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Board of Directors

  • Forrest Head (chair) – BigLife (Blue Mountain, GA)
  • Ashley Ferrell (treasurer) – Faulkner, Mackie, & Cochran, P.C. (Nashville, TN)
  • DB – GameLife (Somewhere in Asia…)
  • Chuck Yungkurth – Raytheon (Huntsville, AL)
  • Joey Garner – Samaritan’s Purse (Boone, NC)
  • Ryan Wade – Crossgates Church (Brandon, MS)


Blazing Trees Executive Team


James founded Blazing Trees in December 2016. He is passionate about serving leaders and their teams. His greatest joy is encouraging and journeying alongside leaders through changing life seasons and spiritual warfare.




Chief of Development & Communicationshal lentz

Born and raised in Southern California, Hal Lentz came to Christ during the Jesus Movement of the early 1970’s. For eighteen years he served as youth pastor and senior pastors in churches in California and Oregon. In 1994 Hal entered the ministry of Development championing the causes of church planting, leadership development, global missions, compassion ministries and was one of the founding leaders of Generous Church Summits first held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Over the past 25 years he has raised ministry partners and developed resources for regional, national and global missions serving Conservative Baptists, Converge (Baptist General Conference), Berean Fellowship of Churches and SMF Global. Hal believes that the spiritual gift of generosity is the most prolific gift in the body of Christ. He loves celebrating what “generous” looks like, knowing that it is not a matter of what you have, but who you are that makes one generous.

Hal and his wife Marla have three grown, married children and eight grandchildren. Having lived in suburbia all of their lives, they now live in the plains of Northeastern Colorado, taking delight that traffic – is having to wait for three cars to pass as you exit the Wal-Mart parking lot.


Chief of Shepherds & Love Russia Missiondon buege square

Don has a shepherd’s heart. He loves to encourage and disciple men. He has led over 80 international mission trips, and he is passionate about indigenous leadership. Don’s greatest passion is helping others experience the glory of God.



Chief of Creativitybrian hayden

Brian is a versatile artist. He loves graphic design and prophetic art. He is passionate about reaching and discipling the lost. His greatest passion is creating resources that equip frontier mission initiatives.



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Rob Harvey is passionate about innovation. He is called to build new things including businesses, ministries, and programs. Rob innovates in four focal areas: research, education, innovation, and collaboration. He takes ideas and makes them practical in sustainable ways.



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Nick Werline is passionate about generous giving. He loves the Lord and wants to surround himself with Spirit-filled leaders and develop a deeper relationship with Jesus. He enjoys helping others learn about the Bible’s extensive teaching on living our lives with a heart for helping and serving others.


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Dick Rollins takes has a desire to serve our Lord and be obedient to His command to be a witness of His love for all mankind for many years. He particularly likes hands-on mission work to show God’s love by physically helping them. “Be doers of His Word and not just hearers only” is his motivation.




Missions & Projects

Bendiciones Misión
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Dave & Patsy are the hands and feet of Jesus. They love to serve other leaders and teams through prayer, mobilization, and training. They are passionate about strengthening other ministries and advancing Jesus’ kingdom among the unreached. They are currently serving in Oaxaca, Mexico.



Community Awakening Missionmozingojohnlizzsquare

John and Lizz have a vision to help awaken communities to the gospel of Jesus Christ. They help others live a lifestyle of loving God and their neighbors, evangelism, discipleship, and community. They help disciples to be Spirit-led, and to detox from worldly things that may be hindering their walk with Jesus.


Falling Walls Missionwallans website

John & Jessica Wallan lead our Falling Walls mission. They are moving into south Nashville, TN to begin a house of peace mission to refugees and immigrants from dozens of nations. They have a passion to visit these families, eat together, love, and disciple them.



Free Flight Projectclay sparrow website

Clay is passionate about helping disciples discover their identity and purpose in the Holy Trinity. A huge fan of Ransomed Heart ministries, Clay enjoys coaching others to open up their eyes, ears, and hearts to Christ. He enjoys leading small groups on spiritual retreats.


Our team is supported by generous givers like you.

Blazing Trees is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Nashville, TN that innovates mission resources and provides prayer, encouragement, and coaching to leaders and their teams scattered across the nations.

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