother of three boys and now, Jen continues to support not only her family full time, but has a heart for the lost and hurting. She never misses an opportunity to write a quick message, text or even write a song of encouragement to continue to build community outside of the professional work force.
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