Meet Our Men's Leadership Team
Paul Lavelle, CMSgt, USAF, (Ret), MSC
Founder and President
Chief Master Sergeant Paul Lavelle, USAF (Ret) is the Founder and President of Operation Restored Warrior and a Drop Zone Facilitator. Serving for 26 years on active duty as a medic, Paul held several major commands and senior medical executive leadership positions throughout his military career, culminating his career as a senior enlisted representative at the United States Air Force Academy, where he retired in 2001.
He is also the recipient of several personal and unit awards, decorations and medals. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a master’s degree in Counseling, having graduated summa cum laude from the University of Phoenix. Like his military experience, Paul’s personal story uniquely prepared him for his work with Operation Restored Warrior. Snowbound after dropping off a friend at Wild at Heart men’s conference, Paul found himself sitting in on sessions, and a short while later, on the side of a mountain, he invited Jesus into his life. About a year later, Paul began a 4-year stint working with bestselling author John Eldredge and the Ransomed Heart Ministry Team as a member of their team, during which time he developed a deep desire to see healing and freedom come to his fellow military warrior. In 2008, Paul founded ORW with the assistance and dedication of fellow military veterans from each of the services, with whom he has helped heal hundreds of our nation’s warriors and their families.
Rev. Jordan Fulton, SGT, US Army, (Ret), MSc
Executive Director of Operations & Drop Zone Lead
Jordan is the Executive Director of Operations and Drop Zone Lead for Operation Restored Warrior. He served as an Infantryman at the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division and at the 3rd Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard. Jordan was a 240B gunner during his time at the 101st, and was a casket team leader responsible for rendering final honors at burials for both fallen active duty soldiers and veterans while standing stationed at The Old Guard.
Jordan is the recipient of several personal and unit awards, decorations, and medals, including a Purple Heart for combat injuries. Jordan attended an ORW Drop Zone looking to rekindle a relationship with Jesus and his wife after realizing how emotionally withdrawn and distant he had become. With diagnoses of PTSD, depression, and anxiety, he realized that medication(s) could not fix these problems. Through the Drop Zone experience and having a powerful encounter with Jesus, his heart was restored and healed in some deep places. Since this experience, Jordan has been propelled forward and he has not looked back. Jordan is married to an amazing woman, Sarah, who is his partner in raising their 5 kids together. Jordan has a passion for family, fitness, and single-origin coffee. He is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute & College with a diploma in Pastoral Ministry and is ordained through Elim Fellowship. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management: Health and Wellness and a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, both from California University of Pennsylvania.
Rev. Timothy Harting, SPC, US Army, BS
Director, Drop Zone Operations & Drop Zone Facilitator
Tim is the Director of Drop Zone Operations and a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior. He served as a military police officer from 1999 to 2003 with two deployments, one peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and the other combat operations with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Tim deployed with the 108th Military Police Company (ABN/AASLT) to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of Task Force Rakkasan.
He returned stateside in July of 2002 and was separated from service in 2003 due to a back injury suffered from a night Airborne training operation. For years, Tim struggled to find peace in his life. He deeply believed that he should have died on the battlefield and hated that he was able to live when so many of our brothers and sisters had their lives taken by the enemy. Tim looked for answers through counseling, medications, exercise, alcohol, and anything that others said would help but found no relief. After years of depression that led him to frequent thoughts of suicide, he was introduced to Operation Restored Warrior by close friends. They lent Tim’s wife a documentary called, “Holy Ghost: Reborn,” and Tim saw firsthand what ORW was doing for military veterans. The next evening, Tim applied for DropZone and had his warrior heart restored and healed in July 2017. Since his DropZone, Tim has been living in freedom from the things that once held him captive, such as his depression, anxiety, and guilt, and he lives each day on mission to help others find freedom too. His marriage is stronger than it has ever been, and his daughters have the father they want and need. Tim is a graduate of Dallas Christian College – Dallas, TX with a Bachelors of Science in Christian Ministry & Leadership and was ordained in 2008.
Tom is a Master Chef who has been running the food ministry for Operation Restored Warrior since its inception in the fall of 2008. After several years as an Executive Chef for one of the world’s largest hotel chains, he left a life of wandering far from God, never to look back again and soon after, Jesus got a hold of Tom’s heart.
The discovery of the sanctity of food and the intimacy at the “Table” has evolved into something that must truly be experienced. Tom will always tell you it’s not about the food, rather what happens in the breaking of bread – it is truly biblical. As a young soldier who experienced Tom’s food at an ORW Drop Zone once said, “I don’t know what heaven is going to be like, but now I do know what the food will be like.” This is a sentiment shared by all of the men who come through the ORW Drop Zone and that is especially true once they have experienced Tom’s heart for cooking and serving our veterans.
Tom lives in Edwards, Colorado with his wife Sarah and twin sons Ryan and Tyler. He is an avid fly fisherman and loves the mountains of Colorado and the beaches of southern California where he grew up in the 60’s.
Shannon Rusch, US Navy SEAL
Drop Zone Facilitator
Shannon is a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior and has extensive experience in communications, team leadership, and the delivery of solid results in high-stress environments. With experience as a United States Navy SEAL and a record of success in deployments to mitigate terrorism and narcotics trafficking throughout Central and South America. As the Founder and Principle of SilentShadow USA Inc., Shannon brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to his roles as a trainer, speaker, and consultant for tactical and firearms skills development.
Shannon has directly and positively impacted the success of SilentShadow USA through his unwavering commitment to excellence. He is credited with advising commercial and government clients on strategies, procedures, and best practices that achieve mission results while safeguarding the health and welfare of all team members.
In addition to his role as Founder and Principle of SilentShadow USA, he also serves as the Founder and CEO of SEAL Swim Charities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a Mind, Body & Spirit approach to healing for veterans. After having his own personal encounter with Jesus and an undeniable spiritual experience he and his dog PigBear, decided to then help others overcome their personal struggles by serving with ORW.
Shannon is a member of of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) graduating class 236. He currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Daniel Strong, SSgt, USMC, (Ret)
Drop Zone Facilitator
Daniel is a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior and a retired Staff Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps. He served as an infantryman with numerous deployments including combat tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom earning commendations and awards including medals for valor and a Purple Heart. Daniel was wounded in combat from an IED explosion during his last deployment in Iraq in 2008. He was medically evacuated back to the United States where he spent eighteen months recovering and then was medically retired from active duty. He currently serves as a Marine Instructor teaching Marine Corps Junior ROTC at his local high school.
After Daniel’s time in service, his biggest struggles were with PTSD and physical pain. At the end of his rope, he reached out to his former Platoon Sergeant who had just attended an ORW Drop Zone himself. His friend shared how Jesus saved his life and could do the same for Daniel. After hearing the excitement and freedom in his friend’s voice on that phone call, Daniel decided he wanted to go. Daniel found his healing and restoration from Jesus at his Drop Zone and is committed to helping rescue his fellow veteran warriors by serving on the ORW team.
David Body, SPC, Army National Guard
Drop Zone Facilitator
David is a Drop Zone facilitator at Operation Restored Warrior and is currently serving as an Intelligence Analyst for the Montana Army National Guard with the 495th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. Outside of his military service, David is an arboriculturist for the City of Seattle Department of Transportation.
David grew up living a Christian lifestyle but never truly experienced a deep relationship with Jesus. For many years, he lived knowing Jesus from his head but not from his heart. After marriage and starting a family, the brokenness of David’s heart was revealed in every aspect of his life. The truth came to light and it nearly cost him his marriage. His addictions led him to a cycle of shame that paralyzed him in fear and robbed him of genuine connection with his wife and children. Years and years of self effort and searching for relief led David to finding absolutely nothing, until he met Jesus through Operation Restored Warrior.
Jesus restored David’s heart and healed his life at his Drop Zone by bringing to light the many areas of his life he tried to hide the dark. David is able to connect with his family at a deep, intimate level like never before. His life has been rescued and his marriage saved and he no longer walks in shame but as a free man with transparency and integrity.
David’s desire to reach others so that they can experience the same freedom he has led him to serve with Operation Restored Warrior.
Mike Daley, SgtMaj, USMC, (Ret)
Drop Zone Facilitator
Mike is a Drop Zone Facilitator at Operation Restored Warrior and a retired Sergeant Major in the United States Marine Corps with 22 years of service. He has served on several deployments including combat operations in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, 2005, and 2006.
Upon his retirement in August of 2012, Mike accepted a position as Director of Personal Training with a national fitness chain and as a International Sports Sciences Association Master Trainer where he utilized his leadership and fitness skills to help others obtain optimum health. Mike’s services were also summoned by leading experts and Hall of Fame inductees in the field of health and fitness and motocross motorcycle racing to assist others in becoming national champions. Mike is the 2004 SouthEast Motocross Association Series champion.
During and after his service in the military, Mike battled with alcohol, depression, a divorce, and the deaths of close friends and family members. He knew the path he was on would lead him to destruction so he turned to Jesus for help.
Since attending his Drop Zone in September of 2018, his desire to serve in ministry reached new levels and his focus was directed by God to become a ORW facilitator and assist his fellow veterans. Mike believes he is physical proof that Jesus can bring healing and restoration to any man in any condition at any time.
T. Michael Elrod, Commander, USAF/USN, USNR, (Ret)
Drop Zone Facilitator
Mike is a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior and a retired military aviator having served 28 years collectively in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Navy Reserve. Mike’s time in the Air Force & Navy involved service to Pacific, Asian, and European theatres as well as support in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He was also a test pilot for Northrop Aircraft. In addition to his military service, Mike also retired with 21 years of service as a Captain at Northwest Airlines.
The events and experiences Mike faced during his long military career led him to experience nightmares that lasted 35 years. He battled to overcome but never knew what he was dealing with and how to handle it. The symptoms of his PTSD included significant anxiety and anger which affected relationships with friends and family and stole the joy from his life. Mike searched for help through multiple VA counseling programs, but never found relief.
One day a good friend and ORW alum reached out to Mike and shared Operation Restored Warrior with him. His friend shared how ORW helped him overcome the struggles in his life and he believed Mike would find the same result. After a few months of consideration, Mike registered and attended his Drop Zone in December of 2012.
Mike’s life was completely transformed in 5 days and for the first time in several years, Mike experienced a good night’s sleep free from nightmares. He is now walking as a restored warrior free from pain because of what Jesus did for him. Because of what Mike received from Jesus at his Drop Zone, his heart has grown for his family and he desires to help other veterans receive freedom.
Brian “Coach” Cabral, Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champions, University of Colorado National Champions
Drop Zone Facilitator
Coach Brian is a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior, a 30-year College D1 Assistant Football Coach, and a 9-year NFL veteran. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. His coaching experience includes two seasons at Purdue University, twenty-four seasons at the University of Colorado, including their National Championship in 1990, and four seasons at Indiana State University.
Brian’s NFL experience includes fourth round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons, brief stops with the Baltimore Colts and Green Bay Packers, and his final six years with the Chicago Bears and a 1985 Super Bowl Championship. Brian played middle linebacker and was a Special Teams Captain for the Chicago Bears. Brian and his wife Becky reside in Colorado and have three grown children, Kyle, Maile and Mele, and three grandchildren Malakai, Jericho and Meilani.
In Brian’s words: “In all that I have accomplished as a player and coach in athletics, it is ORW and the Drop Zone that has had the most profound impact on my life. To finally become the man that I was always meant to be. Free from all that has held me back. Free from what I didn’t know was holding me back. Free to live the life God has always meant for me to live.
Bob Watson, PO1, USCG, (Ret)
Drop Zone Facilitator
Bob Watson is a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior and a retired Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer with twenty years of service. His first rescue was a sinking boat and six people in a raft. He was told he had seventeen minutes and the helo was going to have to go home. After getting all six onboard the helicopter in fourteen minutes, he realized the importance of being in top shape both physically and mentally. Bob took what he learned and that passion shaped his career and his leadership. He ended his career in Elizabeth City, NC training the next generation to include his son!
Bob’s knowledge and expertise of rescue swimming led him to play a role in the movie “The Guardian” starring Kevin Costner & Ashton Kutcher. After his military career, he worked with a civilian company training helicopter rescue to law enforcement, governments, and military companies all over the world. He is currently a small business owner and living in Alaska.
Bob did not grow up in a Christian home but received Jesus after he was married and had two of his six children. His walk with God was a constant in his heart and actions. He raised three children (three are already with the Lord) and has been married for thirty-seven years. Bob went to ORW in hopes of bringing it to Alaska, not realizing the impact it would have on his own life. His Drop Zone gave him a freedom in Jesus he didn’t even know he needed. That has solidified his passion to be a part of serving with ORW. Alaska is number one in suicide, PTSD, and spousal abuse and Bob believes the only one that can give true freedom in these very real issues is Jesus Christ. To help others see Jesus Christ and the joy He offers is priceless.
Bill Strouse, MSgt, USAF, (Ret)
Drop Zone Facilitator
Bill is a Drop Zone Facilitator at Operation Restored Warrior and a retired Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force with eighteen years of service in Air Force Pararescue including several deployments with combat operations in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. As a combat PJ, Bill served on active duty, reserves, and the Alaska Air National Guard earning Pararescueman (PJ) of the Year and SNCO of the Year in 2013. He is also the recipient of the Air Medal with Valor for combat action in Afghanistan.
Having overcome several injuries from combat and other hazardous duty incidents, Bill began to feel the effects of multiple deployments and of his injuries. Living with PTSD and TBI effects, depression, suicide ideations, with physical and nerve pain, he anesthetized with alcohol and pain medications. He desired to return to duty but was unable to due to multiple surgeries, extensive mental health and TBI treatments and multiple medications. It wasn’t long before Bill reached a place where he believed there was no hope in this life. However, a mentor of his, who had just returned from an ORW Drop Zone, encouraged Bill to attend a Drop Zone for himself. Bill decided to go even though he thought it would not help because his friend and mentor had highly encouraged him to attend a Drop Zone. He found healing and restoration from Jesus who gave him a new life, with hope and a future. He is now serving Jesus through ORW by assisting in the healing and restoration of his fellow service members.
John C. Williams, CWO4, USCG, (Ret)
Drop Zone Facilitator
John is a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior and a retired Chief Warrant Officer of the United States Coast Guard. He served as a member of the Presidential Honor Guard, conducting various ceremonies to include full honors, funerals, and Presidential Inaugurations. John became an Aviation Survival Technician (Helicopter Rescue Swimmer) with numerous rescues during the most challenging conditions such as Hurricane Katrina earning commendations and being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The last fourteen years of his active duty career were spent as a Criminal Investigator before retiring over 30 years of service in 2021.
During John’s time as a Helicopter Rescue Swimmer, he continually struggled with PTS resulting from recovery missions. While serving as a Criminal Investigator many of the investigations opened wounds from his childhood which he was unable to address due to the nature of his job. He reached a breaking point after years of suppressing these scars out of fear and having suicidal thoughts while dealing with the aftermath of active duty members taking their own lives. Another fellow rescue swimmer who had dealt with similar struggles attended an ORW Drop Zone and shared with John how Jesus healed his heart. Although John had a relationship with Jesus, he realized the need to address deep rooted issues that caused great separation and pain in his life. After hearing the freedom and joy experienced, John decided to attend a Drop Zone and encountered Jesus’ healing and restoration in a very profound way. John’s heart to help veterans and military service members has led him to serve with ORW.
Tim Farley, SSgt, USMC / LEO (Ret)
Drop Zone Facilitator
Tim is a Drop Zone Facilitator with Operation Restored Warrior, retired law enforcement officer, and veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served as an M1A1 Abrams Tank Mechanic and an M88A2 Hercules vehicle commander from 1998 to 2004 and deployed to Iraq in 2003 for combat operations during OIF 1 as part of 2nd Tank Battalion, 1stMarDiv assigned to Task Force Tarawa. After departing the Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant, Tim began a career as a law enforcement officer in upstate New York and has served as a patrol officer, investigator, and academy instructor before retiring in 2021.
Following his military service, Tim struggled to find peace and purpose through his experiences and thought a career in law enforcement would satisfy the need to prove his worth. Ultimately, the search for worthiness and joy on his own would prove to be fruitless and he began to settle for less than what God intended for his life. He lost connection with his wife and family and isolated himself through work. Tim found out about Operation Restored Warrior from a close friend who is an ORW alum and in 2019, Tim attended his Drop Zone. Jesus showed him how to live life with a personal connection and relationship with Him. Since Tim’s Drop Zone, he has learned that battles will continue to come his way but he stands victorious by embracing his true identity as a warrior in Jesus. Tim’s personal healing brought healing to his marriage of over twenty years and he now lives with an open heart. He has learned to love himself, his family and others in a new way. Tim believes that God has called him for the purpose of helping veterans and first responders find victory and freedom in Jesus through ORW.