I grew up in Atlanta with two brothers, two sisters, and no video games, so playing sports and other games outside was always our best option. My love for the outdoors, games, people, and love for Jesus merged when I worked at Camp WinShape in 1998 as a counselor. It was my first summer on staff when another staff member told me I should do camp ministry for the rest of my life. It was my time at Camp WinShape when I saw camp as a special place where kids could get away from technology, busy schedules, and their surroundings and get to contemplate their identity in light of the God of the Universe, a place for kids to encounter Jesus. I finished Berry College’s WinShape program, where I learned camp skills, challenge course skills, and leadership skills, and moved to East TN in 2002.
When I came to Camp Arrowwood in 2002, I encountered one of the most beautiful places in the world with so much potential. Building a small and sustainable program where kids get individual and focused attention was a challenge for a 22-year-old, but Praise the Lord that he is in control of all things and loves his people well. Some of those first Summers were filled with big adventures and risky big water tubing trips, but we have never had any injuries, and now we actually wear life jackets. Our message then and our message now to campers is that “Jesus is Alive and it’s not enough to know About Him, but you can Know Him!”
2022 will be my 21st Summer here at camp. I have been happily married to Amy Houser since 2002 ( I definitely caught the elevator on the way up). I have three kids who love camp even more than I do! I also serve as an Elder at my church, and during the year, I am the Recreation and Volunteer Director at Wears Valley Ranch. When I’m not working, you might find me playing anything outdoors – volleyball, spikeball, creating my own life hacks, or encouraging folks to try new things!
I love camp! I love coming alongside high school and college leaders every year as they serve on our Summer Staff. It is my privilege to serve them and to serve here at camp. If you want to know more about me, please contact me!