Ron Fuhrman founded the ALERT Academy in 1994, to train young men to serve others in times of crisis. He graduated from Moody Bible institute in 1970, and served as a youth pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church for the next three years. In 1973, he opened a full-service carpet sales and repair business, and after installing carpet at IBLP’s Northwoods Conference Center in Michigan in 1980, he sold the business and joined the IBLP staff; Fuhrman Carpet Service continues to operate today in Illinois. During his initial work with IBLP, Colonel Fuhrman served as the Conference Host at the Northwoods, the Facility Maintenance Supervisor, and later the director of the Indianapolis Training Center; he was also the pastor of Land O’ Lakes Bible Church from 1980 to 1985. Finally, just before launching ALERT, he organized and led groups of up to 300 people as IBLP’s Moscow Russia program director.
Upon founding ALERT in 1994, Colonel Fuhrman oversaw the Academy for eight years, first as the captain of Basic Training, and eventually as the Battalion commanding officer. In 2002, he handed the reins to Colonel John Tanner, but remained on staff through May of 2003 to continue teaching construction to the ALERT men.
From 2003 to 2014, Colonel Fuhrman developed and administrated Whetstone Ministries, using adventures to strengthen men’s relationships with God and others. During this time, he also served part-time as a chaplain at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was named the full-time Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at Washington Regional in June 2014.
Ron and his wife Joyce have been married for over 45 years; they have 3 children and 19 grandchildren.
Moody Bible Institute – Foreign Missions diploma 1970
Louisiana Baptist University – BA 2005 / MA 2006 / MDiv 2008
College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy – certified Associate Clinical Chaplain 2014