About

WHY WE EXIST

Iron Men’s Ministry provides relevant, man-friendly evangelistic events that reach men where they live and play.  Iron Men Ministry also believes that when a man receives Jesus Christ, that man will seek help to build and strengthen his marriage and family. We believe strengthening men’s ministries in local churches creates relevant places for men to build significant friendships.

“AS IRON SHARPENS IRON, SO ONE MAN SHARPENS ANOTHER.”

Our goal is to disciple men in the Word of God.  We’re answering the call of God to “Lift up the name of Jesus and I will draw all men to myself.”

OUR PAST

Iron Men’s Ministry began in 2006 in one Visalia church but began rapid, exponential growth when two men’s ministry leaders came together in 2008 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.  Twenty-six churches quickly saw the success of Iron Men reaching unchurched men and Iron Men went from local and regional, to national. These churches utilized the Iron Men events to increase their own church outreaches to men. Soon after, many of these churches discovered that they needed to be equipped to build healthy men’s ministries within their churches. The Iron Men Ministry leadership created a training conference, provided materials, and started training these churches.

As Iron Men continued to do very successful evangelistic events, they brought the gospel to tens of thousands of men. Leadership of Iron Men Ministries changed hands in 2016 to Pat Biggs of Encounter Church in Fresno, California. Pat Biggs brought George Ordway on board to rebuild the IM organization, program, and Board in early 2017. The theme of the New Iron Men Ministry in 2017 is to “Reignite the Fire.” Today, the Iron Men Ministry is poised to reach unchurched men like never before.

OUR POSITION

Iron Men Ministries believes that Jesus Christ is the only way, truth and life and the only way to the Father.

We believe the Church of Jesus Christ is the hope of the world! We endeavor to come alongside local churches and serve them in building outreach bridges where men can come to know Christ and assimilate into local churches. Iron Men’s Ministry is not a church congregation! Our commitment is not to become a church. We see our God call and role as an arm of The Church doing the work of an evangelist in these scriptures: Ephesians 4 – “Equip the Saints to do the work of the Gospel.”

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

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 -” Therefore go make disciples.”

OUR PUSH

Arguably the Church of Christ is losing its appeal to the American male.  As an institution, it is increasingly viewed as non-relevant and out-of- touch in responding to the concerns and needs of men.  Consider the erosion of professions of faith by generation as reported by the Billy Graham Association:

— Builder generation – 65% professed faith in Christ
— Boomers – 35% professed faith in Christ
— Gen X – 15% professed faith in Christ

Of the kids alive today, a projected 4% will profess their faith in Christ.  According to the Heritage Foundation Family Facts www.familyfacts.org, studies have shown attendance in church among men is constantly decreasing.  The results of these facts are never good, and result in decay in family structure that sets the next generation in the wrong direction, poorer job performance, deterioration of individual health, and as a final result, the community suffers because of these trends.  And the recent trend toward “simple church” and androgynous ministries makes church-going even less appealing to a masculine soul.

OUR PAIN

Men in America are responsible for 85% of all indictable crimes, 90% of murders and 98% of sexual offenses; and 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes. This coming Sunday, there will be 13 million more adult women than men in America’s churches. As many as 90% of young males who are being raised in church will abandon this upbringing by their 20th birthdays. For every ten men
in the church, nine will have children who leave the church, eight will not find their jobs satisfying, seven will have a major problem with pornography, six will say they don’t have any close friends, five will lose relationship with at least one of their peers, and four will get divorced. We recognize that less than 10% of churches in the US have a men’s ministry.

LEADERSHIP

Pat Biggs
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”
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!
DAVID WHITE
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.
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.
NICK ANTHONY
Pastor at Tulare First Baptist Church, Tulare, CA, serves in Men’s Ministry, Celebrate Recovery, Prayer Team, and Home/Hospital Visitation. Nick’s background is in broadcasting, public relations, market research, and promotion. He was also an administrator and Outreach Pastor at The Road Church of Visalia. Marketing Director for Iron Men’s Ministry from
2010 -2015, providing marketing advertising and fundraising services.
DAVID WHITE
David White is a business owner, husband, father, and Papa. He started his own air-conditioning company over 30 years ago and has created and sustained a healthy small business who serves over 500 customers in the Central Valley. He has been married to his wife, Sharon, for 35 years and has three grown children. You can find him on his days off in one of four places: the golf course, on his boat fishing, in his duck blind calling for Mallards, or playing with his grandkids in the living room. David lives a very active and free life and lives by the quote, “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.”
ROB SCHULTZ
Rob Schultz is the Freedom & Identity Pastor at Valley Friends Church. The Founder of Restoring Freedom Ministries. The Spiritual Director of Centers For Living. Part of a Facebook Ministry called The Grace Guys. His heart is for men to know the love God. Find their identity in Christ. And learn to walk and live in total freedom. He loves Jesus, family, and golf.
BRET THOMAS
Bret is the Iron Men Taskforce and social media director. He is a pastor, strong leader, powerful preacher, church planter and author. Bret is the Men and Young Adult pastor at First Baptist Church of Clovis and senior leader at The Wherehouse ministry. He is an Army veteran who served on two combat tours. He lives in Sanger California with his wife Manda and three sons Brady, Beau, and Bear.