SNCO/NCO Network Development
Born: Pontiac, Michigan
Married to Tova Byrd. We met during the summer of 1981 through a mutual friend. In 1989 we were married in Las Vegas, just as I was reporting to my second duty station, and she was being discharged from the Marine Corps.
Children: (3) Two boys: Mark Jr., Quamaine, and our daughter, Quaniqua. Mark served in the Air Force and now works for Space X, Quamaine is in the Air Force at Travis AFB, and Quaniqua is a licensed esthetician, and is currently attending school to become an Occupational Therapist.
Faith: I accepted Christ into my life as a child. But it was during a MEU deployment in 1993 where I was lead to rededicate my life, and I have been following Christ ever since.
Church: Grace Church in Dumfries, VA, under the leadership of Bishop Derek Grier.
USMC: Enlisted in 1985, basic rifleman MOS (0311). Duty stations included: 1st Battalion 7th Marines; 1st Battalion 8th Marines; School of Infantry East; MCRD San Diego; 2nd Battalion 7th Marines; I&I Duty Wyoming, Pennsylvania; HMLA-169 MCAS Camp Pendleton; Fitness Report Branch, Quantico; and Base Sergeant Major, MCB Quantico. I retired in September 2015 after serving 30 years on active duty.
College: Associates degree in general studies from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration (Human Resources Management). Tova has a Bachelors degree in Management(Human Resources Management) from Park University.
TTF: I was introduced to Tun Tavern Fellowship while serving as the Base Sergeant Major at MCB Quantico. I met Mike West during our weekly FOSL Bible study.
MARSOC, MCAS New River, and Camp Johnson
Born: Jeremiah – Denver, Colorado; Leslee – Fullerton, California
Married: July 27, 1996 when Leslee was 19 and Jeremiah was 21
Children: Clayton (16), Kaylee (12), Joy (10), Adalyn (8), Wyatt (6), Trentyn (4), and Uriyah (2)
Faith: Jeremiah trusted Jesus Christ as His Lord & Savior in 1979 when he was 5 years old and Leslee in 1991 when she was 14. They both grew in their faith in Baptist, Lutheran, non-denominational, and for the last 11 years PCA churches.
Para-church Ministries: Officer Christian Fellowship (OCF), Tun Tavern Fellowship (TTF), Cadence International, and Navigators
Church: Currently members at Harvest PCA in Jacksonville, NC
USMC: (1994-2016) Machine-Gunner & Armory Custodian w/ 1/5, Marksmanship Instructor at Edson Range, USC NROTC student (MECEP), commissioned May 2002, Flight School, Adjutant w/ 1/9 & 2/6 (Fallujah, Iraq), Hq Bn OpsO (29 Palms), MAGTFTC/MCAGCC Base Adjutant.
Camp Lejeune, MCAS Cherry Point
Born: We both grew up in Tampa, FL.
Married: 25 May 1985; Jen was 18 and Steve was 20.
Children: Amanda (26, married); Katy (24); Grace (23, married; mother of our first grand child, Skylar); Ben (22, senior at Liberty U)
Faith: Both received Christ as Savior and Lord in 1986. Christ led through the Assemblies of God, Church of God, PCA and ARP.
Para-church Ministries: Officers’ Christian Fellowship, Tun Tavern Fellowship, Navigators.Church: Holy Trinity PCA, Tampa FL.
USMC: 1982-1991 3043, Drill Instructor, Competitive Shooter. Commissioned in Dec ‘91, TBS, IOC/0302, 2/2 (Haiti), TBS, AWS, 2/8(Kosovo), MOI at USC, CSC, SAW, 2nd MARDIV/II MEF FWD Staff (Iraq x 2), XO of RCT-8 (Afghanistan), SOCOM.
Current Billet: Retired 1 Dec 2014. Transitioning toward full-time ministry.
College: USC (Columbia, SC) via MECE
SouthEast Region (SC, GA, FL)
Born: Ann Arbor, MI; childhood in Bloomington, IN
Married: Karen Lundblad (MCRD San Diego 1977)
Children: Paul (28), Christine (26), Son-in-Law Brian (27)
Faith: Came to Jesus as Lord and Savior at MCRD San Diego in 1977. Met Karen 3 weeks later who brought me to my first OCF Bible Study.
Para-church Ministries: Officers’ Christian Fellowship study leader in San Diego, DC, Okinawa, and Quantico; Tun Tavern Fellowship Eastern Area Missionary.
Churches/Ministries: Director of Men’s Ministry, Christ Church at Grove Farm in Pittsburgh for 3 years, taught adult Sunday school and small groups in Bible studies. Christian Leadership Concepts discipleship.
USMC: 20 year Marine veteran (0302/9962/4002) serving 1st, 3rd and 4th Marine Divisions; MCRD San Diego Recruit Training Series and Company Commands. Director of IT for 4th Div Wing Team and MCCDC, Quantico.
Current Billet: Program Director, IBM Sales Enablement (retiring December 2015); and part time Network Missionary for TTF East.
Education: USNA (1972), Airborne (1969) and Ranger School (1973), AWS (1980), Command and Staff (1985), Strayer University (MSIS 1991)
Quantico, HQMC, USNA
Board of Director since 2006
Currently serving as Director, TTF
From San Diego, CA (USMC family)
Having been blessed with a godly heritage, Mike accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior as a young lad. He continued to grow in his faith through family discipleship, church involvement, Young Life, and OCF at Penn State and through his career.
He was commissioned in 1985 as an Infantry Officer. He has deployed on multiple occasions and has served operationally from Hawaii (1/3), Okinawa (1/3), Camp Lejeune (3/6; 24 MEU, 2dMarDiv,
Unitas, II MEF, and 2nd MEB/TF Tarawa). Schools and b-billets have taken him to Fort Benning, GA; Bridgeport, CA; NPS, Monterey, CA; Quantico, VA; Naples, Italy; Portsmouth, UK; and
HQMC, DC. He is blessed to currently serve as Director, TTF and NCR Network Missionary operating out of Stafford, VA.
He was married in 1985 to Michelle, who came to Christ in college at Penn State. Michelle is a former Labor & Delivery Nurse and full-time “Mom” who now serves over 650 children as their elementary school nurse. Their 3 children are Lindsay Malia Kai Kuntz (Texas A&M 2011), Joshua Brooks (William & Mary, 2015), and Bethany Taylor (Univ of Alabama, 2017). They currently attend church at Mount Ararat Baptist and host a Sunday evening TBS small group, while Mike also facilitates the Sat morning “Breakfast and Bible” at the local Tun Tavern Inn and a Wed morning “Wallbuilders” Bible study.