I was born and raised in Northern Illinois, the youngest of five children. My spiritual journey began at a very young age, when my mom prayed with me to accept Jesus Christ into my life. Christian camp experiences were an incredibly formative part of my life and faith development as I grew up. At sixteen, I rededicated my life to Christ and felt God undeniably calling me to use my one and only life to serve the Kingdom of God. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry from Judson University (Elgin, IL), and spent the next sixteen years in pastoral ministry as a youth pastor, worship & arts pastor, spiritual formation assistant, and lead pastor of a church plant. However, always in the back of my mind was a dream to someday be involved in christian camping.
Born from my passion to help people grow, I founded Breathing Space in 2006 with the mission to provide the space and tools for people to listen and respond to God through spiritual retreats and conferences. In 2008, I received a master’s degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary (Pasadena, CA), after which, I began working in the nonprofit sector where I learned fund development and non-profit leadership. After several years in organizations that served the homeless, I became the Executive Director of The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. In 2018, I received the national certification as a Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) and was so humbled to be named as one of Rockford, Illinois’ “Twenty People You Should Know.” I answered the call to be the Executive Director of Calvin Crest at the end of 2018, moved across the country, and started in January of 2019. I am currently working on my doctorate of ministry in Spiritual Formation from Azusa Pacific University and love applying what I am learning to the ministry context at Calvin Crest. I am married to my soulmate, Cam, and have three adult children, Taylor, Payton (and wife, Alix!), and Graham as well as two dogs, Aspen and Wrigley.
Director of Operations
Cam began working at Calvin Crest in March of 2019. Before he and his wife, Tiffany, moved to California, Cam spent twenty years in management in the telecommunications industry and also owned his own fine woodworking business, www.atgprojects.com. He loves to create beautiful spaces for people to connect with God and others, and mentor the younger staff on his team. He is honored to be a witness to the great legacy of Calvin Crest and its emerging future. Cam loves to camp and hike in the national parks, go boating and wakeboarding, and create inspiring woodworking projects. He and Tiffany have three adult children and two dogs, Aspen and Wrigley.
Director of the Outdoor School
Christina has been here for ten years in various capacities. She first came to Calvin Crest seeking a place where her theology and ministry philosophy closely matched. In her time at camp, her faith has grown through interactions with guests and experiencing God's providence through times of adversity. She felt called to camp ministry when she was in high school and is grateful for the opportunity to live out that calling through Outdoor School and summer programs. She is a Wilderness First Responder and loves introducing students and campers to the great outdoors! She spends her free time hiking, traveling, and playing board games with friends.
Director of Food Services
Cory started working at Calvin Crest June of 2021. He and his wife Sharra have 3 daughters, Faith, Hope and Trinity. Cory found a passion for cooking from experiencing the sense of community the kitchen table held during meals with family and friends. He earned his degree in Culinary Arts from Harrison College in Indianapolis Indiana. After working for years in both fine dining restaurants and area attractions in Orlando Florida, he found his calling and passion. He comes to Calvin Crest with several years of experience in the Camp, Retreat and Conference Ministry. There’s so many things to look forward to in this chapter of his life including all the wonderful guests who make Calvin Crest what it is!
Michelle grew up in the mountain area but did not come up to Calvin Crest until she met her husband. Prior to working at Calvin Crest, she was a classroom teacher and then homeschooled both of her daughters while also working as a bookkeeper for the past 20 years. Calvin Crest has become a special place to Michelle as she has seen her daughters' faith grow through years of this camping ministry. Michelle is excited to be part of the Calvin Crest community and to be a part of how God uses camp in the lives of those who come to these grounds. She enjoys camping, hiking, wakeboarding, playing games, and spending time with her family.
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Guest Group Manager
Haley first moved to Oakhurst in the fall of 2013 after graduating from Azusa Pacific University. She immediately developed a deep love and connection with the Yosemite area, guiding backpacking trips throughout the Sierra Nevada and serving as the Operations Director for SYMG, a local guiding company, for 6 years. She then began working at Calvin Crest in March of 2022 and feels incredibly blessed to be a part of the Calvin Crest community, helping serve guest groups and supporting the programming offered throughout the year. In her free time, she enjoys adventuring in the Sierra with her daughter Nora and husband Matt and spending quality time with friends and family.
RETAIL & OUTDOOR RECREATION MANAGER
Taylor first worked on maintenance at Calvin Crest during the summer of 2020, and she quickly fell in love with the beauty of the Sierras. After graduating with her masters in business, she served on the events team in Summer 2021, and decided to stay and work Outdoor Ed. In 2022, she moved into Outdoor Recreation and Retail Management. An avid mountain climber and rock climber, Taylor takes every chance she can get to climb in the area. She loves the community at Calvin Crest, and she is happiest when hanging with people she loves, eating great food, and drinking LaCroix or Kombucha.
LOGISTICS & SPECIAL PROJECTS
Grace grew up coming to Calvin Crest as a camper. She has been a part of summer staff for the past seven years, and after the summer of 2022, Grace and her husband, Drew, decided to make a move up to the place they feel most at home and join the year-round staff. Grace works on a variety of special projects as well as the logistics for our outdoor school. She can often be found cooking, exploring new restaurants, and enjoying evenings with friends.
OUTDOOR SCHOOL SPECIALIST
Katie's first interaction with Calvin Crest was when she joined other homeschoolers to pick apples and blackberries as a child. After she was a volunteer cabin leader for Week in the Forest, she wanted to serve on Summer Staff. She has learned that she is called to love others the way Christ has shown His love to her. She loves Sherwood Forest where there is plenty of laughter, the Craft Condo and all of its supplies, and how she can retreat to a quiet place an enjoy nature. She loves to read, craft, draw, crochet, learn about bugs, and cook!
OUTDOOR SCHOOL SPECIALIST & PROGRAMS
Jordan came to Calvin Crest with many years of experience serving other camps around the country. Jordan holds a Wilderness First Responder certification and loves to lead guests safely on their adventure. What Jordan loves most about Calvin Crest is the rich community that exists in the staff with whom he works. In his spare time, Jordan is a video editor and loves to hike, rock climb, and hang out with friends.
OUTDOOR SCHOOL SPECIALIST
Drew started at Calvin Crest in the summer of 2021 leading the AIM program and serving on the events team. After some years of wildland firefighting and working in education, Drew decided to move up to Calvin Crest with his wife, Grace, to be a part of the Outdoor Education program full time. You will most likely see him around camp hiking, playing disc golf, playing music, singing, or even all simultaneously.
Outdoor School Specialist
Julia's love for Calvin Crest began when she visited Sherwood Forest in 4th grade. She continued to spend time during the summer at Calvin Crest through middle school and high school, and after graduation she spent several summers on staff. A Fresno native, Julia has always appreciated the opportunity to come up to the mountains and be in a completely different environment. She loves being able to share the wonder of the forest with others, and is so grateful for every moment she gets to spend amongst the trees. One of her favorite things to do at Calvin Crest is sit outside and read.
Since coming to Calvin Crest, Dustin has re-dedicated his life to Christ and has been reassured more than ever that God is real, present, and active in his life and all around him. Dustin's favorite thing at Calvin Crest are the people. Dustin deeply values the relationships he's been able to make while at Calvin Crest. Dustin is married to Alexis and looks forward to growing their family in 2023 when they are expecting an addition to their family.
Maintenence Associate & Guest Group Host
Matt was raised in Oakhurst and loves living in the mountain community. He received his MDiv from Fresno Pacific University and has served at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church and most recently at Camp Oakhurst as the Activities Director. Matt was hired at the end of 2021 and is serving on the maintenance team, hosting guest groups, helping with events and filling in on the Outdoor Ed team. Matt has been married to Mary for sixteen years and they have three amazing boys, Noah, Micah, and Levi. In his spare time, Matt loves to hike, fish, camp, and hang out with his family and friends.
Darius is a 21-year-old who enjoys skateboarding, hiking and anything that puts him outside. He grew up on a 45-acre farm with his parents and four siblings taking care of many animals including cows, goats, dogs, pigs, and chickens. One of the highlights of his life was meeting the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 18 which changed his life forever. Having some experience with camp, he joined the maintenance team full-time in 2022. He finds it to be a blessing working in a healthy place with an abundance of hard workers. He also appreciates the supportive staff and how welcoming they have been since joining the team, not to mention the biblical and team building principles and goals of the camp!
MAintenance & Special Projects
After being a seasonal firefighter and flight instructor, David moved to Oakhurst in 2001. After working in the field of fine art photography and as a project manager/ designer of an industrial crane company, he joined the family of Calvin Crest in June of 2022. To be a part of the Calvin Crest community is a great honor and privilege. The warm smiles, laughter and love for Christ, Calvin Crest gives him the opportunity to grow and spread the gospel. When David is not at camp you can find him at the coast surfing with his five kids or shaping his next surfboard.
Lead AccomModations Associate
Jess’ first interaction with Calvin Crest was when she came up as an Outdoor Ed cabin leader her senior year of high school. She became fascinated with the idea of working here. She served on summer staff in 2021 and quickly fell in love with the environment. This place has given her the opportunity to further develop her relationship with Jesus and build lifelong friendships. What Jess loves most about Calvin Crest is the community, the way we can all feel loved and safe. In her spare time, she enjoys stargazing, going on coffee runs, traveling, reading, and hanging out with friends.
Quinn has had several friends who have worked at Calvin Crest who had shared their positive experience and encouraged him to join the staff. In the fall of 2022, he joined the accommodations team and has enjoyed becoming a part of the Calvin Crest community. In his free time, he is often found listening to music and working on computers. He collects coins and can often be found hanging with his friends.
Accommodations & Maintenance Associate
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LEAD Food Service Associate
Caleb first came to work at Calvin Crest in 2019 but left when Calvin Crest was forced to close during Covid. Having been raised in Fresno, he loves being in the mountains and is glad to be back at Calvin Crest and serving in the kitchen where he is growing his skills to become a chef. In his spare time, he loves photography and hanging out with friends.
LEAD Food Service Associate
Noah first worked at Calvin Crest as a kitchen lead from 2018-2019. After one year, he left to go back home to Fresno to spend more time with family. After working in Fresno for 3 years, he felt a calling to come back to Calvin Crest, and he’s proud to call it home again. He likes to spend his time off playing video games or hanging out with his friends at camp.
Food Service ASSOCIATE
Autumn grew up coming to Calvin Crest and has come from a family full of Calvin Crest alumni. In the Fall of 2022, Autumn came to work on staff in the kitchen. She had always hoped to work at Calvin Crest where she could live in the mountains and be a part of an amazing community. Autumn can often be found exploring the outdoors, likely with her fly rod in hand. She is our resident nature woman, encouraging the staff to go explore the region around them. She also enjoys snowboarding during the winter months and spending time with friends.
Food Service Associate
Joshua came to Calvin Crest in Summer 2022, following in the footsteps of his mom, aunt and uncle who all worked at Calvin Crest one summer. He has settled in as the main dishwasher in the kitchen and credits Calvin Crest with strengthening his Christian faith and making him a better person. He likes his nickname “Sweetness” (courtesy of Cam Staman). Joshua also enjoys walking, hiking, weightlifting, songwriting, rapping, listening to music, hanging out with family and friends, and supporting his three siblings.
Food Service Associate
Robert Zellman has lived in Fresno his whole life and has been coming to Calvin crest since he was young and loved it here. He decided he wanted to apply to work at Calvin Crest in late September of 2022 and has loved it ever since. In his free time, he likes to listen to music, play video games, and hang out with friends.