Previous summer staff share what Mt. Gilead means to them personally, and how camp ministry has brought impact on their lives.
"To me Mt. Gilead Bible Camp means Change & Peace. Mt. Gilead is the place where I first accepted Christ into my heart almost 10 years ago, and the inward change gave me a sense of peace. Whenever I step onto that property it reminds me of God’s amazing creations and reminds me he created me in his image and that gives me comfort. I love seeing the change he makes in every campers heart and to observe his peace coming over them. They finally have who loves them as their own." - Michaella Bowen, Office Administrator
"Throughout my life, camp has been a vital aspect of my faith. From when I was first saved all the way into serving on leadership staff. Jesus has a unique way of meeting you in the midst of life when you’re at camp, whether that be as a camper or as a staff member. I have never felt more wholly surrendered and sweetly broken for Jesus then when I was serving in camp ministry. It is a beautiful way of giving all of you for all of Him. More kids radically encounter Christ, including myself, at camp then sometimes even in a church setting. Camp sets up the platform for Jesus to move in miraculous and powerful ways. Through both serving and experiencing camp, I have been more transformed by the power of faith and prayer then any other time in my life. I continually pray for Jesus to press into the campers and the staff in a way that changes the trajectory of their life the same way that Jesus changed mine". - Alea Baker, Leadership 2018
"Camp is a reminder of the way things are meant to be: close to God, connected with community, and reminded of nature’s beauty. It is a place that has played such a foundational role in developing my faith and identity. I hear all the time, “there is something different about this place,” and it could not be more true. It is such a refreshing time of kindling that passion for God and developing friendships around the campfire." - Braden Tavelli, Leadership 2018
"What a question. Camp has become more than just a fun summer getaway: more than fun games, or cool people, or a beautiful outdoor landscape- though it is all of those things. Mt Gilead is a place where God has touched and transformed my life in ways I would have never expected. Camp has more of a hand in my story than most people realize. I began attending summer camp here as a sixth grader, and it very easily became my home away from home. It was my safe haven as a child, and a platform for growth as an adult. God rocked my world when I was first hired here, and having Mt. Gilead come full circle back into my life is a beautiful example of God’s faithfulness. Working in the various positions I have, I gained the most incredible friends (more like family), new opportunities to use my giftings for God’s kingdom, and a space to draw nearer to God. This only scratches the surface of all the stories I have of this place and testimonies of God’s power, love, and faithfulness. If I could sum it up, God has used Mt. Gilead to grow me, take me deeper, and show me His love." - Katie Pigsley, Camp Counselor & Recreation Specialist