Introducing the Staff of Tree of Life Christian Wilderness Expeditions

Photo: Jim Yahne: MS, MAC, CADC IIIJim Yahne: MS, MAC, CADC III Founder, Director and Coordinator for Tree of Life Christian Wilderness Expeditions.

Jim brings years of back country and clinical experience to TLC. His passion for youth and Jesus Christ culminate in his ability to connect with teens and families.

He is a patient, passionate friend and mentor who is still walking and leading others toward Christian maturity and greater faith. Jim has endless stories that make campfires an "historical and educational" experience for all!

Jim has been a tireless advocate of Tree of Life, which first came to life in his mind years ago as he was cutting firewood. He was struck that while he was delivering dead wood to supply heat/warmth for his home, God challenged him to begin a ministry that would have everlasting results...

And so Tree of Life Christian Wilderness Expeditions was begun.

Jim supports each family by providing the clinical environment, both in the field and back at home, ensuring that while your teen is being challenged toward growth that issues in the home are also being looked at with an eye toward next steps. 

Jim's Testimony

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer. 29:11 (NIV)

Dan Langfield: Counselor - Guide

Since coming to faith in Christ in 1977, Dan has worked with youth in various settings.  Dan has been a scout leader, Awana leader, Young Life leader, school educator and a youth pastor, as well as a juvenile probation officer.

Dan has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminology, but even more importantly, he loves Jesus.  Dan has extensive training in addiction, behavioral and motivational studies.  Dan is a husband, a father and a grandfather who loves to interact and model Jesus to youth.

Dan enjoys playing guitar, archery, fishing and scuba diving.

"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" Matt. 19:14 (NIV)

Bob Hooper: Field Manager

Kristine Mier: Guide

Kristine MierKristine has 15 years of experience managing and leading teams of people ranging from the food industry, banking, retail, and discipleship groups. Her background includes corporate and non-profit environments. Graduating with her degree in Business Management from Northwestern College, MN in 2011, Kristine has a desire to use her experience and education to further the mission of Tree of Life Christian Wilderness Expeditions. Trumping her drive for business strategy, implementation, development and leadership, is a passion for Christ and serving others, along with a love for adventure and the outdoors. Kristine is also certified as a Holy Yoga instructor; as part of therapeutic programming, yoga is taught to clients as a tool and resourceful activity they can use while in the program and wherever they go.

Having been set free from the grip of addiction and alcoholism in August of 2004, her primary goal is to share with others how Christ saved her and can help them attain the freedom God wants for them.

Kristine's Testimony

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9