After teaching and coaching for 24 years, Kevin and Gina Bickel felt led to pursue a desire that God had given them years prior, to start an outdoor ministry.  Seeking God’s direction, they established Next Generation West Ministries, a non-profit corporation.  Soon after In January of 2013, God opened doors for a move to northwest Montana.
Within that first year, God unexpectedly gave Kevin the  added responsibility of pastoring Canyon Baptist Church and leading Beyond Borders for Christ in the small town of Hungry Horse.  Beyond Borders for Christ is a ministry for kids K-12 that meets on Wednesday nights at the community’s school.
In 2015, NGWM and Canyon Baptist Church combined resources to add several weeks to the already established summer ministries and Summer in the Horse was born. They realized that many kids, in the area, were not getting what they craved most,  personal attention and one-on-one relationships. Each day kids come for a Bible lesson, food and fun activities, but most of all to be with people who share the love of Jesus with them. 
NGWM, along with Canyon Baptist Church, hosts groups and college-aged summer missionaries that serve in their Summer in the Horse program.  While they are passionate about showing God’s love to those in their community, they are also passionate about creating opportunities for spiritual growth and discipleship for those who serve with them.