FINN foster - Director
Finn Foster has a degree in Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College. His love for the backcountry started back in the southern hills of Texas and has moved him to travel to untouched wilderness in close to 40 of 50 states. After living in Oregon for a few years, Finn’s passion of taking people to the wilderness to experience the perfect presence of the Creator grew into a complete life change and a move to Southwest Colorado for his current degree program.
Finn enjoys climbing, backpacking, burgers, and traveling in his truck (Dexter) all over the country. He came to know God in high school, and began pursuing active discipleship and several speaking opportunities in Texas. After leading at his high school’s FCA, Finn went on to be a leader at the University of Oregon’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship where he truly began to understand the perfect example of Christ and what it means to follow Him.
He now takes people out to see the glory that God left for His people in the hopes that they might feel the same peace he does while wandering.
SHANELLE Foster - Director
Shanelle was born and raised in Durango, Colorado where she fell in love with the outdoors when she was young. She became a follower of Christ when she was in 6th grade at Whispering Pines Bible Camp, but it wasn’t until her first year on a True Elevation trip in 2012 where she fell in love with everything Christ is.
Since then, she has passionately chased the outdoors seeking to find Christ in every activity. Shanelle graduated from Fort Lewis College with a B.A. in Adventure Education. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, trail running, skiing, canyoneering, and spending time in the mountains. She is also passionate about exploring with her husband, Finn, and wild pup, Blue.
Shanelle believes the outdoors can expose who we are created to be in the rawest form. As well as understand the goodness of the Lord by exploring beautiful and untouched wild country.
Hosea 2:14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.”
THOMAS DOWNING (T)
Thomas Downing has a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Humanities and a secondary teaching license from Fort Lewis College. T’s love of wild places has been cultivated since his earliest years growing up in the Southwestern United States. He has spent the majority of his life being active in many backcountry pursuits, including fly fishing, backpacking, and traditional bowhunting.
“It’s humbling to be involved in such an adventurous and dynamic ministry. Equipping Servant Leaders through discipleship is a cornerstone of True Elevation.” -T
Nate Andrew is a long-time Durango local, Jesus follower, husband, father, brother, and business owner. He loves peanut butter on almost everything, being prepared for the worst case scenario, his Labradoodle, Shawn, chainsaws, The Office, grapefruit juice, and spending weekends at home with no plans. He's a search and rescue veteran, perfectionist, introvert, and true enneagram 1 who thinks being outside and disconnected from outside pressure is the easiest way to connect with our Creator.
Throughout high school and college, Nate has been committed to getting outside and taking advantage of our beautiful state as much as possible. His pursuits and experience include climbing, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, white water rafting, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and most recently - hunting and fishing. One of his favorite guide experiences was leading large-group 2-day trips in the San Juan Backcountry for a summer at Camp Kivu.
Today, Nate shares that passion for the outdoors with his two kids, and wife in between juggling owning several businesses. He's excited for the time he gets to dedicate to adventuring, learning and fostering community at True Elevation during summer 2020 and beyond!