After first-hand witnessing the devastation caused by the EF5 tornado that struck Joplin, MO in May 2011, the hearts of a few men were ignited to create a volunteer group capable of responding to and serving the communities most affected. Minuteman Disaster Response (MDR) is a first-responder support team comprised of well-trained volunteers. Our goal is to provide significant aid to disaster victims and emergency personnel utilizing the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) Incident Command Structure (ICS).
I got involved with Minuteman so that I could serve others in a time of need while building relationships with like minded individuals in an atmosphere of service and adventure. Some of the most rewarding experiences I have had on deployment have usually come around times of listening to a survivor’s story and learning about them as a person while allowing them an opportunity to begin the healing process4. If someone is looking for a place to volunteer their time to serve those impacted, this is a great place to do it. The training is top notch and the people who serve together are some of the best around. I am married to my wife Kari and have one daughter, Anna and one son, Jared. When not serving with Minuteman I like to spend my time riding bikes, fishing and being involved with missions work in Mexico.
MATT PAYNEExecutive Director Member Since 2012 Matt got involved with Minuteman because he felt a need to serve others in their time of need while building relationships with like-minded individuals in an atmosphere of service and adventure. Some of the most rewarding experiences he’s had on deployment have come from listening to a survivor's story, learning about them as a person, and allowing the opportunity to begin the healing process. Matt believes if looking for a place to volunteer your time to serve those impacted by natural disaster, Minuteman is a great place to do it.
The training is top-notch and the people who serve are some of the best around.Matt and his wife Kari have one daughter, Anna, and one son, Jared. When not serving with Minuteman he likes to spend time riding bikes, fishing and getting involved with mission work in Mexico. Contact
TROY HUDSONDirector of Operations Member Since 2018 Troy came to Minuteman so he could continue serving the public in their time of need, alongside a group of highly-trained and deeply compassionate individuals. As an MDR team member, Troy looks forward to witnessing the growth of the organization and how as the team grows, they are able to help in more areas and communities on a larger scale.
Knowing that I can be part of a team that gives their all in helping others has been the most rewarding experience with Minuteman.In his freetime, Troy spends time with his family and friends. He is also an active volunteer at a church camp in Southeast Oklahoma, where he grew up, and has spent more than 34 years practicing martial arts and enjoying the outdoors. Contact
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SCOTT EVERETTDirector of Response Operations Member Since 2014 With a passion to serve others in the aftermath of a disaster, Minuteman provided Scott an outlet to volunteer. For Scott, it has been a pleasure working with a growing organization that holds high standards of professionalism while also building deep, trusting relationships with other team members. The most rewarding experience for Scott has been witnessing the positive impact of his service on those who have been affected by natural disasters. Scott believes Minuteman is the right organization for any individual looking for something truly unique, exciting and hands-on.
I have been very blessed in providing for devastated communities.Even as a traveling sales professional with a wife and three children, Minuteman has offered Scott a platform that provides a well-balanced life and intangible rewards. Contact
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MICHAEL GAMBLEDirector of Relief Operations Member Since 2011 Grateful for being one of the four men who founded Minuteman after responding to Joplin, Missouri’s EF5 tornado, Michael found an avenue to express his passion to serve those affected by disasters. For Michael, the training offered by Minuteman is not only in-depth and professional, but filled with heart, compassion and desire to effectively deploy in the midst of crisis.
“We offer an incredible “on-ramp” training for any individual -- even with little or no experience.“Michael is honored to serve as the Pastor of his local church in McKinney, Texas. He also enjoys cycling, reading, mission trips to Mexico, and Friday night pizza and movies with his wife and three children. Contact
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GARY ANDERSONDeputy Director of Relief Operations - Engagement Member Since 2011 Gary joined MDR because he wanted to be part of a team that was trained to help First Responders when a disaster occurred. Being able to help those that have been impacted by a disaster and seeing how much they appreciate what Minuteman does has been a very rewarding experience for Gary.
Most people want to help when they hear about a disasters but don't know what to do, MDR can give them direction.Gary is a retired Engineer and Sales & Marketing Director for a technology company. He also served as Director of Operations for a large multi-campus church. He spent 3 years in the Army Signal Corps as a Crypto and Ciphony specialist. Gary has been married to his wife, Donna for 48 years and enjoys working on classic cars, gardening, cooking and spending time in their home in McKinney, Texas. Contact
Deputy Director of Relief Operations - Engagement
RUSSELL DOBBSDeputy Director of Relief Operations - Training Member Since 2017 Having lived through a tornado in 1999 and participated in relief efforts through church groups in years after, Russell wanted to get involved with a group that was organized and had the same vision that he did in serving those affected by disasters. The most rewarding experience he’s had was serving during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and seeing how truly grateful the people were.
Our organization puts people in the most effective position to serve those affected by disasters through training, equipment and excellent leadership.Russell is the Area Sales Manager/Loan Officer for Bay Equity Home Loans in Frisco, Texas. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and being near the water. Contact
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STAN SHERWOODField Communications Coordinator Member Since 2016 Stan learned of Minuteman Disaster Response while his church was looking for ways to aid those suffering after a natural disaster. After attending a meeting and learning more about MDR, the concept of the rapid response team was especially appealing to him. From the start, joining MDR has been a very rewarding opportunity for Stan to make a difference in the lives of natural disaster victims, and even more rewarding to aid the first responders and families that have suffered in the same disaster.
MDR is a great team of God-loving people who I'm honored to work with.When not assisting with Minuteman, Stan enjoys spending time with his wife or working at the company he’s co-owned for more than 23 years. Stan has two married sons and a daughter who's soon to be married. Contact
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MARK NAMEYMembership Coordinator - Response Member Since 2017 After retirement, Mark had his sights set on becoming an EMT. However when he discovered MDR, he found a more relaxed, flexible way to provide support to those in need. Mark enjoys every opportunity to talk and pray with those affected by natural disaster. Working with MDR has provided Mark with an immense personal satisfaction that comes from giving back and and helping others.
MDR will challenge you in learning a variety of emergency response techniques.Mark has been married for 31 years and has two beautiful daughters. He is a retired electrical engineer after 33 years working for Raytheon in the field of electro-optical sensors development. He is also the Outreach Director for over 25 ministries at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Community. Contact
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RYAN CHAPMANLogistics Coordinator Member Since 2014 Ryan knew he wanted to be part of something bigger than himself, and after meeting so many individuals who have been affected by natural disaster, he eventually found Minuteman. Through MDR, Ryan has formed deeply meaningful relationships and is proud of the way he and his team members come together to bring hope and love to those affected by natural disaster. Through MDR, Ryan is proud of how they’ve been able to change and impact lives.
The heart to serve always shines through with each and everyone associated with MDR.Ryan is a Construction Manager for a large home builder in the DFW. He is married with a wife and two little ones, aged 1 and 5. Ryan is a former baseball player and coach, as well as an avid craftsman. Contact