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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.

 

Larry Kurtz, Buildings and Grounds

 

SUMMER STAFF

Elli Brooks

Tessa Hirons is a returning summer staff member. A native of Columbus, Indiana where she attended Central Heights Church of God, Tessa now lives in Pennsylvania where she is a student at the University of Valley Forge. Tessa says, “My favorite thing about camp is the relationships I have made with campers and other staff members. I love hearing camper’s testimonies & watching how God works in their lives each week they are at Camp Challenge. Oh, and the cinnamon rolls.”

Cody Jones

Alec Kern

Josh MacTarnaghan is a newcomer to Camp Challenge! He is from Depew, New York, where he attended Evangel Assembly of God. Josh now lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania where he is a student at the University of Valley Forge. Josh says “I am looking forward to spreading the love of God to the next generation!”

This will be Andrea Perry’s 12th summer at Camp Challenge and 3rd summer on staff. Originally from Mitchell, Indiana, Andrea has attended Mitchell First Church of God and Bedford First Church of God. She is studying Elementary Education at Indiana State University. Andrea says, “Camp Challenge is so much more than just a summer camp to me, and I cannot wait to spend another summer at this wonderful place. Camp Challenge has a way of impacting lives in big ways, which is one of the many reasons I love this place SO much! I love watching the changes that camp makes in people’s lives and being a part of these awesome changes! I can’t wait to spend the summer helping campers grow in their faith, while having fun in the process.”

Gabe Schaffer

Jon Yaney

 

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