I love seeing happy, contented guests. Coming from a long background in camping ministry – first at Covenant Beach and now at Cascades – I have come to find that satisfied guests are best able to receive all God has for them. That’s why we take the wellbeing of our guests so seriously here – serving them in love, feeding them the very best, surrounding them with pristine natural beauty, housing them in “rustic plush” comfort, and working hard to show them a good time. Doing so is all joy for me! Bringing people to Christ is the only reason Cascades exists, and I feel very blessed to be a part of what God is doing in this place. In my free time, I enjoy fishing and working on construction projects around camp and home.
Cascades encompasses two of my biggest passions in life: ministry and nature. I grew up in Seattle surrounded by a loving family and a faithful church community, with the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains right outside my window. My faith and outlook on ministry today have been shaped by these experiences and many wonderful, memory-filled summers spent at Covenant Beach, Circle “C” Ranch, and Cascades Camp. Some of my favorite moments at Cascades include watching eager campers roll through the gates during check-in, and listening in during the end-of-the-week campfire as they share the wonderful things that God has done in their lives. I am blessed to make new memories now watching my own family grow up at camp, while I enjoy hiking, golfing, movies, and all things technology in my spare time.
For the last 39 years, I have been blessed to be part of an exciting ministry where God uses ordinary people to do His extraordinary work. After my time at Covenant Beach and now Cascades, I can say wholeheartedly that there is nothing like Christian camping! Serving God through serving people is my favorite part of my job – whether that takes the form of working with guest groups, driving to the bank, writing checks, or working in the camp store. Design, gardening, and shopping are passions of mine – especially when I can find ways to integrate them into my job here at camp or my work with the women’s ministry at Crossroads Community Covenant Church in Yelm.
My husband and I got our start in camping ministry a number of years ago in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but eventually found our way out to Cascades. After months of sorting through names, session numbers, cabinmate requests, activity signups, and canteen funds, the most exciting part of my job is seeing the bright, expectant faces of our campers finally show up each summer, and watching them race off without looking back to see if Mom and Dad are still there. I enjoy my role in helping campers step away from their everyday lives and into the peace and beauty here that points them to their Creator, as well as plugging them in with staff members whom God has hand-picked for them. As I hear stories of lives that have been touched and see campers return each year with more friends in tow, I am continually reminded of the importance of what we’re doing here. I enjoy spending time with my family, as well as gardening and reading in my free moments.
No two days are ever quite the same for me. That’s one of the main reasons I love working at Cascades! Whether there’s a puzzle to solve, a problem to troubleshoot, an opportunity to serve, or something to learn, each day holds an exciting newness. Coming to Cascades as a longtime Washingtonian with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, I’ve found that camping ministry is a great fit for my background and passions. I get excited about fixing things, building things, and making things work to their fullest potential for our guests. Some of my favorite moments are spent being with my growing family, hiking and climbing, building things, and serving and learning alongside my community group at church.
Special Construction Projects Manager
I found my way to Cascades after many years spent as a logger, a self-taught mechanic, building homes, and working in facilities maintenance with the Air Force. My favorite part about camp is that I get to do all of these things in one place! God has blessed my family and I here and I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to build new things for campers and guest to enjoy. When I’m not working on projects for camp, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, leading worship at my church, and working on my own special projects.
Having grown up as a camper at Cascades, I love that I can give back to this home which shaped so much of my character and faith. I see horses as a catalyst for ministry, as one of God’s ways of teaching us more about ourselves, more about Himself, and more about the precious relationship He seeks with us. The ranch is so much more than horses—it is an opportunity to experience the love of God in a fresh, new way. Whether I am building fences, training horses, or teaching riders, the diversity of each day keeps my role engaging, and reminds me that each detail is important to ministry. After studying English at Whitworth and traveling abroad for my education, I love being able to apply my passion for stories, adventure, and people into the programs at Cascades. Beyond camp I spend much of my time reading and writing, backpacking, climbing, and traveling with friends.
It's a lifelong dream come true to find myself back at Cascades serving as one of the creative minds behind this ministry. Having grown up here attending programs and working both on summer staff and as a year-round intern, camping ministry has become a deep-rooted passion of mine. I love the innovative aspect of the program department, which allows me to pursue new ideas and grow old ones, as well as the personal aspect, which allows me to interact with a variety of people and help them rest, connect, and learn. My favorite part of camp is seeing something "click" for one of our campers - a fresh understanding of God, a newfound confidence, etc. Beyond my job at Cascades, I enjoy writing, baking, and spending time outside exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Cascades has had a huge impact on my life over the years. God has used this place to influence pretty much every major decision in my adult life, including drawing me to the Pacific Northwest from Texas to work on summer staff and as an intern, and meeting and proposing to my wife - and now He's landed me here once again, in a position I never could have anticipated. This truly is a place where you can get away from the distractions of life and let God work on your story. Just be prepared for Him to shake things up! My favorite part about my role here is using food as a means to serve God. I love how food, especially the act of breaking bread together, can be a form of worship in itself. In my spare time I enjoy barbecuing, watching movies, hiking, reading, hanging out with friends, and bird watching.
After graduating from Whitworth University and spending a year working with foster children in Houston, I'm happy to be back at Cascades hosting the many guests who come through our gates! I hope to spend time growing in my faith by intentionally seeking out the wisdom of fellow mature believers, developing more consistent spiritual disciplines, and discerning more direction for the future. I'm looking forward to catching up with people I haven’t seen in a while and going on some new adventures. In my spare time, I enjoy nothing more than music and reading.