These are the men who serve on staff as members of the Triarii (instructors) or in other leadership capacities in the organization
Executive Director, Triarii
Tim’s passion for fusing leadership, discipleship, and adventure drove him to start Ironcenturion in 2014. (Read that story here.)
He served as a US Army combat engineer officer in the Texas National Guard where he led men & learned the art of using C-4 to creatively reshape walls and bridges. Before leaving the Guard he served as the Senior Platoon Trainer at the rigorous Texas Officer Candidate School.
He now works as an engineer for a defense firm developing aircraft to keep our nation and our allies safe.
Tim’s enjoyment of the outdoors was cultivated with his dad and brother in the Boy Scouts of America where he earned the rank of Eagle.
In his free time he enjoys making sawdust and is progressively getting better at finishing projects he starts.
Tim and his wife Angela live in Fort Worth with their three children.
Operating Officer, Triarii
Michael’s heart for ministering to men was instilled by his father. Michael’s dad worked through “Raising a Modern Day Knight: A father’s Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood” by Robert Lewis. In college, Michael helped bring Lewis’ Men’s Fraternity to campus as a ministry to the guide the young men at LeTourneau University. (This is a key element in the story of Ironcenturion too. Read that story here.)
Growing up, Michael lived as a missionary in Russia in the mid-90s. Travelling to new lands starting at the age of 10 helped build his sense of adventure.
Just after college, Michael and two friends Kayaked 850 miles of the Mississippi River. Paddling all the way from Illinois to New Orleans. There’s a full write up here for those who like details.
Michael enjoys time in the outdoors, working on his Jeep, and photography.
He and his wife Melissa live in Dallas.
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 kids. He is a huge airplane geek and currently a university professor of unmanned aircraft systems.
Ruedi and his wife, Whitney, live in Longview, Texas with their three children.
Shortly after graduating College, Justin felt called to enlist in the National Guard and saw it as a mission field in order to share the Word of God with his brothers-in-arms.
Justin is a patriot and defender of the Constitution. He is an expert marksman and has a passion for training others on the use of weapons and small arms. While not training or working, Justin enjoys mountain biking, hiking, shooting, coffee, and Jesus.
Justin serves faithfully as a leader in his church. He met his wife Brittany on a mission trip to Alaska in 2012. They currently live in Fayetteville, NC where they are raising two children and will be returning to Texas- Lord willing, if he ever graduates from the prestigious Fort Bragg School for Wayward Boys.
Executive Board Member, Triarii
After college, Levi commissioned as an Army Aviation Officer and was trained as a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter pilot. He deployed to Afghanistan, Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, and Alaska. After eight years of active duty he transitioned to serving in the National Guard where he currently still serves.
He is passionate about discipleship- starting in his own home, leading worship, and developing other men through the experiences God has led him through.
Born and raised in Texas, he married to his high school sweetheart, Allison. They live in Houston with their two children.
Executive Board Member
Tyler’s heart for disciple-making came from seeing the way older men poured into his life as a teenager. The power of Scripture and its impact on his life came alive during those adolescent years as he witnessed the Body of Christ live out its mission to make disciples and teach them to obey the teachings of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20).
Since then, Tyler has been a volunteer with multiple youth ministries over the years and he and his wife, Lianna, helped start the youth program at a church plant in the northern suburbs of Illinois that they attended for five years. He also has enjoyed leading worship for church small groups and Bible studies with coworkers.
Tyler has been a supporter of the Ironcenturion mission early on, but after moving to Texas with his wife and daughter in 2019 got to experience it first-hand for himself–and was hooked. He’s enjoyed being outdoors, learning new survival skills, getting hit by airsoft bullets (sort of), and most importantly seeing a group of Christian brothers pour into each others’ lives with the truths of Scripture and through prayer.
Tyler and his family live in the Chicago area where you can often find him in his backyard at night taking photographs of the cosmos with his telescope.
John “Kling” Klingseisen
Wherever King goes he sees it as an opportunity to lead. He started his career as an elementary educator before joining the Texas Army National Guard where he earned his commission as an officer. He is still serving in the guard as the platoon leader for a Special Forces support company.
In addition to his commitment to leadership and excellence in all things, he is bold about sharing his faith wherever he goes. King and his wife Amber actively serve in their local church and are raising two kiddos in the Austin area.