All of Our Teammates are Ninja Specialists, Including some from American Ninja Warrior

JARED GREER - Grandview, Texas

President / Owner Operator of Overcoming Obstacles Ministries

Jared is a former youth pastor veteran (12 years) that has also competed on American Ninja Warrior 3 times! He is married to the love of his life, Sally, and has 2 sons – Micah and Bennett. He has his BA in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry from East Texas Baptist University. He loves trying to use every opportunity to share the love of Jesus with the world. He started Overcoming Obstacles Ministries with the help of his church and friends in 2016. It became a 501c3 non-profit in 2017 and is now operating strong reaching thousands with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

kENDALL ORTEZ - Dallas, Texas

Ninja Extraordinaire!

Kendall is the youngest member of our team! He brings so much energy and life to everything he does. He also beats most of us on a regular basis! Kendall has competed two times on American Ninja Warrior and has advanced to the National Finals in Las Vegas in Season 11. Kendall is a full-time Car Interior Repair Man. But in reality – Kendall is a FULL-TIME Ninja!

NATE BURKHALTER - Houston, Texas

Ninja Speaker and Athlete

Nate is the most decorated athlete of the Overcoming Obstacles team. while that is cool and all, the best part about Nate is his passion for life and his genuine spirit. He is an adventure enthusiast and loves a good adrenaline rush! He has his BA in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business Management from Louisiana Tech University and has competed on American Ninja Warrior 5 times! He persevered through many challenges to qualify for the finals in Las Vegas two times! In Season 11 he has his breakthrough where he BEAT Stage 1. Then he BEAT Stage 2 after battling food poisoning the ENTIRE night before the event. Nate has a God-given world class ability to speak and share his God stories with the world. In 2020 Nate had a rare opportunity to compete on a Latin American TV Show called “Exatlon.” After SEVERAL obstacles, Nate ended up beating the odds and won the entire show. Nate is the first to give God glory for all of his accomplishments.

JON STEM - Claremore, oklahoma

Ninja Youth Pastor, Evangelist, and Speaker

Jon and his wife Jen serve at Claremore Assembly of God in Claremore, Oklahoma. Jon is the youth and music minister. He has his BA in Preaching and Evangelism from Central Bible College and an MA in Theological Studies from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Jon brings Overcoming Obstacles to the northern Oklahoma region! He has competed on American Ninja Warrior 2 times and World Finals for multiple ninja leagues. Even Jon’s dad, Jim, has competed on American Ninja Warrior! Jon and Jen have 2 precious kids. Jon grew up in Mongolia and Alaska where his parents were full-time missionaries!

Brent Burden - Farmersville, TX

Creative Ninja, Evangelist, and Speaker

Brent was a competitor on Season 14 of American Ninja Warrior. He is a former youth and worship pastor with many years of experience in working with different-sized church staffs. He is a fitness guru and loves encouraging others to invest in their health and to pursue Jesus with all of their passions in life. He goes by the name “Creative Ninja” in the ninja world. He loves photography, art & design, and helping people tell their stories through film. He has been married for 12 years to his wife Lori and they have a daughter named Zoey and son named Crosby. His motto in life is to Love God, Love Others, and Hit Buzzers!

Walker Loyd - Grand Saline, TX

Ninja Speaker and Athlete

Walker Loyd is the endurance ninja. If people walked around with a 24v battery, Walker would have a 48v! He is fueled by fulfilling the mission God has placed in his heart to love and serve others relentlessly. Walker is married to the love of his life, Autumn. They recently welcomed their first born son Luke Loyd. Walker graduated from Tarleton State University where he earned his Masters degree in Kinesiology. Since 2016, Walker has competed in the sport of obstacle course racing as a professional athlete. He has qualified for world championships 7 times! Walker has served in various ministries for the past decade and enjoys leading events with Overcoming Obstacles.

sally greer- grandview texas

Ministry development coordinator (volunteer)

Sally is the glue that holds this team together. She has a BA in Psychology. She has helped Jared lead in youth ministry for 12 years. Her full-time job is raising two crazy ninja boys! On top of all of that, she is an accomplished artist. Sally volunteers to serve Overcoming Obstacles in numerous ways. She mostly helps Jared keep things organized and focused on our mission. She loves to reach out to the other members of the team to help them with their spiritual and emotional health. She also helps Jared develop messages and helps discern how to communicate our vision.

Beverly papan- grandview, texas

Administrative assistant

Beverly and her husband, Paul, are the swiss army knife of ministry! They can do it all. Paul and Beverly served with Jared and Sally in youth ministry as volunteers at FBC Grandview. Beverly helped Jared organize so many events at the church that he knew he needed her assistance when he started Overcoming Obstacles. Beverly keeps the books, makes contracts, and helps keep things organized. Paul and Beverly have become family to the Greers!

board members

There isn’t enough room to write the amount of appreciation the Overcoming Obstacles Team has for the Overcoming Obstacles Board of Directors. They are the most selfless, servant minded people we have ever met. Their willingness to give their time, resources, skills, and finances to keep Overcoming Obstacles running strong is unparalleled. These guys have become some of my best friends.

greg firebaugh

board member


sam buzzard

board member


david self

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paul papan

board member


The Overcoming Obstacles launched in 2016. What began as a fun one-time hobby has transformed into something much bigger. In 2018 Overcoming Obstacles was registered as an official 501c3 organization.
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