Our Founders

Bill and Denise Olczak met in 1972 while both were enrolled at Penn State University. They fell in love, married, and moved to Erie for Bill's employment and where Denise finished her degree at Mercyhurst University. Both had grown up in the country and longed for this lifestyle. Within a few years they had purchased 40 acres, designed and built a house and a barn themselves (with a lot of help from family and friends), and began their family. In 1983 they became born again Christians, dedicating their lives and everything they own to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

 

Bill and Denise have been involved with one aspect or another of youth ministry since 1976. Over the years the couple has established a Boy Scout high adventure Exploring Post, provided adult leadership to a high school environmental club, participated as adult leaders in various church youth groups, taught Sunday school classes, established a home school co-operative, and are now in the process of developing and growing Mystic Mountain Training Center. They have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and dozens of kids and adults that consider them second parents.