Who We Are

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Leadership Team

We all believe passionately in Biblical Manhood and feel called to help parents and young men grow into the next generation of God-fearing leaders.

Dan Schroeder

Dan Schroeder


Dan Schroeder currently serves as the director of FIRED UP’s Spring Conference.  He is married to Shannon and has two daughters, Megan and Emily, one son Jamie and son-in-law, married to Megan.  He and his family are members at Redeemer Baptist Church in Rincon Georgia.  He has served as a Sunday school teacher at RBC.  He is originally from Wausau, Wisconsin and has lived in the Savannah Georgia area since 1998.  Dan works full time as the Director of Billing Operations for ATN International, a telecommunications company.

He is the co-founder of FIRED UP and serves as the President of FIRED UP Ministries of Georgia, Inc.  He has always had a heart for providing opportunities where men and young men could grow and mature in their faith.  He is currently attending Andersonville Theological Seminary working towards a Bachelor of Ministry degree.

Nick Smalley

Nick Smalley

Co-Director/Vice President

Nick Smalley is the Director of the newly inaugurated Fall Conference and serves as the Vice President of FIRED UP.  He is married to Jenna and they have five children Madison, AJ, Nathan, Emily, and Erika. Nick and his family are members of New Providence Baptist Church. Nick is native to Effingham County. He works full time with Gulfstream Aerospace as an aircraft interior installer. He also volunteers with the city of Guyton fire department.

Nick has been working with FIRED UP in a variety of roles since 2012. He has a passion for helping to provide biblically centered teaching for the spiritual development of young men.

Brad Woodall

Brad Woodall


Brad Woodall currently serves as a speaker and counselor at FIRED UP’s Spring Conference.  He and his wife Ardana were married in 1993 and they have six children:  Emily, Abigail, Elijah, Charis, Isaac, and Ian.  He and his family are members at New Providence Baptist Church in Guyton Georgia.  He serves as an Elder and teaches the Mosaics Sunday school class (18 to 30-years old) at NPBC.  He is originally from Norwood, North Carolina and has lived in Rincon, Georgia since 2013.  Brad works as a professional engineer for Moffatt & Nichol, a civil engineering firm that specializes in the design of marine facilities infrastructure. 

He serves as the Treasurer of FIRED UP Ministries of Georgia, Inc.  He has a heart for sharing and teaching God’s word.  As the father of three sons, his heart’s desire is to lead them and other young men to know and love God, helping them to mature to be the men that God has created them to be.  Brad has taken classes at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

Tris Meyers

Tris Meyers


Tristram Meyers is an Army Veteran married to Christiana and is the father of two sons, Caleb and Aiden, three daughters, Casey, Caitlin and Natalie, and one daughter-in-law, Quinn, married to Caleb. He and his wife are also foster parents. Tris and his family are members at Redeemer Baptist Church in Rincon, where he serves the church body as a Deacon. He was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming, grew up in Houston, Texas, and has lived in Effingham county since late 1999. Tris builds electrical control panels for industrial mixers for ROSS Systems and Controls.

2019 Conference Speakers

Our speakers at each conference are men of conviction from God’s Word and seek to teach and preach only Christ and Him crucified in each area of life.

Schel Paulk

Schel Paulk

Fall Speaker

Schel Paulk, the owner of Southern Pride Lawn Care, Inc., is an Elder and Sunday School Teacher at New Providence Baptist Church.  He has been married to Terri for 27 years and has nine children, ages 10-25.  After being saved while in college Schel attended Luther Rice Seminary for further education.  He is passionate about the Word of Christ and the understanding of God in His greatness.  Schel’s focus in any teaching is the need for continued personal growth through independent and corporate worship as well as fervent prayer. 

Jeff Stephens

Jeff Stephens

Spring Speaker

Jeff Stephens is speaking at this year’s FIRED UP 2019 Spring Conference. Jeff is an elder at Redeemer Baptist Church in Rincon, Ga.  He is originally from central Texas but went to high school in Colorado.  After 6 years in the navy, he came to the Savannah, Ga area in 1997 where he has made his home ever since.  Jeff is married to Jenny and the father of three children:  Marcena, Wesley & Abigail. He holds an airframes & powerplant license and works at Gulfstream as an avionics technician in the corporate flight department.  He has too many hobbies and pastimes but overall, he really enjoys gardening, working around the house, outdoor activities and amateur radio.

Jeff has been a part of FIRED UP for 4 years.  He longs to see the true Gospel put to work in our young mens’ lives.  They are faced with a culture that assaults biblical manhood on every front and seeks to suppress and shame any vestige of it in their lives.  Jeff asserts that the true Gospel is the only answer for our young men as well as the culture at large.  He believes that a proper view of God in His majesty and a knowledge of His attributes is the root of a truly biblical worldview.  All men (and women) must flee to the cross of Christ on a daily basis.  This is the message Jeff seeks to impart to all participants of Fired Up and to the world at large.

Erik Palmberg

Erik Palmberg

Spring Speaker

Erik Palmberg is serving as a speaker at FIRED UP’s 2019 Spring Conference. He is the pastor at New Providence Baptist Church. He graduated from college at UNC-Charlotte, where he met his wife, Susan. He completed his Masters at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and Susan moved to Guyton Georgia in 1998, where Erik served as Youth Minister and Associate Pastor at New Providence Baptist Church. Then in January 2008, Erik heeded the call to become our Senior Pastor. He and Susan have been blessed with a son, Gabriel, and two daughters, Liana and Vivienne.

Staff & Counselors

Apart from the men who work so hard on the leadership team to lead the direction of FiredUp into teaching and practicing Biblical Manhood each day, we also rely on amazing staff and counselors to pull off our Conferences & Workshops each year. 

Camp Counselors & Staff: Spring Conference ’19

Jay T.

Derek A.

Tris M.

Olumide O.

Josh A.


Caleb M.



Brad W.

Germaine F.


Joseph S.

Rick P.

Noah M.

David C.

Dale S.



Sent All My Boys

Thank you to all of you for taking such good care of my boys! They had a wonderful time once again. Last night, one of the boys just kept talking about how he wishes he could have stayed for Closing Ceremony or that it would have lasted longer.  This program is so uplifting for all of the boys and it is amazing to have all of these boys and men together sharing Jesus! So thank you to your entire group once again for another memorable weekend for these kids!

Transformed Life

I learned things that I did not know and these men have taught me a lot…

I Now Understand Manhood Better

I learned that we need to be bearers of God’s image. I learned the importance of being a Godly man and not a worldly man. I learned discipleship

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