AdventureFest 2017 Recap
A review of the event written by Pat McClosky can be found here


AdventureFest 2016 Recap

The 5th Annual AdventureFest (Freedom Fighters) was a tremendous weekend filled with great weather, lots of guys, and testimony after testimony about God's presence and provision.


Over 160 guys were in attendance making it our largest year ever.  Forty-four guys stepped up to complete the 1000 Step Challenge in support of a young man who lost 80 lbs specifically to make it up this mountain with vigor this year.  The warrior flag was carried to the top as encouragement and reminder to be a Freedom Fighter in all areas of our lives.  


Many fishing trips were charted without a single fish caught - skunked this year, but hey, that's why they call it fishing and not catching.  However, many little fish were caught in the small lake at Agape.


Late night campfires raged, drones buzzed the sky, hatchets were thrown at targets and  potatoes were launched across the field from homemade potato guns.  We had so much fun that we forgot all about tossing the Huffy bicycle, which actually went missing.  A mystery to be solved.


There were no sightings of Big Foot this year, although some guys thought they heard him in the bathroom a few times.  


Guys came forward for salvation, healing, and answers to prayers during the course of the weekend.  Nearly 20 guys were baptized in the Agape lake adding to the tens of thousands that have been baptized since the early 1960’s.  


It's not about the numbers, it's not about the fun, and it's not about the food. It's all about relationships and giving men the opportunity to connect with our Lord Jesus Christ in the great outdoors - standing firmly on the soil that He created and strong under the sky that He painted.


Freedom Fighters!  #FF4JC


Mark the date for next year - June 9-11, 2017, as we shout “Halle-luiah.”


On behalf of the leadership team, I would like to thank Pastor Jimmy Rivera of City Limits Assembly of God, Sam Childers (the Machine Gun Preacher), and Pastor Wayde Wilson, author of Circle of Swords, for challenging the attendees to be Godly men and Freedom Fighters for Christ.  Additionally, we are grateful for the New Hope Worship Band and Pastor Paul Housman of South Hills Assembly for cranking things up and letting our praise and worship reverberate the surrounding mountains near Agape Farm. We would also like to thank Tom Rees and all those who pitched in to make this event successful and available to many men from all walks of life.


Blessings on the trails, mountains, and streams.


Greg Nass, Tom Fedesco, Tony Andreola, John Fedesco, Mike Mattis, Sam Matteo, Matt Grand, Chris Mumma, and Derek Powell


Philadelphia Bible Fellowship Slide Show AdventureFest 2016

City Reach Assembly of God - Allentown - AdventureFest Slideshow 2016

YouTube Video



AdventureFest 2015 Recap

AdventureFest 2015


ADVENTUREFEST 2015 TESTIMONY
This weekend has changed my life forever - Tom Breit (South Hills Assembly)

A great weekend to grow  closer to God  by experiencing what he has created . Sleeping  outdoors, biking, hiking, boating, meeting guy's from 5 states.  Inspirational  testimonials and outdoor church with great music and numerous other activities .  THIS weekend for man's spiritual renewal  should not be missed - Bill Gramlich (Christian Life Assembly)

The gang from Philadelphia Bible Fellowship put this slide show together - SlideShow


AdventureFest 2014 Recap

AdventureFest 2014



Beautiful weather prevailed once again at this years AdventureFest...our largest year yet with over 100 guys in attendance all enjoying God outdoors.  Friday evening Pastor Todd shared with us an encouraging word before we broke out into our groups and hung out around the campfire until the early morning hours sharing stories of adventure, testimony, and of course lots of bad jokes under a star filled sky. 

Saturday morning brought the smell of sizzling bacon and steak as groups prepared for a day of adventure.  Some guys went on an epic hike at the 1000 step challenge, they even got lost for a time but thankfully found their way back.  Others went charter fishing on the lake and caught record size hybrid stripped bass.  Groups of cyclist headed out for a day on world-class mountain biking trails while other cyclist headed out for rails to trails.  Some guys just hung out around the campfire and plucked a guitar, or played games.  

After we were all spent and beat from the days activities we came together for a chili cook-off.  The big winner this year took home a $120 Buck knife.  The Alan Booth Band lead us in some amazing foot tapping worship to prepare us for our key note speaker Pete Rostosky.  Pete is a larger than life kinda guy and shared stories of Steelers football, hunting, and encouraged us to be us "Way/2BU".

Sunday was the best church services we have had had to date with Pastor Lance sharing Gods word.  The Holy Spirit blew in like wind and landed on us all - literally we all felt it.  Guys were kneeling and praying over each other for miracles and needs of all sorts.  

One man accepted Jesus Christ at the base of the cross down in the woods, with many others hammering in a nail for strength, new beginnings, or on behalf of someone else.

We actually outgrew our Raystown location and will be moving to Agape Farms nearby so we can still enjoy all the world class recreation opportunities that Raystown has to offer without all the limitations that campground required.  Look for big bonfires, wooded and field camping, louder music, hatchet throwing and...drum roll please....potato gun's.  BOOM!

Mark your calendars June 12-14 2015

NO BOUNDARIES




AdventureFest 2013 Recap

This year’s AdventureFest was an epic retreat of outdoor recreation, food, worship, and testimony.  Guys from 9 churches gathered from across PA and Maryland to praise God in the great outdoors at Raystown Lake Pennsylvania in a camping/tailgating environment.  Our special guest, Bruce Cote took us on a virtual hike of the Appalachian trail and spoke in detail about his 2000+ mile journey with his wife and how he came out with a spiritual awakening and a new direction from God.  Over the course of the weekend several men were saved, and water baptized in the refreshing mountain lake waters.  We are already planning next year’s fest working to make it even bigger, better, and with more opportunity for guys to grow tighter as a group.  Enjoy the following photo slideshow and keep checking back as new photos trickle in.

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We pray you'll join us next year - mark your calendars and register early!  Friday June 6th through Sunday June 8th 2014.



From Bob's Big Steelhead Adventure...

The fishing trip to Erie that is hosted by Adventure Men is something I
look forward to all year long. A group of us pile into a van, drive to Erie
and spend 4 nights and 5 days at Uncle Johns Elk Creek campground fishing
for Steelhead during the day and hanging out around a campfire in the
evenings. The scenery, whether out on the stream, in the lake, or around
the campfire is gorgeous. The company, conversation and ribbing are like
none other. We get to meet lots of folks from other parts who are out there
doing the same thing we are, sometimes we even get to help out a beginner,
or learn something new ourselves. Adventure Men  is a great organization
and I would like to personally thank them for an amazing time and
experience every year.

Sincerely,

Matt Grand



Brian Loizes bagged this beauty behind his church.  This is his biggest yet!  Way to go Brian!


AdventureFest 2012

AdventureFest 2012 Recap

Five men’s ministries came together for the first annual AdventureFEST, a 3-day weekend camping getaway at Raystown Lake…in God’s country.  His amazing creation surrounded us the entire weekend as we enjoyed spectacular weather, fishing and boating, mountain biking on a world class trail system, and an epic hike that turned into a near death march for some.  It didn’t matter, though, what activity we did because the best part was the praise and worship, the messages, testimonies, and being surrounded by brothers who love the Lord and feel closest to Him in the great outdoors. 

Let the fun begin!  Friday night everyone rolled into the campground excited to just set up camp and hang around a fire.  We had a manly meet-n-greet and then enjoyed some praise and worship.  The evening ended up becoming more spiritual than planned as everyone shared in prayer and praise.  Afterwards, we all settled around our campfires and stayed up late discussing the next day’s plans.  It’s hard to go to bed when you’re feeling like a kid again. 

Saturday morning brought the smell of sizzling bacon and eggs cooked on campfires.  Much like bacon, a campfire makes everything taste better.  After breakfast it was off for a day of adventures depending on what you wanted to do…some biked, some hiked, some spent time on the water attempting to catch a world record hybrid striped bass, while others just sped around in and behind power boats.  Yes, we were still feeling like kids.  What an adventure! 

Around 4 p.m. everyone rolled back to camp whooped from adventures.  The smell of chili cooking on campfires seeped through the campground as everyone got ready for the giveaways.  We had gift certificates from Cabela’s, fishing rods, bags, knives and the big giveaway – a mountain bike donated by Big Bang Bikes valued at $1300.  We prayed over the items and the tickets before picking.  John Fedesco was the big winner of the bike.  Coincidentally, he has been riding off some weight and was the perfect person to win the bike.  Pastor George Krebs then shared a story that spoke to every man in some form or another encouraging us to be better men, husbands, and fathers.  Then it was more praise and worship by Alan Booth and Dan BamBoooday with guys sharing their personal testimonies late into the night.  Praise God!

Sunday again brought the smell of bacon and campfire.  I never get tired of it.  We held a church service at the amphitheater for everyone in the campground and surrounding areas.  We had a large crowd. In fact it was the largest ever and we were able to raise a large donation through our offerings that will benefit the Chaplains of the State Parks program.  It was truly an honor to share God’s word on that most amazing amphitheater overlooking the beauty that He created – His country.  It was the first service of AdventureCHURCH.  Afterwards, we headed to the beach shore for our water baptism service.  Pastor Brian Swain from Real Life Church and I had the opportunity to water baptize seven men who wanted to show an outward expression of inward salvation.  For some it was their first time while others just wanted to be renewed and enjoy a refreshing new start.  It was truly an honor to share that special moment with them.   Even though every man experienced something different spiritually over the weekend, one common denominator held true - we all came home better men, husbands, and fathers. 

Mark your calendars for next year (June 7-9) and plan to experience Christ through Adventure like never before.  We reserved the same location with the addition of 10 – 15 RV spots.  First come first served!  Registration begins Jan 1, 2013.  www,adventuremen.org

Blessings on the trails – Greg Nass 

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Jared landed this beauty in the streams of PA


Jake McEwen was praying for a big buck this year...the Lord delivered.  Nice ten point and surely a record maker!
 

 
Now this is being the good news! Bob and the guys from Pitcairn AG doing a hotdog/cofee outreach right on the streams of Erie at Uncle Johns Campground. Great job guys!
 

  
ChromeTip Bob nailed another.  Lots of fish and Brothers in Christ heading up to the Erie Tribs.  Get involved, get connected, and get fishing!  e-mail adventuremengroups@gmail.com to be added to the Christian Fishing Network.
 
 

 
Huntaholic nearly shooting a perfect round
 
 

 
A mention about AdventureMen in the Post Gazette in an article about the opening of a new Bridge on the bike path. 

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11174/1155561-55.stm

 


 

AdventureFest Scouting Trip - Raystown Lake, July 23, 2011 RECAP

Written by Brian Loizes

 

 

Awesome! This was the most commonly used term to describe the weekend at Raystown Lake.  Whether we were ripping down a trail or just soaking in the beauty of our Creator's masterpiece, nothing was repeated quite as much as “awesome.” 

 

Our journey began with a 7:30 a.m. rowdy carpool meeting in Monroeville that involved several men with excited dispositions, elevated by the effects of our friend Juan Valdez.  Sixty-five miles per hour later we were on our way.  The ride through the Appalachian Mountains was pristine as to be expected, but even better was knowing that we would soon be settling within them.  Experiencing Christ through adventure had already begun.

 

 We soon arrived at the Susquehannock Campground to the intoxicating smell of campfire and a narrowing road that could only mean one thing.....our campsite. We made it!  Unpack.  Set up.  Eat.  At this point our friends from Mechanicsburg were here and we were ready to hit the trails.  Special thanks, by the way, to Eric, Walt, and John for great fellowship and trail guiding.  We entered the trailhead after a hill climb that got our lungs opened and hearts pumping.  Wow – before we knew it, we were twisting, turning, jumping (more like sailing) through the air at warp speeds!  I could practically smell my brakes burning like a semi down an 8% grade.  Each bend's G-force whipped us around the berm only to be launched over the next dip; then another, and another.  “Man, this is awesome,” I kept thinking to myself.  The yells of excitement from the others confirmed that they, too, were catching big air, one after another.  The slightest mistake could land you over a hillside that even a 13-year-old wouldn't venture down.

 

Several miles into our ride, the effects of 90+ degrees began to take its toll on our bodies.  Water was low and warm and sweat was running over us instead of the dried creek beds.  With a few miles to go, and hopefully no casualties, it was time for a break. Images of cold watermelon, grapes and mangoes glazed over our faces like a mirage on a deserted island.  Back to the trail.  We all made it out alive but were reminded that we are human. Thanks to the IMBA for the Allegrippis trail system!  It was well planned with fast slopes, jumps, rock gardens, hill climbs and every challenging aspect of a genuine epic mountain bike ride.

 

We found ourselves back at camp were a feast a la Nass awaited.  But first, a jump in the lake was a must to bring our body temperatures down somewhere under boiling.  After jumping several times from a rock ledge into the crystal clear water of Lake Raystown, we emerged to dry in the hot summer sun on our walk back to camp.  Awaiting us were chicken breasts over charcoal, spaghetti with deer meat (thanks to Jim Teague for the venison donation), salad, chips, cold lemonade, and much more.  After all, when you burn over 2500 calories, it's only fitting to pig out…I mean replenish, right?

 

Following dinner was a fantastic study on the Armor of God.  Greg put together a creative twist on the material relating it to the sport of mountain biking.  God was with us as we shared testimonies and good fellowship.  Soon after the study, we stoked the campfire and headed off to what would turn out to be a long night of praying for a breeze.  Our tent acted as a sardine can for five grown men only separated by a heavy layer of perspiration.  That was enough for me and Chuck.  We laid on the very rock we jumped from earlier just to cool down from the light wind swirling on the lake.  Did I mention it was 2 a.m.?  Well, every adventure has to have a story. 

 

Finally morning had come with a break from the previous 88 degree night.  We broke down camp and saddled up for one last easy but wild ride on the trails.  The lake shore turned out to be a great spot for our lunch before heading home.  As always, it's never fun to leave a great escape, but, I guess our bodies needed rest. 

 

So, the next time you're in the mood for an adventure that leaves you wanting to do it all over again, do it with us next time!

 

Brian Loizes

 


The Adventuremen and rocker Ted Nugent?  learn more:
 

Chuck and Gary from Central Assembly riding the Pittsburgh Plunge at Bavington during their Saturday morning weekly ride.
 
 

Riders Family Picnic at South Park July 8th 2011.  We experienced
awesome discipleship, fellowship, and prayer on the trails this year. 
 

AdventureMen fly tying classes made the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
 

 
Riding spring time muddy trails and resting in the parking lot.  Power sucking mud!
 

Ice Climbing
 

John Hayes Sr. stopped in and schooled us all on some really amazing flies he created - The Deceiver Adaptation.  He has been tying for over 60 years and is considered a master.  Thanks John and God bless you.  Tight lines!
 

JohnHayesSrFlyTying

 

 
 Riding South Park during the summer of 2010. 
 

Trail at South Park

 
"More Bang for your Buck"
 
As I rode my bike home after the Wednesday night ride, all muddy, sweaty, and tired from riding with the guys, I realized my bike is a valuable ministry tool.  This was not a new discovery for me, as I have come to this conclusion in the past while holding my fly rod, gun, and GPS in the woods. But something really made it sink in last night.  Maybe it was the fellowship, maybe it was my spiritual mojo, but most likely it was God telling me in His own special way for me to keep on keeping on using everything that He has given me to it fullest potential!  Everything is a gift from God, even my toys...or should I say my ministry tools.  Thinking of my bike as a ministry tool just gives it a whole lot more value - more meaning.  I have expensive taste in bikes...ahh, I mean, tools, but using my bike for ministry just increases its value ten fold giving me "more bang for the buck"...Him too!  When I think about this, the following scripture comes to mind, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Col 3:23-24  This scripture is usually used for work, your employment, but your ministry is your work since we are all employed by God.  Thinking of it this way gives me more incentive to use my ministry tools for the Lord even more since I am riding, fishing, hunting, and ultimately witnessing the salvation of Jesus Christ on many trails and streams. 

   

So guys, grab your rods, guns, bikes, bows, kayaks, and hiking boots and turn them into ministry tools using them for the Lord for all their worth.  They will increase in value right before your eyes and will give you more bang for your buck, and Him.
 
Serving Him - Greg
 

 
Bike the Light - Youth Fundraiser.  The AdventureMen provided ride leadership and trail support.
  

Bike the Light 2010

 

 
Gadget Dan Budday caught this biggie on a pepto-booger...a fly he created from the winter fly tying classes with AdventureMen. 
 
 

 
Adventure Race May 2010
 
We ran nearly 9 miles, kayaked 1.5, and biked 10 to take 8th place in the co-ed category.  During the challenging times when our bodies were all spent and we wouldn't find a waypoint, we leaned on the Lord for power and guidance and He came through as always.  The race was challenging, but very enjoyable and will surely be an annual event.  Thanks Grass Roots racing for hosting an awesome race!  Greg
  

 
Trap Shoot March 2010. 
 
Blinding cold rain doesn't keep the AdventureMan down!  We had a blast light night with great fellowship and lots of laughs.  The poor weather made hitting our target more of a challenge...an excuse most of us seem to use along with rusty shells, wrong choke, and cold hands just to name just a few - Greg Nass 
 

 

Fall Steelhead Trip October 2009

 

On Oct. 24th I went to Erie on a fishing expedition with adventure men ministry, it was such a blessing if you love jesus and you love the outdoors this is the ministry for you. We are able to fellowship with one another and share our lives with each other, so join us as we grow in our faith and glorify god, by doing the things that men love to do.  I encourage you re-discover your passions in life.  God bless you and hope to see you soon - Brian Keach

 

 
OhioPyle ManDay Fall 2009

Guys, it was the kind of day where you just had to be there to understand why words can't describe God's awesome creation.  After a long, dreary, rainy week, our prayers were answered; blue skies with an occasional passing Cumulus cloud and a river totally unaffected by the aforementioned rain.  The morning manly gathering led to a late start due to the excitement of the day.  Once we broke away from the gravel parking lot, the scenery was immediate; a bike trail that boasted rock faces and waterfalls, and was looked down upon by stands of hemlocks towering atop the hills. 


If that wasn't enough to release the stresses and aggravations of life, then the river certainly was.  The untamed waters of Ohiopyle were as entrancing as gazing into a campfire, yet full of life below the surface.  The multitude of fingerling trout that followed our lures occasionally found themselves looking into the eyes of a fisherman who knew there were cheeseburgers and hotdogs for lunch. After a few hours of building a manly hunger, thise burgers and dogs hit the spot.  Fellowship was shared and new friendships were made while relaxing in a shaded area around a charcoal grill.  I was reminded of hoh it felt to be a child not wanting to go home.  I could continue to describe the beauty of the day and our surroundings and activities, but I'd rather attend the next event and experience it all over again.  Big Bang Theiry huh?....just man's theory.  Gods creation....truth.  Brian Loizes


Yough Reservoir May 16th 2009
 
Fish On!! was the phrase that was most commonly heard between the anchored boats on Saturday's Adventure Men fishing trip.  The weather once again proved that God can calm the storm and man can't accurately forecast one. 

We crested the Yough Dam at 7 a.m. to dense fog on the water and roughly 50-70 empty trailers participating in a walleye tournament.  No need for Malox...we were after the smallmouth.  After launching, Jay Johnson and his buddy, Hal, guided me and Dean Sheets to a familiar spot that proved within 10 minutes to be quite productive.  As the morning air heated, so did the action.  Between the four of us, we brought in approximately 90 to 100 fish.  That's no fish story!  The water was 64 degrees and the smallmouth were definitely on the beds.  They pounded the crawlers, minnies, and a few soft plastics cast after cast throughout the day.  We covered some water and guzzled some gas, but it was well worth the trip.  I'd venture to say that Dean caught the fish of the day at 16 inches; however, just about all were in the 14 inch range.  Hal even had a nice trout on that wised up at the edge of the boat.

The fellowship was awesome, too, to say the least.  God was with us all day and I believe was ministering to our spirits as we discussed things that both weigh down a man's heart and lift us up.  You know men are of simple design when our hearts are lifted by reeling in a fish.
Thank you, guys, who were able to attend and I hope we can get a chance to gather more men for the next event.  Keep your eyes open for the date! 
 
Fish On!
Brian
 

ADVENTURE RACE - Series 1, Grass Roots Racing spring 2009

Folks - what an adventure the Adventure Race proved to be.  First we found ourselves running through fields, climbing bell towers, bushwhacking across fields of jaggers, and facing various other obstacles including buffalo and lions.  Then, it was off with the clothes for our very own Pastor Travis  (don't worry folks, he kept his shorts on) as he cannonballed into a mountain cold lake to reach a checkpoint on a remote island.  Thanks for taking one for the team, Pastor!   Next up was biking.  We cycled roughly 16 miles around a golf course and eventually got lost in the middle of the forest.  This gave us the opportunity to pause and notice the beauty of the Lord in the stars and serenity of the night before coming to the realization there are big bears out there.  We made alliances with other teams to find our way, had lots of laughs, faced many challenges, and got some cuts and bruises.   In the end, it was all worth it to experience God’s awesome adventure that He had planned for us that night. We finished the race after 4 hrs and 12 minutes and placed 11th out of roughly 50 teams - Greg

 


ADVENTUREMEN SPRING SCRAMBLE 2009 (Scenic Valley)
 
Three teams, 80+ degree weather, and lots of hills kept everyone golfing for over five hours.  The weather was perfect, if not a little too warm, as most everyone fried in the sun.  Laughing, kidding, and razzing were plentiful and at times were used as tactics to throw the other team off.  The paparazzi was even there and on everyone's heels, which I am told caused some folks to miss par several times. 



 
Bike Riding
 
Various bicycle rides for men and families of all ages and skill levels.  From touring rails-to-trails, riding the roads, or tearing up single track in the woods, there is something for everyone.  Every ride starts with prayer, includes Biblical discussion, and is Christ-centered.  Please join me and let's experience His awesome power together on thr trails... 
 

 
FISHING TRIP LOYAL HANNAH MAY 2009
 
Folks - the day started early as we met at 5:00 a.m to load up the van.   The ride up was fun and gave us an opportunity to pray and get to know each other better.  There were lots of laughs along the way, too.  Once we arrived, we had a short biblical discussion, and then hit the stream.  The weather was warm and sunny, if not too warm to provide good fishing conditions as we only caught a couple of fish.  Actually, Todd Loizes caught all the fish while we all watched.  Thanks Todd!  There was a short clinic during which he showed everyone how to properly clean and prepare fish - Greg 
 
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