Our History, Mission & Vision

R U Red E? Ministries, Inc was founded by John Gunden in the summer of 1991 with a group of guys, (Bill Radam, Dennis Helms, Lou Driscoll, Chip David, Larry Goff, Dave Brown and Dave Keleher) in Orlando Florida. The current board consists of Bill Radam, Dennis Helms, Dave Robbins and John Gunden. The mission was simply, “Taking the Gospel to a Teenage World” through music so that he could relate to the teens better. John Gunden is a seasoned evangelist to teens with much of his training and background in YFC (Youth for Christ) a ministry whose first full-time evangelist was none other than Billy Graham in the 40’s.

John was already receiving invitations to share his faith and music from all over the world through various para-church organizations, (YFC, Young Life, Great Commandments Ministries, World Servants, Campus Crusade For Christ and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.) Since it’s inception, John has preached to thousands of teens over the years and has seen over 20,000 teens commit thei

r lives to Jesus Christ in Denmark, Belize, The Gambia, Germany, India, Mexico, Namibia, Romania, Sierra Leone, and the United States, many of which we are still in contact with to this day.

John has made many worship albums and written most of the songs on each. Some songs were inspired by real interaction with children and teens.

Though we travel much, we have not forgotten the home front. We train up leaders to go out and be a light to the world, and we start back home. Many have come through our intern program. Some have gone on to serve God in various ways such as a church plant in Mexico, seminary, marine & lay pastor, missionary to Hollywood, CA, and many other ways. We praise God for the opportunity to raise up leaders such as these! (See bios below)

This is all possible with the help of people like you, our generous donors. Thank you for helping us Take the Gospel to a Teenage World!



John Gunden, President

Ryan Badgerow, Youth & Outreach Pastor
Emily Badgerow, Youth Leader/Office Manager/Events Coordinator
Gretta Gunden, Youth Leader & Roller Rink/Cafe Manager
Youth Interns:
Maggie Gunden
 -Maggie graduated from high school in 2016 and is interning until the Lord has made it clear what the next step for her will be.
Ryan Ellis
 – Ryan is 24 years old and will serve with us for the next year! He is from N. Ft. Myers, Florida (poor guy is freezing in this Michigan weather!) and attends Grace Baptist Church of Cape Coral with John’s son, Graham, and his wife Sarah. Ryan put his faith in Christ when he was 15 and feels called to become a pastor.  
“I’m here to get some experience in the ministry. I hope to learn as much as possible (in matters of faith and the ministry) and to serve and love The River’s Edge church [and R U Red E? Ministries] while I’m here.”
Iva Gunden
 -Iva graduated from high school this year and is interning until the Lord has made it clear what the next step for her will be.

What we believe:

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