I am a Christian, diehard outdoorsman, outdoor journalist/communciator, a pro-staff member for a number of great companies such as Real Avid, Athens Archery, Commando Calls, Strut & Rut, and a firm believer that we need to better understand the gift of Creation and our role in it. I am especially passionate about introducing young people to the outdoors and educating them to its Majesty. I believe nature is the world’s most exciting and interactive experience, not XBox. I am a 1990 graduate of Liberty University and went on to attend seminary at Luther Rice and grad school at Virginia Tech where I studied Natural Resources so that I could better educate others to all that God created. Professionally, I am actively involved in adventure leadership and outdoor recreation programming for youth and adults, serve as a professor of Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry at Liberty University, am a military veteran (and active reservist) and I have a 20-year law enforcement career behind me. Additionally, I write frequently for several print and online magazines, and am involved in the production of outdoor digital media. I speak at conferences, youth events, and wild-game banquets, and love to share God’s message and how exciting life can be when living the Ultimate Adventure. I am currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). For more information about me check out my website, www.GilmerOutdoors.com.
Oh…and how did I get the name, “The Backcountry Chaplain”? A few years ago while sharing and ministering to a group of men and women at a large outdoor trade show, a gentleman named David Blanton commented to me, “You’re just like a chaplain, but a backcountry chaplain.” I had never used a title before to describe what I did but I really liked the the name and after that it just sort of stuck with me.
I hope I can be an encouragement and resource to you.