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Matt and Trina Kessler

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Why We're Here

We chose to work at Bighorn because we are passionate about the outdoors and discipleship. We love to see how God works in peoples' lives when surrounded by His creation and pushed out of their comfort zone. The wilderness is a great place to deepen your walk with the Lord and we are excited to walk alongside others in this way.

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Matt grew up right outside of Philadelphia, PA and spent six years in the Army National Guard after high school, deploying to Kuwait and Romania. After the military, he studied at Montana Wilderness School of the Bible (2014-2016) and Oak Hills Christian College (2016-2019) in MN, graduating with a BS in Business Administration. He realized that he wanted to be involved in outdoor ministry while attending MWSB and joined staff at Camp Bighorn in September of 2019. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, hockey, climbing, and exploring new places with his family.

Trina grew up in Salem, OR and has been involved with summer camps since she was old enough to be a camper. She has also volunteered as camp counselor, worked as a prep cook, and even dabbled a bit on work crews. After attending Montana Wilderness School of the Bible in 2010-2011, she served on staff as assistant cook for 2 years and head cook for 1 year.

Matt Kessler

Wilderness Programming Manager

He spent six years in the Army as a Cavalry Scout where land navigation was a major part of his job responsibilities. He was previously Combat Lifesaver certified in the Army as well as Wilderness First Responder certified. Matt's second year at MWSB provided him with experience in backpacking, rock climbing, and ice climbing.

As the Wilderness Programming Manager, Matt will plan, coordinate, and lead out trips as well as keeping maps, notes and a food system for trips.

Fun Fact

One of Matt's dream trips is to get dropped off by plane in the Alaskan back-country and spend a week or two hunting moose or caribou.

Trina Kessler

From traveling to more than a dozen states here in the US, to spending 3 months working on farms all over New Zealand; Trina has developed a love for exploring new places, food, and cultures, and hopes to share that sense of adventure with their children. Aside from raising their children, Trina will help Matt develop and maintain the food system for the out trips.

Fun Fact

Along with good food, Trina enjoys coffee, reading, hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoors with her family.


Trina and Matt were married in July of 2016. They have a son, Miles, born in February of 2019 and are expecting a daughter in April of 2020.

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