Dave came into contact with a ministry called The Navigators in January 1979, while serving in the Marine Corps on the Island of Okinawa. In 1981, after being discharged from the Marines, the Lord led him to continue with The Navigators for training. God used Dave to build The Navigators ministry at Ft. Lewis Army Post. In 1986 Dave came on staff with The Navigators and received an overseas assignment to Yokota Air Force Base, Japan. In July of 1988 Dave took an assignment with The Navigators at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. In August 2011 Dave and Hiroko founded the non-profit organization of Faith Warrior Ministry.
Dave met Hiroko at the Yokota base chaplain's office and their lives changed forever. In 1989, they married in Japan and Hiroko moved to Untied States. They have two grown sons, Josh and Lucas.
Dave also is the President of the Para-Chapel Ministry Counsel on Camp Pendleton. He oversees this organization working with the command Chaplains.
"Raul and Carla both grew up in San Antonio, Texas a block away from each other. Each grew up in Catholic homes and had given their lives to Christ at a young age. Raul, has been part of Faith Warrior Ministry since 2002 when he met Dave Townsend at a Bible study at the School of Infantry. Under Dave’s discipleship Raul truly learned what it meant to live for Christ. In 2007, Raul introduced Carla to the ministry. Carla instantly joined Bible studies and became involved with Hiroko under her discipleship. Raul and Carla married in 2010 and now reside in Stafford, Virginia raising their three children.
They each are grateful for the impact Faith Warrior Ministry has played into their lives and love to serve the ministry that has brought each of them into a deeper relationship with Christ. They contribute their marriage, parenthood and personal walks with Christ to Faith Warrior Ministry and the discipleship that the ministry has poured into their lives."
Dave Yumen was born and raised on a farm on Maui, Hawaii in a traditional Buddhist family. He attended University of Washington on an NROTC scholarship where he met The Navigators and gave his life to Christ. He graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering in June 1975 and reported to the USS Bradley (FF-1041) in Long Beach in February 1976.
After his ship moved to San Diego, he got involved with The Navigators and remained involved throughout his active duty years. In September 1982 he joined The Navigator staff, and then was assigned to minister at NAS Whidbey Island in Washington State. While there he married Janet Nagata in September 1988. In June 1995, they moved to the San Diego area where they minister to Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.
Dave retired from the Navy Reserve in 2005 with the rank of Captain. They have two children, Christopher who is a senior at Point Loma Nazarene University and Kristi who is a sophomore at Biola University.
Bryon was raised in the Central Valley of California, in a non-Christian home. At 19, he joined the Marine Corps in search of adventure and a new identity. While in boot camp, he heard the gospel for the first time and believed in Jesus as his Savior. He made a career of the military, earning a commission as an officer, and recently surpassed 20 years. Throughout that career, God has provided him with sweet fellowship and dynamic spiritual growth through various para-church/chapel ministries, just like Faith Warrior Ministry.
Bryon married to his college sweetheart, Holly, in 2006, and together they are raising their beautiful daughter Avelyn. He has a Bachelors degree in Communication from the University of Colorado, and a Masters degree in Theology from Liberty Theological Seminary. He enjoys hiking and fishing, and as he nears the end of his Marine Corps career, he is excited to experience how God will use him in the next chapter of life.
Matt grew up in the suburbs outside of Detroit, MI. He enlisted in the Army in 2002 and served two deployments during his 4-year enlistment. While on active duty, Matt was discipled by The Navigators at Fort Campbell, KY. After his enlistment, Matt moved to Oceanside where he became involved with the Navigators and later Faith Warrior Ministry. Matt continues to be involved in his local church and with Faith Warrior Ministry. Matt currently resides in Laguna Hills, CA with his new wife Jenni.