Co-Executive Directors- Ed and Jan Cogar
Ed & Janice met at Warner Pacific College, married and then pastored churches in Tigard, OR; Oceanside, CA; Gresham, OR and Guam. Ed is an ordained minister of the Church of God. Ed worked as a counselor for troubled teens and also began a wilderness para-missions organization, Samaritan Adventures. They have primarily invested most of their ministry efforts as the founding Directors of On The Edge Ministries in Portland, Oregon, a Christian wilderness ministry that they started in 1996 that uses whitewater rafting, rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, caving, and biking as a way to introduce Jesus to youth. The Cogars’ ministry became well-known for developing and disciplining/ equipping servant leaders who have gone on to become some well-known leaders, pastors, professors, and chaplains. Based on Christ-centered principles, this faith-centered, as well as experiential approach to evangelism has been implemented in many churches and other nonprofits across the states.
Besides building a wilderness ministry, Ed started his own swiftwater training company, RiverRescue-Training.com. This organization is responsible for training hundreds of fire department personnel, sheriffs, search and rescue teams and wilderness guides. Not only was Ed trained at Warner Pacific College, but he has been an Adjunct Professor at Warner Pacific College in the religion department training youth pastors.
Jan was a music major at Warner Pacific and has taught music (piano, voice, choir and music theory) as well as leading and supporting church worship on the west coast. She home-schooled parts of their children’s education. Her administrative and bookkeeping skills have balanced out their ministry team together.
The down-to-earth Cogar’s are known as people of faith and are not afraid of jumping into new ventures of ministry. They humbly model integrity while excelling at living their convictions out-of-the-box. Currently, they are the Co-Executive Directors of Double K Retreat & Adventure Center in Easton, WA which is a 501(c)3 ministry of the Pacific NW Assoc of Churches of God.
The Cogar’s have three grown children, all serving the Lord, and 5 grandchildren.
Adventure Program Director- Stephen Patton
Facilities Manager- Jay Berline
Administrative Assistant- Cynthia Taigaafi and Facility, Grounds & Hospitality- Michael Taigaafi
Kitchen Manager and Head of Housekeeping- Julie Winters