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 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 sixth 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 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.
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.
Tyler aka TY is from Sabetha, KS and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Elementary Education. This is Tyler's 4th year with KU Challenge! Tyler enjoys sports, traveling, and learning about new cultures! His greatest passion though is investing into the lives of others and helping them to find and experience true life and satisfaction that is in Christ. His main roles are with discipleship training, summer overseas training, and working with international students.
Steven grew up in Olathe, KS and studied sports management at KU until his graduation in December of 2019. He loved his time at Challenge as a student which was a vessel God used to help deepen his faith. Because of this, he felt led to stick around on staff to tell other students about the glory of Jesus so they may know Him themselves. Steven likes to play sports, talk about life and listen to music. He is also the proud owner of two cats - Muse and Jumbo. There is no greater passion than living his life for the glory of God alone because it is in Christ alone that life and redemption is truly found and He is the only one truly worthy of giving everything for. When we see Him in all His glory we can't help but desire to be with Him and Steven just wants to be a faithful witness of who Christ is and what He has called us to.
Kendall grew up in the small town of Ingalls, Kansas where there are more cows than people. He graduated in 2020 from KU with two degrees in Business Information Systems and Business Analytics. During his time at KU he really enjoyed being a part of Christian Challenge community. Recently, Kendall finished a season of life where he worked for a big tech company in Kansas City, and he is now transitioning onto staff with Christian Challenge. He hopes to share what he has learned from college, the workforce, and life in general to influence students to become those that love to live like Christ!
Amber is a Johnson County girl, born and raised. After graduating from Kansas state University in December 2019, she completed a two-year House Internship with Christian Challenge at KSU. During her time at K-State and overseas, God gave her a deep desire for all nations to know Him, a love for discipleship, and passion for seeing spiritual head-knowledge become experiential, personal heart-knowledge. Her life mission statement is simple, yet says it all: "Love God. Be loved by God. Bring others to love God." Along with ministry, Amber thrives in creation, painting, reading, linguistics, hospitality, and local coffee shops. She is excited to put off the Wildcat and put on the Jayhawk, for the sake of the Kingdom!