A message from Brian and Maria Klein!


Excitement surrounds our family as we begin our service at Camp Challenge! As kids attending Camp through our home churches of First Church of God (Vincennes) and Park Place Church of God (Connersville), we discovered that Camp was a special place.  We continued volunteering as counselors during our years at Anderson University (Brian) and Purdue University (Maria).

After marrying in July of 2000, we stayed connected to Camp over the years while living in the Indianapolis area and attending Church at the Crossing, Crosspoint Church, and Chesterfield Community Church of God. Now, our kids Max (8) and Meryl (6) are old enough to experience Camp for themselves and (after hearing us talk about it so much!) are eager to live at Camp Challenge. They are even building Lego models of the grounds!

Maria and I are passionate about Camp Challenge because we believe that lives are changed and lifelong friendships are forged here.  Many come to know Christ for the first time and many grow closer to Christ through the experience of its summer camps and retreat facilities. Perhaps the closeness to Christ is a result of removing ourselves from the fast-paced world around us. Perhaps it is the beautiful nature. Or, perhaps, it is because we are joining together with others to learn and grow.  Whatever the reason, Camp Challenge is an amazing environment where one can grow in Christ and serve others in the name of Christ.

Maria and I would like to thank the Camp Challenge board of directors for their dedication and effort during this time of transition.  The board serves, sacrificing personal and family time, because they believe in the mission of the camp.  We also are greatly appreciative of the 20-year leadership of Ralph and Lyn Price.  Our family wishes all the best to Ralph and Lyn as they look toward their next big adventure and we undertake ours!

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Comments (3)

  • It was at Camp Challenge that I fell in love for the first time as a teenager. I will never forget it as long as I live. And the very best part of the whole story………He loved me back and to this day, his love is with me always.
    Thank you Jesus.

  • Brian and Maria – welcome aboard to this fabulous place and ministry we call Camp Challenge. I am SO EXCITED to have you two (plus your 2 kids) leading this ministry. My own family and our church family at The Church At The Crossing has been/is/will be so blessed by you, your leadership, and our continuing partnership with “our” camp! God bless you in this new and exciting journey – and – thank you for saying, “Yes!” to God’s leading in your lives! Your friend and partner, Steve Rennick

  • Brian,
    I am very happy for you and your family. I always enjoyed working with you at Liberty Mutual. Good luck and God bless!

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