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Hello! My Name Is....Lisa Anderson-Umana

Posted by Dan Bolin on OA9er @ 9:10

 CCI - Latin America

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

 

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and have lived in Latin America since 1983.

 

 

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

 

I became a Christian with my mom at home when I was 8 years old. She discipled me and taught me how to have quiet times, how to study the Bible and ask forgiveness when I sinned. I grew up playing outside in the 100 acre hundred woods beside our house, making trails and riding bikes, go carts, and building forts. I started attending camp at 8 years old and attended for several years Ligonier Camp and Conference Center. The retreats our youth group had four times a year marked my spiritual growth all through middle and high school and created a space for extended worship times of songs, prophecy, and building deep relationships with peers and the youth staff.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

I am the middle child of three kids; my parents are now with the Lord. I am been married to Alfredo Umaña. We met at a counselor training course I gave in Honduras in 1990 but since he was my secretary’s boyfriend, I had no interest in him whatsoever. It wasn’t until almost three years later after he had broken up with her that there was a spark of interest between us. By then I was living in another country, El Salvador, so we courted long distance and eventually married in 1996. We have two miracle children, Valerie (15), Victor (14). Miracles because after years of infertility, I was diagnosed (premenopausal) and told I had a million to one chance of ever getting pregnant. God sovereignly worked two miracles with no medication intervention.

 

 

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

 

Since 1990, I have been the director of leadership development in CCI-Latin America. I first got involved in CCI-USA in 1982 when I met Bob Kobielush and John Pearson in Sandy Cove. They gave me materials and were so welcoming and prayerfully sent me off to serve at Camp Kikoten in Mexico that my heart was knit with CCI from that moment on. I distinctly remember watching this promo movie at that CCI-USA conference and saying to myself: You mean there are others who love camping as much as I do and find it perfect for evangelism and discipleship?

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

 

I love to read, hang out with the kids, take pictures and make iMovies, and create recreational facilities—our yard looks like a camp!

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

 

As a teenager I remember being impacted by Catherine Marshall’s book: Something More: In Search of a Deeper Faith and later on by Dallas Williard: The Spirit of the Disciplines. When I want light reading, I love a Tom Clancy spy novel.

 

 

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

 

My old-time favorite is Amy Grant but I love listening to my son’s Toby Mac albums as well.

 

 

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

 

Psalm 139.  I memorized the entire psalm years ago and love its cadence and the loving, warm embrace it produces in me. My mother used to read it to me inserting my name. The last verses inspire to this day to ask God to search me and know me…

 

 

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

 

Don’t let yourself be easily offended.

 

 

What else should we know about you?

 

In May I finished a PhD in Educational Studies (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL) and am eager to share with others the discoveries made during my dissertation (research done in Tegucigalpa, Honduras) about how leaders emerge and grow and how culture impacts emergence and growth.

 

Hello! My Name Is....Cory Bigham

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP2er @ 14:42

 CCI Staff

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

 

I was born in a small town in the top of Texas named Pampa. I have lived in towns and cities of different size, but to my core, I will always be a small-town guy. That’s what I like about where I live now, Oklahoma City. It has all the conveniences of a city, but still maintains that small-town feel.

 

 

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

 

I was fortunate to have been raised in the church and a Christian home, which made me knowledgeable about God at a young age, however I was 12 years old when God called my heart to follow him. I only attended camp a few times as a kid, but the largest impact that camp has had on my spiritual development was as a college-aged camp counselor. Camp is where I learned to live out my faith on purpose and in community.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

 

I am single, however I have a wonderful and large family that I get to see often. I am the oldest of four siblings, and we are all five years apart, so my parents are still not done with university bills. My sister has two young boys that do a wonderful job of entertaining the entire family.

 

 

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

 

I have served at two different camps in Texas after university in almost every role, from scrubbing toilets to the role of director. After seven years of a career in camping, I changed industries, and now work in the Energy sector in Oklahoma City. Today, my heart is still rooted in camping ministry and I serve as a technology advisor to the staff at CCI-Worldwide.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

 

A game-changing book for my life was, “Leadership and Self Deception” by the Arbinger Institute. This book had a hand in shaping how I interact with others even today, and was a powerful tool in training young camp counselors when I was involved with a camp ministry.

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

 

“Don’t worry about what you can’t control.”

 

 

What else should we know about you?

 

I am looking forward to serving as a technology volunteer at the CCI-Worldwide conference in 2016!

 

 

Hello! My Name Is....Peter Madern

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP1er @ 13:51

 CCI The Netherlands

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

 

I was born in Utrecht in the center of The Netherlands and I now live in Apeldoorn in the heart of the forestry area in The Netherlands.

 

 

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

Born and raised in a Christian family. I remember walking with the Lord since childhood. Being in a Calvinistic Church we all got baptized in our early years, so saved early. Later at the age of 19 I gave my life to Christ, knowing it’s Christ through me. As I always state: All grace! Been to Christian camps since teenage years in The Netherlands. God called me to a camp in Texas in 1993 at the age of 22 where we could not share Gods love because of what was happening in Waco, TX that year with David Koresh and the Davidians. One nice thing though: I learned how to rope! Therefore if I were to come back to a Christian camp again in the US I’d wanted to go to a true Christian camp. In 1995 I met my future American wife at Grotonwood/Oceanwood, MA, a ministry from the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts. Camp has meant everything in my spiritual development, because it brought me a broad, international, free understanding of faith—that no matter who we are or what background we have, He loves us, no matter what!

 

 

Tell us about your family.

I married Sara, my American love of my life, within a year after having seen each other for 4 times: camp, Christmas, Sara’s graduation (Eastern University) and our wedding in 1996. We are blessed with three extraordinary boys: Michael (17), Andrew (15) and Benjamin (13)!

 

 

 

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

Sara and I started Camps4Kids in 2008 and being 7 years young(!), we are being blessed with enormous growth in The Netherlands. Almost 1,000 kids went to camp with us and more than 750 made a decision to follow Christ!

I’ve enrolled with CCI-The Netherlands in November 2011 handling mainly Marketing and Communications and nowadays as acting Chairman/Director since November 2013.

 

 

What do you do on your day off 

Reading and writing… Also watching movies with my family.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

There are so many because of my interest in theology, management, marketing and leadership. Actually I am reading Elon Musk, story of Tesla and SpaceX together with Larry Burkett’s Business by the Book and at the same time “Our Kids – the American Dream in Crisis” by Professor Robert D. Putnam. One of my favorites will definitely be Timothy Ferris “The Four Hour Work Week.”

 

 

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

I personally love HillSong United and the song that Sara and I met each other with was Shine by the Newsboys in 1995. Michael W. Smith and Rebecca St. James have been very special in our lives because we met them personally a couple of times in our time when working for Compassion International.

 

 

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

Would be 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” This is my calling, that’s why! This Summer we anointed all the kids as priests, not like as in James for healing, not as in Samuel as Kings, but as Priests like in Leviticus, because I strongly belief we are called to be a royal priesthood.

 

 

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

Think big (of God) and start small. But also “Stay faithful” shared in 1996 by Dr. Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International when I started my very first job out of University at Compassion Netherlands.

 

 

What else should we know about you?

Same as Rick Warren: I don’t wear socks…. in the summer… 

Hello! My Name Is....Jenni Davies

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP1er @ 13:11

CC - New Zealand 

 

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

 

I was born in Hamilton New Zealand and now live in Taupo NZ.

 

 

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

 

I became a Christian when I was five years old at Keswick Convention Camp…I still remember that day so well.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

 

I am married to Wayne (who I met at a camp) and we have two daughters - Anna with three children and Katie and Ryan also have three children. Our six grandchildren range in age from three months to almost 13 years old.

 

 

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

 

I am CEO of CCNZ and have been involved in camping for 29 years. My husband and I were camp Directors for 22 years.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

 

I love hospitality and cooking and being with our grandkids. We just bought an outdoor pizza oven and enjoy having casual dining with friends.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

 

My favorite Christian novel author is Karen Kingsbury. I love how she relates to many everyday situations and speaks Gods word into these situations to bring change and transformation.

 

 

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

 

I enjoy music and listen to people like Kari Jobe, Michael W Smith , Chris Tomlin, So I guess worship music.

 

 

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

 

Psalm 105:40 “Look to the Lord and his strength, seek his face daily.”

 

For me having gifting and abilities that can make “things” happen can be a downfall … so I am reminded daily that I need to seek the  Lord and get His perspective and His will on and in  all things,

 

 

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

 

Keep short accounts with everyone, never let the sun go down on a disagreement….Words from my wise Mum and Dad….

 

 

What else should we know about you?

 

I am passionate about training young people in leadership, giving them an opportunity to grow in their teenage years so they can find purpose and direction. Seeing them grow in God is the best and having them understand His love as a Father. Our world is broken so I want to be part of giving young people a hope and a future.

Hello! My Name Is....Nel Blanken

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP3er @ 15:11

 CCI - Jamaica

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in the Netherlands, where I grew up on a farm, but I have been living in Jamaica since 1974.

 

 

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

I became a Christian at YWAM's Dilaram House in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1973. At that time I was traveling with an English friend, who I'd met at the kibbutz in Israel (and who later served in Afghanistan as missionary), backpacking for four months, unknowingly seeking for purpose in life. We were invited to a meal (free food!) and while in a prayer meeting, God spoke to me: “Either be hot or cold, I hate luke-warmness.” That was such a revelation to me, and right then I surrendered my life and chose to be “hot” for Him.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

I grew up on a small dairy farm in the Netherlands with four siblings. Once in Jamaica, at 24, I remained single and fostered two Jamaican boys (babies) who became my sons. I now have two Jamaican grandchildren (12 and 10)

 

 

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

I am the Founder and Managing Director of New Generation Ministries (Camp), a Jamaican ministry since 1985. I am also one of the Founders and a present Board Member of CCI Jamaica (2003). I am a pioneer and visionary at heart, and my role has been mostly to spearhead development and networking for both organizations.

 

 

What do you do on your day off 

I love the outdoors, solitude, jigsaw puzzles and scrabble. 

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Any Reader's Digest Select Books I can get my hands on.

 

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

I like instrumental meditative music, the psalms, classical, choral, musicals and love the experience of a life philharmonic orchestra concert.

 

 

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

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."   Proverbs 3:24

Years ago, my heart was fixed on someone, who clearly wasn't the right person for me (oh foolish heart!:-)). The LORD then gave me this verse, and it helped me, and still does, to realize the responsibility I have in keeping my heart after the LORD. It being in tune with Him does produce life and leads to success.

 

 

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

“You just be faithful! God rewards those who faithfully serve Him.” That was given at a time when I was sure that what I was asked to do was too hard and complex. I did that job for four years and mastered it. In retrospect it was God's will and way of preparing me for greater responsibilities and challenges.

 

 

What else should we know about you?

I am a Registered Nurse by training and worked as such during the first four years in Jamaica. My further training includes social work, life coaching and team building. I love people's life stories as it shows God's amazing ways in their lives, and I usually make it my business to find out by asking questions.

Hello! My Name is Alexander Kharitonov

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP1er @ 13:36

 CCI - Russia

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

 

I was born in Leningrad, the second largest city of the Soviet Union and the former capital of the Russian Empire. I have never moved from there, but now I live in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, which is considered the most beautiful city in the world.

 

 

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

 

I became a Christian at the age of 25 through an acute personal crisis while failing to find the purpose of life. By that time I had already been reading the Bible and interacting with believers for a few years. My wife and I became Christians within the same week (I know the precise date, she doesn’t, so I can’t tell you whether it was the same day and hour as I wish it was). This is my side of the story; the real reason and the real way God worked was through the prayers of my Grandma Barbara who was the only Christian in our family for 49 years. I never attended a Christian camp (or any other type of camp) as a child/teen, but it so happened that I came to one a few weeks after I reconciled with Jesus. I had been attending a church prior to that, but the camp was the place where I experienced the fullness and transformational power of Christian fellowship for the first time. Serving at a camp every summer continues to be the spiritual culmination of my life.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

 

My wife’s name is Dasha, and she is a very faithful person. We met at the University where both of us studied Philology. I abandoned this field decades ago, but she is still committed to teaching Russian as the Second Language at the same University. We celebrated our silver wedding anniversary this February and I’m not ashamed to tell that for us it meant much more than the ceremony 25 years earlier. By God’s grace I’ve got three arrows in my hand. Two older sons (Benjamen and Ivan) are married and run food joints 2,200 km apart from each other; the youngest (Egor) is still single, he’s a 18-year sophomore at a Christian University in Klaipeda, Lithuania (a country in Europe, for those challenged by geography). I wish I could also tell you about my Grandma and my Sister, but I’d rather keep those fascinating stories until we meet in South Africa.

 

 

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

 

I have been the President of CCI/Russia (CIS & Baltics) since January 1994. I have also served on the Executive Committee / Board of Directors of CCI Worldwide for ten years, and chaired that Board in 2012-2014. Since training/leadership development is the core component of CCI, I lead seminars, have spoken at conferences and taught Christian camping at dozens of events in various countries, including Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Spain, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Panama, Guatemala, Korea, China and probably somewhere else that I forgot.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

 

Most of my days off are Sundays so the most common pastime on those will be preaching and serving at my church. I also like to travel whatever the means are: by foot, bike, car, or boat. My walks often lead me to the woods where trekking is happily combined with mushroom picking. I like swimming in the open – my wife says if a body of water is not covered by ice or oil spill I will most likely step into it (and float). A brother in Christ lead me to Facebook two years ago, and this perilous addiction has been aggressively consuming the time previously devoted to other hobbies. I think I need to do something about it (like most of you).

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

 

CLASSIC (1) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes; (2) The Silver Dove by Andrey Bely; (3) The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov. MODERN (1) John Fowles; (2) Julian Barnes; (3) Jose Saramago.

 

 

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

 

CLASSIC (1) Italian Baroque; (2) J.S. Bach; (3) Peter Tchaikovsky. MODERN (1) Boris Grebenschikov & Aquarium; (2) Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel; (3) Leonard Cohen.

 

 

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

“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” Psalm 32:1

 

I once realized this verse can refer to me, and it made all the difference.

 

 

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

 

Never discuss anything that happens in your bedroom with anyone besides your wife.

 

 

What else should we know about you?

 

I believe that words matter. It all started with words (the Word), and the words will remain when everything else is burnt. This has been my profession by choice, and I profess it still.

Hello! My Name Is....Sharon Fraess

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP1er @ 13:47

 CCI - Canada

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and I live 45 minutes east in South Cooking Lake, Alberta, Canada.

 

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

I became a Christian at age three because my parents suggested this was a good thing to do. I stayed a Christian because I saw God working, I sensed His presence and I had no doubt that following Him was the right choice to make. I attended summer camp from age eight and up and camp always was a time to “course correct” and grow spiritually.

 

Tell us about your family.

I am married to my hero, Darryl. We’ve been married for 27 years. We have three adult children, the oldest was married September 26, so I guess more correctly we have four adult children.

 

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

My husband and I are directors of Birch Bay Ranch, a camp in Alberta. We have been in this role for 24 years.  I am also the National Director for CCI-Canada since 2011.

 

What do you do on your day off?

I love to spend time doing whatever my kids are doing. I also enjoy reading, RVing and traveling.

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

I enjoy Christian fiction – both historical fiction and mystery – these are what I use to unwind.

 

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

I enjoy a cappella music and soft rock.  My favorite recording is “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me.

 

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

My favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

I love serving a God that can do “immeasurably more than I can ask or imagine” and I can imagine some pretty amazing things! J Over the years I have served Him, this verse has never been wrong.

 

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

BE the person who brings out the best in others.

 

What else should we know about you?

I am passionate about camp ministry. When I was 12 years old I came to Birch Bay Ranch as a camper for the first time. Prior to this, I was the homesick camper that went home on the second or third day of camp. At Birch Bay Ranch I stayed the whole week of camp. When I came home at the end of the week my mom asked, “How was it?” I replied “Someday I hope to be the directors’ wife.” God answers our heart prayers and immeasurably more!

Hello! My Name Is....Esdras Krebsky

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP1er @ 13:29

 CCI - Brazil

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil. I currently live in the State of Goias, Brazil.

 

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

From infancy I attended church, but accepted Christ at the age of 10 at Word of Life Camp in Sao Paulo. Years later, camp played a vital role in my teen life as I served as a volunteer at Good News Camp. There I learned I had gifts and abilities, and that I had a desire to be useful in God’s Kingdom.

 

Tell us about your family.

Karen and I have been married for 25 years. We have three children: Alex (23), Jordan (21, and married to Charity, 23), and Lidia (17). Our kids were homeschooled for most of their education. Right now, only Lidia remains at home with us.

 

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

I serve as the executive director for CCI-Brazil since 2004.

 

What do you do on your day off?

I like to go camping or canoeing when there is a chance. I like to read books and go to the movies, too. When I have an opportunity, I also like to do some woodworking.

 

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

I listen to all kinds of genres. It depends on what I am doing or working on.

 

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

Ezra 7:10, “For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to do it, and to teach His statutes and rules in Israel.”

Word of Life/Brazil has been using this verse as their philosophy for training leaders: study, practice, and teach. When I attended their Bible school, it became my own personal verse for ministry.

 

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

Too many to try to get a top one. Maybe a constant reminder I need to hear every day would be not to worry nor be anxious.

  

What else should we know about you?

I am a quiet person who enjoys solitude. It makes me happy when I can help someone through physical labor. I like to travel and see new places.

Hello! My Name Is....Lorraine Diederichs

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP1er @ 13:06

CC - Southern Africa

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born and brought up in a small farming community in Richmond, Kwa Zulu Natal province in South Africa. I currently live in Hermanus, a beautiful coastal town in the Western Cape South Africa.

 

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

I met the Lord during my high school years as part of the “gospel” Choir. I am a self- taught music teacher and during my teaching career had a passion for teaching children through the medium of school plays, Easter services, and Christmas nativities to reach them for the gospel. During our school teaching careers, Pat and I took many groups on adventure and educational excursions to the Drakensberg mountains and used these opportunities to reach children and youth for the Lord as well as teach life skills. This was where our love for camping ministry started.

  

Tell us about your family.

I have been happily married to Pat for 45 years and we have 3 grown children - Paula and her son (our grandson Gabriel), Robyn, Stephen and his wife Divya as well as a dog, cat, bunny and chickens!!!!

 

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

Pat and I served as managers for the Wortelgat Outreach Trust for 14 years. We were responsible for pioneering this ministry on Wortelgat Farm near Stanford in the Western Cape growing the camp from 24 beds to four residential campsites and an outdoor tented camp as well as 20 private cottages belonging to shareholders that were also used for visitors. We ran a GAP year program for young school leavers, training them to facilitate camps and equipping them with skills for the future. We had a passion to see the camping ministry become a creditable career for youth in our country.

I am the administrator for Christian Camping Southern Africa and association of CCI and serve on the CCSA Executive. After retirement from Wortelgat  Pat and I took on the role of Support Ministry for CCSA with the goal of visiting every camp within our association to encourage, care and pray for them over a period of three years. We have managed to visit most of them during this period and are now in the process of restructuring this ministry.

We were given the privilege of attending the 2012 World Wide summit in Spain and there we gained much valuable experience, new ideas and insight into the expanding network of Christian Camping worldwide. It was wonderful to meet so many people from all over the world all with the same heart and passion for the camping ministry.

  

What do you do on your day off?

Days off are scarce as I also work full time in our family business, Postnet, but when I am off I enjoy gardening, hiking, cycling and walks along the beach. My favorite books are any of Francine Rivers’ books and listening to Andre Rieu’s classical music although I enjoy most “good” music!!! I have a love and interest for the outdoors and nature. While teaching in Kwa Zulu Natal, I served as Honorary Officers with the Natal Parks Board.

 

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

My favorite Bible verses are in John chapter 11 where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead – God gave us this scripture as a promise during very difficult times that our whole family will come to salvation – we still stand on that promise.

 

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

I have realized more and more through troubled times that time does not heal but makes it bearable as one never forgets but God makes it possible to forgive and that forgiveness is a choice not a feeling.

Hello! My Name is...Norman Doney

Posted by Dan Bolin on OA5er @ 5:56

CCI - UK

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

Hounslow Middlesex, a suburb of London. I now live in Cranleigh in Surrey, Southern England

  

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

My family is Christian, and I was involved in church and a vibrant youth group. I attended a boys’ camp with my older brothers from a young age.  I went to various camps all though my teenage years and became a leader. There I came across great examples and teachers who led me to Christ. I was baptized at around 17 years of age.

 

Tell us about your family.

I have been married to Rosslyn for 36 years and we have three sons and two grandchildren

 

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

I was founder director of Christian Youth Enterprises Sailing Centre, which celebrates 30 years in 2015, and am currently development director. I became involved in CCI-UK early in our development, as it was such a great help and encouragement. I served on the management council and subsequently became chairman and joined the UK board. I have always had an involvement in CCI in Europe and currently am CCI representative for CCI worldwide in Europe. For five months in 2012-13, I filled in as interim CEO of CCI-UK before Keith Hagon joined the team.

 

What do you do on your day off?

Cycle, play tennis & walk.

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Dick Francis & Wilbur Smith novels

 

 

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

R & B; Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Tom Waits

 

 

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

Ephesian 3:20-21

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

  

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

If God isn’t in a project you will suffer every kind of frustration, if it is his purpose, you won’t be able to keep up!

 

 

What else should we know about you?

I support Tottenham (Spurs) English premier league football club; I attend Cranleigh Baptist Church

 

 

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