founders, President

Ryan and julie christian 

Ryan and Julie are the founders of Hideout Ministries. They live in North Carolina with their two daughters, Katie (20) and Jessica (18) and their beagle, “Tucker”. Ryan has been in full-time ministry for 23 years. He served as a youth pastor and worship leader for three years before he returned to Christian camping as the Executive Director of Quaker Ridge Camp and Conference Center for nine years. He then went on to become the Executive Director/Developer of Rainbow Falls Resort properties, a private fishing club. Currently they build homes to provide income for their family while serving with Hideout. Ryan and Julie have considered it a joy to serve in the local church. Ryan served as a shepherding elder and Julie as a listener,  teacher, and encourager to women. Through deep valleys and defining deserts Christ has carried this fragile family, breathing into them encouragement, hope, and their very life. One of the results has been a heart pounding passion to build "The Hideout" a small intimate retreat center for missionary couples. Here they desire to host and provide a safe environment for people to meet with Jesus and receive restoration for their souls. 

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Chairman of the Board

dave dunning

Dave Dunning served as Fluor Corporation's Executive Vice President for business development and strategy. In this role he led the company's sales, marketing, corporate affairs, government relations, and corporate strategic functions across all Fluor business lines globally. Previously, Dave served as SVP, business development for the power generation business, as well as in numerous executive and leadership roles within operations, strategic planning and sales. He has more than 41 years of direct global industry experience including 38 years of service with Fluor. 

Dave served as the chairmen for Fluor's corporate sales board, and was a member of the executive management team. He also served on the following Fluor committees: real estate, investment/mergers and acquisitions, Fluor/global benefits committees, the Fluor foundation, and the construction board. He currently sits on the board of directors of Fluor's nuscale small modular reactor entity, and recently vacated his seat on the United States Energy Association BOD, the North American Advisory Board for Schneider Electric, and the Foundation Board for East Stroudsburg University. 

He is a member of Church at Charlotte and married to Chris with three daughters and seven grandchildren. 



board member

Bruce mcdonald

Bruce and his wife Beverly have been in full time ministry for over 45 years. Bruce began this adventure as a youth pastor then college pastor before they became missionaries with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. (ABWE) They began their ministry as church planters and then in 1987 they started a ministry for professional athletes where Bruce served as the Chaplain for the Philidelphia 76ers basketball team.  Their next assignment was in Colorado where they are currently involved in Coach Ministries. Bruce and Bev help encourage and support missionaries and pastors in their walk of faith and their service for God. Bruce is an author and speaker who travels around the world to feed hungry souls with the word of God.

They have three children and four grandchildren.

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board member

Mike Shafer

Mike Schafer has served in pastoral ministry for over 35 years.  For almost three decades he was the senior pastor for various churches in West Texas.  In 2008 Mike and his wife Sandy took an 8-year break from local church ministry to serve as retreat leaders for SonScape Retreats in Colorado and Tennessee.  In this role, they were pastoring those in full-time ministry through teaching, counseling, and coaching.  In the summer of 2016 Mike returned to local church ministry and is currently a pastor in Plainview, Texas.

Mike’s passion has always been growing spiritually healthy churches that reach the lost and have a kingdom impact on their community.  Mike’s ministry has been greatly shaped by a life-changing journey he experienced with God while in his thirties.  During a week-long spiritual retreat, the Holy Spirit revealed to Mike some deeper issues in his soul that were greatly affecting his personal life and his ministry.  Since that time Mike has been passionate about getting people to look below the surface of their lives to see what God wants to do in the depths of their souls. 

The Schafer’s have been married over 35 years and have two sons and two grandchildren.