The 4th Musketeer started in the Netherlands in 2008 and was the idea of… a woman. On an evening in September 2007, Ruth Stoorvogel told her husband, Henk, “Why don’t you start something with men? Not an ordinary men’s ministry but a movement unlike any other men’s movement.” Henk responded, “You’re right, we will do it! And we will call it the 4th Musketeer.” Henk invited his best friends in the Netherlands, Pieter, Theo, and Jan for a visionary dinner at his home and a new concept was developed, inspired by D’Artagnan, the protagonist of the Three Musketeers. An ultimate adventure where men will experience a great physical challenge, mental exhaustion and inspiration was born.
In the fall of 2008 the first ever XCC was conducted in the Belgian Ardennes, with 80 men from different churches in the Netherlands. The results of the XCC were so remarkable that the ministry was developed over the years. Today the 4th Musketeer has bases in 10 countries, including the USA, Germany, South Korea, South Africa and Suisse.