Passionate Pursuit

Are you ready to become a light in the darkness?

Trailblazers is a three-month, multi-generational ministry training and missions immersion experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Our vision is to gather those in the passionate pursuit of Jesus and equip them to become “burning ones” amid our day’s crises and challenges.

Impartation & Equipping

Our staff and speakers will help you grow in love for Jesus and discover your identity as the Father’s beloved child. You will receive training and ministry tools that will equip you to live missionally anywhere.

Daily you will grow in intimacy with God as you participate in worship and joy-filled prayer. You will receive personal ministry, be part of a small group and begin to dream with God for His plans and purposes.

Throughout your time on the mission base, you will grow in confidence and experience a lifestyle of doing the “greater works” Jesus promised.


Sean Malone

With a background in the motion picture industry, Sean Malone moved back to New York just two days before the 9/11 attacks. There he provided emergency lighting for search and rescue operations. A few years later, Paramount Pictures sent him to New Orleans just a few days before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans; thrusting him into major relief operations once again. In 2007, he launched Crisis Response International (CRI) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since then, CRI has trained nearly ten thousand volunteer responders and full-time crisis response missionaries, mobilizing them to the worst crisis and disaster situations around the world.

Dan Mooney

After leading worship in a Catholic church all through high school, a collegiate classmate shared how Dan could have a personal relationship with Jesus. During the next 30 days, Dan asked the Lord to come and sit at the throne of his heart and when entering a church sanctuary, he sensed God himself surrounding and embracing him in a profound way which established the reality that God knew him, and he knew God.

Over the next 30 years, Dan served on church staff in various denominations as a worship leader, choir director, college pastor, missions pastor, and small group/discipleship pastor. He currently ministers as the First Year Pastor at the Global School of Supernatural Ministry where he is entering his 4th year on Global School staff.

In addition, Dan has recorded and produced over 20 albums for a wide range of Christian artists and mentored scores of musicians who now serve the body of Christ.

Jay Baylor

Jay has ministered for over 25 years in a variety of ministries and churches- as a Young Life Area Director, Youth and Young Adult Pastor, Associate Pastor, and church planter. Jay is an instructor in the Global School of Supernatural Ministry, teaching Bible.

In 2014, Jay was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of North America, and he began planting Church of the Apostles in the City in Northeast Baltimore. Most recently, Jay is part of the team bringing Biblical Trauma Healing to the Baltimore region.

The best part about Jay’s life is being married to Mindy for 29 years. They have three daughters, Rachel is a Computer Engineer at Quaalcom in San Diego, Hamna is teaching math physics in Bloomington IN, and Emma is a data analyst for the Maryland Office of Public Defender.

Jay holds a BA from Penn State in International Relations and a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Seattle, Washington.

Cory Stark

Corey Stark is the Founder and Director of Ignite The Nations, based in Kansas City, where he resides with his wife Meredith and daughters’ Samantha and Justice. The Stark’s vision is to be “burning and shining lamps,” having hearts that are fully alive in the love of God, as they pursue the mission of exalting Jesus throughout the nations by establishing joyful multigenerational communities with a vibrant culture of prayer that empowers missions and impacts the community, especially in times of crisis.

Justin Perry

Ken DeBenedictis

Ken was one of a handful of CRI originals back when Crisis Response International was first being formed in Kansas City in early 2007. He has since been involved not just in disaster relief ministry, but has also stayed faithful to the call to prophetic intercession at the International House of Prayer.

Trained at MorningStar’s School of Ministry in SC, The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, and Christian International’s Graduate School, in Santa Rosa Beach, FL., Ken has been immersed in a variety of different streams in the Body of Christ and has devoted his life in helping people gain confidence in operating in prophetic ministry. Through simple training, practical teaching and interactive exercises, Ken’s authentic approach brings a naturalness to flowing in a power that the Apostle Paul encourages us to desire wholeheartedly.

Through his twenty-plus years ministering prophetically across the US and internationally, Ken’s focus as a Pastor, Deacon, teacher, and friend, is to see and encourage the Lord’s beautiful Bride beam with the Love of Jesus and to demonstrate His life-changing power to a world desperately searching for it.

He, his wife Erika, and their four children are based in Kansas City, MO with IHOP-KC.

Mike Hutchings

Mike Hutchings has 35 years of pastoral, church planting and pastoring pastors experience in a variety of church cultures including Baptist, Vineyard, Willow Creek, and Mennonite. In Peoria, Illinois, Mike partnered with the leadership team of a Transforming Revival Pastors’ Group where the city experienced significant transformation through the power of prayer and unity.

Mike conducts “Healing PTSD” training seminars throughout the country, training prayer ministers, clergy, chaplains, and counselors to utilize a healing prayer model to bring restoration to those suffering with PTSD.

He is currently the Director of Education for Global Awakening, an evangelistic ministry in Mechanicsburg, PA. He directs Dr. Randy Clark’s Global School of Supernatural Ministry and the Global Certification Programs. He is passionate about connecting pastors and leaders throughout the body of Christ to come together for transformation in their cities, and he strives to equip others to minister healing and wholeness to the world. He travels to churches and conferences near military bases in the United States, equipping churches to minister healing to those who suffer from PTSD. Mike also conducts weekend conferences on Kingdom Transformation and Transforming Revival. He has been married to his wife, Roxanne for 35 years, and has three children and five grandchildren.


In Matthew 24 and Luke 21, Jesus described the unique dynamics upon the earth when the Great Commission is finally finished. His emphasis was not on “how” we would do it but rather “the context” that it would be done.

This generation is on the verge of the greatest harvest ever seen… It’s time to get ready!

Trailblazers will equip you to be a light in the darkness, reach the harvest in crisis and help you lay hold of the unshakable Kingdom of God. Our heart is that you will become a living expression of God’s love, filled with His glory, overflowing with His power, and ready to bring the Good News into the darkness and pressures of our day.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5 NLT

Life on Base

All attendees live on base in a missional community setting. You will receive classroom and hands-on training. This includes small-group discipleship, outreach opportunities, community meals, joy-filled prayer, personal ministry, and access to a prayer room 24/7. Please speak with our staff if you live nearby and would like to attend Trailblazers but live off-campus. 

You will have access to various resources and leisure activities like mountain trails, hiking, cross-fit gym, cafe. Local shopping, big box stores, airports are all within 35 minutes. You do not need a car while on base.

We are a working mission base, training center, and the facility serves as our international relief headquarters. Part of your time on the CRI Base will involve serving in various mission base and/or admin roles. These could include farm, garden, animals, grounds maintenance, kitchen duty, building maintenance, training, deployment functions, or other ways to serve the base. 

All students are required to be at meals, and 8 am daily worship and prayer except weekends. We encourage all staff and students to engage in attendance at a local church.


As a missions organization, we understand that, at times, finances for the sake of training and doing ministry can be daunting.

Pro-tip #1: Do not base your decision on finances. Start with this prayer, “God, are you calling me to this?” Then move on to the “how.” This will give you something to stand on; The Word of The Lord.

Second: Reach out to your friends and family for support. This is an excellent idea for gifts through the holidays. Your supporters or church can donate on your behalf here.   Instruct them to put “TrailBlazers” and, in the note section, your name. They will receive a tax deduction for their gift.

Remember: You are not asking people for money. You are asking people to partner with God and sow into the Kingdom. Even if you can pay the fee, make sure you do not rob others of the opportunity to sow and reap. Not everyone is able or called to go on the journey you are embarking on. However, the Lord loves when we partner, meet each other’s needs, and we all win!

During Trailblazers, you will get tools and instruction on raising missionary support for deployments, mission trips, and CRI Missionary Staff support. Faith often requires taking the first step!

Total Cost: $1800 

  • $100 – Non-refundable background check/application fee.
  • $700 – Deposit due upon acceptance to hold student spot.
  • $1000.00 – School fee balance due by Jan 8
In the final weeks of Trailblazers, you will have the option to attend the Chaplaincy Intensive (free) or go on a mission trip/deployment (additional fee).
We are here to help. Click the link to set up a call with a Trailblazers advisor.


Trailblazers begins on January 8 and runs through March 26. 

Registration includes meals, lodging, airport pick-up, and drop-off. Lodging and meals are included in your school fees. Lodging is in shared cabins, and meals are provided in the dining hall and are eaten together as a community. Very limited family cabin availability, so apply early.


You must apply, pass our background check, and have fees paid in full to attend. 

Are There Any Discounts Available?

Married couples receive a 10% discount per person. We offer discounts for international students from developing countries.


Any attendee can raise funds through CRI to go directly towards your school tuition and deployment fees. After Trailblazers, you will have the opportunity to go on deployments or join our Mission Base Staff. 

During Trailblazers, you will be trained and given resources to help you raise the additional funds required for the deployment and future deployments. For those approved to join full-time staff, you will be able to raise support through CRI for personal and living expenses as a CRI Missionary. 

Becoming CRI Staff

Trailblazers is a prerequisite for becoming CRI Staff. During the quarter, you will have the opportunity to apply for staff. All staff are required to pay base fees to cover food, lodging, utilities, and other living expenses. To learn more about the CRI Base, click here.

For questions, please email

We are here to help. Click the link to set up a call with a Trailblazers advisor.