Ashley Denton Bio

Ashley Denton

I am the Vice President of Nexus International, a mission organization focused on equipping and encouraging indigenous youth leaders in their work to proclaim the Gospel to every young person on the globe. We come alongside catalytic local leaders who are the evangelists, the thought-leaders, and the social entrepreneurs that our world desperately needs. I am also a professor of outdoor leadership at Denver Seminary, and the director of Wilderness Ministry Institute.

This is my personal blog. It is aimed at exploring how to lead with vision. From my work and relationships in over 25 countries, I am grateful to have an international perspective on leadership. My philosophy of visionary leadership is that if you want to be a catalyst for transformation in any culture, you need to figure out what it means to be healthy spiritually, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

I write on leadership, international relations, missiology (the study of cross cultural missions), youth and family ministry, outdoor ministry, spiritual formation, and ideaphoria (creative leadership ideas for a myriad of applications). My goal is to offer thoughtful, practical content that can make a difference in your life immediately, especially if you are a leader. I typically post one to two times a week. To get my latest posts you can subscribe via RSS or email.


If you are new to my site, you might want to start with some of my more popular posts. I also have another blog solely devoted to Christian Outdoor Leadership. Here a couple popular posts by category:

Spiritual Leadership


Cross Cultural

Youth & Family

Outdoor Ministry

Fueling Creativity


I live in Fort Collins, Colorado (north of the Denver-Boulder metro area) and I am married to Becky (my wife of eighteen years). I have five incredible children. I have been involved in leadership and student ministry ever since college. I started out working with Young Life in Tucson, Arizona. I served on the Young Life staff for fifteen years, including two years serving as the National Director of Young Life New Zealand.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time hiking and climbing in the wilderness, reading magazines and books from all kinds of genres, listening to all sorts of music, hiking in the mountains, cycling, playing golf, and sitting by the fire on my back patio with family and friends. I am a volunteer pastor at Mountain View Community Church, Fort Collins, CO where I have served on the pastor’s board for six years.

I partnered with my friend Bill Maston to launch Nexus International in 2005. Since then I have served as a director. I also teach at Denver Seminary in the Outdoor Leadership concentration. In 2011 I published my first book, Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice, which has already become a foundational resource for those involved in outdoor ministry.

I have a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from University of Arizona, a Master’s in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctoral degree in Missions and Cross Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Involved in over twenty-five countries, my ministry with Nexus International encourages and equips indigenous leaders in the heart and skills to introduce young people to Jesus Christ through combining relational youth ministry and outdoor adventure.


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This is my personal blog. The opinions that I express do not necessarily represent those of Nexus International. Throughout my website, I do not claim to be completely accurate, through, or credible regarding the information on this blog. I will not be held liable for anything that is incorrect, omitted, or for any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.