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Hello! My Name Is….Steve Archibald

Posted by Dan Bolin on February 29, 2016 @ 16:18

CCI-Canada

 

Where were you born and where do you live now? 

I was born in the Toronto area, Ontario Canada and now live in Haliburton, 2.5 hours north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

I became a Christian as a young boy. I grew up in a Christian home and, through my church and children’s programming, was challenged to become a Christian. Christian camping was instrumental in my discipleship journey.

 

Tell us about your family.

I have been married to my wife Beth for 23 years. We have two girls Victoria, 16, and Rebecca, 13. My wife and I met through camp. Beth is an RN and works as a nurse in the emergency department.

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?


I am currently the Chairperson of the CCI-Canada National Board. By the time of the Summit I will have become the Past Chair. I have been involved in CCI regionally and nationally for the last 15 years. I have been involved as a committee member, a treasurer, conference committee chairperson and most recently as a chairperson.

 

What do you do on your day off?

I enjoy working on projects around my home, I love to build things. I am very involved in leadership at my church as well.

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

That’s a hard one. I quite enjoyed The Paradox of Power by Pat Williams

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

I like music that “moves.” I enjoy artists like Toby Mac and Jonathan Thulin.

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

Lamentations 3:21-26

No particular story. The reminder that God’s mercies are new every morning is very encouraging. I quoted this verse in my high school yearbook.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

“Ask for advice.” Seek the wisdom of others as you make decisions.

 

What else should we know about you?

I am the General Director of Medeba in Haliburton Ontario Canada. I went to Medeba as a camper, was a summer staff member, and worked part time while in university. I have worked at Medeba full time since graduating university in 1994.

Hello! My Name Is....Glenn Ashcraft

Posted by Dan Bolin on February 22, 2016 @ 14:03

 

CCI-Spain

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

 

I grew up in the U.S. but I was born in Japan because my father was in the military. My wife Sue and I have lived in Spain since 1985.

 

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

 

My mother led me to the Lord when I was a small child. I went forward at a camp to say I wanted to be a missionary when I was 13 years old.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

 

Sue and I have been married for 34+ years. We have three grown children who are married and two grandsons. I am thankful for FaceTime so I can see my kids and grandsons several times a week.

 

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

 

I have been the director of Springs of Life Camp in southern Spain since 1993. I am also on the board of CCI-Spain.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

 

I like to geocache and visit towns we have not been to before.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

 

I am presently enjoying Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary by J.D. Greear

 

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

 

“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;  they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

 

This verse has always inspired me to seek and wait on God as I keep serving no matter what is happening because I know He will continue to guide and uphold me.

 

 

 What else should we know about you?

 

glenn@springsoflife.net

Hello! My Name Is....Rob Ribbe

Posted by Dan Bolin on February 15, 2016 @ 11:40

CCCA-USA

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

 

I was born in Kentucky, but now live in northern Wisconsin at HoneyRock where I work.

 

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

 

I grew up in a Christian home and was nurtured in the faith through my church, family, and through many summers at camp. I distinctly recall several times in my life in which I grew to a deeper understanding and experience in God’s grace and love. One of my most powerful camp memories was when my cool college-age counselor Mark taught me how to have a quiet time in the HoneyRock prayer chapel when I was about 10 years old. That discipline has played a critical role in my life since then…40 years later.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

 

My wife Jackie and I were married at HoneyRock 25 years ago and have four children. Jacob our oldest is a sophomore at LeTourneau University in Texas studying to be a pilot. Number two son Ben is a senior in high school and is in the college decision process. Eli is a sophomore in high school and Grace is in 8th grade.

 

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI? 

 

I work at Wheaton College/HoneyRock where we have a graduate program in camp ministry leadership. Our students are engaged in leading camp and adventure programs as part of their degree. I love coaching and teaching emerging leaders for camp ministry. We are engaging in a multi-year, multi-faceted research project that will hopefully enhance our understanding of how camp ministry impacts lives, the church and society worldwide. Finally, I’ve enjoyed being invited to participate in various CCI training events in Russia, Latin America and India. I love seeing what God is doing around the world through the Christian camping movement.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

 

My favorite past-times are reading, training for triathlons, canoeing, and coaching high school soccer.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

 

I have greatly benefited from many books by Henri Nouwen, Jim Collins and Patrick Lencioni.

 

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

 

Chris Tomlin writes amazing worship songs.

 

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why? 

 

1 Peter 1:3-7: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

 

I think these verses captures the dynamic of spiritual formation/growth in Christ. We have received God’s precious promises and yet we must diligently participate in the process.

 

Hello! My Name Is....Alice Winter

Posted by Dan Bolin on February 08, 2016 @ 13:04

CVA-Australia

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in the Hills district of Sydney, Australia and have lived close to that area my entire life. I currently live in Hornsby a bushy suburb in Sydney’s north with three other girls from our camps team at Crusaders.

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

My parents raised me surrounded by godly people. Church and the gospel were a part of my childhood. As a 13-year-old, I started to explore Christianity for myself with the encouragement of Christian friends my age at school. I was invited on a camp and it was there that I gave my life to Christ and committed to following Him for the rest of my life. The temporary community and the snapshot of the Kingdom of God that is seen in camp was a significant influence in my coming to faith.

 

Tell us about your family.

I have two loving parents who also love the Lord, and a sister and brother-in-law who live in Newcastle, a two-hour drive up the north coast. I am also blessed with a close-knit camp team family at Crusaders, some of whom I live with and who are all a constant encouragement to me.

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

I am part of the Summit school camps team at Crusaders. Crusaders is a mainly NSW-based organization that has been running camps since 1930 and working in schools for almost as long. My role is to direct school camps. As a part of this role I oversee the camp team, organize and run outdoor activities ranging from bushwalking and abseiling to sailing and canoeing, give Bible talks to kids and teenagers, and work alongside teachers. In an average year I will go on about 25 camps with kids of all different ages and backgrounds. As is commonly said by members of our team “I have the best job in the world.” I have worked for Crusaders for just over three years, but I have been involved in camp ministry for as long as I can remember, going on camps as a young child and leading youth on camps ever since.

 

I have also been blessed to have the opportunity to work with CVA (Christian Venues Association, Australia) in supporting camp ministry in Bangladesh. This has included two trips to Bangladesh to be involved in a Camp Workers Conference and continued communication and support work for camp workers and volunteers sharing Jesus with young people in Bangladesh.

 

What do you do on your day off?

When I am not on camp I love to use my down time to slow down. Time with friends and family is always a priority and one of my favorite ways to spend time. I love good coffee, bushwalking, spending time at the beach, and recharging with God. Cooking has always been one of my favorite ways to relax, and I love flipping through cookbooks for new inspiration.

 

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

 

I love John Mayer, I have seen him a few times in concert and he always blows me away with his guitar skills.

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

When I was young, a friend shared the passage Psalm 121 with me and it has been a favorite ever since. I will often read this passage out to young people on camp before we go hiking.

 

“I life my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber- he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, not the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forever more.”

 

These words have given me so much encouragement over the years and the more time I spend in God’s beautiful creation to more I understand them to be true.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

Work from rest not for it. And above all find your true rest in God alone.

Hello! My Name Is....Daniel Wawrzyniak

Posted by Dan Bolin on February 01, 2016 @ 12:20

 

CCI-Poland

 

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Bielsk Podlaski, Poland. I live and serve in Zakosciele, central Poland. It is about one hour drive SW from Warsaw.

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

I grew up in a Christian family. I made my decision for Christ  in 1987 at the Ostroda Christian camp, during youth camp. That is why I love Christian camps.

  

Tell us about your family.

I have wife Edyta and two kids: son Natan,16, and daughter Natalia, 14.

  

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

I am serving as director of CCI-Poland. I was involved since the beginning of CCI-Poland, first as board member.

  

What do you do on your day off?

I love sports: bball, tennis and soccer. I am big fan of wildlife and just being outdoors. I love to take wildlife photography.

  

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book? 

The Mysterious Island by Julius Verne

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

U2, Peter Gabriel, Roberta Flack

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

Process is more important than product

 

What else should we know about you?

I love good laugh, so I like people with good sense of humor.

Hello! My Name Is....Hannah Bolin

Posted by Dan Bolin on January 25, 2016 @ 13:16

CCI Staff

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

 

I was born in Eugene, Oregon and I currently live in Tyler, Texas.

 

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

 

I became a Christian at a young age when my mom was trying to help me overcome my fear of diving into the swimming pool. Simple, I know, but I was scared that something bad was going to happen. It was a great time for my mom to encourage me that our God is a God who will take care of me. From there I grew in my knowledge of the character and nature of God, and I wanted to give my life to Him.

Camping and being outdoors has always played a major part of my life. I love to be outside and nature is where I find a deep connection to God. I grew up attending Pine Cove Christian Camp in the summer and later, worked for two different camping ministries. Camping played a role in my spiritual development to remind me that our God is a fun and a joyous God. Camping ministry has always been a fun and exciting place. Yes, even while doing the logistics. Seeing kids have fun and experience God in a safe outdoor environment has always brought me a lot of joy. He is a God that should be revered and is powerful, but at the same time He wants His children to be happy and joyful, and that is what camping is to me.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

 

My mother and father are professors in higher education. My mother works at Texas A&M University and my dad works at the University of Texas in Austin.My sister is married and currently lives in Georgia with her husband and their daughter.

 

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

 

I have worked a wide range of roles in Christian camping! From working in the kitchen washing dishes to working with kids and being in leadership, each role has refined me to become a better servant for others. Currently I am an intern for CCI, assisting Marty Putman in preparing for the CCI Summit in South Africa.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

 

On my days off, I love to rest and relax. I enjoy being outside, running, hiking, being at the lake, exploring coffee shops, and having great conversations with friends.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

 

Dearing Greatly by Brene Brown

Woman of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

 

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

 

Bryan and Katie Torwalt

Hillsong

Jesus Culture

Loud Harp

Page CXVI

 

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

 

Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”

 

This verse has changed the way I look at God. I feel it tells a lot about his character and nature. He is a strong God, yet he rejoices over His creation and takes joy in us.

 

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

 

“Breathe out all the stress, because these are your tasks today:

1) Trust in the Lord, and do good.

2) Dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

3) Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

4) Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act”

 

-Louie Giglio The Comback

 

 

What else should we know about you?

 

I graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in December with a degree in Christian Studies. I lived in Australia and Cambodia while working with YWAM!

I’m interested in anything from football (American football) to what’s going on around the world!

 

Hello! My Name Is....Judith Dixon

Posted by Dan Bolin on January 18, 2016 @ 17:02

CCI - Jamaica 

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

Jamaica is my homeland and that’s where I currently live.

  

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

I have this mental picture of the day I became a Christian. I was maybe 6 years old, sitting on my mother’s bed and praying the sinner’s prayer.

Sharing my faith with campers as a junior counselor at age16 and being drawn into that Christian camp community in the years that followed helped to solidify my faith.

 

Tell us about your family.

It’s me, my three siblings, two in-laws, three nephews, one niece and my parents. We’re very close. 

All the adults in my family volunteer at camp (my father does it vicariously through the rest of us) and now we’re trying to get the little ones involved as well.

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

I have been working with New Generation Camp in Jamaica since 2008. New Generation is a member of Christian Camping Jamaica and we enjoy learning and growing alongside others in our field.

 

What do you do on your day off?

I love doing crafts, and if it’s a good year, I also like jogging.

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

I own more books than my bookshelves can hold, yet my favorite book is always my most current journal.

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

For 2015 I enjoyed listening to the groups - “Need to Breathe” and “Rend Collective Experiment”.

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.” Psalm 143:8a

           

I love the thought of God’s love being unfailing even as time passes and things change around us.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

“Learn to manage expectations.”

 

What else should we know about you?

I lose my Jamaican accent pretty quickly when I’m no longer around Jamaicans. So I don’t know what it’s going to become during the Summit. 

Hello! My Name Is....Keith Hagon

Posted by Dan Bolin on January 05, 2016 @ 11:22

 CCI - UK

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in London and brought up in Swindon, a town in Wiltshire. I now live in Buckingham, 17 miles from the CCI UK office in Milton Keynes.

 

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

There was no faith background at home, but my brother became a Christian when he was away at college. I argued with him constantly about his ‘mistake’ and how he had changed. I then left home and moved to the City of London to work, where I came across more of these Christian people and promptly starting arguing with them, too. Joining a discussion group, I came to the place where my questions and arguments became less important than the need to know this Jesus I had been shown. The rest is His story!

 

 

Tell us about your family 

I have been married to Mandy for just over 31 years, during which time we have lived all over England. We have not been blessed with children, but have several godchildren and countless nieces and nephews.

 

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

I am the Executive Director of CCI UK and Christian Supply Chain Buying Group. Over the years I have organized, led, attended and spoken at church weekends, conferences and camps. I try to take personal retreats twice a year.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

At the moment I seem to be doing a lot of DIY! I also enjoy hiking, cycling, reading and socializing with neighbours. I would like to get back to playing tennis and golf. Church-wise, Mandy and I co-lead a house group, are both involved in prayer ministry and I occasionally lead and preach, which is a tank-filler for me.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

The Pursuit of God A. W. Tozer – and several others by him. Books by Frederick Forsyth and John Le Carre. Current favourite is Paradoxology by Krish Kandiah, which I have just finished.

 

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

A variety, from Keith Green and John Michael Talbot to Hillsongs worship and Phatfish. Secular favourites include The Eagles, Beatles, Take That and Bruce Springsteen.

 

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

I memorized this early on as part of the Topical Memory System (Navigators). It challenged me deeply then as to what this new life is all about and continues to speak powerful truth to me whenever I may be tempted to compromise.

 

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

God is still God and God is good. An answer to so much, whether opportunities, challenges, crises or simply a lack of understanding.

 

 

What else should we know about you?

I’m an ordained minister in the United Reformed Church and have led churches as well as charities. My last position was as CEO at the George Muller Trust in Bristol.

Hello! My Name Is....Gary Hill

Posted by Dan Bolin on December 07, 2015 @ 19:27

 CVA - Australia

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Sydney’s south-west, and now live in its north-west, only about 30km distant.

 

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

God seized hold of me on a Crusader Camp when I was 18. I came to camp thinking I was a Christian, but was amazed to see others my age who really did love Jesus and who also enjoyed having fun (a combination I hadn’t encountered before then). I became convicted that I had truly treated God terribly and yet through Jesus, He had forgiven me totally. I was overwhelmed by His mercy. I attended subsequent camps as a leader and this training shaped my life.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

Margaret and I have been married for 30 years. She is an exceptional school teacher and works full time in this role. We have three sons, and a daughter-in-law, and a cocker spaniel named Cleo. We’re thankful that each of our children are walking with the Lord. Matt (26) is married to Elise. He lectures in Physics, and she is a Human Resources Manager. Simon (24) has just completed his law degree and will be working with a Sydney law firm next year. Tim (24) is the only one still at home (apart from Cleo!). Tim has a disability, but has trained as a chef and works at a nearby boarding school.

 

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

After volunteering for a number of years, I joined the staff of Crusaders (now known as ‘Cru’) in 1987 to set up an evangelistic school camping program. I became Cru’s Executive Director in 1993 and am still in that role today. (This is not the same “Cru” as exists in the USA.) I have been involved in state and national committees of CCI (known in Australia as Christian Venues Association) for a number of years, and was elected National Chairman in 2010. I benefitted greatly from being part of an international group touring Californian sites in 2013 followed by the combined USA/Canadian conference, and I am looking forward to attending the Summit in South Africa. I’m convinced that the relationships and the conversations that can occur on camps are incredibly strategic in sharing the Gospel.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

We’re members of a great local church so involvement there is Sunday’s focus. I also love sailing and playing guitar, but a bad hand injury in 2014 has impacted this. I am hoping I might rediscover these things if/when the hand improves. I enjoy watching both Rugby codes and Australian Rules football. A ferry trip on Sydney Harbour is a frequent favourite; and I love going with Margaret to music concerts and live musicals when I have that chance.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Probably no single favourite. I often read crime and historical fiction to relax; really enjoyed Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Jim Packer, C.S. Lewis and Don Carson are probably my favourite Christian authors.

 

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

I always like having music on! This means I have a long list of favourites. Steve Curtis Chapman and Casting Crowns feature prominently on my playlist, along with Australian secular artists Paul Kelly and Cold Chisel. I’m also happy to argue the case that there was no better period for pop music than 1977-78.

 

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

Ezekiel 36:26-27: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”

God’s Spirit prompted me to open my Bible to that verse just minutes after He had done that work in me. I was overwhelmed to read that then, and continue to be amazed by it over 35 years later.

 

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

The best advice comes with a long story, so I’ll leave that for another time. “Recruit people who are better than you” has been valuable. I’ve also found the Latin phrase “Semper gere under gere” helpful. (Rough translation: “always wear underwear”.)

 

 

What else should we know about you?

Apart from the fact that I’m not really fluent in Latin?

Hello! My Name Is....Craig Johnson

Posted by Dan Bolin on November 30, 2015 @ 13:15

 CC - New Zealand

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Cambridge NZ after living in a number of other different cities in NZ and overseas I located back to Cambridge to raise my family

  

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

I became a Christian at youth group and attended a number of camps at Totara Springs Christian Camp where I learned how to cook. This is also where I met my wife.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

I am married to Viki (22 years) and have a daughter Lily Rose (16) and Toby (14)

We attend Raleigh Street Christian Centre where we are active in the helps team,crèche and youth group

 

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

I am the CEO/Founder of CSC Buying Group, we are a major funds provider to Christian Camping in NZ.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

Golf, Slalom water skiing

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Robert Laidlaw (Man of our time)

 

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

Rock and Roll, the Beatles

 

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15  

 

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

If we all do our little bit its amazing how much we can achieve collectively (Dad)

 

 

What else should we know about you?

The ministry of Christian Camping is so unique and special. It is my absolute privilege to be able to help serve this wonderful ministry now and into the future. 

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