About Stride

Stride Ministries a Christian ministry started in 2015 by Dan and Erin Evans at Hill Air Force Base near Layton, Utah. Find out more below!

"STRIDE" Stands for "Strategically: Teaching, Reaching, Investing, Discipling and Equipping. 

The team


Mission & Vision

The Team



Friend, dad to Caleb and Audrey, husband to Erin, pastor, outdoor adventurer, Army reserves veteran, big game hunter, paraglider... are all parts of my life as I daily follow Jesus over the years from Wisconsin to Germany to Alaska to Utah.




Since 2008, I have been doing life with military peoples. While serving in the Air Force from 2008-2012, I was a C-17 crew chief and crash recovery specialist. When I am not hanging out with Stride folks, I am working my full time job as software engineer. My favorite hobbies are backpacking, tenkara style fly fishing, and snowboarding; but I do love ALL outdoor activities! 


Our Beliefs


We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church

We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living

We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ's Return

We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

* Note Stride Ministries has adopted The Evangelical Free Church of America 2019 updated statement of Faith as their Own. The EFC is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions.

Mission & Vision


Our vision is to reach the lost, disciple the believer; training them to now go, reach, and disciple the lost as the military sends them throughout the world.

Relational Mission

“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”
1 Thessalonians 2:8

Spiritual Mission

The Great Commandment
Love God, love others.
(Matthew 22:37-39)
The Great Commission
Go and make disciples.
(Matthew 28:18-20)

Practical Mission

(caring for one another)
(enjoying life together)
(growing in our faith via discipleship)


We encourage airmen to grow in these areas of leadership:

R esponsible
A vailable
F aithful
T eachable

Ministry Balance

We want to be balanced when it comes to the:

WORD of God
(studying our bibles)
(being people of prayer)
(fellowship with others)

B / B / B

We want people first and foremost to feel like they BELONG, no matter what! Then, if and when they are ready, to BELIEVE the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After we trust Jesus, He alone can change the way we BEHAVE.

Five F's

We want our community to be able to quickly share what Stride is about. We made it easy, with these five words:


Board of Directors

Stride is overseen by a Board of Directors, partially made up of actived duty military or prior-service Veterans.

 Clicking on any of the board members will display their bio.

Dayton Nelson

vice chairman

Dayton Nelson served many years within military ministries including Club Beyond with MCYM and as an interim fill with Cadence International. Dayton is now a current Naval Officer in recruiting from Minnesota. Dayton has vast experience with the military, military ministry, leadership and training. Dayton and Tammy have three teenage children Cheyenne, Holiday and Garrett.