About Risk Takers for Christ
Rev. Dale Glading, President
For 24 years, Dale Glading served as Founder and Executive Director of The Saints Prison Ministry. During that time, The Saints grew from a fledgling non-profit organization into America's largest athletic prison ministry with a national headquarters in Moorestown, New Jersey and branch offices in Colorado Springs, Richmond, Charlotte and Atlanta.
Under Dale's leadership, Saints athletic teams played and ministered in over 350 different correctional facilities in 25 states and Canada. As a result of those visits, more than 300,000 inmates were exposed to the Gospel message and 23,000 of them made professions of faith in Jesus Christ.
A published author and a former two-time candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Dale formed “Risk Takers for Christ” in 2011 to challenge believers to leave their spiritual comfort zones and step out in faith for Jesus Christ.
Dale and his wife Deanna have been happily married for 37 years and counting. God has blessed them with three adult children and six precious grandchildren. Dale and Deanna live in Vero Beach FL, where they recently planted a new church, Midway Bible Fellowship.
Rev. Larry Lilly, Vice President
Rev. Larry “Chap” Lilly served as the Chaplain of the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown, DE for 27 years before retiring in 2012 to join Risk Takers for Christ. A graduate of Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO and a faculty member at Atlantic Coast Bible College in Laurel, DE, “Chap” has also been a Certified Prison Fellowship Seminar Instructor for almost 30 years.
A gifted and passionate speaker, Chaplain Lilly and his wife Pat have three adult children and 11 grandchildren.
Christopher "Chris" Glading, Director of Programs and Publicity
Chris Glading has been with Risk Takers since its inception, serving as a missionary athlete on our basketball and softball teams as well as a volunteer on numerous other prison ministry trips. He also helped launch our Living H2O Initiative in 2012.
Chris formally joined our Risk Takers staff in 2014. He is a talented writer who pens regular devotional messages for RTC. Chris attends Genesis Church in Vero Beach, where he serves on staff as the Youth Leader.
A licensed Investment Advisor Representative with the State of Florida, Chris earned his B.S. in Business Administration with Summa Cum Laude honors from Indian River State College in 2016.