In 2005 Caleb decided safety was overrated. Realizing there is nowhere on earth beyond the reach of God's love, he became what some have labeled a "real life Indiana Jones" or an "extreme missionary," traveling to some of the world's most dark, dangerous, and despised places. He has ventured to conflict zones in Africa, into illegal brothels in Asia, to Central American prisons, and down tributaries in the Amazon. The journey has not always been easy, but Caleb has witnessed God's light break through the darkness again and again. His endeavors have sparked new churches and launched new ministries. He is the author of DANGEROUS, an ordained minister, a graduate of Bethel College, and a former pastor. He lives in the sticks of Nebraska, along with his wife, and their four children.
Caleb is a speaker for Forge. Caleb connects and challenges audiences through creativity, humor, urgency, and stories of mission-driven adventure. Caleb is a mobilizer at heart, he strives to awaken followers of Christ to engage hard and difficult places. Caleb has spoken at college campuses, music festivals, missions conferences, churches, retreats, and men's events across the United States and Canada.
Founder of Unusual Soldiers
Caleb is the founder of Unusual Soldiers. Caleb equips students how to engage the world's toughest places through outdoor scenario-based "bootcamps", adventure programs, and thru classroom training sessions. His training is often outside-the-box and many of his lessons (and handbooks) are visual, simple, memorable, and reproducible. Caleb training has been a launching pad for national missionaries, independent missionaries, and traditional missionaries.
Caleb is the author of Dangerous. A book that not only shares some of his exploits, but also aims to mobilize aspiring Unusual Soldiers to engage dark, dangerous, and despised places worldwide. Caleb’s book is available at bookstores everywhere. You can get your copy here.
FAST FACTS ABOUT CALEB
Caleb was a pastor for eight years before he stepped out to launch Unusual Soldiers full-time thru Forge.
Caleb has ministered on every inhabited continent and many different environments.
Caleb married his first girlfriend. She doesn't travel with him, but she fully backs his ministry and endeavors.
Caleb emptied his bank account and went on a solo trip to unreached Maasai tribes in 2005. The courageous spirit of the Maasai redefined his life, his ministry, and awakened a global vision . The unusual soldiers logo now carries the image of a Maasai boy on the border of a dangerous place.
Caleb was trained in survival by Bear Grylls and former British Commandos in the Scottish Highlands. He was later trained to be a Survival instructor in Nevada's Valley of Fire.
Caleb was called quiet, timid, and shy in high school, but he did his best to destroy that stereotype when he raced motocross.
Caleb continually battles ADD, Chronic fatigue, and severe allergies.
Caleb has literally ate monkey brains and drank his own...(you fill in the blank).
Caleb is a certified Wilderness First Responder with NOLS and was trained in Risk/Crises Management by CCI.
Caleb was awarded Alumnas of the Year by his Alma mater in 2017.
Caleb has been interviewed on multiple radio and TV programs. (700 Club interactive, Moody Bible Radio, 100 Huntley Street - Canada, Harvest Show, Open House - Australia, etc)
Caleb grew up working for his Dad on a farm and both of his parents were his church youth leaders.
During Caleb's first year of youth ministry he trained a select few students each year in a program he called "Unusual Soldiers." A name that an older gentleman had labeled him and some church planters a few months prior.
Caleb takes each of his kids on a rugged spiritual adventure when they turned 5 years old. He loves building forts and reading them the Action Bible.
Caleb has searched for a hidden treasure, but unlike Indiana Jones he came up empty handed.
EXAMPLES OF CALEB'S MESSAGES
13th Floor: Awakening the call to Dark, Dangerous, and Despised Places
Abandon the Ordinary: Rediscover who you are and what you are capable of through Christ
Parabouleuomai: Taking Foolish Risks...Wisley
Pick a Fight: Discern who God has called you to fight for
Bullseye Pursuing Jesus above all else
Baal-Perazim: Following God's Voice
Endangered Species: Living fearless for Christ
A Dangerous Invitation: Becoming a Follower not just a believer
Point of no Return: Living in total Surrender
Empowered: Doing mission in the power of the Holy Spirit
Prequel: Caleb's testimony of destroying timidity
Death Penalty (Substitute): A simple yet gripping salvation message
Breathing Courage: The power of building up and igniting others
Next Gen: Understanding, Engaging, and Reaching the next generation
DNA: DNA of a healthy growing church
Resilient: Never Waver. Never Give Up.
Zero Point Zero: Reaching Unureached People Groups
EXAMPLES OF CALEB'S TRAINING SESSIONS
COMMON TRAITS OF UNUSUAL SOLDIERS
Humility: Positioning yourself to be used greatly by God
Humility: Rediscovering who you are
Passion: Making Intimacy with God your Priority
Passion: Love beyond suffering
Vision: Multiply until you die (Make Disciples)
Vision: Where is your territory?
Vision: Led by the Holy Spirit
Courage: Unbreakable in the face of temptation
Courage: Initiative to take Risks for the mission
SLINGSHOT: STRATEGIC INDEPENDENT MISSIONARY TRAINING
Igniting a Disciple Making Movement,
Making "Unusual Soldier" Disciples
Independent Missionaries? Short termer? Long termer?
Starting a ministry, Creating a website
Scouting and Navigation Tips
Low Budget travel Tips
Engaging another Culture with respect
Developing Healthy Partnerships
Handling money oversea
Developing a Missions Strategy
Tools, Apps, and Ministry Gadgets
Building a Team: Sharing a Vision, Raising funds, Developing a Prayer Force.
Tips on writing a newsletter that get read
SHREWD SURVIVAL: HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING
Priorities of Survival: Protection, Food, Water, Fire, Shelter, Clothing, Navigation, etc.
Theology of Risk-Taking
Becoming SnakeDove: Being a hard target, Knowing how the "wolves" think, Resisting an active shooter, Surviving a Hostage situation, Situational awareness, etc
Escape, Evasion, and Rescue Tactics