C-10 Podcast: Paul Talley, Wilderness Trek, Ep. 87

This week we’re chatting with Paul Talley, the Executive Director of Wilderness Trek in New Mexico, where nine C-10 students and four mentors are going to be spending a week on an immersive leadership hiking/camping trip.

About 20 years ago, Talley was the youth minister at the Overland Park Church of Christ. That’s where he and C-10 Podcast host Matt Fulks met and became fast friends. That gig in the Kansas City area sandwiched one in Colorado and another in Texas. 

He left ministry — at least formal church ministry — to become the Senior Business Operations Manager at Big Bear AggieTech, the largest privately-owned oilfield pumping unit service company in the Southwest. As the Senior Business Operations Manager, Paul oversaw 11 departments that managed over $12 million in annual spending and $5 million in assets.

Finally, after about six years with Big Bear AggieTech, Paul took what might be one of his dream jobs, when he became the Executive Director of Wilderness Trek Christian Camp in New Mexico.

This week, we chat about Paul being one of the grief ministers at Columbine High School and a therapeutic project he took on, about leadership lessons he’s learned in ministry and business, and we chat about what our students and mentors can expect during their Wilderness Trek experience.


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