Fred is a business owner in Colorado Springs, CO and a founding board member of RAWtools. He plays the banjo in a bluegrass band that spends a lot of its time in prison ministry. Fred leads the RAWtools blacksmithing efforts and has been a part of nearly every item we have made from a gun. Fred is passionate about taking Christ’s teaching of loving your enemy seriously.
Mike is the founder and Executive Director of RAWtools. A former youth and young adult pastor at Beth-El Mennonite Church, Mike is licensed for specialized ministry for the work of RAWtools by Mountain States Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Mike also serves on the leadership board for MSMC. He has a BA in Biblical studies.
Mike learned to blacksmith in order to turn guns into garden tools and is passionate about connecting people to nonviolent skills like restorative justice and conflict mediation. He is recently trained for restorative justice facilitation and encourages everyone to explore how they can connect to similar efforts in their community. Mike believes turning swords into plowshares requires a comprehensive approach to gun violence, one that addresses the triggers of guns, and the triggers of our hearts.
Rev. Dr. Stephany Rose
Stephany Rose is the Founder of For Our Children’s Children Enterprises (www.foccenterprises.com). She is also an activist, public commentator, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Colorado Springs and associate professor of Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She holds a B.A. in English from Clark Atlanta University, as well as a M.A. in American Literature and a Ph. D. in American Studies both from Purdue University. Rev. Dr. Rose is the author of Recovering From Racism: A Guidebook to Beginning Conversations (2015) and Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop: Crisis in Whiteness (2014). She is an astonishingly creative and vocal being, whose expertise in diversity and inclusion has made her a well sought after leader in the field
Since 1979, Peter Sprunger-Froese has worked with the Bijou Community, an intentional ecumenical group serving the poor and initiating peacebuilding and protest efforts in heavily militarized Colorado Springs. Peter’s studies in history and philosophy and his graduate work in theology and Bible at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary inform these commitments. With kindred spirits, he attempts to align with more socially just and ecologically sound relations among all on the planet. This includes organic gardening, repairing second-hand bikes for homeless people, building solar ovens, distributing rescued food, speaking to diverse audiences, and participating in regular public vigils and protest. Peter’s deeply inspired and grateful for RAWTools’ work of transforming hearts and guns into life-giving spirit and substance.
In August 2016, Mandy celebrated ten years of ministry at First Congregational Church in downtown Colorado Springs. In that role, Mandy directs a number of ensembles and she also plays an integral role in planning worship. Mandy has also taught choir, drama, and general music at the middle school level in Fountain-Ft. Carson and Harrison school districts.
Mandy received a BA in Music Education with a Choral Conducting Emphasis from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS, and a Master of Theological Studies degree focusing on Sacred Music from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO.
Mandy has two kids, Andrew and Luke, and she loves sharing life with them in Downtown COS. She dreams of a world of peace and justice, of heaven coming down to earth.
Laurie Works is a therapist in training, community organizer, and transformational healer in Colorado Springs, Colorado. You can see more of their work at www.laurieworks.com, or on Instagram at @healingembodied.