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The Riders (USA)

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Glenn Townend

Church: The Haven at Central Coast Adventist School

Ministry Passion: Disciple-making – seeing every person becoming a disciple of Jesus and fulfilling God’s call on their life.

Favourite leisure time (besides cycling): Gardening – both road and mountain biking

Bike: Road – Giant Defy Advanced Pro O frame from 2021 and gear from 2018

MTB – Avanti Competitor 2 

Ride specialty (Pick hills, endurance or sprints): staying upright! Endurance

Favourite food after long rides: sourdough toast (crunchy) with crunchy Sanitarium peanut butter and honey, also a protein smoothy with kale and frozen banana and berries

Favourite Bible character: Besides Jesus – Joshua

Favourite passage of the Bible: Romans 5 and 8

Volunteer ministry: teaching Sabbath School from kids to adults and welcoming at church.

Pham Nguyen To Phuong

Church: Phu Nhuan church, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

Ministry passion: reaching out to people through the church literature and health ministries

Bike: Cervelo R5

Bike specialty: endurance ride

Favorite food after long rides: milk tea and noodles

Favorite Bible character: Paul

Favorite passage of the Bible: Psalm 23

Volunteer ministry: doing charity work for Hmong community, food programs

Employment: South East Asia Union Mission Publishing and Health Director, Home Health Education Service Manager

Torben Berglund

Church: Spencerville Church, Maryland, USA

Ministry Passion: Restoring what is broken and lost

Favourite leisure time apart from cycling: Running, skiing, good conversations

Bike: Which one? I have a few but the one I use for the IWGR is an Orbea Orca Aero

Ride specialty: I always wanted to be strong at climbing and time trial but according to tests, my strength is actually sprinting.

Favourite food after long rides: Just about anything that gives energy fast

Favourite Bible character: The Solomon who wrote Ecclesiastes

Favourite passage of the Bible: Isaiah 55:8-9

Volunteer ministry: teaching Sabbath School

Anthony Kent

Anthony is a great, great, grandson of Tom Kent and the I Will Go Ride Leader

Church: Spencerville, Maryland, USA

Ministry Passion: People accepting, following Jesus, discipling others and being ready for the Second Advent.

Favourite leisure time: cycling, golf

Bike: BMC Team Machine SLR01

Ride specialty: Downhill with a tailwind

Favourite food after long rides: Watermelon if I’m good, Ice-cream if I’m bad

Favourite Bible character: Barnabas

Favourite passage of the Bible: Heb 12:1-2

Volunteer ministry: anything that leads people to Jesus

Rob Hansford

Rob is a great, great, grandson of Tom Kent!

Church: Jane and I attend Eight Mile Plains in Brisbane

Ministry Passion:  Ensuring our youth know the real Jesus

Favourite leisure time apart from cycling:  Travelling, spending time, and having fun with the love of my life Jane and our adult sons and their partners.

Bike: Teschner Team Race

Ride Specialty: I enjoy a good climb (which doesn’t necessarily mean I’m good at it)

Favourite food after long rides: Anything that isn’t a sports bar or a gel.  Usually a banana protein shake.

Favourite Bible Character: Abraham

Favourite Passage of the Bible: Genesis 15:8-21

Volunteer Ministry:  Currently serving as an Elder and supporting the Church’s Youth Ministry

Employment: Chief Financial Officer at Eureka Street Furniture, Queensland

Brett Townend

Church: My wife Rae and I visit churches across South East Qld as part of my leadership role

Ministry Passion: Shaping anything and everything we do to see people meet Jesus

Favourite leisure time apart from cycling: horses (Brett is a genuine horse whisperer!)

Bike: Which one? Bianchi

Ride specialty: getting lost on endurance rides

Favourite food after long rides: anything!

Favourite Bible character: Paul

Favourite passage of the Bible: Philippians 2

Volunteer ministry: listening to the person in front of me

Michael Worker

Church: Wantirna, Victoria, Australia

Ministry Passion: To see healthy thriving churches that are actively engaged in their local community and sharing the good news of Jesus’ and His soon return

Favourite leisure time apart from cycling: Weight Training and spending time with my family.

Bike: Cannondale Synapse

Ride specialty: Hills

Favourite food after long rides I love to reward myself with some ice cream after a big long ride (don’t tell Torben).

Favourite Bible character: Jeremiah

Favourite passage of the Bible Titus 3:4-7

Volunteer ministry: teaching Sabbath School and when the opportunity arises, being involved as a sound engineer.  Both Maree and I enjoy visiting churches in our local area and sharing the Word.

Russ Willcocks

Church: Springwood, Brisbane

Ministry Passion: Reproducible, scalable ministry systems that support movements

Favourite leisure time apart from cycling: family time, swimming

Bike: Merida Reacto 7000

Ride specialty: Falling off

Favourite food after long rides: toast

Favourite Bible character: Priscilla and Aquilla

Favourite passage of the Bible: Rom 12:1-3

Volunteer ministry: Welcome and Checkin team