Member, Joe Olinger,
grew up in a very humble home where he became a Christian early in
life. Growing up Joe had a learning disorder and was very small, very easy
to pick on.
started martial arts where he excelled. At 14, Joe, became one of the
youngest black belts in his style. Even though he had accomplished much,
he was still depressed and had psychotic thoughts. One night
he heard a voice say, "you’re worthless, kill yourself", so Joe took a 14"
dagger and threw himself on it. The Lord spared his life and Joe turned his
life over to Christ. All the depression and psychotic thinking left.
years ago Joe felt a call to strength ministry and became a power lifter .
In addition to the Freedom Team, he uses his ability for God’s glory through
his ‘Point of Break’ ministry. Joe lives in Bristol, VA
with his beautiful wife and wonderful kids.
Steve Krebs and his wife, Carol, live in LaPine, OR. Steve comes from a
background of drug addiction and illegal activities. Steve has a very
powerful testimony of how while being locked up in his jail cell he heard
the life changing message of Jesus Christ from his cellmate. It turned out
that this was a divine appointment from God as Steve asked the jailer where
his cellmate had gone only to find out that no one had been in his cell with
him. After his release Steve was shot in the stomach at point blank range
with a shotgun and died on the hospital operating table. Steve experienced
the bright light, floating up out of his body, and then felt the hand of
Jesus pushing him down and back into his body. Steve and Carol are an asset
to the Freedom Team.
Ted Synder has joined our Team as a Regional Member. Ted and his family live
in Kuna, ID and Ted is a Sergeant with the Boise Police Department as well
as an Associate Pastor. Ted is also a Martial Arts student at Joe Peel’s
Free Style Defensive Arts Studio in Boise and comes with the recommendation
from Regional Members Joe & Gina. The Prison Power Explosions were Ted’s
introduction to the Team activities as he stepped up to the plate and did
all we asked of him. Ted is a likeable person who has a heart to serve
God and share the message of Jesus Christ.
Fred Thomas has joined the Freedom Team as the Director of Development. Fred
comes from many years of ministry experience with a heart for evangelism and
brings his unique talents to the Team. Some of Fred's experience includes:
Church Pastoring, Director of Church Growth for the Free Methodist Church of
North America, Director of Youth For Christ - New York, Church Coach -
Oregon Conference FMC. Fred and his wife, Charlene, live in Salem, Oregon.
Lewis has joined our Team as a Regional Member. Steven is a Submarine Electronics Chief Warrant Officer
III in the United
States Navy serving as the Electronics Material Officer while stationed
at Naval Submarine Base Bangor Washington. His first Prison Power
Explosions were at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, WA.
Steven originally believed he was only going to set up and break down
the equipment but God had other plans. Steven was a full participant in
all disciplines of the presentation. Steven wants to continue working
with the Freedom Team helping spread the love of Jesus Christ. He did a
great job and will be involved in many more Freedom Team Prison Power
Borrayo is the Freedom Team's Spanish Interpreter. Raul
and his family live in Nogales, AZ where he is actively involved in his
church. Raul grew up on the streets of East L.A. after being kicked out of
his home at 11 years. old. He has been heavily involved in gang life, drug
addiction and the other activities that accompany this lifestyle. With no
future in sight, Raul, turned to Jesus Christ and His life changing power.
Christ came in and transformed Raul to a Godly man whose desire is to do
God's will. In addition to interpreting the Mexican Power Explosion, Raul
also accompanies Pastor Tom on the Pre-crusade trips and interprets the
details and arrangements.
Chase Peel is also a "Regional Member" of the Team.
Chase has grown up in the Martial Arts and is an Extreme Martial Arts World
as an X-treme Martial Artist takes the ancient discipline of Karate to a new
level. The kicks are higher and everything is quicker. some of the moves
being done in X-treme martial arts have never been done before. Chase enjoys
this sport where only the elite of the elite are involved.
Gina Peel a third year "Regional Member" lives in Boise, ID.
Over a decade ago, Joe and Gina Peel started teaching Martial Arts from
their garage. The vision that they had, began a life long dream to train up
warriors for Jesus Christ, using the principles of the Bible as the
foundation behind the mental discipline of martial arts. Since then, God has
blessed them with several different schools, training children and adults
alike. Gina the mother of three young men who are also heavily involved in
the Martial Arts loves being a part of bringing people to Jesus Christ.
Joe Peel is in his third year as a "Regional Member" of the Team.
Joe comes from a family of rough and tumble men who enjoyed drinking and
fighting. After inviting Jesus Christ into his life during an
overwhelming personal and spiritual battle, Christ began the transforming
power that changed Joe's life. Ten years ago Joe and his wife, Gina, started
Free Style Defensive Arts
The school has become
popular among families and individuals looking for a way to transform areas
of their lives. The Christian and family based philosophy offers that
opportunity, underscoring the basic precepts of a sport that is rooted in
self-discipline and respect for all humans.