The Timothy Group is a faith based non profit organization. We combine specific armed forces training with Biblical teaching to forge an elite warrior for Christ. The Timothy Group graduate values human life at home and abroad and is willing to be a living sacrifice so that others may live to know their Creator.
Timothy Group Beginnings
In 2009 the Timothy Group was formed as a non-profit organization. Just as the Holy Bible shows Paul, a spiritually mature male, mentoring young Timothy the name of The Timothy Group was chosen. I desired to develop a community where our spiritually mature men could mentor our younger men on a continuing basis.
What are the beginnings/ history of The Timothy Group? Where did the idea of this come from?
I recall at the midterm of my military career, the Lord speaking to me. He let me know that all of the training I was blessed to receive in the Special Operations Command would be used to develop young men for God’s glory. From that moment I knew that God had called me to minister to the young men of our nation in a significant way. During our outdoor events we achieved an atmosphere where the human nature and spiritual strength meet. The boys truly recognize who they are on the inside. Then the mentoring process can start. With God’s help we can guide the young men on the path of maturity and character. It is this practical application of spiritual truths that the students remember. This is what drives them when the going gets tough!
It has been such an honor to be involved in the spiritual growth of the students and their families over the years. Hearing from men who are now grown letting us know what an impact Challenge had on them never gets old! Hearing from the parents that have had several of their boys participate in the program over a span of several years affirms to us that we are on the right track and building something of eternal value. The mission of the Timothy Group leadership is to mentor the young men of our nation. The younger generations of males need us more than ever to lead the way and live by example what it means to be followers of Christ. At no other time in history has a generation been faced with the barrage of sin and moral decay that current society accepts as normal. But there is still much hope for guidance and wisdom to be passed from the older men to the younger! This is where The Timothy Group comes in – we demonstrate how to be strong in faith, what it means to stand up for beliefs and to rely on other brothers in Christ.
Over the years God has surrounded me with a great team of men to co-lead and advise the group. Beside myself the leadership consists of two men- Bryan Stewart and Joseph Schalchlin. The idea of CHALLENGE originated with Bryan. Joseph is our longest participating member! Their continued involvement represents exactly what our mentoring goals are for the Timothy Group. These two have been with me since the beginning of my involvement with Challenge. In addition we have a team of nine advisors. With these men, God is feeding our minds and hearts His direction. In keeping with Proverbs 11:14, it is vital to have a variety of input and viewpoints for accountability and encouragement as well as the fellowship of spiritually mature adult males that embody the beliefs of what The Timothy Group teaches.
Bruce Stansbury MAJ. (ret)