Shane Seaton became Ouachita's RecLife Director in August of 2015. He grew up in Bethany, Okla.,
near Oklahoma City and attended Southern Nazarene University. After college he worked
several years in various camping ministries throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado,
including Compass Wilderness where he met is wife, Hannah. They pursued their passion
for outdoor ministry by moving to HoneyRock - Outdoor Center for Leadership Development
of Wheaton College in Northern Wisconsin. They worked as graduate assistants running
camp programs while they earned graduate degrees in Christian Formation and Ministry
emphasizing in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership.
Now in Arkadelphia, Shane is a member of the Clark County Search and Rescue Team and
the Caddo Valley Fire Department. He spends his time climbing, kayaking, hiking, reading
and growing vegetables with his wife and their sons, Wilder and Calum.
What do you like most about your field?
I am passionate about using challenge to help people grow closer to God and learn
more about themselves. This challenge comes through experiences in Creation and competition
with others and self. I believe that the growth and life lessons learned during these
challenges will make the students of Ouachita Baptist University better servants of
If you were anything other than RecLife Director, what would you be and why?
I would probably go back to working in camp ministry as this suits my passions. My
work with the Caddo Valley Volunteer Fire Department has made me consider a career
in this, as well.
Areas of Expertise
Certifications & experience:
- Wilderness First Responder
- NASAR Wilderness Medicine Instructor
- NASAR Search and Rescue Technician Level 1
- Certified American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor
- Swift Water Rescue
- Rough Terrain and Mountain Rescue
- 15+ years working in camping and recreation ministry
- 1000+ total hours of climbing site management and high/low ropes facilitation
- Commercial Driver’s License
- Clark County Search and Rescue Team Leader
- Caddo Valley Volunteer Fire Department
- First Baptist Church Arkadelphia - Children's Sunday School, Deacon & Young Families
Ministry Team Member