Gary Alan TaylorPartner with Axis through Gary Alan
VP of Business Development
Gary Alan has a B.A. in History from Milligan College and an MA in European History from East Tennessee State University. After serving as the Director of Admissions for Milligan College, he and his family moved to Colorado Springs where he began work with the Focus on the Family Leadership Institute. In 2005, Gary Alan joined Dr. Del Tackett with The Truth Project. During his tenure leading The Truth Project, Gary Alan trained over 100,000 small group leaders. To date, The Truth Project has impacted over 14 million people world-wide. Gary Alan is married to Jennifer and they have three children: Emma, Olivia and Jackson. Gary Alan joined the Axis staff in May 2014.
Favorite Quotation: “Quote.” - Author, Book
Amy BoydenPartner with Axis through Amy
Community Relations Developer
Amy was born and raised in San Jose, CA but is a Coloradian at heart! She studied Anthropology at San Jose State University where she was involved with CRU before attending Summit Semester in 2011. Her connections with Summit Ministries then led her to intern with Axis on a traveling team. As of December 2013, Amy joined the ranks of full-time staffer as Community Relations Developer and will be working to expand the network of Axis in the Colorado Springs area and beyond!
Favorite Quotation: “Notice how we are perpetually surprised at Time. (“How time flies! Fancy John being grown-up & married! I can hardly believe it!”) In heaven’s name, why? Unless, indeed, there is something in us which is not temporal.” - Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy
Alisa FryePartner with Axis through Alisa
Alisa is originally from Florida and graduated with a BS in Natural Resource Recreation Management from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). She moved to Colorado in 2006 and worked at Quaker Ridge Camp and the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. She later transitioned into a role as a residence hall director at Northeastern Junior College. While she was there, she worked to bring Axis to the school. After her time at NJC, she decided to travel as an Axis team member. She just finished her Masters in ESOL and is now the Event Producer for Axis.
Favorite Quotation:“Can I get you a quote tomorrow?”
Jeremiah CallihanPartner with Axis through Jeremiah
CSO and Cofounder of Axis
Jeremiah has a B.S. in Business Administration from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. After receiving his degree he served as the Associate Director of the Bryan College Worldview Teams. he also served as a staff member for Summit Ministries East from 2001-2005. In 2005, he became the Associate Director of Admissions for Focus Leadership Institute. In 2009 Jeremiah joined Axis full time. Originally from New York, he lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Kim and his three sons Nehemiah, Elijah, and Jonathan.
Favorite Quotation: “Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.” — Blaise Pascal
Nicholas GerberPartner with Axis through Nicholas
Director of Information Systems
Nicholas is a graduate of Focus Leadership Institute and the YWAM discipleship school in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Nicholas worked with YWAM in Mexico before joining Axis in 2011. Originally from Ohio, Nicholas and his wife Amanda now live in Colorado Springs with their dog Oliver, and are expecting their first child in Spring 2012.
Favorite Quotation: “The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.” — C.S. Lewis
AJ VirgilPartner with Axis through AJ
AJ is a Colorado native and has resided in Colorado Springs since 1999. He has worked as a freelance Designer since 2011. He joined Axis in the Fall of 2012 as a part-time Graphic Designer and now serves Axis as the full-time Creative Director, a position he has held since June 2014. When he’s not pushing pixels or wrangling code for Axis, he enjoys volunteering his time and creative abilities in the local church community.
Favorite Quotation: “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” - C.S. Lewis
Colin HeasleyPartner with Axis through Colin
Colin has a B.A. in Communication Marketing from the Ohio State University where he was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ as well as Athletes in Action. Before joining Axis in 2013 he spent a year in Sebring FL, at the Great Commission Bible Institute studying through God’s word. He was the 2008 Division III state wrestling champion at 160lbs in Ohio and his passion for wrestling took him on a trip this past year to Mongolia with Athletes in Action where he was able to help spread the gospel.
Favorite Quotations: (that’s right, Colin is so cool he has two favorites) “What we do in life, echoes in eternity.” - Gladiator
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
David EatonPartner with Axis through David
CEO and Cofounder of Axis
David has a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from LeTourneau University where he served as Student Body President. After receiving his degree he attended Focus Leadership Institute. He then joined the staff of Summit Ministries as the Assistant Director of Summit East. David has spent a total of 10 months in seventeen foreign countries, including a trip to India with the renowned philosopher Dr. Ravi Zacharias. Originally from Texas, David currently lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Lindsey.
Favorite Quotation: “Socrates said that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living.’ At Axis we like to say, ‘The unexamined faith is not worth believing.’”
Melanie MudgePartner with Axis through Melanie
Associate Director of Research
Melanie has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico and is a graduate of the Focus Leadership Institute. In 2009 and 2010, she was on staff as a writing intern with Summit Ministries in Colorado. Originally from New Mexico, she currently lives in Colorado Springs with her husband Josh.
Favorite Quotation: “Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one — the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” — C.S. Lewis.
Daniel GiddingsPartner with Axis through Daniel
Dan has a B.A. In English Literature from Cedarville University in Ohio. After college, he spent a year working as a groom and navigator for H’ND Stables in Aiken, South Carolina where he had the privilege of participating in the Royal Windsor Horse Show. He spent several summers on staff with Summit Ministries until becoming the Associate Director of Summit East in 2007. After Summit, Dan spent three years teaching English in South Korea at the Yale Foreign Language Academy. Originally from South Carolina, Dan currently lives in Colorado Springs.
Favorite Quotation:“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” — Blaise Pascal
Patrick WallacePartner with Axis through Patrick
A native of inner city Philadelphia, Patrick has a B.S. in Religious Studies from Penn State University, where he served as an a Assistant researcher in the Religious Studies Department his senior year. He later attended Focus Leadership Institute where he learned how to be a leader in family, church, and society, while establishing a Christian Worldview. After FLI he traveled a semester as an Axis team member, and developed as a communicator and thinker. Patrick currently resides in Colorado Springs, and leads an Axis team all over the world.
Favorite Quotation:“Conviction that is not undergirded by love, make the dogma possessed repulsive, and the possessor of the dogma obnoxious.”— Ravi Zacharias