The Board of Directors of Wilderness Trek Christian Camp (“Wilderness Trek” or “WTCC”) is proud to announce today that Paul Talley will be taking over as the new Executive Director of Wilderness Trek. Paul will succeed the retiring Bob Harris who has served Wilderness Trek since August of 2013. Paul will be the 4th full time Executive Director in Wilderness Trek’s 41-year history.

Paul will be responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. Paul will serve as the main public contact and spokesperson for Wilderness Trek and will represent WTCC in all professional business capacities.

Paul grew up in Waco, Texas and graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1997 with a degree in Religious Studies, with an emphasis in Youth and Family Studies. Paul spent almost 15 years as a full time Youth Pastor in large churches in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kansas City, Kansas and Midland, Texas. For the past 6.5 years Paul has been the Senior Business Operations Manager at BigBear 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.

Paul was also a former guide for Wilderness Trek in the summers of 1995 and 1996. He is married to Jane Talley and has two boys, Jackson 14 and Luke 12. Paul lives in Midland, Texas and enjoys backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and restoring old 4×4’s. Paul is also an avid Christian speaker and writer.

“Paul’s ministry, outdoor, and business experiences along with his history with the WTCC family uniquely qualifies him to implement the Board’s vision to build a sustainable ministry for introducing generations to come to the Creator in His creation.  We are excited and look forward to working with Paul on his plans for transforming this ministry to reach people in new and creative ways that may result in a WTCC that looks very different from its past but that I’m certain will remain true to the vision of the WTCC family for this work” said, John T. Wright, President of WTCC.

When asked about the new job Paul said, “As a former youth pastor and avid backpacker, I am excited about getting to combine two things I am passionate about, spiritual development and the outdoors. Wilderness Trek has a rich heritage and a bright future. I feel blessed to be a part of it.”

Paul will be starting full time Jan 1, 2018 and can be reached at You may also find out more about him on his Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Please join us in welcoming him onboard!

WTCC Board of Directors