Who We Are

John and Ludie – Founders
John and Ludie Nugier are devoted followers of Christ who call California’s central valley home. After John’s successful career in business, the Nugiers have dedicated themselves to living a high-impact life, 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 mentees and mentors and any Christian men and women who want to grow in any area of life. These resources are to be read, shared, and put into action. Our hope is that these resources inspire and equip all who read them to live comprehensively God-honoring lives.

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Daniel S. Dumas
Fractional Executive Director

Dan Dumas is CEO & Founder of Red Buffalo – a serious gospel consulting group which helps organizations transform by working on its leaders, thinking outside the box, getting unstuck, thinking big, going big, building deep networks and re-alignment to their mission. Dan serves as a fractional-executive with a number of nonprofits and for profits. He is passionate about all things leadership, adoption, expository preaching, and biblical manhood. 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. Dan has served in a variety of capacities in many local churches, including Executive Pastor at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California.

Dan is married to Jane and has two sons: Aidan and Elijah. Dan and family live in Kingsburg, California.

Matt Damico – Editor

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 – Spanish Translation

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 – Web Designer
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.

BENJAMIN AHO – Graphic Designer
Ben is a graphic designer and software developer with experience in corporate, agency, and freelance contexts. He has over 7 years of experience as a graphic designer and has been complementing this with his development work for over a year.

The Lost Art of Mentorship