Helping people discover and live toward God’s design for sexuality and relationships, and equipping them to spark change by serving others.
We are pursuing our mission through three primary goals: Inspire, Transform, and Engage.
Inspire. Sharing God’s beautiful plan for people’s lives and helping them find their place in God’s story.
Transform. Guiding people toward integrity of mind and heart through an authentic vision of God’s purpose for their lives.
Engage. Encouraging and equipping those who are transformed to serve and inspire others.
Brushfires is a communal effort. We do not wish to work apart from others, nor will we find success if we do. Our aim is to serve people in three primary ways: through direct ministry, through like-minded organizations and through existing leaders in positions of influence.
Direct ministry. We strive to make practical and theologically sound resources available to individuals and families directly through our website, social media, newsletters, media appearances and speaking engagements.
Working with other organizations. Our aim is not to compete with existing ministries doing excellent work in the area of sexuality and Christian identity. Rather, we hope to share the best of what they bring with our audience and offer our best to them in the hopes of sparking a counter-culture nourished by the whole Church.
Serving leaders. We understand and are thrilled that God has already strategically placed thousands of individuals in positions of influence throughout the culture. Rather than bypass these leaders to reach their audiences directly, we desire to equip them to better serve their existing constituencies on the topics of authentic sexual integrity, sexual brokenness and service-oriented engagement with others.
The Brushfires Foundation is a Christ-centered ministry motivated by love to serve all in need regardless of race, sex, creed, socioeconomic status or religious affiliation. Our heart is for all people, just as was our Lord’s. We find in our company faithful believers of many denominations and consider our ecumenical spirit to be a strength and a taste of the unity for which Jesus prayed in John 17.
Board of Directors
Daniel Weiss, founder and president, founded The Brushfires Foundation after more than a decade of addressing pornography, addiction, public policy and sexual wholeness with Focus on the Family, Prison Fellowship Ministries and Reclaim Our Culture Kentuckiana. Realizing that sexual breakdown at the personal and societal level is tied to spiritual emptiness, Daniel hopes to renew the Christian vision of the whole person and help people apply this vision to their daily lives. Daniel is married with five children and lives in Wisconsin.
Colonel Bill Spencer, vice-president, United States Air Force, Retired, is a facilitator and consultant for small non-profits on board governance, recruitment and strategic planning. For almost 29 years, he served in our nation’s Air Force with a warrior’s heart especially for those disfranchised by the culture. Whether teaching for Colorado Christian University or serving at CitizenLink, Bill now is motivated to advocate for victims of pornography and human trafficking. Bills family, including grandchildren, are all close by (for now) near his beloved Rocky Mountains.
Bronson Enli, treasurer, is the sales manager at U.S. Cellular in Oshkosh, WI. He previously spent seven years managing the Oshkosh terminal of Kobussen Buses, Wisconsin’s second largest school bus and motor coach operator. Bronson is dedicated to his work with the Kiwanis and is a proud member of Oshkosh Community Church, where he serves as an elder/overseer. Bronson also enjoys facilitating Gentlemen United in the Truth of Scripture, a weekly men’s ministry.
Daniel Spadaro, secretary, LPC, CSAT is a licensed counselor and is the founder of Imago Dei Counseling in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In his desire to support and strengthen the family, Dan has specialized in the treatment of pornography addiction, working with men, adolescents and couples since 2006. He has developed and supported recovery groups for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Dan writes on the issue of sexuality and purity and has offered trainings and talks nationally related to the development and treatment of sexual addiction.
Joshua de Gastyne, director, is a philanthropy research associate at the consulting firm Excellence in Giving in Colorado Springs. While studying neuroscience at Emory University, Joshua founded Students Against Modern-day Slavery. He went on to study sex trafficking at Oxford University, orphan exploitation in Morocco, and is passionate about fighting sex slavery from the demand side. He is an alumnus of the John Jay Institute and Heritage Foundation Young Leaders Program.
Brandon Showalter, director, graduated with a BA in International Studies and Spanish from Bridgewater College (VA) in 2007 and subsequently completed a fellowship with the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society, and Law. Since then he has worked in the nonprofit sector and legal services industry. Brandon is deeply committed to restoring the hearts of men and women and helping them to live in the fullness of their identity in Christ.