Life has knocked me down more times than I can remember – has also taken me places I never wanted to go. I have experienced misery, failures and addictions. But, there comes a time in your life when you choose to ride down a new road; a road once hidden in shadow that now shines with a DIVINE light. Life is too precious to waste it. Sometimes, losing your way can be part of the journey and helps you to set a new course, one in Gods hands that will give us more strength than we have ever know.
The Jesus Journey, Founder scott caraboolad:
My childhood was blessed with a loving, caring father and mother. Tragedy struck at age 17 when I walked in to watch my dad die on our living room floor. Hate, anger, and resentment settled into my heart. Over the next twenty years, I became a motorcycle rock star making millions of dollars and had everything my heart could desire. There was one problem- I was empty and miserable from morning to night. Despite a loving wife, two beautiful kids, and every materialistic need met, I couldn’t figure out the purpose of my existence!
Not finding answers over the next few years, my emptiness led me into a deep and escalating drug addiction- from xanax to antidepressants to alcohol to painkillers to cocaine. Eventually, I ended up losing everything as my insane lifestyle led to courtroom dates all over the country. The extent of my misery is hard to describe. On October 4, 2011, I was absolutely done with my life. Walking out of court that day, I was not facing a criminal charge, but rather the end of my marriage to the only one who brought me any joy- my wife Jana. I was planning my suicide by overdosing on drugs.
Ironically, although I was totally defeated, my ego was still the driving force in my life! I experienced what I call the “Great Interception!” I decided to see my mother before ending my life. Sensing something terribly wrong, she insisted I attend an AA meeting with 100 other messed-up people like me. I was confronted by a tattooed young man (like myself) who I connected with and his message to me redirected my life. Miraculously, I not only restored my marriage and my family, I did not end up going to jail on any of the past charges which were pending. However, I failed to recognize that I did not have the strength to change my lifestyle while still maintaining my past relationships. After the 2012 season, I alternated between sobriety and drugs; all the while wanting back my peace and freedom, rather than the hopelessness and exhaustion caused by relapsing back into my former drug addictions. Fortunately, I experienced a second life-changing event that was nothing short of a war between life and death; good and evil. When I spiraled out of control during a 5-day drug binge that should have taken my life, my life was miraculously spared and my desire for addictive drugs was totally removed.
Since then, my path has been redirected, and now my purpose and my mission to help others is clear. I have forged new relationships, been personally strengthened and have added to my family. I have been empowered me to pursue a new mission, Ride4Life, with the goal of sharing a message of love and hope with afflicted and addicted individuals.
Meet Our Team
Stunt Riders to Board Members
front line "Ground Team"
-Recovered drug addict, recovered alcoholic, recovered rage monster.
- Former owner Starboyz inc. 1996-2011
- Walk in faith : 2011 - present
- Founding member of Ride 4 life ministry 2013-present
- Strong point - Stunt riding, and delivering a passionate message from God.
- Ex opiate/suboxone/methadone addict.
- Former liar/dealer/con artist.
- Stunt Rider and Minister for Ride 4 Life Ministry: 2017 - present
- Manager and Minister Hope House Discipleship house: 2017- present
- Ian's spiritual journey has been peaks and valleys for as long as he can remember ...
" Now I choose to stay on the mountaintops."
Strengths - the art of motorcycle manipulation/resilience/pulling strengths from others they had no idea about.
- Ex-Convict, 14 year loser. Recovered addict/alcoholic. Preacher's kid gone wrong. Former lost soul.
- Minister and Photographer Ride 4 Life Ministry: 2019 - present
- Board member Ride 4 Life Ministry: 2019 - present
- My life changed towards obedience to Christ in 2010
- Josh owns an automotive media company and a portrait photography company: 2016 - present.
- Strengths - Public speaking and lots of love for those who think they aren't lovable.
Construction background, family is everything. Working side by side with my dad since I was small child. Dustin went to catholic schools and always was into bikes and quads. Life changing moment when Dustin was in Pittsburgh at 11 years old and seen Scott (Starboyz) show and has been riding Wheelies on everything since then .. Fell in love with the bike scene for the passion of bikes and riding more then "the partying lifestyle", it was just something I never felt before when I got my first bike . Dustin strong work ethics allowed him to buy his first bike as a young man and has never stoped riding since. Dustin's family values held true when he met his fiancé in high school, they haven’t looked back. Motorcycles always kept Dustin on a straight and narrow path of life. The ultimate outlet.
Board "war room"
David is a founding Board member of Ride4Life Ministries, Inc. and is currently the CFO of Truth For Life. In addition to his involvement in several non-profit organizations including the NEO Leadership Foundation, Pinnacle Forum and Parkside Church, David is an investor and senior advisor to SDG, Inc., a drug development company at the Cleveland Clinic, Omega Health Services, Inc. and the Genesis Center involved in treating individuals addicted to opioids, and Choice Cabinet which is a NEO-based manufacturer of high-quality kitchen cabinets. David and his wife Bonnie of 42 years reside in Solon, Ohio.
Greg J. Oplinger
Greg has been part of the Ride 4 Life ministry for over 5 years in many different capacities. At the beginning of 2020 Greg accepted a position on the Ride 4 Life Board of Directors. Greg is past President of Bauer Marketing Group in Cincinnati, OH., where he spent 22 years. At the start of 2019 Greg formed his own company focused upon the Sales & Marketing of Food Service Equipment. Greg’s greatest achievement to date is his family, his wife Mindy of 20 years and their three wonderful children and resides in Akron, Ohio.
Scott R. Thompson
Scott is our newest Board member for over 30 years has specialized in the sale and lease of commercial, industrial, and office properties. For the last 5 years, Scott has served as Managing Director of KW Chervenic Commercial Realty. While attending The Ohio State University ('85) Scott made a life-changing decision to follow Christ on May 15, 1984. This decision has led Scott to be involved with a number of ministries over the years including Campus Crusade for Christa, Living Hope International and graduate studies at Ashland Theological Seminary. Scott considers his wife Kim(29 years) and their three children Austin (25), Morgan (23), and Bailey (17) Gods greatest gifts. Scott also knows the unending depth of grief and loss since God took his son, Austion, home to be with Him on April 26, 2019. Their family rests on the fact that because Christ lives, so does Austin - that in Christ, their "Family is Forever" and that they will see him again. Scott enjoys hunting, the outdoors, family time, and riding Austin's Suzuki GSX-R 600.
Grew up in Akron, Ohio, and relocated to Canfield more than 15 years ago. Tom has spent the past 30 years as a franchised motorcycle dealer handling Honda, Kawasaki,Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati, and most recently Harley Davidson. He purchased his first motorcycle store in 1991 and continued to build the industry as an owner, trainer, and consultant of several dealerships. In 2005, Tom and his wife, Shirley, put their impact on fashion with an apparel line called Whiskey Grade which now has an established and respected presence in Cleveland. It brought them back to where they actually feel inspired by clothing again. Tom’s goal is always to build a successful business, but at the same time, especially for him, it's just about, “Let's do something that's fun.” His other passions are studying the Bible and playing with his beloved rescue dogs. Tom is a member of Hope Alliance Bible Church in Maple Heights and a is a board member of The Alliance for Family Hope. Tom has been married to Shirley for the last 28 years. They have raised twins, Miles and Makenzie, who both have careers in the education system and are very involved in children’s rights.