Ron Vandever grew up in Walla Walla, WA and came to Evangel University in the fall of 1996 and was a collegiate football player. He received his B.S. in Elementary Education from Evangel University in 2001. Ron then went on to be involved in ministry for over 19 years in various roles and positions. He is currently a teaching pastor at Emmaus church in Springfield, MO. He and his wife Jessica have been married thirteen years and have three wonderful children
Ron became involved with Ozarks Teen Challenge when he was invited to speak twice a month during Chapels for our students. His dedication to helping disciple our students during those times has been a blessing to our campus. In 2016, Ron was added as a Board Member of Ozarks Teen Challenge. Ron has close ties to the TC cause.
“My own family has a long line of addiction, including my twin brother. I have seen drugs and alcohol take lives and families and destroy them. I often wonder what my family would have been like if they had been introduced to a life-changing ministry like Ozarks TC.”