2022 Ready UP Instructor Biographies
Rev. Joe Blackwood is the Communications Coordinator for the Oklahoma District Royal Rangers and an active member of the Central Assembly of God in Enid, OK. Entering the ministry at the age of sixteen, Joe earned his Gold Medal of Achievement and graduated from the Junior Leadership Training Academy in 2005. As an adult leader, he attained the Medal of Excellence, Advanced and Platinum Leaders Advancements, and Certified Instructor status in 2018. The hope and direction imparted on his life and its culmination in working with boys to imbue the same influence on their lives is his favorite part of Royal Rangers.
CLINTON (CLINT) BRYAN
Clint completed B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry. He has been a Professor of Chemistry at Cameron University since 1988 where he earned the Hackler Award in Teaching Excellence. Since 1994, Clint has served as the director/faculty advisor for Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at Cameron University. In addition, Clint has been a Royal Ranger Commander since January 2000; he launched his Royal Ranger leadership training with LTC in spring 2000. Subsequently, Clint has attended Ranger Basics three times and completed World Class Outpost Seminar. Since 2017, Clint has offered a Royal Ranger Science Merit Day Camp as a biennial event for southwest Oklahoma Royal Rangers.
ROGER FREELS, SR
Roger has been in Royal Rangers since he was a boy beginning in the Pioneers group. He served in the U.S Army for 16 years (13 years active duty) culminating in the rank of Staff Sergeant. He is a combat veteran serving in Operation Desert Storm. He is a Software Engineer for Pioneer Telephone in Kingfisher Oklahoma. Roger serves as the Outpost Coordinator for Christ’s Legacy Church in Yukon, Oklahoma, the District Outreach Coordinator for Oklahoma District, and as the Regional Outreach Coordinator. All 4 of his sons have received the Gold Medal of Achievement. He loves his wife Jennifer so very much who serves in their church as well as the Girls Ministries Coordinator, and they have 6 children, and 6 grandchildren.
Bob enlisted in the United States Air Force out of high school on August 20, 1979. He spent the next 16 years serving at Air Force installations in Southern Italy, Louisiana, South Korea, Arkansas, and Texas. He was assigned to the Air Force Personnel Center in Universal City from 1989 – 1995. In May 1995 Bob applied for and was selected to attend Air Force Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama where he was ultimately commissioned as a second lieutenant, and then spent the next ten years serving at Air Force installations in Louisiana, Nebraska, and back to the Air Force Personnel Center in 2002. Overall, Bob served our Nation for 26 years on active duty, retiring on September 1, 2005. He would serve another 13 ½ years as a civil servant before resigning from the Air Force Personnel Center in January 2019.
Bob asked Jesus into his heart on February 15, 1980, at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi MS. He received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1981 while serving at San Vito Air Station in Southern Italy. Bob has been serving in ministry since 1982 in numerous capacities from Sunday School teacher to an associate pastor.
Bob enjoys education and had earned four degrees over the years culminating with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Christian Counseling. His doctoral dissertation was in Multi-Age Education where he was able to include a boy’s ministry curriculum that he created in 1993 called Mighty Warriors Boys Club which ministered to boys between the ages of 6 and 12. Bob taught the Mighty Warriors curriculum at various churches from 1993 until he started attending services at First Assembly of God in San Antonio TX.
Bob put aside the Mighty Warriors Boy’s Club ministry when he became a Royal Rangers Commander with Outpost 5 in March 2004. He served as a Discovery and Adventure Rangers Commander for several years until he found his niche in Ranger Kids in 2009 where he currently serves.
Outside of his responsibilities at Outpost 5, Bob served as the South Texas Ranger Kids Coordinator for nearly five years. Royal Rangers training includes NTC, NEEC, NRMC, Training Academy, National Academy, Advanced Academy, and the Johnnie Barnes Excellence Initiative. Bob also served on camp staff for 3 JTC camps.
Bob hold Licensed Minister credentials with the Assemblies of God.
He is blessed with a son, Sean, and a beautiful daughter-in-law, Emma.
MARVIN LEMKE, RRA COORDINATOR FOR THE OKLAHOMA DISTRICT.
My first assignment as a Royal Rangers was in 1967 in Colorado Springs Co. I was asked by the pastor to be the Sr. Commander for a little while. 55 years later I am still involved in the Ranger ministry.
I have served in many different positions over the years. I was the founder of the RRA program and served as the first National RRA President, I served 22 years as Training coordinator and or regional coordinator for the South-Central Region. In the mid 70’s I spent a lot of time[assisting]developing and teaching the Leadership Training Course (LTC). The National Training Camp (NTC) was a “must go to camp” and I served as Camp Commander on many camps with Fred Deaver as Sr. Guide. I also served on NTC staff with Johnnie Barnes on 4 camps. That was a great experience.
In 2004 I was appointed Oklahoma District Royal Ranger coordinator and spent the next 10 years developing Camp Adventure, our district Royal Ranger camp. God has blessed us with a great camp. My Royal Ranger travels have taken me to Indonesia (1975) where I started an outpost in Jakarta and conducted the first NTC in Hawaii in 1976. In 2004, I took a team and traveled to Russia to conduct their first ANTC. In 2009, 3 leaders and myself went to Moldovia to start the Royal Ranger ministry. While there we visited a National Royal Ranger camp in the Ukraine.
I am a retired Air Force veteran with a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1964-1965. I earned a master’s degree in education and have applied this training to the Royal Ranger ministry as well as my military teaching assignments.
SID MCCOY OKLAHOMA DISTRICT DIRECTOR
Sid McCoy is the Oklahoma Royal Rangers District Director. He has been involved with this ministry from 1971 as a Pioneer, as a local leader since 1980, and has served as DD since 2016.
Sid is currently an administrator at Jones Elementary School interacting with 546 boys and girls on a daily basis!!
Sid and wife Linda have been married 39 years as of March 25th. They have a daughter and son. Two grandsons and twin granddaughters.
He lives to help others have the opportunity to see Jesus!
LIZ MOON, OKLAHOMA GIRLS MINISTRIES DIRECTOR,
Liz has had the honor of serving girls and leaders for 20 years. Liz is an Ordained A/G Minister, and her husband Arlis is the pastor of Freedom Church, Altus. God has called Liz to help girls grow in their love for the Word of God and to bloom in their relationship with Christ. She is able to do this by serving her local church, preaching camps and kids crusades, trainings and serving on national Girls Ministries committees. Liz has traveled to 16 countries (many through GM) and loves learning about new cultures.
“Building girls, so we don’t have to repair women” has been her ministry motto for many years.
Liz also works as the Executive Director of a pro-life pregnancy clinic in Altus, which just further employs her desire and skills to “speak life” into the lives of young women.
Liz and Arlis have been married 41 years, have 2 sons, 2 daughter in loves, 2 daughters, and 7 wonderful grandchildren. Liz loves hiking, running, travel, scrapbooking and is a health coach.
TED “OAK” SCHMIDT – PLAINSMEN TERRITORIAL REP
Ted has served as the outpost coordinator for Albuquerque Revival Church in Albuquerque, NM since 2004. As a boy, Ted completed the highest award in each age group – cumulating in earning the Gold Medal of Achievement in 1990. As an adult leader, he served as Jed Smith Chapter President, National FCF Vice President, and currently as the New Mexico RR District Director. Ted is married to Kelly and they reside in Albuquerque, NM with their three dogs – Bentley, Lacey and the Griff.