Who We Are

John and Ludie Nugier are devoted followers of Christ who call California’s central valley home. They believe a high-impact life is the only life worth living, and that happens by investing in the lives of others. After John’s successful career in business, the Nugiers have dedicated their lives to doing just that, investing in the eternal good of others.

Their desire is to pass on their hard-won wisdom to coming generations, and to see other Christians take up the task of mentoring. This is the vision behind The Mentoring Project.

What is The Mentoring Project? It’s a storehouse of resources for mentors and for any Christian men and women who want to grow. Whether someone’s looking for advice in the realm of spiritual growth, finances, relationships, or something else, you’ll be able to find it here. These resources are to be read, shared, and put into action. There is not a surplus of people living high-impact lives and investing in the good of those younger than them. May these resources inspire and equip mentors and mentees to live comprehensively God-honoring lives.

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Daniel S. Dumas

The Here and Now…

Dan Dumas is CEO & Founder of Red Buffalo – a serious gospel consulting group which helps organizations to think outside the box, get unstuck, think big, go big, access deep networks and re-aligned to their mission. Dan serves as a fractional- executive with a number of nonprofits, like Planted Ministries, a church planting organization in Latin America and beyond. Dan previously served as Special Advisor for Foster Care and Adoption for the State of Kentucky. Dan most recently pastored Christ Church in Bardstown, Kentucky. He is passionate about all things leadership, adoption, expository preaching and ministry, biblical manhood and being an idea-generating organizational leader.

For Those Who Care…

He is the author of Live Smart, the co-author of A Guide to Biblical Manhood and the editor of A Guide to Expository Ministry. Dumas served as a Senior Vice President from 2007 – 2017. He currently also serves as a special advisor to the President of Southern Seminary and Faculty member. Dan writes on Leadership at his blog: Leaders Don’t Panic. Dan has served in a variety of capacities in many local churches, including Executive Pastor at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. Prior to his time in ministry, Dan served in the US Navy as a search and rescue swimmer.

Dan is married to Jane and has two sons: Aidan and Elijah. Dan and family reside in Kingsburg, California. Dan loves all things sports (especially water sports), recently taken-up Adventure motorcycle riding and is an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting and fly fishing.

Matt Damico

Matt Damico is the editorial director for The Mentoring Project. He’s written and edited for a variety of Christian organizations and publications. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota and a master of divinity from Southern Seminary. He’s the pastor of worship and operations at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville. He and his wife, Anna, have three incredible kids.

Daniel Puerto

Daniel is a church planter with Planted Ministries. Daniel Puerto, from Honduras, is pastor of Iglesia Bíblica Metropolitana in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is also Editorial Coordinator of Poiema Publicaciones and Executive Director of Volvamos al Evangelio. He studied at Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, Texas, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is general editor and contributor to several books and magazines. Daniel is married to Claudia and they have four children: Emma, Loikan, Leah and Eliam.

Josh Starr
A seasoned digital expert and entrepreneur, Josh has a rich background in web design and e-commerce, and has founded ventures like Solid Giant and Pixel Painters to empower businesses and churches digitally, all while cherishing life as a father and community advocate. His journey, from a pastor’s kid to a pivotal player in Walmart.com’s e-commerce development and a non-profit supporter, reflects his commitment to empathy, growth, and helping others achieve digital success.