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Seeking God’s Call for our Next Executive Director

Calvin Crest is seeking God’s call for our next executive director.  Our Executive Director Search Task Force is seeking applicants.  If you would like to apply and enter this discernment process with us we ask that you please submit a resume and cover letter to edsearch@calvincrest.com. Below we have provided a job description and a narrative of our camp and the position.  If you have further questions about us or this position please feel free to get in touch with us.

We are a summer camp, conference center and outdoor school that has been partnering with churches to make life-long disciples of Jesus Christ for more than 60 years. Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ, practice biblical hospitality, invite people to experience and know God’s creation and partner with peacemakers to bring health and wholeness. Our board has adopted the statement of faith of Fuller Theological Seminary. In the last three years God has twice spared us from forest fires. The last fire burned the upper, non-program half of our 340-acre grounds, and yet spared our program area as a beautiful oasis of giant sequoia, cedar, fir, and pine forest. God has clearly chosen for this ministry to continue and we are seeking an Executive Director who can lead us into the next chapter in our ministry as we continue to learn how to grow from a camp built by and for its PC(USA) churches to a camp that also serves a broader Christian tribe. We invite your prayer, and your application if you would like to enter this discernment process with us.

 

Job Description (PDF)
Narrative Description (PDF)
Seeking God’s Call for our Next Executive Director 2018-02-16T13:36:36+00:00

Register for Summer Camp! – 2018

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Dates Crestview Additional Camps
Week 1 June 24 – 30 Family Camp AIM
Week 2 July 1 – July 7 Family Camp AIM
Week 3 July 8 – July 14 Middle School Sherwood Forest
Week 4 July 15 – July 21 High School Sherwood Forest
Week 5 July 22 – July 28 High School Outdoor Adventure
Week 6 July 29 – August 4 Middle School Week in the Forest
Register for Summer Camp! – 2018 2018-02-06T10:53:46+00:00

The Executive Task Force

Calvin Crest is prayerfully seeking God’s call for the next Executive Director. As clearly as we have seen God’s hand in preserving Calvin Crest through two fires, we trust that God will provide the man or woman that God has prepared for this next season of leadership. To carry out this discernment process, the Board of Trustees established an Executive Director Task Force made up of three board members, one staff person and one camper/donor/stakeholder. This team has been meeting weekly since November 2017. They are carrying out a process recommended by our consultant, Ed McDowell who is Chair of the board of the Christian Camp and Conference Association(CCCA).

Here is a brief overview of the search process. In December, the Task Force solicited and received survey feedback from 50 staff and interested stakeholders regarding the job priorities for the next Executive Director. From that feedback they developed and presented a job description for approval to the board. Next, they are seeking nominations of candidates from stakeholders and friends of Calvin Crest, seeking recommendations from people through our networked churches, seminaries and related camps, and inviting self referrals through CCCA, denominational listings and our own website.

At Ed’s recommendation, the Task Force is hiring another consultant experienced in Executive Director searches to provide research and assessment expertise.  Finalist candidates will be interviewed by the board, Calvin Crest staff members, and representative stakeholders and constituents.  The Task Force will then prayerfully gather the information from the resumes, references, interviews by various groups and consultant guidance and present a nomination for board approval.  

We recognize that our best efforts are only good stewardship of a process that God ultimately controls. We seek to faithfully sow, and water but it is God who brings the harvest. In humility we submit this process to God’s providence. We invite you to join us in prayer as we ask God to call our next Executive Director.

The Team

Abby Arii
Abby AriiChair
Abby Arii attended Calvin Crest as a camper starting in Miwok through High School Camp as well as served as a Child Care Assistant for Family Camp and as an AIMer. Most recently, Abby has served with her husband as worship leaders at Family camp and Winter Camps. Abby is currently serving her first term on the Board at Calvin Crest and is excited to be a part of such an integral time in Calvin Crest’s history. Abby has a B.S. in Child Development and is a Master of Social Work with Pupil Personnel Service Credentials in School Social Work, Child Welfare and Attendance, and School Counseling. Abby currently works for Fresno Unified School District as the Social Emotional Manager II who oversees the School Social Workers placed at 28 school sites. Recently, Abby and her husband finalized the adoption of their daughter through foster care and are excited to be fostering two additional little boys at this time.
Rev. Adam Knudson
Rev. Adam Knudson
Adam Knudson grew up in Fresno, California and graduated from Edison High School. He is a graduate of Whitworth College, in Spokane, WA (BA – 2001) and the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, (M.Div with diploma in Presbyterian studies – 2005). He was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2007. Adam met his wife Andrea at Calvin Crest where they served on the Accommodations Team together during the summers of 1998 & 1999. Adam and Andrea have a busy home with sons Jeremiah and Samuel and daughters Alexandra and Olivia. Adam is Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministries at Hope Lutheran Church in Fresno where he has served for the past 11 years. Adam has attended dozens of camps, conferences, retreats and programs at Calvin Crest over the past 20+ years as parent, pastor, camper, counselor, staffer, and participant. He is excited to walk with Calvin Crest into this next season of ministry.
Rev. Dr. Bill Ekhardt
Rev. Dr. Bill Ekhardt
Rev. Dr. Bill Ekhardt, MBA is Interim Associate Pastor and Chief of Staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, IA. Bill is Treasurer of the Calvin Crest Board of Trustees. He recently served as Associate Executive Director at Calvin Crest. Throughout college and seminary he served 10 years on summer staff and attended as a camper from 8 years old though high school. Bill, his wife Tracy and their four children regularly attend family camp during the summers.
Christina Melahn
Christina Melahn
Christina Melahn first came to Calvin Crest as a member of the summer staff in 2012 after hearing about camp from a professor at Whitworth University. After graduating with a B.A. in Theology in 2013, she returned and has been at Calvin Crest ever since. She has served in a variety of positions over the years including Assistant Director of the Outdoor School, Acting Program Director, Crestview (Lead Counselor, Activities Director, Coordinator), AIM Coordinator, and Assistant Program Director. The Spring 2018 season is her second as Director of the Outdoor School. She loves Calvin Crest and is excited to participate in the process of discerning who God is calling to be the next Executive Director.
Sarah Friesen
Sarah Friesen
Sarah (Steckling) Friesen has a Master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies. Most recently she has volunteered with several non-profits while also being a stay-at-home mom. She, along with her husband and three children, have attended Family Camp for the last seven years. During the mid-90s she was on Calvin Crest’s summer staff for 5 seasons including one as the Sherwood Activities Director. Ever since her first summer as a camper at Sherwood Forest, Calvin Crest has had a very special place in Sarah’s heart.
The Executive Task Force 2018-01-31T23:05:47+00:00

Summer Staff 2018

Spend a summer gaining skills and wisdom that will last a lifetime! Staff will have the opportunity to work in ministry situations with children, middle schoolers, high schoolers, adults affected by disabilities and more. Some staff will also serve in our kitchen facilities, accommodations crews, outdoor events elements and maintenance teams. Please view the General Information link first to get an idea of how summer goes at Calvin Crest. Please read about our weekly Camps Schedules well as the entire list of Job Descriptions before you begin your Application. The last date to turn in an application will be on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

General Information
Camp Schedules
Job Descriptions
Submit an Application
Dates Crestview Additional Camps
Week 1 June 24 – 30 Family Camp AIM
Week 2 July 1 – July 7 Family Camp AIM
Week 3 July 8 – July 14 Middle School Sherwood Forest
Week 4 July 15 – July 21 High School Sherwood Forest
Week 5 July 22 – July 28 High School Outdoor Adventure
Week 6 July 29 – August 4 Middle School Week in the Forest

Summer Staff 2018 2018-02-06T10:58:29+00:00

Work and Worship Weekend – February 2018

February 2 – 4, 2018

We are excited to partner with you in our Work & Worship weekends! Come join others from our extended Calvin Crest family as we do work projects together and help fix up the camp.

We will have lodging available in our Mountain View cabins if you are able to come up on Friday night; you will need to bring your own bedding, towels and toiletries for the weekend. If you are not able to stay for the weekend, you are very welcome to drive up and spend the day with us on Saturday. Camp will provide 3 meals free-of-charge for everyone on Saturday, and we will finish our time together that evening by having a time of worship and praise. Even though our time together is officially done on Saturday night, you are welcome to stay in the cabins until Sunday morning if you choose.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Work and Worship Weekend – February 2018 2018-02-06T11:05:14+00:00

Work & Worship Weekends 2018

Work & Worship Flyer (PDF)

Work & Worship Weekends

We are excited to partner with you in our Work & Worship weekends! Come join others from our extended Calvin Crest family as we do work projects together and help fix up the camp.

We will have lodging available in our Mountain View cabins if you are able to come up on Friday night; you will need to bring your own bedding, towels and toiletries for the weekend. If you are not able to stay for the weekend, you are very welcome to drive up and spend the day with us on Saturday. Camp will provide 3 meals free-of-charge for everyone on Saturday, and we will finish our time together that evening by having a time of worship and praise. Even though our time together is officially done on Saturday night, you are welcome to stay in the cabins until Sunday morning if you choose.

Sign ups are required to attend. Please contact the office at 559-683-4450 if you need help completing this form or have any questions about this. Looking forward to working and worshiping together!

Work & Worship Flyer (PDF)

Upcoming Work Weekends

March 2-4

RSVP for March 2-4

April 6-8

RSVP for April 2-4

Work & Worship Weekends 2018 2018-02-08T15:13:07+00:00

2018 Summer Schedule

Online Registration

Register online by choosing one of the options below:

Online Registration – Login
Online Registration – Create a New Profile

Mail In Forms

The button below will take you to our updated forms for the current year.

Mail In Forms
Dates Crestview Additional Camps
Week 1 June 24 – 30 Family Camp AIM
Week 2 July 1 – July 7 Family Camp AIM
Week 3 July 8 – July 14 Middle School Sherwood Forest
Week 4 July 15 – July 21 High School Sherwood Forest
Week 5 July 22 – July 28 High School Outdoor Adventure
Week 6 July 29 – August 4 Middle School Week in the Forest
2018 Summer Schedule 2018-02-07T13:32:20+00:00

Women’s Retreat 2018

Dates: April 20 - 22

Registration is open from February 1 - April 6, 2018.
Women everywhere are welcome to join us as we come together to learn, enjoy community, encourage one another, and celebrate the beauty around us.

Online Registration
Registration Form (PDF)
Event Flyer (PDF)

Retreat Speaker – Susan Cape

Susan has more than 20 years of ministry experience specializing in spiritual discipleship, children’s ministry, and helping churches develop systems so that guests can learn about and participate in congregational life. She helped launch and develop a large School of Ministry in Southern California, equipping thousands of people to understand how the Lord creates each person to build His kingdom. Susan currently is the Pregnancy Care Center Partnership Relations Director and connects with the community to build a culture of life. She is also pursuing her Doctorate in Strategic Leadership at Regent University. Susan lives in Fresno with her husband, Billy, and their three sons. In 2017, she and her sons joined taekwondo and have achieved great success while staying healthy as a family. Susan has been promoted six times and hopes to achieve her black belt within two years.

Theme – Faith, Hope, Love

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13, ESV).

We look forward to diving deep into the ways faith, hope, and love are connected and how love can lead us in all aspects of our lives. We hope you will join us as we learn and grow during this retreat.

Worship Leader – Madi Beard

Madi has been coming to Calvin Crest since the fourth grade. Many of her summers were spent in Sherwood Forest—first as as a camper and then as a Fine Feathered Friend. As a summer staffer, Madi also worked with the Outpost and Assistant In Mission (AIM) summer programs. Madi is currently studying Art, with an emphasis in Ceramics, at Fresno State and works at Hi Top Coffee in Fresno, CA. Madi’s Sherwood name is “You are Madisonshine my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray,” and her Outpost name is “Shiney Otter.”

Lodging Options and Rates

Cedar Lodge: Our hotel-style Cedar Lodge has 22 rooms with private baths. Each room sleeps 2-3 guests. Bed and bath linens are provided. Single occupancy not available.

Mountain View: Mountain View has 12 cabins with 22 carpeted cabin-suites. Each suite has two bunk beds and a private bath. Doors between the suites can be opened or closed depending on preference. Minimum occupancy per suite is 2 guests. Our newest cabins are disability accessible and have four bunk beds per cabin. Guests provide their own bed and bath linens. Single occupancy not available.

Cedar Lodge: $199 | Mountain View: $149 | Day Rate: $80

Rates are per person and include 2 nights’ lodging, 5 meals, 4 chapel times, recreational activities, and a favorite feature–gourmet Sunday brunch.