Colton & Farren

Welcome to our site! We are the Laptads and have started our journey with Youthfront. We can’t wait to share this adventure with you!

Meet Farren

Hello there! My full name is Farren Leigh David McIntosh Laptad and I am from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I grew up attending and later working for Eagle Lake Camp of the Navigators in Woodland Park, Colorado. From my experiences there, I developed a passion for youth ministry, taking the time to play outdoors, and fostering Christ-centered community. Before moving to Scotland to work for Soul Edge, I worked primarily as a bike mechanic in Siloam Springs, Arkansas and Fort Collins, Colorado.

Meet Colton

Hi, y’all! My name is Colton Laptad and I am from Olathe, Kansas. I grew up volunteering as a TeenStaff at Youthfront and later served as a Summer Staffer. Since my time at Youthfront, I worked at Honeyrock Camp, the Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College in northern Wisconsin. These experiences have given me a heart for youth ministry, a love of creation, and a desire to pursue God in all things. 

Our Story

We met in class and became friends on a backpacking trip during our time at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. We dated through most of college while both finishing up our undergraduate and graduate work in Outdoor Leadership Ministry and Outdoor Program Management. In November 2020, amid the pandemic, we got married surrounded by a small gathering of family and friends. Soon after, we found ourselves serving in Scotland for a six-month period with a Christian gap-year program called Soul Edge. When our time in Scotland ended, we came back to Kansas City to continue building our lives together. We felt God was calling both of us to join Youthfront full-time and could not be more grateful to be here.

Our Ministry

Camp ministry has played a huge part in each of our lives and gave both of us a passion for youth and young adult ministry. We hope to continue growing and learning in our lives and calling as we serve with Youthfront. Our ministry positions are based at Youthfront Camp LaCygne. Colton serves as the Director of Camp LaCygne and Farren serves as the Program Coordinator. During the summer months, we will be living on-site at camp facilitating the summer programs and supporting staff. In the off-season, we will be preparing summer programming and recruiting staff for the coming camp season. We are excited to invest not only in the campers but also in the lives of the high school and college-age staff we walk alongside all year round. Youthfront invites people into enthusiastic fellowship and we were humbly eager to join the staff and mission of growing relationships with Christ in the hearts of youth.

Support Us

As an aspect of our responsibilities at Youthfront, we fundraise to support the ministry and a portion of our salaries. Through the gracious giving of partners in this work, we will dive head first into full-time youth ministry.  Thank you for considering an investment in our work and our family. We are asking for support through prayer, fellowship, and giving. You can support our ministry with a one-time or monthly donation.

Additionally, we are hoping to gather a community of spiritual support as we navigate our first roles in full-time ministry. We will be sending out regular updates to both our spiritual and financial supporters. If you are interested in being included in our community of supporters, please reach out to Colton or Farren

Giving Options

We are grateful you are prayerfully considering supporting us. Please click the button below to learn more. Thank you! 

Farren’s Family, The McIntoshs

Our dear friends at our wedding

Colton’s Family, The Laptads

In the Scottish Highlands

With 2021 LaCygne Summer Staff

In one of our favorite places-Rocky Mountain National Park

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