Meet Our Staff

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Team Sports

Andrew Daeger

School: Huntington University

GPA: 4.0

Major: Theater Performance

Campus Involvement: APO Theatre Fraternity, Huntington University Theatre Company

Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Years at camp: 2

Instructing: Team Sports

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I’m looking forward to meeting new campers, playing some fun team sports every day, and getting to see my campers from Little Piney a whole year older!

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NEXT: Bryan Vidal
Program Staff

Austin Snively

School: University of Florida

Major: Horticultural Science and Food Production

GPA: 3.5

Campus Involvement: RUF Ministry Team and small group leader, Intramural football

Hometown: Winter Haven, FL

What are you looking forward to about camp: Reconnecting with friends and campers. Making camp the place of growth and learning it was for me as a camper.

Activities: Program Director/ shooting sports substitute

Years at Camp: I’ve lost track (I think its 13 or 14)

Certifications: WFA, LG, First Aid/ CPR

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NEXT: Carter Boone
Paintball

Bryan Vidal

School: Liberty University

Major: Biblical Studies

Intended Occupation: Christian Private School Teacher, or Youth Pastor (if God opens the door to this position), but open to anything with youth ministry.

Campus Involvement: Facilities Assistant Manager at Jerry Falwell Library, Intramural Ultimate Frisbee, Youth Group Leader at One Community Church

Hometown: Caguas, Puerto Rico

What are you looking forward to about camp: Seminoles winning the Banner!

Activity: Paintball

Years at camp: 2

Certifications: CPR/ LG Certified

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NEXT: Henry Murphy
Climbing

Carter Boone

School: The University of Alabama

Major: Journalism (Pre-Law Track)

Intended Occupation: Lawyer

GPA: 3.2

Campus Involvement: President of RUF at Alabama, member of the RUF Leadership Team, Intramural Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball and Softball,and part time writer for the Alabama Law Journal.

Hometown: Asheville, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, making new friends, and sharing God’s word and learning more about his grace and glory!

Activity: Climbing

Years at camp: 8

Certifications: WFR and Lifeguard

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NEXT: Connor Aycock
Team Sports

Henry Murphy

School: Sewanee: The University of the South

Major: Undecided

GPA: 3.6

Campus Involvement: Soccer

Hometown: Woodstock Georgia

What are you looking forward to about camp: Having kids enjoy it as much as I did when I was a camper.

Activity: Team Sports (Field Sports)

Years at camp: 11

Certifications: Lifeguard

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NEXT: Ben Gunter
Climbing, Cabin Area Director

Connor Aycock

School: The University of Alabama

Major: Civil Engineering, STEM Path to the MBA

Intended Occupation: Residential Home Design/Management

GPA: 3.70

Campus Involvement: UA Outdoor Recreation, Housing & Residential Communities, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Reach & Equip Small Group (RUF), Intramural Sports (Football, Soccer, Hockey), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

What I am looking forward to about camp: I am looking forward to seeing all my former campers and having a blast with them! Can’t wait to see how they have grown in Christ and as people. And Climbing, of course!

Activity: Climbing

Years at camp: 2

Certifications: CPR, WFR

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NEXT: Joe Virgin
Swimming

Ben Gunter

School: Mississippi State University

Major: Landscape Architecture

Intended Occupation: Landscape Architect

GPA: 3.89

Campus Involvement: RUF, SA

Hometown: Opelika, Alabama

What are you looking forward to about camp: Meeting cool people!

Activity: Swimming, Mountain Biking

Years at camp: First year

Certifications: Lifeguard, First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Justin Harbison
Wrestling

Joe Virgin

School: University of South Carolina

Major: Undecided

GPA: 3.5

Campus Involvement: Theater, choir

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

What are you looking forward to about camp: Being on the new property

Activity: Wrestling

Years at camp: 12

Certifications: First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: Hank Boyd
Backpacking

Justin Harbison

School: Geneva College

Major: Undecided

Intended Occupation: Outdoor Ministry

GPA: 3.0

Campus Involvement: Varsity Soccer, Adventure Team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Hometown: Butler, PA

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am excited to become apart of this camp over the summer, and to challenge others and myself to grow in faith.

Activities Teaching: Backpacking

Years at Camp: First year

Certifications: Wilderness First Aid (WFA), CPR

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NEXT: Harris Cannon
Kayaking

Hank Boyd

School: Furman University

GPA: 3.57

Campus Involvement: Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)

Hometown: Black Mountain, NC

Instructing: Kayaking

Years at Camp: 13

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Swift Water Rescue Trained (SRT), Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? I’m really looking forward to spending time on the dock, jammin’ to Taylor Swift, and teaching kids how to kayak.

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NEXT: Steven Menendez
Kayaking

Harris Cannon

School: University of Richmond

Major: Philosophy with a minor in Spanish

Intended Occupation: Hopefully will attend med-school

GPA: 3.7

Campus Involvement: Trip Leader at both VCU and University of Richmond, Ultimate Frisbee

Hometown: Ocala, FL

What are you looking forward to about camp: Being able to share something I am passionate about and watching campers achieve success in an activity that they may never have even heard of before.

Activity: Kayaking

Years at camp: 11

Certifications: WFR, Lifeguard, ACA L-4 Whitewater kayaking instructor, L4: Swift Water Rescue Technician, CPR/First Aid.

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NEXT: Jameson Evans
Waterfront Director, Program Staff

Steven Menendez

School: Vanderbilt University (undergrad), University of Virginia (MBA)

Major: History (undergrad)

Intended Occupation: Operations Strategy at HD Supply

Campus Involvement: Darden Christian Fellowship, Run Club, Admissions interviewer, Honor Council Rep

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

What are you looking forward to about camp: Working with the staff to help the Timberlake program run well at our new property, spending time at the lake at Trading Post (my 2 favorite camp spots) and cheering the Seminoles to a banner victory!

Years at camp: 12

Certifications: First Aid, CPR

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NEXT: Josh Dunford
Canoeing

Jameson Evans

School: University of Alabama

Major: Computer Science

Intended Occupation: Dapp programming

GPA: 3.8

Campus Involvement: UA Stand Up Paddleboard Club, Alpha Kappa Psi

Hometown: Moscow ID

What are you looking forward to about camp: Spending every day on the lake!

Activity: Canoeing

Years at camp: 2

Certifications: Lifeguard, BFA/CPR, WFA

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NEXT: Luke Mason
Backpacking

Josh Dunford

School: University of South Carolina

GPA: 4.0

Major: International Business and Spanish

Campus Involvement: Club Ultimate Frisbee

Hometown: Greenwood, SC

Activity: Backpacking

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Getting the opportunity to see young men learn about themselves and grow closer to God.

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NEXT: Nick Leonard
Backpacking

Luke Mason

School: New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho

Major: Liberal Arts & Culture

Intended Occupation: Economist

GPA: 3.23

Campus Involvement: Students for the Relief of the Oppressed (SRO), Collegiate Reformed Fellowship (CRF), intramural rugby, Life Beyond College Career Workshops, Data Science intern at Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (Emsi)

Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts

What are you looking forward to about camp: Spending time outside enjoying God’s creation with my brothers in Christ!

Activity: Backpacking, lacrosse

Years at camp: 1

Certifications: Lifeguard/CPR/AED/First Aid

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NEXT: Ben Allan
Cooking

Nick Leonard

School: Clemson University

Major: World Cinema

Intended Occupation: Film maker or a photojournalist

GPA: 3.4

Hometown: Greenwood SC

What are you looking forward to about camp: I can’t wait to be back at the best place on earth!

Activity: Cooking

Years at camp: This is my 10th year

Certifications: First Aid and CPR

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NEXT: Winston Horn
Backpacking

Ben Allan

School: Samford University

Major: Biology

Intended Occupation: Orthopedic Surgeon

GPA: not available yet

Campus Involvement: Intend to be involved in the worship team, Greek life, and club soccer

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am most excited about meeting new campers, teaching backpacking, and all the evening activities.

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Instructing: Backpacking

Years at camp: 9

Certifications: Lifeguard, Wilderness First Aid (WFA), First Aid/CPR/AED

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NEXT: Tom Landers
Cabin Area Director, Paintball, Mountain Biking

Winston Horn

School: Gulf Coast Community College

GPA: 3.2

Major: Business

Campus Involvement: Younglife leader, Member and worship leader of 1st Pres Church Biloxi

Hometown: Biloxi, MS

Years at camp: 3

Instructing: Cabin Area Director, Paintball, Mountain Biking

Certifications: Lifeguard, Wilderness First Aid (WFA) CPR/First Aid

What are you most excited about this summer? Seeing all my old friends, getting started in my new role as Cabin Area Director, getting out on the mountain bike trails, helping guys grow in their faith and relationships with Christ, and having some great adventures.

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NEXT: Joe Boyd
Fencing

Tom Landers

School: Southern Methodist University

Major: Accounting, Spanish

Intended Occupation: CPA

GPA: 3.6

Campus Involvement: Reformed University Fellowship, Beta Upsilon Chi Fraternity, Tour Guide)

Hometown: Houston, TX

What are you looking forward to about camp: Getting the opportunity to share the love of Christ with campers and help them grow into Godly men through the unique opportunities camp provides.

Activity: Fencing

Years at camp: 11

Certifications: First Aid, CPR, AED

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NEXT: Shawn Feagin
Mountain Biking

Joe Boyd

School: Appalachian State University

Major: History

GPA: 3.5

Campus Involvement: RUF, App State Cycling team officer, Shag Dancing VP

Hometown: Black Mountain North Carolina

What are you looking forward to about camp: I am looking forward to continue developing Timberlake and Merri-Mac Mountain Biking and being relational with campers and staff.

Activity: Mountain Biking manager

Years at camp: 16

Certifications: WFR, CPR, EPI, Lifeguard

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NEXT: Grace Valenti
Kayaking

Shawn Feagin

School: Columbia State Community College

Major: Physical Education

Intended Occupation: P.E. Teacher(you may not know this for sure yet so don’t feel like you have to make something up but if you have an idea of what you may want to do please list it)

GPA: 3.6

Campus Involvement: None (examples- sororities, campus ministries, athletic teams, intramurals, clubs, jobs)

Hometown: Brentwood, TN

What are you looking forward to about camp: I’m very excited to spend time with some awesome kids and counselors on the water and around camp!

Activity: Kayaking

Years at camp: First year

Certifications: CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard

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NEXT: Chris Tarney
PAWS

Grace Valenti

School: University of Florida

Major: Tourism, Event and Recreation Management

Intended Occupation: RUF Intern (Idk if this counts, but it’s my next step!)

GPA: 3.3

Campus Involvement: Leadership team at Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Florida, intramural soccer/volleyball/kickball, student intern at Emerson Alumni Hall and City of Gainesville

Hometown: Lakeland, FL

What are you looking forward to about camp: Getting to share the gospel every day, meet new people, and allow campers to share in my love for puppies while learning how to care for them.  

Activity: Puppy Camp

Years at camp: 1st year

Certifications: CPR/First Aid  

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NEXT: Tim McClure
Climbing

Chris Tarney

School: Western University (Go Cats!)

Major: Parks and Recreation Management

Intended Occupation: Professional Fly Fishing Instructor/Climbing Guide

GPA: 3.0

Campus Involvement: Fly Fishing Club, RUF, Ultimate Frisbee Club, PRM Club, Climbing Club

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: Hitting the fishing hole and putting kids on some trout! That and getting new kids stoked on climbing. 

Activity: Climbing and Fly Fishing

Years at camp: This is my first!

Certifications: WFA, First Aid/CPR, EPI, SARTECH lll. Mountain Safety and Travel

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NEXT: Sean Doman
Swimming, Mountain Biking

Tim McClure

School: Occidental College (incoming freshman)

Major: Biochemistry

GPA: 3.7 (High School)
Campus Involvement: Will compete in Cross Country and Track.

Hometown: Concord, Massachusetts

What are you looking forward to about camp: The trips

Activity: Swimming, Mountain Biking

Years at camp: 10

Certifications: WFR, Lifeguard, and WSI.

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NEXT: Will Allen
Basketball

Sean Doman

School: Montreat College

Major: Communications

Intended Occupation: Basketball Instructor

GPA: 2.94 currently anticipate it to be 3.2 when graduate.

Campus Involvement: Men’s Varsity Basketball, writer for Montreat Whetstone Newspaper, student ambassador for Montreat Keystone Scholarship Dinner, Coached intramural staff team for basketball.

Hometown: Queens, New York

What are you looking forward to about camp: To inspire and be a positive light to the youth.

Activity: Basketball

Years at camp: First year

Certifications: First Aid/CPR

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NEXT: John Hovell
Fencing

Will Allen

School: Mercer University

Major: Biology

Intended Occupation: Pediatrician

GPA: 2.37

Campus Involvement: Member of Kappa Alpha Order, Basketball and soccer intramural teams

Hometown: Lagrange Georgia

What are you looking forward to about camp: Meeting new people and making camp as special for campers as it was for me.

Activity: Fencing

Years at camp: 11

Certifications: CPR and First aid

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NEXT: Street Croci
Swimming

John Hovell

School: University of North Georgia

Major: Middle Grades Education

Intended Occupation: Middle grade teacher in math and history

GPA: 3.8

Campus Involvement: Swim team, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Volunteer organizations

Hometown: Watkinsville, GA

What are you looking forward to about camp: Helping kids discover an unknown interest while they build new lasting friendships.  

Activity: Swimming

Years at camp: 2018 will be my 11th summer at camp

Certifications: CPR, First Aid , Lifeguard Certified

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NEXT: Ben Rader
Photographer

Street Croci

School: Savannah College of Art and Design

Major: Advertising and Branding

Intended Occupation: God knows, but I sure don’t (-:

GPA: 3.75

Campus Involvement: SCAD Ad Club

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

What are you looking forward to about camp: Those little glimpses of the Kingdom

Activity: Camp Photographer

Years at camp: 2

Certifications: CPR

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NEXT: Matt Ford
Archery

Ben Rader

School: Montreat College

Major: Outdoor Education

Intended Occupation: Climbing guide or instructor

GPA: 3.87

Campus Involvement: Montreat adventure club, rockwall employee

Hometown: Orlando, Fl

What I am looking forward to at Camp: I am excited to grow spiritually within a community of believers.

Activity: Archery

Years at Camp: First Year

Certifications: WFA, First Aid and CPR

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NEXT: Bryton Maclennan
BME Rafting

Matt Ford

School: Western Carolina University and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Ireland)

Major: WCU: Parks and Rec, GMIT: Outdoor education

Intended Occupation: Outdoor Instructor (NOLS is the goal!)

GPA: 3.7

Campus involvement: Basecamp Cullowhee Guide, Parks and Rec club, Climbing Club at WCU, Mountaineering Club at GMIT

Hometown: Stokesdale, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: Getting stoked on Jesus in the outdoors with a bunch of new faces!

Activity: Rafting for Merri-Mac and Timberlake

Years at camp: First year

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, Irish National Beach Lifeguard, American Mountain Guides Climbing Wall Instructor, National Ski Patrol Mountain Travel and Rescue.

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NEXT: Stephen Priest
Backpacking

Bryton Maclennan

School: Grove City College

Major: Elementary Education

Intended Occupation: Outdoor Youth Ministry

GPA: 3.79

Campus Involvement: DRIVE (Dramas Reaching Inner-Cities through Visual Evangelism), Fencing Club, IMPACT Outdoor Leadership, Resident Assistant

Hometown: Ouray, Co

What are you looking forward to about camp:  The chance to demonstrate, show, and grow in the grace of our loving Lord through my interactions with fellow staff and campers, while engaging in activities in the world that God created.

Activity: Backpacking

Years at camp: First year

Certifications: WFR, CPR/AED

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NEXT: Charlie Richards
Photographer

Stephen Priest

School: Sewanee: The University of the South

Major: Biology

Intended Occupation: Physician or nurse

GPA: 3.5

Campus Involvement: Chi Psi, Growing in Grace, Healthy Hut, University Photographer

Hometown: Columbia, Missouri

What are you looking forward to about camp: Capturing the happiest of moments in the beauty of Western North Carolina

Activity: Camp Photographer

Years at camp: This is my first!

Certifications: EMT

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NEXT: Wendy Perry
All Activities

Charlie Richards

School: Washington and Lee School of Law

Major: Law

Intended Occupation: Lawyer

GPA: 3.3

Campus Involvement: Kirgis Fellow, Sports Czar, Section Editor at W&L Law News

Hometown: Maitland, FL

What are you looking forward to about camp: Seeing old friends and making new ones

Activity: Everything but Mountain Biking

Years at camp: 12

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, AED

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Photographer

Wendy Perry

School: Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD Atlanta) and MTSU 

Major: BFA in Photography, minor in painting and BS in Art Education

Hometown: Nashville, TN

What are you looking forward to at camp: Helping the parents get a view into their children’s camp life and recording memories of camp that will be cherished for years to come.

As a mother of two Merri-Mac and Timberlake campers, I understand first hand how important it is for parents to see photos of their camper. I have a passion for photography. 

Activities: Camp Photographer

Years at camp: 18 years. 7 of those years in the 1980’s

Teaching Certifications: Art K-12

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NEXT: Jackie Lin
BME Backpacking and Rafting

Kris Tanquist

School: Messiah College

Major: Adventure Education

Intended Occupation: Extended trip leading, anything outdoors

GPA: 3.83

Campus Involvement: Loft Team (a small group of students who lead Bible studies and facilitate team-building through adventure activities)

Hometown: Dakar, Senegal

What are you looking forward to about camp: Getting to enjoy NC, paddling, backpacking, and camp life

Activity: Backpacking, rafting guide, canoeing guide

Years at camp: First year

Certifications: WFR, CPR, LNT trainer

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NEXT: Nick Watkins
Airsoft

Jackie Lin

School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Major: Business Administration

Intended Occupation: Auditing Accounting

GPA: 3.5

Campus Involvement: Club Cross Country, RUF, Undergraduate Accounting Club

Hometown: Winston-Salem

What are you looking forward to about camp: I’m looking forward to reconnecting with other counselors and seeing how much previous campers have grown since the last time I saw them at camp.

Activity: Airsoft

Years at camp: Second

Certifications: CPR and AED

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NEXT: Sarah Kate Powell
Canoeing

Nick Watkins

School: Western Carolina University

Major: Parks and Recreation Management

Intended Occupation: Something in the wilderness medicine field short term, long term I would like to teach.

GPA: 3.9

Campus Involvement: Campus outreach, RUF, Climbing Club, Intramurals

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

What are you looking forward to about camp: Gaining experience, and pouring into the kids but also learning from them. Having fun

Activity: Canoe, Backpacking

Years at camp: 1

Certifications: WFR, CPR/ AED, Lifeguard

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Program

Sarah Kate Powell

School: Clemson

Major: Modern Languages (Spanish Emphasis) minor in Psychology  

Intended Occupation: Pediatric Nurse 

GPA: 3.2

Campus Involvement: Young Life Volunteer Leader, FCA, Tridelta Sorority, Intramural Soccer, Student Alumni Association, IPTAY Collegiate Club

Hometown: Greenwood, SC

What are you looking forward to about camp: Giving support to program with evening activities and spending time with Peter Menendez. 

Activity: Program Support, Peter Menendez’s nanny

Years at camp: 14

Certifications: CPR/ AED, Lifeguard

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NEXT: Andrew Daeger