TTF has both a Board of Directors and a Board of Advisors. Click on the board members’ names to read their bios.
Board of Directors
Maj. Micah Akin
Board of Directors since Aug 2017
Micah was blessed to grow up in a large family where faith-in-action spoke louder than words. Through his parents’ biblical example, God drew Micah to Himself at a young age. Micah’s wife Robin accepted Christ during her first tour in the Navy as a P-3 NFO. Micah and Robin met at an OCF White Sulfur Springs retreat, where their shared love of Jesus and a passion for applying His word to every aspect of life drew them together. They now homeschool their three children and seek to encourage others they meet in their love of Christ.
As a Communications Officer, God led Micah and his family through adventure tours to Quantico, Cherry Point, Yuma, Monterey, the Pentagon, and Camp Pendleton.
Col. Tim Barrick (Ret.)
Board of Directors since Aug 2012
Tim became a Christian as a kid and grew up in a strong Christian home. Tim’s dad was a Bible Translator in Bangladesh during Tim’s late elementary and teenage years. Prior to his appointment to the Naval Academy, Tim attended The Master’s College for a semester of Bible courses. It was also at Master’s that he met his wife Danika.
After graduating from the Naval Academy, Tim was commissioned as a Marine where he subsequently served as a tank officer. Over his 29 years in the Marine Corps, Tim served in all three tank battalions (1st, 2nd, and 4th), and as a lieutenant colonel he commanded 1st Tank Battalion in 29 Palms, CA. Tim also completed tours as a Series Officer at MCRD San Diego, a planner and staff officer at Marine Corps Forces Japan and Marine Corps Forces Europe & Africa, an instructor in Leadership & Ethics with the Marine Corps War College, and as the Commanding Officer for the Marine Corps Tactics & Operations Group. Combat deployments included Iraq in 2006-2007 on the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq J33 staff, Afghanistan in 2004 as a planner on the Combined Joint Task Force-76 staff where he was the lead CJTF planner for the Afghan Presidential elections, and Afghanistan in 2012 as the senior advisor for an Afghan National Civil Order Police Brigade. Tim retired in Spring 2021.
Tim and Danika were married in 1992 and have two grown sons Justin and Ryan who are also both married.
LtCol John A. Dalby
Having been blessed with a godly heritage, John accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and was baptized as a young child. He continued to grow in his faith through family devotions, church involvement, and OCF at the Naval Academy. Currently, service in a local church and growing through small groups is a priority. He was commissioned in 2003 as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer. He deployed overseas on 5 occasions, with operational tours out of Camp Lejeune (V28), 29 Palms (V27), and Camp Pendleton (TF Taqaddum). Schools and b-billets have taken him to MCRD Parris Island, SC; Fort Benning, GA; Arlington, VA; Quantico, VA, and 29 Palms, CA. He is currently on a joint billet in South Korea. He was married in 2005 to the former Leizl Tan, who came to Christ through Young Life while in high school. Leizl is a former Marine Corps Adjutant and now serves as a full-time home-maker for McKenna (13), Ainsley (11), Asher (7), and Brielle (5).
LtCol (Ret) Drew Jensen
Originally From Philadelphia, PA
Board of Directors since Aug 2006
Drew was born in Philadelphia, PA to a US Navy dad. After moving many times, they wound up back in the Philadelphia area in 1973 where he met his wife, Carolyn, who lived across the street. Since he was only 12 years old, we waited until 1984 to get married. Drew was blessed to be raised in a Christian home and accepted the Lord as his Savior at an early age.
Drew was commissioned through USNA in 1983 and retired from active duty in 2006. Seventeen years were spent as a combat engineer officer and six years as an operations research analyst. Since retiring from active duty, he has worked as an operations research analyst at Operations Analysis Directorate.
Carolyn teaches math at Fredericksburg Christian High School. They have been blessed with two daughters who are married to fine Christian young men. Rachel and Caleb McAllister live in Lynchburg, VA and have a son and daughter. Carolyn and Everett Grimley live in Cary, NC.
Carolyn and Drew attend Calvary Chapel of Fredericksburg where Drew serve on the Safety Team. He also has the privilege of facilitating a Wednesday morning Bible study at the Davis building.
Maj Ben O'Donnell
Originally From Apalachin, NY
Board of Directors since 2021
Ben and Stephanie were born and raised inside the church and came to an early faith in Jesus. Both graduated from a small Christian school in NY (also where they first met each other) before going their separate ways for college. Stephanie attended Eastern Univerity in Philadelphia, PA and Ben attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Ben and Stephanie spent much of their young adult lives working out their faith in Christ – He has been so gracious to them. The O’Donnell’s are ardent TTF supporters and lead small group Bible studies. Stephanie homeschools their three small children – perhaps the most important ministry of all. The O’Donnell’s attend Calvary Chapel, Fredericksburg, VA.
Ben is an infantry officer. He received his commission in the United States Marine Corps in 2008. The O’Donnell’s enjoyed the following assignments since 2010: 1st Battalion 5th Marines (2010-2013), The Basic School/Infantry Officer Course (2013-2016), Expeditionary Warfare School (2016-2017), 2d Battalion, 4th Marines (2017-2020), USMC Command and Staff College (2020-2021), Expeditionary Warfare School (present).
CWO4 David Pedraza
Board Member since 2015
Dave was born again 22 July 1979 at the Circle C Youth Ranch, in Miami, FL, and baptized in 1986 at the 1st Baptist Church of Westwood Lake by Pastor Marvin Gochenour. His wife Dawn was born again in mid-1991 and baptized that same year by Pastor Gochenour. All five kids are born-again and both of Dave’s parents and two younger brothers, also married, are born-again, professing Christians. Dave’s parents are retired and living in Las Vegas, Nevada where they are active at the Shadow Hills Baptist Church (Pastor Michael Rochelle).
Dave has multiple OEF/OIF and MEU deployments in addition to a variety of external agency training required in the 0210 MOS. He is currently serving in an external assignment in VA and has served in a variety of FMF and external agency assignments both as an enlisted Marine and as a Chief Warrant Officer. By God’s gracious redemption and restoration, he was remarried to Dawn M. Pedraza in 2000, and Dawn is a DoD Elementary School teacher at Crossroads Elementary on MCB Quantico and the mother to their five children: Christopher (27), a Marine Sergeant; Angel-Marie Matos (26), Christian school-teacher and the wife of New Life Church Worship Leader Manny Matos in Reston, WA; Alexander (23), a junior in college; and war-babies Genna (14), and Annalisa (12). They currently attend church at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Stafford, VA. The Pedrazas will PCS to Korea in the summer of 2017 and look forward to sharing the TTF vision there.
Mr. Aaron Root
Originally From St. Paul, MN
Board of Directors since 2014, Currently serving as Treasurer
Aaron was born in St. Paul, Minnesota; spent some time in Wisconsin, and currently resides in Northern Virginia since 2002.
Faith: Raised by believing parents, but in a sectarian church where the gospel was obscured. It was well into adulthood before he truly grasped the good news.
Family: Married to Vania (TTF’s financial administrator) since 1991. They have three children: Matthew (19), Catherine (17), and Daniel (15). Vania is a quilter and crafter; Matthew, a recent high school grad, loves the outdoors and is preparing for his USMC enlistment; Catherine, a rising senior, is looking at colleges and wants to become an elementary teacher; and Daniel, a rising sophomore, runs cross country and is interested in studying marine engineering.
Church: Member of Crossroads PCA since 2005, and serving as a ruling elder. He teaches adult Sunday School now and then, strums a guitar with the worship team, and oversees the budgeting process.
Education: BS business/accounting, University of Minnesota, 1990. Some post-grad work at Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington DC campus.
Employment: Employed by City of Manassas Park, VA, as a treasurer, collecting taxes (yes, it’s fun), doing revenue accounting (even more fun), investing funds, and authorizing payment of the bills.
Capt. Aric Ramsey
Board Member since 2017
Aric struggled to comprehend Christ throughout his early years and into college. It was there, after long hours laboring over the word, that the Spirit made those concepts clear and he acknowledged Christ as Lord. Hannah was blessed to love and call upon the Lord from a very early age, and has only continued in her maturity and walk since then.
Aric was commissioned in 2013 as a Communications Officer. Following communications school, he became the Communications Officer for 3d Battalion, 1st Marines. He deployed on the 15th MEU with them in 2015. Aric then served at the Marine Corps Cyberspace Operations Group starting in 2016, then the Marine Corps Cyberspace Warfare Group in 2018. In 2020 Aric attended the Expeditionary Warfare School, and in 2021 he took command of a company at 8th Communications Battalion.
Hannah and Aric were married in 2014. Hannah is trained in clinical psychology and now works as a full-time Mom to their young boys Robert and Nathan. They are members of the Presbyterian Church in America.
LtCol (Ret) Mike West
Board of Directors since 2006
Currently serving as Director, TTF
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.
Board of Advisors
Mr. John Bishop
LtCol (Ret) Jim Diehl
US Army Brat
Board of Advisors since 2006
Raised in a religious home, Jim was led to the LORD by his roommate at USNA. Commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1974, he commanded three times in 6th Marines (slow learner?) and served as the Regimental XO in 3rd Marines (Rein).
The only two investments with eternal consequences are those involving the Word of God and the souls of men/women—and God’s blessed him with lessons in and dividends from both, through infantry assignments, sea duty, an tour with French Marines in Beirut, three joint assignments (clustered topically around counterterrorism and counterinsurgency), and one acquisition assignment (Infantry weapons/Raids and Reconnaissance). Retired in 2002, he was recalled to active duty, and subsequently re-retired…(again, that slow learner thing).
His first wife left the family in 1989. God is gracious and adept at re-creation. Jim re-married in 2007. He remains a strong believer in the need for fathers…especially for the fatherless. All of the kids are now grown and established, and he and Dawn are enjoying the wonderful world of grandkids!
Jim currently works for the US Government as a federal civilian in the northern Virginia area. He encourages believers to pray for revival in America. Pray as if the future of our Republic depends upon it. It does.
LtCol (Ret) Karl Johnson
Originally From Chicago, IL
Board of Advisors since 2015
KJ retired from the Corps in 2012. He’s a veteran of multiple MEU and OEF deployments, as well as multiple humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. After nearly seven years on the TTF Board of Directors, two of which saw him serve as the TTF Vice President, KJ transitioned to the TTF Board of Advisors (June 2015). Upon retirement, he returned to Chicago where he serves as the Director of the C.S. Lewis Institute in Chicago. He’s a C.S. Lewis Fellow and holds a Masters in Military Studies (USMC CSC) and two Masters of Arts, one in systematic theology and one in the philosophy of religion (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). He has been married to Nidia since 1995 and they have two grown daughters.
Sergeant Major (Ret) Keith Long
Originally from Asheville, NC
Board of Advisors since 2020
Keith retired from the Marine Corps in 2017. His diverse 33-year career included assignments in all four Marine Divisions, the Logistics Group, and the Air Wing. His tours of duty featured multiple combat deployments, along with special duty assignments as a Drill Instructor, Marine Security Guard Detachment Commander, and Inspector-Instructor Duty. His final assignments included tours as the Sergeant Major of the US Marine Corps Training and Education Command, and as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the US Strategic Command Center for Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the US Strategic Command Standing Joint Force Headquarters for Elimination.
Keith came to Christ in 1976 and has served in several faith-based nonprofit organizations since retiring from the Corps. Keith began serving on the TTF Board of Advisors in July 2020 and is currently a USAA Military Affairs Representative in the National Capital Region. Keith earned a Master of Divinity (Leadership) and a Master of Arts in Religion at Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Education program. He has been married to Cheryl since 1987, who works with the Semper Fi – Americas Fund, helping our nations wounded, ill and injured Veterans. They have raised an adult son and daughter.
Keith believes that God has given us the message of the Kingdom and it is a mandate for us to go into the world and to make disciples of all nations and that we are driven by this purpose, not only to affect the Church but the entirety of what makes up our society, in order to bring about the cultural change needed to fulfill Matthew 6:10 where Jesus said, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” This is accomplished by shaping a Kingdom mindset that brings the confidence and faith needed to be successful in individual spheres of influence and by developing a kingdom culture that transforms minds and lives that will translate into practical daily living.
LtCol (Ret) Bill Wright
Originally From Tacoma, Washington
Bill and Mary Wright
Children: Two grown sons – David (41) and LCDR Steven, USN (32)
Dogs: Blizzard, Rascal, Rebel
Faith: I was raised in a nominal Christian home, but attended a fundamental Presbyterian church while growing up and accepted Christ as a child. While attending college I was in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and attended an excellent Bible-teaching nondenominational church. I met my future wife in a Bible study I hosted and we attended church together. After college, I worked for a year at Boeing and then joined the Marine Corps. Mary and I were married after I graduated from TBS. We were stationed in Hawaii, Okinawa, California (3 times), Quantico, and Tampa. We returned to Quantico for the final seven years of my career. We attended primarily nondenominational churches where we both served in a number of capacities over the years. I have been a church treasurer for 25 years.
Other ministries: Officers Christian Fellowship in the past. We also support the Institute for Creation Research, Grace Evangelical Society, CareNet Pregnancy Resource Centers, and Central Union Mission, DC. We also sponsor children through two Christian organizations as well as schools in Bangladesh.
Church: Calvary Baptist Church, Woodbridge (an independent Baptist congregation)
USMC Active Duty (27 years): Data Systems Officer, Operations Research Analyst, Communications Officer. Retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2001.
Marine Civilian (13 years): Operations Research Analyst, Information and Education Technology Director, MCU
Current Job: CPA and IT Auditor, Kearney & Co
Education: Washington State University (BA, Math; BS, Computer Sci, 1973), Naval Postgraduate School (MS, OR, 1980), ICAF (now Eisenhower School, NDU; MS, National Resource Strategy, 1998), Keller Graduate School of Management (Master of Accounting and Financial Management, 2011).
Rev. Dr. Don Sampson, Col USMCR (Ret)
Originally From Prospect Heights, IL
Board of Advisors since 2020
Don was commissioned in 1982 and served 14 years on active duty with the Marine Corps until answering God’s call to resign his commission and enter vocational ministry as a pastor. Don thoroughly enjoyed his active duty career in the Marines while assigned to three helicopter squadrons as a CH-46 pilot and as the Air Officer for two infantry battalions. His designations include Aviation Safety Officer, Weapons & Tactics Instructor and Forward Air Controller. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School.
Don’s overseas deployments brought him to Okinawa (Japan), the Republic of Korea, the Mediterranean Sea, and Somalia.
After resigning from active duty as a major, Don entered the Marine Corps Reserve. His tours as a Reservist included Battalion Air Officer, Regimental Air Officer, and staff officer with the MAGTF Staff Training Program at Quantico. His final tour with the Reserves was at National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He retired in 2007.
Don served as the pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church (PCA) from its founding in 2002 until 2020. Tun Tavern Fellowship began as a ministry of Crossroads, so Don has been blessed to witness the exciting growth of this ministry from its inception.
Don is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego and he earned a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Covenant Theological Seminary. He completed his Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in 2019. Don has been very happily married to the former Nancy Lueking of Springfield, Virginia for 38 years. The Sampsons are blessed with two grown daughters.