Ryan & Ginger Stelk

Ryan has lived in Garden City, Mulvane, and Derby, KS. He graduated in May 2000 from University of the Cumberlands in KY. Ryan received his Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Collegiate Ministries from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in December, 2014. He is familiar with transitions and loves being a welcoming presence for New Students. He served as a youth minister  and is entering his 20th year on Christian Challenge staff. He married his amazing wife Ginger (Who helps shepherd Challenge staff as well as mentors students) in 1999 and they have 4 delightful children: Caleb, Hope, Hannah and Harmony. He enjoys most sports and spending time with his family.

Maddy Minchew

Maddy is from the military town of Leavenworth, Kansas and graduated in 2016 from KU with a degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Journalism. This is her fifth year serving on staff with Christian Challenge as the co-leader of our Freshmen Ministry, 834, and our social media manager. She loves to travel, play tennis, and spend time with her friends. Maddy is passionate about pursuing Christ-seeking relationships with younger women and loves campus ministry because of the influence it has had on her own life and walk with Jesus. She loves hosting students in her home - and so does her 8-year-old dog, Phoebe, who loves the attention. Rock Chalk! 

Chance Gates

Chance is the worship leader for KU Challenge. He loves leading the worship team, walking along-side students, and welcoming others to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. Chance grew up in Coldwater, KS ranching with his family. He attended Kansas State University and Butler Community College where he met his wife Jade. Chance and Jade both have deep roots in Christian Challenge and are so honored to invest in young lives for the glory of God in this setting. He and Jade love hosting students and pouring into their everyday life. They have two children, Hosea and Aubrey. 


Tyler is from the small town of Sabetha, Kansas. He is a graduate from Kansas State University in Elementary Education! He is starting his second year on staff with Christian Challenge. Although he went to Kansas State, he has always been a KU fan so he is excited to actually become part of the Jayhawk family. Tyler will co-lead our Freshmen Ministry, 834, and will focus on campus outreach and our international student ministry. He spends much of his time playing or watching sports and he loves traveling and learning about new cultures. Tyler is also passionate about investing into others and seeing God glorified through people intimately knowing and pursuing Christ. 

will & makenzie wipperman

Will has deep roots here in Lawrence - He and his wife Makenzie are glad to have landed in this awesome town! Will loves all kinds of sports and outdoors, as well as reading. He has come to believe that God asks us to be genuine and authentic with our lives. Will strives to draw everyone in his life to a genuine, loving relationship with their creator. Makenzie is originally from Overland Park, KS and attended Kansas State University, graduating in 2016. God really cultivated a love for discipleship in her during her time involved in Christian Challenge at K-State. Makenzie and Will were married in 2017; and they are beginning their second year on staff together at KU Christian Challenge. Makenzie's role on staff largely has to do with mobilizing students to go overseas on summer trips; something she is ecstatic about! She believes with her whole heart that "the good life" is found in Christ and gets pumped to see students give their lives over to him! Makenzie enjoys exploring the great outdoors, learning about other cultures and traveling to other countries, and hosting people in her home.

steven davis

Steven is from Olathe, Kansas and graduated from KU in December of 2019 with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business. This is his first year on staff after serving as an intern and being a member of Challenge for the last 4 years. Steven loves spending time with friends, playing sports, listening to music, and learning about new things. Steven is passionate about helping people see their place in God's plan for the world as His dearly loved children and cultivating community that loves God and helps others know God more as we bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth out of the acceptance we already have in Christ. 

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