Ruedi’s call to leadership and men’s discipleship was realized in an Alaskan cabin while ministering to Eskimo boys during a Bible camp in the wilderness – accessible only by airplane. He wanted to be a pilot growing up, and went to college prepared to enter the mission field. The experience in the Alaskan wilderness coupled with lessons learned from several key mentors led him to instead seek experience in men’s leadership development.
After college, he entered the field of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance- flying drones as a military contractor. His field experience includes deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the high desert of California (it counts, trust me) in support of US Special Operations Forces.
He grew up in a family that loves the outdoors, including years spent rock climbing, hunting, and practicing mountain man bushcraft. He is a Multi-Engine Instructor Pilot, A&P Mechanic, and certified in Search and Rescue. He continues to share these skills and enjoyment of the outdoors to his wife and daughter in Longview, TX. He is a huge airplane geek and currently a university professor of unmanned aircraft systems.