Founding Director

Richard Dahlstrom

Richard is a pastor in Seattle who believes that healthy people are the foundation of healthy marriages, family systems, businesses, and faith communities.  His desire to guide people toward wholeness finds expression in teaching, coaching, guiding Ancient Paths experiences, and writing.  Married for 40 years to Donna Dahlstrom, he and Donna have three grown children and three grandchildren. 


Outdoor Specialist

Donna Dahlstrom

Donna has run outdoor programs since 1990 and currently volunteers with the National Forest Service as a snowshoe guide. A certified outdoor interpretive guide, Donna finds her greatest joys in helping people experience profound things as a result of direct encounters with truth revealed in creation.


Writer and Podcast Host

Abby Odio

Abby is a pastor, lover of the great outdoors and poetry enthusiast. After completing her studies at Fuller Seminary, Abby served at a church in Menlo Park, California where she developed a passion for teaching with a particular focus on a reimagined expression of the Christian faith for the next generation. Abby recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she serves as Pastor of Teaching & Formation at Bethany Community Church in Seattle. Most weekends she can be found adventuring with her husband, Sam and young son, Mark. 


Ancient Paths director 

John Wayne Seitzler

John Wayne Seitzler has been involved out in outdoor ministry for over 5 years. He has a history as a sea kayak guide, guide team leader, and guide trainer with Beyond Malibu, a Young Life adventure camp in British Columbia, Canada. His personal outdoor pursuits include climbing, skiing, and mountaineering.  He believes that the rhythm of retreating to the outdoors for connecting with the creator is modeled by the life of Jesus and the history of God's people. He encourages and equips full-spectrum discipleship in the church by using the classroom of creation.

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