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(These people are lovers of Jesus who are serious about the Christian life!)

Eric Ludy

Director and President, Bravehearted Christian
Lead Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship


Eric Ludy has been laboring in front-lines Christian leadership for more than two decades. His current ministry role is multi-faceted. He serves as the President of Ellerslie Mission Society, the senior pastor of the Church at Ellerslie, and the lead instructor in the Bravehearted Personal Discipleship training.

Together with his wife Leslie, Eric is a bestselling author of twenty-six books and is a highly respected voice in Christianity on issues such as prayer, faith, godly masculinity, Christian relationships, and Christ-centered rescue work.

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Visit Eric's website: ericludy.com


A few things you should know about Eric:

He can't sit still for very long – in fact, he paces around so much that none of us are able to even come close to his record on FitBit.

We've declared him the official chai connoisseur of Northern Colorado.

He's an expert in "leaping for joy" and just may give you a tutorial during your training.

Leslie Ludy

Director, Set Apart Girl Ministries
Adjunct Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship


Leslie Ludy is a bestselling author and speaker with a passion for pointing women to Christ. She is the director of Set Apart Girl® and Set Apart Motherhood, which equip women around the world in Christ-centered femininity. Her annual Set Apart conference reaches over 10,000 women each year who either attend in person or via simulcast around the world. Leslie is also the founder and director of Set Apart Girl® Magazine, a bi-montly resource that equips women in Christ-centered femininity.

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Visit Leslie's website: setapartgirl.com


A few things you should know about Leslie:

She’s "Momma" to 6 exuberant kiddos!

Supposedly she doesn’t like pets, but in the past two years she has become mommy to two yippy dogs, two plump guinea pigs, a cricket-eating lizard, and twenty-seven fish.

Leslie loves hiking up in our beautiful Colorado Mountains.

Nathan Johnson

Director of Communications, Bravehearted Christian
Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship


Nathan Johnson serves as the Director of Communications and is an instructor in the Bravehearted Personal Discipleship training. He has a driving passion for the deeper Christian life and finds great joy in sharing about Jesus and the victorious reality of the Gospel.

Nathan received his Masters of Divinity in 2008 and has been in full-time Christian ministry for over fifteen years. He has spent many years “in the trenches” of inner city work, ministering to the homeless, the elderly, and underprivileged children. Nathan has a passion for Biblical training and discipleship, and has been a guest speaker at many churches, youth retreats, and Christian conferences around the country over the past decade. He has taught college-level classes on various books of the Bible, Biblical concepts and themes, and how to study the Bible. Nathan has a love for missions and has also mentored many young men in the areas of godly masculinity, purity, Biblical truth, victory and freedom over sin, and daily Christian living.

Visit Nathan's website: deeperChristian.com


A few things you should know about Nathan:

If you want a good introduction to Nathan Johnson, you should have a listen to his podcast!

It took us years to discover that he's both a rodeo aficionado and quite the juggler...so we thought we'd let you in that fun trivia right off the bat.

He often gets so excited teaching God’s Word that he bounces on his toes and says, "Isn’t that amazing!"

Dan Mcconnaughey

Pastor of Biblical Studies, Church at Ellerslie
Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship


Pastor McConnaughey has taught and discipled Christians for over forty years, and has an extensive background in military training as well. His widely diversified background in both ministry and military roles make him uniquely qualified to train and equip this generation of up-and-coming leaders and missionaries for effective front-lines service on the field.

Pastor McConnaughey has served a wide variety of ministry positions, including five years as a youth pastor, ten years as a church planter and Bible teacher, and a speaker at churches and missions events. He has served with the Navigators, the Truth Project, and completed Prison Fellowship’s Centurion Program in 2007.

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A few things you should know about Dan:

We're all convinced that it's quite possibly Dan who trained Chuck Norris.

The man's completed over 700 parachute jumps. And in addition to jumping from perfectly good airplanes, Dan has also been, among other things, a flight instructor, aviation mechanic, corporate pilot, air traffic controller, and classical guitar instructor during his varied career.

He and his most excellent wife have been married longer than all the rest of the staff combined.

Sandi Mcconnaughey

Director of Women's Ministry, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship
Executive Assistant, to the President
Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship


Sandi McConnaughey has served in a wide variety of ministry positions for more than forty years—leading women’s Bible studies, counseling and starting a Bible study in a crisis pregnancy center, doing youth ministry along with her husband Dan, and working in many other mentoring and discipleship positions. Mrs. McConnaughey also spent several years working as a registered nurse, as well as serving in hospital ministry as a counselor.

For the past six years, Mrs. McConnaughey has served as the Director of Women’s Ministry as well as teaches courses on evangelism, provides spiritual leadership to female students, and serves alongside Eric Ludy as his executive assistant.

Mrs. McConnaughey has been happily married to her husband Dan for over forty years. They have five grown children, one adopted daughter from Haiti, and twenty grandchildren.


A few things you should know about Sandi:

Around here, she's affectionately known to us all as "Mama Sandi".

She was a bronze medal winner in the high jump for the 1971 Junior Olympics and her swimming skills are equally impressive.

Her chocolate chip cookies and cream of Jalapéno soup are legendary!

Philip Hartman

Program Director and Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship


Philip Hartman has been a part of our team since 2011. Philip is deeply passionate about prayer, discipleship, and the advancement of the Kingdom of God through the proclamation of the Gospel. He has a strong call for international missions, has spent considerable time in evangelism, and has poured his life into mentoring and pointing young men toward Jesus Christ. Philip is married to his wonderful wife Emily, serves as the director of Bravehearted Personal Discipleship, and hopes to serve in India as a full-time missionary in the near future.


A few things you should know about Philip:

This native Coloradan was born and raised at the base of the Rocky Mountains.

Newly married to his beautiful wife from Pennsylvania, it has been reported by some that he smiles more these days.

He always welcomes dark chocolate.

Elijah Robertson

Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship


Ever since the Lord apprehended Elijah as a teenager, he has committed himself to working in and training for ministry. Right out of high school, he attended a Bible school in Pennsylvania and after several years of hands on ministry, attended Moody Bible Institute where he majored in biblical Studies and elementary education. Some of the various ministries Elijah has led or served in "include": youth ministry, after-school programs, juvenile detention ministry, jail ministry, street evangelism, and active discipleship of young people. He has taught a variety of subjects as an educator for students third grade through senior high school and cares deeply about teaching from a Christian perspective. 

Elijah is passionate about the glory and nature of God, and works to see the church of Jesus Christ established in the Word of God. He delights in teaching and preaching God’s Word to this end.

Elijah is happily married to his wife Lauren and they have two children. He considers his family his greatest ministry.


A few things you should know about Elijah:

If you've ever wondered if children come cheaper by the dozen, you can ask Elijah — he comes from a family of 12 kids!

He has a creative edge and eye for beauty, which is evident every time he gets his hands on a piece of wood.

The guy makes a mean salsa, and even if you prefer your salsa to be kind, we're sure that his could win you over!