About Us

Our Mission:

Enter the Lion seeks to embolden and equip those who have been called to a life of service by their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

We strive to live as “lions” not for our own success or glory, but for the glory of Jesus Christ our true King, and the perfect example of what it means to live and die as a Lion.

Core Values: Faith. Sacrifice. Courage. Community.

What is Enter the Lion:

ETL was created for the men and women God has called into public service. First responders and members of the military wrestle with unique obstacles that many people have never thought about let alone encountered.
How does one find community when they and their families are consistently uprooted? What does it mean to be a “godly warrior?" How can I handle a fatal accident and two hours later go home and be a parent? How do I maintain a joyful spirit when I’m surrounded by death? 

Sadly, often times our professions are spiritually underserved and many Christian warriors walk their walk alone. Enter the Lion seeks to change that. 

Enter the Lion seeks to create and develop bold believers who are leaders and servants in their respective communities. Our mission is to equip, embolden, and mobilize these individuals so that they can effectively fulfill God’s call on their lives.

Now more than ever, we need bold men and women to hold the line. We strive to be a community for those on our front lines, whether that is overseas or patrolling our own backyard. The Lord has called you to a difficult but most honorable profession. May you enter with the boldness and courage of a lion. 

Why Enter the Lion?

The lion carries a powerful imagery: justice, integrity, humility, and strength. The lion is not unnecessarily violent, but it has a propensity for violence that is matched by few. When a lion enters the scene, people take notice. This brand is for the lions in life. 

On a personal note, we as the founders get our fearless strength from our savior, Jesus. Because Jesus Christ died and defeated our greatest enemy (death) we have nothing to fear, and can be as bold as lions. 
Whether you’re going lights and sirens to a hot call for service, engaging the enemy in a firefight, parenting your children, or loving your spouse, life is full of many trials and challenges. May you enter with the boldness and courage of a lion. 

Community

One of the biggest desires ETL has is to create a community for our members. The Christian walk isn't meant to be walked alone. We need others to guide us, challenge us, encourage us, and sometimes even carry us. 

Unfortunately, walking in community can be difficult because of our professions. Military families get moved around, work difficult hours, and even face deployments for months on end. First responders often times work long hours and rotating shifts, which can make regularly attending a community group feel impossible. 

We have heard this echoed by numerous service members and first responders. But more importantly, the Bible makes it clear that community is essential. Hebrews 10:24 is just one example:

"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."

This is why ETL is so passionate about creating community. 

Meet the Co-Founders 

 

Billy Vivian 

Billy has been an active service military infantry officer since 2014. He has deployed as a Rifle Platoon Commander and a Rifle Company Executive Officer. Billy is currently serving in Virginia where he resides with his wife. 

Josh Cook

Josh has served as a police officer in Maryland for 6 years. During his time as a police officer, Josh has worked as foot patrol, patrol, plain clothes enforcement, and an academy instructor. Josh resides in Maryland with his wife and two kids.