2019 Christian Fly Fishing Retreat
May 17-19, 2019

Christian Fly Fishing Retreat Board of Directors

Joe Warren



Joe Warren is one of the original co-founders of Christian Fly Fishing Retreat and also served as Executive Director.  Coming out of a short retirement from the camp, Joe is eager to be back on the team to serve God’s purpose through fly fishing.  Serving the Lord through Christian Fly Fishing Retreat is one of Joe’s life-long passions in using his skills as a fly fisherman to witness to other men.  Joe’s back ground in fly fishing spans more than four decades and he is very active as a freelance writer, author and photographer with publications in numerous fly fishing magazines and two fly tying books.  He has produced fly tying and fly fishing videos and appeared on television as a guest on Fly Fish TV on the Outdoor Network.  He is a member of the Daiichi Hook Pro Staff, Trout Unlimited, International Federation of Fly Fishers, NRA, and the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association.  Joe lives in Carson, WA, with his wife, Melissa and attends River Christian Church in Stevenson, WA.

Matt Holmes

As a boy growing up in Texas I began to chase bass with a fly rod. After graduating from college and moving to the Great Northwest I became hooked on the pursuit of trout and steelhead on the fly.
Over the past fifteen years I have been blessed to be able to pursue various species of fish throughout Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia and especially blessed to make some great friends in the process.  I'm thankful God has directed me to CFFR and that He has led me to serve on the board here.  

Mike Leon

Fishing has always been a big part of my life. My father, two older brothers and I used to travel to the Ruby Marshes in Eastern Nevada for 100+ fish days. After graduating from eighth grade, my best friend introduced me to fly fishing while backpacking in the Desolation Wilderness area. After that experience, fly fishing became my passion. I have fly fished for many different species of fish throughout the PNW. I was also blessed to be able to experience fly fishing for bonefish and trevally on Christmas Island. I was introduced to CFFR in 2006 and have been attending ever since. The last ten years have been with my son, Mitchell. Now that he has graduated from high school, I felt it was time to give back to the organization that enabled many fond memories and spiritual growth with both my son and other fellow Christians.




John Heitz

As a ten-year-old fishing with bait at a lake near Bishop California I saw a man fly fishing. It was like poetry in motion. I asked the man what he was doing. He explained to me and gave me a fly. I put that fly on the business end of my Zebco spincast outfit and flipped it into the creek feeding the lake. I was thrilled to see fish after fish come up and hit it. A new passion was born.

Years went by, life, marriage and family happened, and I lost touch with the sport that had meant so much to me. A friend from work, Bob Dexter, invited me to Roundup. Not only was my passion for fly fishing rekindled, but God saved my life. (Ask me about it!)

John has been married to Susan since 1976, has four adult offspring, and is a staff administrator at George Fox University.


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