About Us

Quest exists to supplement and reinforce the Biblical teaching students receive at home. Our goal is to come alongside the fathers and other Godly men in our students’ lives and provide additional encouragement, mentorship, and guidance as they “Choose Christ-like Manhood”. This is the purpose behind everything we do.

During Quest we dive into the foundational principles of Biblical manhood and give students a strong understanding of the character and attributes that God wants His sons to exhibit. We also provide students the opportunity to learn practical life skills, and give them hardships that will put their personal faith and character to the test. Our goal is for each student to leave Quest with the desire to “Choose Christ-like Manhood” for himself, and the knowledge that they have truly made their faith their own.

Quest is also an excellent opportunity for young men to build lifelong friendships, both with their peers and with “older brother” figures that they can turn to for prayer and encouragement. The staff at Quest is passionate about creating and promoting an atmosphere where students can be surrounded by the kind of young men who want more for themselves than the “normal” Christian life.

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13

Statement of Faith

The International ALERT Academy affirms the cardinal doctrines of Scripture that have been defended by historic statements of faith. These include the divine inspiration of Scripture, the deity of Christ, the original sin nature of man, the atonement for sin by Christ’s shed blood, and the justification by faith in Jesus as the Christ.

We also believe that a complete and inspired statement of faith was given by Jesus Christ when He taught precise commands on how to love God and others, and that these commands transcend all cultures, nationalities, religions, and political systems.

Samuel Winkler

Samuel Winkler

Director

Originally from upstate New York, Samuel first attended Quest as a student in 2007. He served as volunteer staff from 2008 to 2013, including coordinating Quest 2011, 2012, and 2013. Samuel manages public relations for the International ALERT Academy and directs the Quest Program.

Skylar Borsman

Skylar Borsman

Quest Coordinator

Skylar started working with Quest in 2014 as volunteer staff after he attended ALERT Basic Training. Skylar has a passion for working with young men and has served as coordinator for both Quest and Quest Advanced. He and his wife Morgan live in east TX.

Charlie O'Neal

Charlie O'Neal

Advanced Coordinator

In addition to coordinating Quest Advanced, Charlie is also the Executive Officer of Basic Training and teaches leadership and communication at ALERT. Charlie has been involved with Quest since 2018, and has coordinated Quest and Quest Advanced. Charlie and his wife Lydia live on campus.

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