Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

10th Annual Christian Biker Workshop - Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  February 1, 2014

For ten years, people who share a passion for their religious faith and the love of motorcycling have gathered on the campus of Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary on a Saturday early in January for a Christian Biker Workshop sponsored by the Kansas City Chapter of Cycle Disciples M/C .

The 2014 workshop was held on January 4 in the Conference Center. It was the second time to use this facility, a significant upgrade from the old Education Building that had been the venue for previous workshops. There were 38 people in attendance representing several groups such as Christian Motorcyclist Association (several chapters), Faith Riders, Heart of God Fellowship, God’s Wheels, Cycle Disciples, and Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

After an opening prayer, Teddy Bitner, a.k.a. Colonel, began the program with a welcome and announcements. He introduced the first speaker, Ken “UGA Dawg” Breedlove who gave a presentation about the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association , a group of combat veterans from all branches of the U.S. armed forces whose mission is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms. Ken talked about the organization’s history, requirements for membership, and various activities in which the association is involved.

Members of the audience had opportunity to speak briefly about the organizations they represented. Then there was discussion about upcoming motorcycle-related events.

The next speaker was Jeremy Howard from the Raymore Journal. His presentation was about criteria news reporters use to select stories for publication.

As he does each year, Bill McCormack addressed the group on the topic of one-on-one ministry. His vast experiences as a biker and as a social worker give him a unique perspective on ministry, and his message obviously comes from a genuine love of people and a heartfelt desire to help those in need. Bill’s sincerity and honesty inspire all who hear him speak.

Each year the Cycle Disciples present the Kickstand Award to an individual or group in recognition of significant contributions to the motorcycling community. Previous recipients of this honor include Ralph Wayne Blackmore, Guy Girratano, Kim Suter, Bill McCormack, Ray Worth, Richard and Connie Kephart, the Patriot Guard Riders, and 101 the Fox radio personality Slacker. The 2014 award was presented to Reverend Bob Kaps, pastor of the Heart of God Fellowship in Buckner, Missouri. According to his profile on the church website, “Pastor Bob Kaps' greatest passions in life are serving God and his family, and spreading the gospel of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But trailing very closely behind is his lifelong love of experiencing the open road on two wheels. Pastor Bob has been riding motorcycles for most of his life and has consequently always had a heart for reaching out to the Biker community in his ministries -- dating back to before he ever became a pastor. And that's why each spring since 1999, Heart of God Fellowship has hosted an annual 'Biker Sunday' service targeted specifically at speaking to the hearts of bikers from all around the area. These services are unassuming and uplifting, while bringing a message of redemption, grace and salvation to many who might otherwise never attend a church service. We enjoy great music, a free barbecue cookout, and have ministers prepared to bless the bikes of everyone who attends. It has become such a popular event that it has grown to one of the largest collections of bikers in the Kansas City area each year, attracting nearly 400 bikes in 2012.” Congratulations, Pastor Bob on being a very deserving recipient of the 2014 Kickstand Award.

We appreciate all who took part in the program and thank the Cycle Disciples for hosting the event. Every year, the Christian Biker Workshop is an informative and inspirational experience and a great way to kick off a new year.

Article and photos by Stripe



Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com