Our Mission

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Who We Are

Founded in 2004, Fishing for Life has spent more than a decade serving youth, families, veterans & communities through fishing and outdoor programs.

That’s our mission, but here’s what we’re really about: Relationships. First and foremost is our relationship with Christ. He is the reason why we do what we do. Secondly, we intentionally create fishing and other outdoor programs and events to enter us into relationships with youth, families, veterans and communities throughout our state.

Our History

Tom Goodrich was sitting in an Army tent in sweltering, dusty Afghanistan, typing an e-mail to his family when he got a message from God. It was a feeling in his head and his heart that he didn’t understand at first, something about 10,000 kids.

At the time, the Army captain was writing a book for his son and thought, “Cool—10,000 kids will read this book.” He meditated on it; God elaborated. Goodrich discerned that he was supposed to go home and motivate 10,000 kids to raise money for the inner city.

Meet the Team

Staff

Tom Goodrich

Tom Goodrich
Executive Director
Director of Development
Tom@FishingForLife.org

Nathaniel Fox

Nathaniel Fox
Property Manager
Trout Pond Director
Reel ‘Em In Coordinator
Nathaniel@Fishingforlife.org

Steve Cruikshank

Steve Cruikshank
Operations Director
Deep C’s Director
Steve@FishingForLife.org

Sara Shrode

Sara Shrode
Marketing Director
Volunteer & Guest
Coordinator
Sara@FishingForLife.org

Vaughn Blackburn

Vaughn Blackburn
Next Gen Director
High C’s Fishing Director
Vaughn@FishingForLife.org

Meet Our Board Members

Aaron Heisel
Board Member

Gary Sorenson
Board Member

Marson ‘Chris’ Rinkenberger
Board Member

Michael Stilwell
Board Member

Perry Whitney
Board Member

Todd Lindley
Board Member

Troy Sonnenfeld
Chairman of the Board