Passages

 
Troy Gray

Sept. 8, 1982 - Dec. 12, 2011

Troy Gray, area director in Tempe, Ariz., passed into the presence of his Savior at the age of 29. For months, Gray bravely battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, while serving as an inspiration to so many. He was an incredible man of God, wonderful husband to Kelly and father to Garrison (5) and Aven (1), and an admired, top-notch area director.

Gray met the Lord through Young Life at Arcadia High School in Arizona. After graduating from ASU, he went through the Young Life training program and became area director of Tempe in 2006.

Marty Caldwell, senior vice president of the International South Division, said, “In both life and death, Troy Gray and Kelly Gray have shown us the Way of Hope. The sadness is deep and painful. The hope is barely enough, but this family has shown this Hope is truly true. Our job now? Carry this Hope in Christ as a legacy.”

 

 

Guy Gresham

April 5, 1961 - Dec. 31, 2011

Guy Gresham went to be with Jesus on Dec. 31, 2011. Raised in Denver, Gresham met his wife of 24 years, Carole, in Durango, Colo.

For more than 25 years, Gresham shared Jesus with kids through Young Life. As an area director in the small Colorado towns of Durango, Rangeley, and Sterling, he impacted more lives than we can know.

In 2006, Gresham and Carole transitioned to Woodleaf camp staff in Challenge, Calif., with their four children: Rachel, Hanna, Tamara and Canaan. In the last 18 months, the Greshams also assumed legal guardianship of their foster son, Nate.

“Faithfulness and consistency are two marks of Young Life and Guy Gresham. As minister, father and friend, he served and loved in a way that left a significant and lasting impression on those he touched. I am one of those people. He will be missed,” said Ken Tankersley, regional director, Young Life Front Range Region.

 

Doug Kuhn

March 15, 1965 - Dec. 2, 2011

Doug Kuhn passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 2 into the arms of Jesus. Passionate about using his civil engineering skills for building Christ’s kingdom, Kuhn treasured the part he played on staff at Washington Family Ranch. He was part of the team that built the original camp at Washington Family Ranch and also helped with the expansion, completed in 2011. Kuhn, along with his wife, Dana, has volunteered for many years in the Yakima, Wash., area.

Mark Poindexter, director of construction, Young Life Camping said, “Doug’s life was filled with love for family, spending time with his boys, and being committed to friends. Doug’s incredible drive for perfection in the Creekside project was a reflection of his amazing faith, love for Jesus Christ, and desire to share the Gospel with kids.”

 

 

 

Bob Reeverts

April 25, 1935 - Oct. 28, 2011

Bob Reeverts was introduced to Young Life while in high school in Knoxville, Tenn. It had a profound impact on his faith journey and left a lasting impression. After graduating from the University of Tennessee and Fuller Theological Seminary, Reeverts joined Young Life staff in 1961.

Throughout his 50 years of involvement with Young Life, Reeverts served in many roles within the mission. His most recognized role of leadership was leading Young Life’s international ministry, where he humbly followed the Lord’s leading in expanding Young Life globally, reaching more kids with the good and saving news of Jesus.

Reeverts’ mark on others was not limited to Young Life. Bob Lonac, former Young Life staff and current president and CEO of CRISTA Ministries remarked, “He was a relentless and loving warrior for Jesus every day of his life. I never knew a man who was more consistent in the character traits that reflect Jesus Christ, than Bob Reeverts.”​​