Hunting Season
Insights for Living From a Seasoned Hunter
Merging his passion for Christ and love for hunting, Maury DeYoung 
provides insights in how God's story is written into every good hunting story.


Ross joined the SPI team in April of 2018 as  Founder and Director Maury DeYoung began to prepare for retirement (April 2019). Ross comes to SPI with a huge passion for the outdoors, reaching people with the message of Christ and ministry experience. He has served as a Youth Pastor at 2 different churches in the West Michigan area, graduated from Kuyper College with a degree in Bible/Theology and has done a church planting residency. 

Ross is married to his wife Monica (20 years on May 29, 2019) and together they have 3 wonderful children: Isaac, Acacia and Selah. Together they live on the Westside of Grand Rapids. 

Ross enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities, but his favorite is bow hunting for deer. This passion started at a young age when he tagged along with his dad in the woods. It lead him to traveling all the US to pursue big bucks. He also videoed his hunts and was part of several TV shows over the years. This included hosting his own local show with 2 other guys for a year. Ross has been fortunate enough to kill 4 bucks in the 160" range with his as bow as well an numerous in the 130-150" range. Besides just shooting big bucks he loves to take others into the outdoors and has been with a bunch of kids when they shot their first deer. This includes taking his son down to IL and being with him when he shot his first buck a 140" 10 point. 

Besides just hunting deer Ross also enjoys other outdoor activities. He has killed turkeys, coyotes, caribou, small game and had hunted other animals as well. Hiking, camping, backpacking and canoeing are also things he enjoys. Fishing is also something Ross can be found doing the outdoors. Whether it is trying to land the big bass out of the pond or with in the river trying to catch a Steelhead he loves spending time on the water as well. 

As a speaker Ross has spoken as Chaplin at Camps for a week, lead weekend retreats, seminars on deer hunting/scouting, wild game dinners and other events. 

Meet Out Director Ross Graveling

Power Up! Outdoor Edition 
In 100 devotionals written by professional outdoorsmen Charles Alsheimer,Tracy Breen, Maury DeYoung, and others you'll find your faith and your strategy will grow. You'll read stories about hunting and fishing exploits that illustrate truths found in the Bible. An inspiring read and gift for the outdoorsman you know.
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Other topics available upon request.

Ministry Coaching
Assisting churches in starting and improving outdoor ministries
We can provide training for single events, on site coaching, and for developing an outdoor ministry in your community.  We also assist outdoors ministries in becoming more effective in their church community.  

Connecting with the Outdoorsmen
Having worked with different outdoors ministries.

Maintaining a Successful Ministry
Using 15+ years of experiences, Ross helps leaders to maximize successes and avoid pitfalls to keep a ministry running smoothly

Relationship Evangelism
We are about meeting people where they are and using the outdoors as a tool to speak to them about who Jesus is and what he has done. 

Outdoors Events
Ross speaks at all types outdoor of events including Wild Game & Fish Dinners, speaks at shows, and leads retreats for outdoors people. 

Hunting Adventures
Sharing hunting stories and tips as a way to share with the audience to a new or better relationship with Jesus Christ.  

Fishing Excursions
Sharing fishing stories and tips opens doors to talk about a new or better relationship with Jesus Christ.  

Sharing the Outdoors with Kids
Providing examples from his life, Ross encourages adults to find ways to help a child experience the joy of the outdoors.

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