About Us

Who We Are

Real Faith For The Real World

Shortly after returning home from my second deployment to Afghanistan in 2014, I was watching the news on TV. It was almost overwhelming. To hear the neatly manicured news anchor tell it, America was a nation of victims. Despite being the wealthiest nation on earth, despite enjoying the highest standard of living of any citizens on earth, despite freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and despite huge government bureaucracies designed to lift the “downtrodden,” everyone seemed entitled to something which they felt they were not receiving. From riots to celebrating abortion to the redefinition of marriage, from the politicizing of our justice system to nonexistent borders, our nation was a cultural and political mess.

I remembered somebody famous once saying, “Politics is downstream of culture.” To this, I added that culture is downstream of faith.

The presence or absence of God in our nation and in our own lives sets the foundation for everything. Our faith in God’s love, our belief in the birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, and our obedient submission to the Truth of the Bible will determine everything. Our Christianity will shape the future for our children, for our children’s children, for our nation, and for the world.

The intersection of our faith and the secular world is a spiritual battlefield. If you don’t like what’s going on in this nation and the world and you want to change it, you may be wondering how. Jesus restores and equips us for this critical mission. We are His church. It’s about us.

Church is not what we do for an hour on Sunday. Church is the way the Christian community walks out our faith at the intersection of our faith and the secular world. As individuals, as the spiritual leaders of our homes, as community leaders, and as business leaders, He calls us to resist evil while shining a bright, unwavering, and compassionate light into this dark world. To do this effectively, we must align our perspectives and values with Jesus Christ, put on the full armor of God, and stand with resolve at this intersection.

You can’t hide. Every day, you will find yourself at the intersection of faith and the world. What you do there and why you do it will determine which side of the intersection you are on.

Courageous Christianity is a ministry focused on equipping Christian warriors for the spiritual battlefield and for this intersection. Our mission is to help you to live out your faith courageously in every area of your life. We are a public non-profit dedicated to equipping Christian men to live out their faith courageously, transforming families, churches, and communities. As Jana Stanfield said, “You may not be able to do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good that you can do.”

God bless and semper fi!

Our story

Why we do this.

“I believe that every Christian man has the potential to be a Warrior on the spiritual battlefield, standing firm in his faith and shining God’s light on those around him. And it is my honor and privilege to help equip these Warriors to lead with courage and conviction.”

Colonel Rich “Bucky” Mendelow was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. His family immigrated to the U.S. in 1976. He attended James E. Taylor High School in Katy, Texas and entered the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Duke University in 1984. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1988 and following infantry training at The Basic School, in Quantico, Virginia, he received orders to Pensacola, Florida for Flight School. He received his Naval Aviator’s wings in March 1991. He flew the EA-6B Prowler and after numerous deployments, left active duty in 1997 to pursue a career as an airline pilot.

In 2008, Major Mendelow returned to the Marine Corps Reserves. Later that year, he reported to Camp Lejeune, NC for deployment to Iraq with the Second Marine Expeditionary Force. In June 2010, Major Mendelow reported to Camp Pendleton, CA for deployment to Afghanistan as a Border Advisor Team Leader with the First Marine Expeditionary Force. While deployed to Afghanistan, he completed over 200 patrols in 210 days. In 2013, he deployed to Afghanistan again, this time as the Executive Officer of a combat assault support squadron. Lieutenant Colonel Mendelow flew 20 combat missions and over 80 combat flight hours. He was promoted to Colonel in 2017 and spent the last five years of his career working on Marine Corps’ cultural initiatives. He retired from the Reserves in 2022 after a career which spanned five decades. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.

In March 2018, Colonel Mendelow published a devotional entitled, “Right Makes Might: 40 Days to Courageous Christianity.” It was a best seller on Amazon Kindle that same month. In addition to speaking engagements and book signings, he hosts, “Courageous Christianity with Richard Mendelow,” a weekly radio show which airs on 100.7 FM and KKHT.com in Houston.

Richard recently celebrated 25 years of service with a major airline. He and his wife, Christy, live in Houston with their dog, Ruger.

Richard Mendelow, Colonel
United States Marines (Ret.)

Christy Mendelow
ICF Certified Coach

Christy Mendelow

“My passion is rooted in helping others discover their inner strength as they grow in their faith and relationship with God. I believe that life can be challenging, but with the right guidance and support, we can overcome any obstacle. As someone who has experienced the transformative power of faith, I am dedicated to sharing what I’ve learned and to walking alongside others as they navigate life’s biggest changes.”

In our ministry, I utilize my skills as a certified coach to assist my husband in fulfilling his God-given purpose. I am passionate about helping others discover their inner strength and grow in their faith and relationship with God. This passion aligns perfectly with our ministry’s mission to equip Christian warriors on the spiritual battlefield.

As a coach, I use biblical principles and practical strategies to empower individuals to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. This approach is especially valuable in the ministry, where we face spiritual warfare and challenges that require a strong foundation of faith and perseverance. My role as a coach allows me to support my husband and our ministry team as we navigate these challenges, helping us to stay focused and encouraged as we press forward in our mission.

Ultimately, my support of my husband in our ministry is grounded in my love for God and my desire to serve Him by serving others. I am grateful for the opportunity to use my skills and experience to help advance the Kingdom of God and to make a positive impact in the lives of those we serve.

Defend the Faith, Fight for Truth​

Our Vision & Mission

Without a doubt, the intersection of our faith and the secular world is a battlefield. At Courageous Christianity, we are devoted to encouraging Christian men to stand firm at this intersection. As individuals, as the spiritual leaders of our homes, as community leaders, and as business leaders, we need men equipped to resist evil while shining a bright, unwavering and compassionate light. To do this effectively, we must align our perspectives and values with Jesus Christ, put on the full armor of God, and stand in Truth and unity. Culture is downstream of faith and politics is downstream of culture. The answer is faith according to the Word of God; and that’s Courageous Christianity.


We envision a man on one knee, submitted to his Lord and Savior, receiving his orders for the day. By God’s grace, this man brings everything he has to the feet of Christ as he kneels in repentance and humility. Having received his orders, clad in the full armor of God, he goes forth on the spiritual battlefield of this world. He brings Jesus into every area of his life without apology or fear. He is a Christian warrior and with Christ, he leads, he guides, he lifts up the fallen, and he resists the attacks of the world. He is a devoted husband, a loving and engaged father, a loyal friend, and a dedicated worker. With Christ, this man can make a difference. Each of us can be this man and together, we can change our world for generations to come.


Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

At Courageous Christianity, our mission is to help you to go well; with courage, with the right perspective of the spiritual battlefield, with the right training, with the right tools, and with the right heart. Our mission statement reads, “Equip Christian warriors for the spiritual battlefield in order to glorify God and encourage godly change.” At Courageous Christianity, we are focused, first on Jesus Christ, and second, on you.


Join Us in Making a Difference

Courageous Christianity is a public non-profit ministry equipping Christian warriors for the spiritual battlefield. Your contribution helps to keep us on the air and sustains our ongoing efforts.

With your donation, we can continue to provide teaching and resources to help men grow in their faith, become better leaders in their families, churches, and communities, and impact the world for Christ. Your donation will support our ongoing efforts to offer training and support to individuals, churches, and other organizations.

Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference. Your gift will help us to empower Christian men to effect spiritual, personal, generational, cultural, political, economic, and educational change. We appreciate your support and partnership in this vital work!

For any donation of $25.00 or more, you’ll receive a signed copy of Richard’s book, Right Makes Might: 40 Days to Courageous Christianity. Choose to give online or text to give.