Meet Our Team
Heath Wharton is a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel and USAFA graduate from the class of 1995. Heath and his wife Rachel launched Mountains Move in 2020, in order to share the healing power of faith, wilderness and horses. He is a graduate of the USAF Weapons School and served in multiple overseas conflicts.
Heath has led backcountry expeditions for more than 7 years here in central Colorado, with extensive experience in Mountain Search & Rescue. He is a firm believer in pushing personal limits as well as the healing power of wilderness and equine experiences. His heart is for the hurting and lost, and he loves sharing the treasure of wilderness with others.
Rich Gideons is a retired SMSgt with 26 years active duty USAF service. He was a
weather forecaster providing worldwide operational weather support. For 12 of those years, he served in SOF as a Special Operations Weather Technician trained to deploy and operate in any environment with any SOF forces. He spent 4 of those years in JSOC providing critical mission forecasts for various operations around the world. Rich understands the stress of high operations tempo and critical mission success. Rich has a servant’s heart to compassionately help others find healing through knowing and living for the Lord, especially fellow veterans who need help finding their place in life after the military. He loves adventure, the outdoors, nature, and
Keith Henderlong is a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel and USAFA graduate from the class of 1997. He served in OEF and OIF on active-duty as a C-17 Airdrop Instructor Pilot, in the Air National Guard as a Global Strike Air Operations Center Division Chief and Civil Engineering Squadron Commander. Keith and his wife Deborah currently live in Alabama and return to Colorado several times a year to enjoy the mountains. Keith is an avid outdoorsman who finds peace in God’s creation while hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, and camping. He is passionate about outdoor leadership and mentoring veterans to find their way with renewed purpose, balance, and connection with God through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Rebecca 'Becca' Barton is an experienced bookkeeper and outdoor enthusiast. Mother of two amazing kids, always upbeat and positive, 'Becca' has a true servant's heart and keeps our board laughing and seeing the big picture. She operates a small business in Merritt Island, Florida and loves hiking, fishing, and camping.
Meet Our Partners
Princeton Pines Ranch
Princeton Pines Ranch provides the stables, training ground, and logistic support for Mountains Move and our Mustang Project.
Meet Our Herd
Mountains Move believes in the power of horses. Mustang training solves local problems and provides abundant spiritual analogies for our Journey of faith. Through learning about horses and riding we often uncover truths about ourselves, our creator, and our communities. We are honored to care for and steward these animals as they help us achieve our vision as a ministry.
Crazy horse (for now)
Our fastest 'hiker'