Executive Director Dane Tornell

Dane is from the small town of Creswell Oregon.  Dane grew up in the woods, building forts and riding motorcycles.  As he entered his teens, he fell in love with sports and music.  Through his Dad's humility and Mother's persistent wisdom,  Dane fell in love with the person of Jesus.  After completing his 13th mission trip to Mexico he decided to ask his high school sweetheart,  Casey to marry him.  After graduating from Corban College (then - Western Baptist) with a degree in Business Communications they married June 21st 1997.

Dane began work with Lane County Youth for Christ as the South Eugene Area Director in 1997.  Through his time there, a ministry model developed called Geo7.  Dane helped people, churches, business and school's develop concepts to make passions into ministry realities.  Dane used his own love of the mountains as a ministry tool.  He founded Iceaxemen Inc, a character developing mountaineering school and worked as the Executive Director for 12 years while also continuing work with Youth for Christ.

Dane and Casey have three daughters;  Sicily Thyme, Vienna Wren and Geneva Birch. 

Dane began as Executive Director of Umpqua Valley Youth for Christ September 1st, 2011. . .and he LOVES IT!!!!