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Staff

Brian Klein, Executive Director

I began my work at Camp Challenge in 2013 and I LOVE working and living here! I first came to Camp Challenge when I was 10 years old and attended nearly every year after that. I went on to be a CIT and counselor, then served on the Board of Directors before being hired as the Executive Director.

I am originally from Vincennes, Indiana, went to South Knox, and attended the Vincennes First Church of God. I graduated from Anderson University with a degree in Finance and then Indiana Wesleyan with an MBA. After college I worked for an insurance company for 16 years and also did some real estate work.

I live at camp with my wife, Maria, and our two kids Max and Meryl. Sheriff is our puppy and she oversees the rest of animal population at Camp: our cats Trooper, Deputy 1, and Oreo.

In my spare time I love to hike in the woods, ride my ATV, play a little Madden, read about the Appalachian Trail, and dream about hiking the AT.

 

Maria Klein, Director of Engagement

I am originally from Fountain City, Indiana, and grew up attending Park Place Church of God in Connersville. I majored in Youth, Adult, and Family Services at Purdue University, and received a Master’s in Public Administration at IUPUI. I worked and consulted for the Indiana Youth Institute before staying home full-time with our children, Max and Meryl. In my free time (?), I love to read, go to Zumba and other exercise classes, and do home improvement projects.

Camp Challenge is a precious place to me. The first time I remember feeling the undeniable pull of the Holy Spirit was during a service at Amity; like so many others before and after me, I prayed outside on the balcony with a counselor. I love working here because I get to help create an environment for others to hear God calling. My main responsibilities at Camp include communications and registration, but I try to help wherever I can!

 

Kim Duncan, Food Service Manager

I grew up in Loogootee, Indiana. After a year at IU, I began working at Crane Army Ammunition Activity. Over the course of my 34 years there, I worked in Supply, Inventory, Facilities, and IT Security. In 1993, I moved to Bedford. I have attended Bedford First Church of God and currently attend Donica Church of God. I have served on many church boards, served as VBS director several years, organized events, dinners and numerous youth fundraisers.

I am an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and love to scrapbook, golf, cook, and travel, and read Christian historical fiction. I began volunteering at Camp Challenge when my daughter, Courtney, started attending camp there, and Courtney’s aunt, Karen Corbin, cooked there. I would help Karen in the kitchen when I could get a day off. I was so excited to be able to cook for an entire camp week after my retirement from Crane in 2011–now I’m there pretty much all summer long (and many weekends during retreat season)! My main responsibilities as Food Service Manager involve ordering food, stocking supplies, cooking for camp sessions, and catering for retreat groups.

I love Camp Challenge and the change it’s made in my life and watching the change it is making in the lives of all youth and counselors who attend. I feel very blessed to be a part of this ministry and pray that God gives me many more years to serve.

 

Paige Brooks, Summer Program Manager

I am a recent Anderson University graduate from Westfield, Indiana.  I have always felt at home in the church, so it was a bulls-eye when I received a call to youth ministry as a high school student.  Since then, I have been pursuing my calling and all that God has to teach me.  I volunteered with the youth ministry at Madison Park Church in Anderson, Indiana for 5 years while attending college where I studied ministry.  I interned at Madison Park Church and Church of God Ministries over the years, learning more about how to serve the kingdom of God well. 

As well as a passion for youth ministry, I also have a passion for camp ministry.  I attended church camp for the first time in 2005 at Camp Lebanon in Ohio, where I felt called to rededicate my life to Christ.  In 2007, I attended Camp Challenge for the first time and fell in love.  In the summers to follow, my experiences with God at Camp Challenge would go on to radically change my life and draw me closer to Christ.  My passion for camp ministry stems from those life-changing moments as I dream of the life change to come.  My hope for the kids attending camp this summer is this: that kids will be able to step away from everyday life to hear & see God clearly.  May each kid encounter God in a new and mighty way!

 

Larry Kurtz, Buildings and Grounds

 

 

 

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