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n Saturday mornings from
May through October, Dr. Lee
DeRemer, Executive Vice
President of Lancaster Bible
College | Capital Seminary & Graduate
School, can be found pedaling his
bicycle along the road. While he is
enjoying the solitude with God and
nature, he is not alone nor riding with
his cycling buddies. Instead he, along
with his team of volunteers, is leading,
directing and mingling with groups
of teenage boys and girls riding their
bicycles in bright green and bright
blue shirts.
" We often remind the teens that they
are ambassadors for Jesus, " DeRemer
shares. " Everyone they pass knows that
logo. We tell them, 'Make them glad
they met you today.' "
By Jessica Whitmore M.A., Adjunct Professor,
Communication & Media Arts Department
DeRemer grew up riding bicycles
in Central Pennsylvania. After his
retirement from the Air Force in 2010
and the return to his childhood home
area, he rediscovered that cycling was
still the same. He was also reminded
that bicycles give mobility and freedom
and build confidence and physical
strength as " it also gives solitude with
God without the distractions. "
He is known as a bit of a dreamer, by
both himself and those who know him
best, including his wife of 37 years,
Marcie. Together they have assembled a
group of leaders who willingly pour into
the lives of teens through LIFECYCLES,
which is built around bicycles, teens
and Jesus.
This organization started in December
2014-the same year DeRemer was
finishing his Ph.D., which was four
years after retiring from 26 years
within the Air Force and four years
before he joined LBC | Capital. Through
LIFECYCLES, DeRemer, with Marcie's
support for his adventurous spirit,
wanted to mentor teen boys. In reality,
they built a community of mentoring
on all levels as they " encourage people
that age 15 won't last forever. " And
they would know, as they raised and
homeschooled their own two children
during DeRemer's service in the military.
Since those early days of LIFECYCLES,
the organization has grown to include
riding groups for both boys and girls,
80-plus teen cyclists and even the
purchase of two trailers to hold and
transport 70 bikes.
Evening rides happen multiple times
throughout the week from April
through August. Saturday rides, some
of which are through Gettysburg, are
May through October. Cyclists are
grouped by ability and offered different
ride routes for various strengths, lengths
and hills.
Each August, a week-long destination
ride happens with approximately 15
invited teens and 10 adults. These
rides have included places in New
Hampshire, Acadia National Park in
Maine, Harrisburg to Niagara Falls,
Lancaster to Boston and the Great
Allegheny Passage Rail-Trail from
Pennsylvania to Maryland.
All this comes completely free
to participants through generous
donations, volunteers and God's
provision. The organization also
provides new and well-maintained bikes
for each rider as well as water bottles,
a helmet and safety equipment-all
free regardless of riding ability. It's just
the way DeRemer wanted it to be built
from the beginning.
" Every boy or girl is here by divine
appointment, " he shares. " If you can't
ride and you show up, I believe you
are supposed to be here. " This divine
appointment has resulted in teens,
and their family members, growing
mentally, spiritually and physically.
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