About Us

Community

A place to build authentic friendships and learn how to be Iron Men of God.

Man Friendly

An environment where men can be themselves and enjoy adventures together.

Relevant

Working through life’s issues, learning who God is and who he says we are.

Our Story

Back in 2006, Iron Men Ministry started in a Visalia, CA church, but began rapid, exponential growth just a couple of years later. Two men’s ministry leaders came together and answered the call of God to join their efforts and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to men who do not attend church.

Iron Men Ministry started citywide, evangelistic outreaches, tailored to where men live and play, by creating a man-friendly space where Christian men could bring their friends to hear the gospel. Iron Men quickly went from local to national as other churches saw the success of Iron Men reaching men in the community. These churches utilized the Iron Men Ministry events to increase their own church outreaches.

Soon after, many of these churches discovered that they needed to be better equipped to build healthy men’s ministries. The Iron Men Ministry leadership created a training conference, provided materials and began training these church leaders. 

As Iron Men continued to do very successful events, they brought the gospel to tens of thousands of men. Leadership of Iron Men Ministry changed hands in 2016 to our chairman, Pat Biggs of Fresno, CA. Today, the Iron Men Ministry is poised to reach men like never before!

What We Believe

Iron Men Ministry believes that Jesus Christ is the only way, truth and life and the only way to the Father (John 14:6). When a man receives Jesus Christ as Savior, he comes into a life-giving relationship, resulting in personal transformation, strengthening his marriage and relationships.

We believe The Church brings the hope of Jesus Christ to the world! Iron Men Ministry endeavors to come alongside local churches and serve them in building outreach bridges where men can come to know Jesus. We also believe strengthening men’s ministries in local churches creates relevant places for men to build significant friendships and grow in their relationship with Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:22 – “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”

Matthew 28:19 – “Therefore go and make disciples.”

2 Timothy 4:2 – “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season.”

Ephesians 4:12 – “…to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

Who We Serve

Our focus is on MEN! Iron Men Ministry’s God-call and role is not as a church, but as an Arm of The Church, reaching out to a hurting world through events and gatherings. We see that men are desperate to come to know God as the Good Father, to know their God created purpose and to be equipped in leading their families into a healthy spiritual legacy.

Iron Men Ministry provides relevant, man-friendly, evangelistic events that reach men where they live and play. Whether through retreats, BBQ’s, excursions or games, our end goal is to come alongside and disciple men in the Word of God. By helping to strengthen men’s ministries in local churches, relevant places for men to build significant friendships are created.

Why We Do It

Most men don’t have positive role models in their lives, setting a downward trend in their family structure, job performance and individual health. The community suffers because of these trends. In addition, the recent move toward shallow church services and gender neutral ministries makes church-going even less appealing to a masculine soul.

As less than 10% of churches in the US have a men’s ministry, we have seen the desperate need to turn things around. Men need to know what the Good Father looks like, who He is for us and that men are massively important! Jesus Christ is the ONE who gives that purpose. We come alongside men to help them realize their importance, purpose and God-call in this life.

Leadership

Pat Biggs

Pat Biggs

Chairman

My Name is Pastor Pat Biggs, and I am honored to serve as Chair of Iron Men Ministries. I’m excited to tell you that Iron men ministries has an entirely new driving force and a new board of amazing leaders and men of God. You may have seen our new website and regular posts on Facebook as we are creating the new look and a regular fun event schedule. I cordially invite you and your male friends to join me and reunite our men once again.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Robert Vermeltfoort

Robert Vermeltfoort

Treasurer

Robert has been married (to a saint of a woman named Denise for 33 years) and raised 2 great young men. His occupation is to serve God – and also as a commercial architect. His hobbies are traveling, snowmobiling, hiking, biking, wood working, boating and sailing. Robert believes that there has to be an easy way for Iron Men of Christ to bring their fellow man to follow Christ. Since it is not easy for most guys to talk about their feelings and beliefs, we need to give them an outlet to say, “Hey Bro – come to this breakfast, adventure or men’s retreat with me and we will get to spend quality time together.”

David White

David White

Secretary

David White is a pastor, author and a public school teacher in the Central Valley. He has been active in both public education and within church ministry for 7 years. He holds a California Teaching Credential along with degrees in Biblical/Religious Studies and Sociology. He currently teaches 6th grade in the Fresno Unified School District and serves as the Young Adult Pastor at CrossCity Christian Church in Fresno.

Adam Beas

Adam Beas

Adam Beas has been happily married for 15 years and is a father of 7 children. He is a member and Deacon of Crosspoint Church. Adam leads men’s prayer groups and outreaches in 7 divisions throughout Fresno County. He is also a board member for Mighty Men of Prayer and an Ambassador for the Fresno County Division Promise Keepers Mentoring and Discipling. Adam is an entrepreneur who manages and consults 3 businesses.

Jonathan Hendrickson

Jonathan Hendrickson

Jonathan’s life mission is to lead the next generation of influencers, working with respected organizations, educational institutions and ministries to raise leaders, in every field, intent on bringing positive change. Additionally, his flair for business has allowed him to build and operate the largest commercial recording studio in California’s Central Valley. While he is truly passionate about each endeavor, his greatest love is spending time with his high school sweetheart, Megan, and their four beautiful children.

Garry Kennedy

Garry Kennedy

Garry was not raised in the church, but began walking with the Lord in his early 30’s. He became very active at Peoples Church leading missions trips to Mexico, street prayer ministries, coordinating family camping trips and establishing the church’s men’s group known as Christ’s Warriors. Since retiring from the IRS, Garry has been very busy running a ministry, directing and producing Christian films and writing several books. Garry and his wife Pamela have three children and seven grandchildren. They currently live in Clovis, California and attend Grace Place Church.

Eli Loera

Eli Loera

Pastor Eli is a dynamic speaker known for his wit, humor and powerful messages. Eli has a military background with US SOCOM and was part of three US military operations. Eli pastors in one of the poorest zip codes in Fresno — it is a gang infested, homeless occupied and violent place with little hope for the residents, yet Pastor Eli and his church thrive there — come to hear this man of God!

Kellen Rogers

Kellen Rogers

Kellen Rogers is passionate about bringing people together. He is a software developer and business analyst for a fitness company and enjoys finding innovative solutions to complex problems. He has been on the worship team at Tulare First Baptist Church for over a decade and recently completed his time on the church board. Kellen lives in Tulare with his wife, Abby, two little boys, Paul and Mark, and their great dane, Remy. He aims to show them every day how to be independent thinking men of God.

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