Know Joy.

Tiffany Staman

Executive Director

Tiffany was born and raised in Northern Illinois, the youngest of five children. Her spiritual journey began at a very young age, when her mother prayed with her to accept Jesus Christ into her life. At sixteen, she rededicated her life to Christ and felt God undeniably calling her to use her one and only life to serve the Kingdom of God. She 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.

Born from her passion to help people grow, she 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, she received a master’s degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary (Pasadena, CA), after which, Tiffany began working in the nonprofit sector, where she began learning the critical skills of fund development and non-profit leadership. After several years in organizations that serve the homeless, she served as the Executive Director of The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. In 2018, she achieved the national certification as a Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) and was named as one of Rockford, Illinois’ “Twenty People You Should Know.” She answered the call to be the Executive Director of Calvin Crest at the end of 2018 and started there in January of 2019. She is excited to lead Calvin Crest into a brand new chapter of ministry.

Joel Gist
Director of Programs
Joel first came to Calvin Crest in the late 90's as a CCA (Child Care Assistant) for Family Camp. He remembers the way the staff had a great time while helping to give others an incredible experience. He was later a cabin leader for Outpost and Week in the Forest. Week in the Forest opened his eyes up to the face of Christ in those who are often ignored. In many ways, Calvin Crest has shaped his life immeasurably. To him, there is no better thing at Calvin Crest than a sunset after a snowfall. He enjoys playing and coaching soccer, biking with his family, hiking, playing worship music, listening to or watching baseball, and board games of all kinds.
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Cam Staman
Director of Buildings and Grounds
Cam began working at Calvin Crest in March, 2019 (he's the newbie). Before he and his wife moved to California, Cam spent twenty years in the telecommunications business and has owned his own woodworking business, He is honored to be a witness to the great legacy of Calvin Crest and its emerging future. Cam loves to hike in national parks, go boating, and complete creative woodworking projects.
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Christina Melahn
Director of the Outdoor School

Christina has been here for over six 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 loves introducing students and campers to the great outdoors! She spends her free time hiking, traveling, and playing board games with her friends.

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Katie Palmer
Outdoor School Program 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!
Kirsten Gist
Guest Group Manager
At Calvin Crest, Kirsten has learned and experienced that God gives each of us skills, abilities, and talents to use for His glory. She believes Calvin Crest is a place we can discover and deepen our identity in Christ and then live that out in a way that furthers the Kingdom of God. Some of the things she loves at Calvin Crest is Fresno Dome at sunset, Quiz Show with Outdoor Ed, and the Sherwood Campfire. She loves adventures, and enjoying those adventures with her stud of a husband and four incredible kids!
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Alexis Boardrow
Alexis began coming to Calvin Crest every summer when she was 10 years old. To her, it's the place where her faith really became her own. Calvin Crest gave her a space and opportunity to learn, ask questions, share stories, have fun, be loved, love others, serve, and really develop her own relationship with Jesus. Whether it's the stars on a clear night, a vast expanse of trees, or a mountainside glistening with new snow, she loves the way Calvin Crest causes her to be still and thank God for His creation and for her place in that. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, hiking, and being with friends and family.
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Keegan Biedermann
Accommodations Supervisor

Keegan has witnessed substantial growth while on staff at Calvin Crest. What he loves most about living and working here at Calvin Crest is that there are four distinct seasons which he finds to be extremely similar to his walk with Christ. There are seasons of sowing, seasons of harvest, good seasons, and hard seasons. What he loves most about Calvin Crest is the community living. He enjoys riding dirt bikes, camping, campfires, fly fishing, and hiking. He and his wife, Beccy, are expecting their first child this August.

Dustin Green
Maintenance Associate
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.
Carson Sloas
Maintenance Associate
Carson has been going to Calvin Crest since he was born. He loves this place more than anywhere on Earth and he doesn't know what he would be without camp! Every year he has spent at this place has made him who he is. It fills him with great joy now that he gets to work here and serve our guests and the Lord. His favorite thing at Calvin Crest is the people... what would this place be without them? He is happy to continue on the great legacy of Calvin Crest. He loves to fly fish, spend time with his friends, and ride his motorcycle throughout the mountains.
Jordan Fleming
Accommodations Associate
Bio coming soon!
Josiah Cavanaugh
Outdoor School Program Specialist
Josiah started his tenure at Calvin Crest as the photographer/videographer in the summer of 2019, and has stayed on as an Outdoor School Program Specialist. "After a long time of trying to find my own faith, I found independence and freedom in being surrounded by people from all types of walks and struggles, which has encouraged me significantly in my faith." His favorite thing about Calvin Crest is how the community feels like one big family. In his free time, Josiah enjoy writing and recording music, exercise, and spending time with his friends.