30-30 Ministries is a youth organization that uses hunting and fishing as a platform to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
How 30-30 Started
Brad Gill, director of 30-30 Ministries, has a passion for hunting and fishing. This passion, coupled with an interest in youth involvement in these outdoor sports, helped stir a desire to build an organization that would allow youth the opportunities to hunt and fish. The thought of such an organization remained a simple idea for years.
In 1988, Brad walked down an aisle, said a little prayer and was even baptized, thinking this work saved him. It wasn’t until October 2008 that Brad surrendered his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ while in the front seat of his pickup truck in Madison, Ga.
Several months after being saved, God placed a burden on Brad’s heart for teenaged youth who did not have a relationship with Jesus.
With the amazing love and continued support of the members at Crossroads Baptist Church in Eatonton, Georgia, this idea of an outdoor ministry began with a turkey hunt in March 2009.
After a successful event, where God was glorified, plans were quickly made for catfish jugging, trout fishing and deer hunting events at Crossroads. God was carrying out His plans as youth enjoyed hunting and fishing while hearing the Good News of Jesus’ love on a cross.
“In October 2009, God began to stand on my heart,” said Brad. “I knew God was calling me to facilitate an outdoor ministry that would have a greater reach, one that would build partnerships and go wherever God took it. That’s how 30-30 Ministries started. Our first Camp was in August 2011.
“Since then, God has opened doors for 30-30 Ministries to partner with folks in Texas, South Carolina, Alabama, Kansas and even South Africa. We’re excited to continue making relationships with like-minded sportsmen who have an interest in taking youth hunting and fishing during a weekend where the main focus is Jesus.”
Brad is married to Denise, and they have two daughters. Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Georgia in 1998 and is currently an editor for Georgia Outdoor News magazine.