Board of Directors

Board of Directors2020-01-01T17:13:52-05:00

Jon-Paul DaFonte

Jon-Paul currently resides in Pinehurst, TX with his wife Christy.  Both are members of the Bammel Road Church of Christ. Jon-Paul has served in various leadership roles from his time in the military to his current management role in IT within the Oil & Gas industry. He is also serving his second term on the Board of Directors for SCI Houston.

When asked why he wanted to serve as a board member, the answer was simple and clear. “Growing up I was forced into the church, which in-turn drove me away once I was older. Blast & Cast played a pivotal role in me re-establishing my faith with the Lord. Through the fellowship and friendship of many, my devotion has been restored and has allowed me and my wife to worship together while strengthening our relationship. Seeing how much Blast & Cast contributed with re-establishing my relationship with the Lord and always being there when I needed them, I wanted to give back to the organization that has helped me for the last few years. “

Josh May

Josh lives in Plano, TX and is a member of Adams Chapel Methodist Church. His experience as a business owner and history with Blast & Cast will provide insight that is particularly useful to the board.

We asked Josh why he was interested in serving on the board, and he wrote the following:

“I am truly humbled and honored to serve Blast & Cast on the Board of Directors. Blast & Cast has been a huge part of my life since I was introduced to this wonderful group over 10 years ago, and I have experienced a true change within myself as a result. I’ve also seen the Lord’s work and the miracle of salvation in the lives of others around me many times over. I look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for Blast & Cast and for me in the future.”

Jacob Powell

Jacob and his wife Bekah are originally from Alabama but currently live in Baytown, TX. They are members at one of our partner churches, Rollingbrook Fellowship. Jacob is an engineer by trade and has served on nearly every leadership team at RF. Jacob and Bekah are incredibly missions minded. Bekah serves as the Missions Director at RF and Jacob regularly leads mission teams to Kenya.

What is most intriguing about Jacob as a board member is the motivation behind him becoming involved with Blast & Cast. He wasn’t raised as an outdoorsman like many of us… but when he realized that most of the men working alongside him in chemical plants were outdoorsmen, he saw Blast & Cast as an opportunity to reach them with the Gospel and began attending events with his workmates.

Hurricane Harvey was a pivotal part of Jacob’s commitment to the Blast & Cast Ministry. With his home flooded and his community in despair, it was Blast & Casters who continually stopped by to bring much-needed supplies and support to his community.

Jacob has seen the kind of impact Blast & Cast has had on a partner church, workmates, his community and his family… and that insight coupled with his experience in leadership and world missions will serve him well on the board.

Aaron Rathbone

Aaron Rathbone

Aaron and his wife Magen live in Clear Lake, TX and are members of New Hope Church. Aaron is the Vice
President of Business Services for Community Resource Credit Union and his experience in the banking industry will prove invaluable as our ministry continues to expand. He also brings experience as a former chairman of the Pearland/Friendswood DU chapter and a network in the middle coast area where he was raised.

The Rockport event in January had a big impact on Aaron’s decision to commit to a role on the Board. In his words:

“My recent experience at the Rockport trip was very eye-opening. I was asked about the event by numerous people upon my return, and my first response every time was, ‘It was real.’ Blast & Cast is made up of real men with real imperfections, real convictions, and a real purpose. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

Steve Smith

Steve is a retired oil field consultant that now makes his living as a fishing guide and touring redfish angler. He currently lives in Lafayette, LA with his wife Patricia Naomi, aka Patty, aka Pookie. The two of them have an affectionate relationship that is well known and respected both in their community and in the tournament community where we do ministry. In fact, their marriage and the way that they treat and support each other on the tournament trail is a ministry in and of itself.

Steve is active in his weekly bible study group and with the Men’s Ministry at the Bayou Church in Lafayette and has been one of our pro staff members for the last 3 years. After meeting a field staffer wearing a Blast & Cast shirt at a boat show in Houston several years ago, Steve fell in love with the concept of helping to lead wayward men back to the cross and has been involved ever since. He spearheaded our first ever event in Louisiana and will be at the center of our outreach efforts in Louisiana for years to come.