The Experience Summer 2019_WEB

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This exposure to comprehensive maintenance of a large organization like Word of Life prepared me for the future in ways I would appreciate down the road. Career In 1986, I accepted a position as General Manager of Mid-Atlantic Correct Craft. I loved my job working with competition ski boats, especially because Correct Craft had a reputation for building boats for the glory of God. Four years later, they re-structured their organization, and my division was blended into a larger territory. It was time to move elsewhere, and God led me to work at Wright Patterson Air Force Base for a Christian operations and maintenance contractor. I am still with that company, Four Seasons Environmental, representing Jesus in the marketplace. In 2000, they asked me to become a project manager for several of their government contracts in the South. Presently, our entire family lives in Athens, Georgia. Both of our children are married, and we have two grandsons. I get asked quite often how I live out my faith in the workplace. My answer is simply, Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven . (Matthew 5:16) I ask God to help me know the right thing to do in every situation related to business ethics and the handling of people. If I do what is right and also expect it of others under my watch, God gets the glory and He blesses abundantly. I have grown to become far less concerned about what others say about me and more committed to do what enables me to say with the Apostle Paul, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith . (2 Timothy 4:7)

now? RON WYRTZEN (‘71)

Growing up Having grown up as the son of an evangelist, I was constantly exposed to the Gospel. I joined my family many Saturday nights in New York City to attend my dad’s evangelistic rallies. I watched waves of people come forward to receive Christ and saw more of the same every summer at Word of Life. But my parents’ faith would not save me. The defining moment of decision came in March of 1961. Our family was staying in Journey’s End, the only heated building at Word of Life Inn back then. I was nine years old and after reading a book about heaven with my mother, I realized I needed to accept Jesus as my personal Savior. That decision was real, and it defined the I went to high school at Hampden DuBose Academy, a boarding school in Zellwood, Florida. There, my spiritual life was greatly challenged, and I grew strong in my faith. I heard some of the spiritual giants of our day speak on a regular basis. God shaped my future, one that was unique to my gifts and passions. Young Adult After high school, I enrolled in the first class of the Bible Institute. Again, there was more exposure to great Bible teachers along with hands-on ministry training. This required me to apply what I was learning. After graduation, I transferred to LeTourneau College where I was a Bible major and Aviation minor. I received my pilot’s license and a number of aircraft and instrument ratings and then went on to be a pilot for Word of Life. I married Christine in 1973, and we enjoyed flying my dad and other speakers during the winter months and directing the Word of Life Ranger Camp in the summertime. We added two children to our family, Jaime and Ryan, and during this time I also worked in the maintenance department at Word of Life. direction of my life. High school

Ron Wyrtzen (‘71) and his wife, Christine, live in Georgia where he is Vice President at Four Seasons Environmental. Ron Wyrtzen


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