Ed McDowell became board chair for CCCA in January 2014. He has been the executive director of Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center since 1995. Previous to 1995, Ed spent five years as dean of student development at Central College in McPherson, Kansas, and three years as senior pastor of First Free Methodist Church in Denver, Colo.
Ed is a sought-after speaker/teacher/consultant at churches, retreats and professional conventions, both locally and nationwide. Also known as a skilled mediator, Ed endeavors to see all sides of every situation, while applying God’s unconditional love and firm standards to stand in the gap until mutually peaceful and productive solutions are identified and put into effect.
Ed and his wife, Bev, have nine children, the five youngest being adopted. They also have 10 grandchildren, including six adopted. Needless to say, family time ranks high on Ed’s list of personal interests, along with music, reading, golf, fishing, hunting, biking and horses. His individual mission statement defines God’s call on his life: “To give my life away for the cause of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible.”
Tom Beaumont is chair-elect for the board of CCCA, and will become board chair in January 2016. Tom has served on the staff of The Firs for 28 years. He has held the positions of: conference center director, day camp director, business manager, and assistant executive director and for the past 10 years as executive director. Previous to that time, Tom served as the executive director of Trout Creek Bible Camp in Oregon for four years, after having spent nine summers there as a summer staff member.
Tom holds a bachelor's degree from Multnomah Bible College and a master's in theology from Western Seminary in Portland. Part of his post-graduate work was done at Dallas Theological Seminary and Talbot Seminary. He has been a member of CCCA/CCI since 1977, section president of the Northwest Section in 1997-99 and later the regional representative of the Great Northern Region. Tom and his wife, Mary, have three grown children living in the Northwest.
Tom is deeply committed to the platform of camp helping children, youth and adults experience the biblical message of Jesus. He believes camp is more relevant now then it has ever been. It is his desire to use his skills in organization, leadership, teaching, and team-building to that end.
Byron Hill has served as secretary/treasurer of the CCCA board since 2012. He now spends the majority of his time managing Hill Family Farm located outside of Nashville, Tenn. Previously, Byron was executive director at Lifeway Conference Centers, where he was responsible for Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest Summer Camps, Glorieta Conference Center and Glorieta Camps. He was also a member of LifeWay's corporate leadership team.
Prior to joining LifeWay, Byron worked in the hotel industry for over 20 years. During those years, he was a general manager of five Holiday Inn hotels as well as regional director of operations, where he oversaw as many as 18 hotels.
Byron and his wife, Lynn, live in Hendersonville, Tenn., where they are contented empty nesters. Both are active in their home church, Long Hollow Baptist, and love to go on mission trips.
Cathey Prudhomme is region rep for CCCA’s Great Lakes Region. She believes Christian camping is a dynamic tool for impacting lives. She has been involved with Christian camping her entire life and spent most of her childhood in a camp ministry founded by her parents. Since then, she has worked with her husband, Steve Prudhomme, former board chair of CCCA, in a denominational camp setting and was employed by the State of Michigan as a camp licensing consultant. She has been involved in CCCA for over 25 years, serving as a speaker and a member of curriculum councils and has worked for over 15 years with many camps and Christian ministries in an organizational consultant role, facilitating processes.
In 2010, Cathey returned to Eagle Village as the president/CEO, re-founding the ministry her parents started. When not ministering at Grace Adventures or Eagle Village, Cathey stays active with her family, enjoying many sporting events.
Ted McKenney is region rep for CCCA’s Great Northern Region. He is executive director of Solid Rock Bible Camp in Soldotna, Alaska, where he has served for 18 years. Solid Rock Bible Camp, one of the first youth camps in Alaska, has been in operation since 1958.
Ted grew up in the Northwest U.S., where he learned to enjoy the outdoors. He attended Multnomah School of the Bible and graduated from John Brown University with a degree in secondary education and history. He has been a counselor, a program director, and director of camping in the field of Christian camping. He has worked with CCCA on projects at the sectional and national levels.
Ted has been married to his wife, Val, for 38 years. They have four married children and 12 grandkids.
John Davidhizar currently serves as executive director of Forest Glen Camps in Huntsville and Rosebud, Texas. A second generation camp director, John began his service with Forest Glen as a volunteer in 1971, then as a board member from 1979-1984. He has been serving in his present position for the last 30 years. Twice, John has served as president of the CCCA Texas Section.
Forest Glen Camps is an independent Christian retreat center and conducts outdoor education and day camps. Last year, over 30,000 campers were served in its three camps. Forest Glen's mission is “To be a place where a person can hear God’s voice.”
John met his wife, Kathy, while attending Moody Bible Institute where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and theology. John and Kathy have been blessed to raise 10 children in the camp environment and enjoy their nine grandchildren.In addition to camp responsibilities, John is lay pastor of a small congregation.
Kevin is the president/executive director of Sentinel Ministries (Tuftonboro, N.H.) where he has served since 2005. The camp and retreat ministry has grown from 400 to more than 4,000 campers and guests under Kevin's leadership and through a community outreach emphasis. In addition, Kevin has served as president for the New England section.
Previously, Kevin served at the YMCA as associate branch director and youth and associate pastor, at his local church. He holds a bachelor's degree from Gordon College in Recreation and Leisure studies with minors in Youth Ministry, Outdoor Education, and Special Education. Kevin's vision for camp and retreat ministry is to use the stillness of God's creation as a vehicle to build relationships and change lives for Christ. He has a passion for outdoor ministry and is excited to share fresh ideas for growing camper enrollment, enhancing customer service, and building a solid staff and volunteer team—all for the glory of God!
Married in 1997, Kevin and Traci reside year round at Sentinel with their children Tucker, Abigail and Owen. When not at camp, you can often find Kevin and his family building at their log cabin in Madison, NH.
I am currently serving at Camp Rivercrest in Fremont, Neb., as the Executive Director and have been here since 2009. Rivercrest is relatively new to being a year round camping and retreat facility. It has been a joy to go through blessings and trials that have come our way in increasing our attendance 86% since I have been a part of the team. It brings me joy that many more people are hearing and experiencing the love of Christ over the years. I am also currently completing my term as section president for the CCCA Iowa/Nebraska section.
I graduated from Grace University with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Camping and also graduated from the LTD program at Camp Forest Springs. Since then I have been in camp ministry for 16 years. Previously, I was the program director at Trails End Ranch in Montana for two years and then served as the outdoor activities director at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center in Michigan until 2009. My wife Laura and I have two children, Alyssa age 14 and Dominick age 11. We love the outdoors and enjoy camping as a way of connecting with each other through the beauty of God’s creation. As a family, we know that serving in ministry is a commitment on all of our parts. We look forward to many more years of serving the Lord in camp ministry.
Jeremy Jackson serves as region rep for CCCA’s Southeast Region. He is the associate director for camp operations at Caraway Conference Center and Camp (Sophia, N.C.) where he has served since 2005. Caraway’s camp operations have experienced dramatic growth during Jeremy’s time, with annual attendance recently exceeding 10,000 campers and guests.
Jeremy has worked to create many new opportunities and programs, including The Stephens Ministry, an internship experience he designed for young adults interested in exploring camp and retreat ministry as a vocation. Before coming to Caraway, Jeremy successfully served as director of Camp Piankatank, a small camp and retreat center located on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in recreation, parks and tourism from Radford University and Master of Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit organizations from High Point University.
Jeremy and his wife of 14 years, Michelle, along with their daughters, Violet (age 10), and Lily (age 7), call Caraway’s 1,100-acre oak forest home.
Stanton is the senior director of operations at Hume Lake Christian Camps in central California where he has ministered for nine years. Hume Lake Christian Camps serves 40,000 guests annually. Hume’s summer and winter programs focus on youth. In the fall, the focus is on adult retreats on the weekends and youth and adult groups during the weeks.
Before being called to Hume, Stanton was the executive director at Wolf Mountain Conference Association where he served for more than 12 years in Grass Valley, in northern California. He was also involved in Bible Study Fellowship as a discussion leader and helped facilitate the Christian Business Men's Committee.
Stanton is currently serving as CCCA Sierra Pacific’s section president. He has been active on the Sierra Pacific board for the past 15 years. During this time, he has been the CCCA legislative representative on the California Camping Advisory Counsel for four years. He has served seven years as the legislative representative for California Collaboration for Youth, and has also held the position of education chair and zone representative.
Stanton and his wife, Kris, have four great kids, ranging from 12 to 19 years old.
Sue Nigh is a member-at-large on the CCCA board of directors. She was appointed executive director of Heartland Conference Retreat Center in September 2007 after joining the Heartland team in February 2006 as guest services director. Prior to coming to Heartland, Sue served as director of marketing at United Church Directories where she was employed for 17 years. She also served as director of sales and marketing and as president of an information technology services company in Columbus, Ohio, for five years before serving as operations and marketing director of the YMCA of Mount Vernon, Ohio, for four years. For eight of these years, Sue served in a volunteer position at Joy of Living, a camp devoted to inner city kids.
Sue has over 12 years of experience in Christian camping. She served in her local church as youth minister for 10 years and young adult Sunday school teacher for 10 years. She and her husband, Randy, have been married for over 37 years. They have a son, daughter and six grandchildren. In her free time, Sue enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Randy and Sue are both passionate about the Christian camping movement and enjoy their many opportunities to love and serve God and His people at Heartland and through CCCA.
Sue has served as president-elect and currently serves as president of the Ohio section.
Dr. Johnston attended California State University, Fullerton, where he received a B.A. in Foreign Languages. A former VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer, Larry has spent his entire career working on behalf of non-profit organizations.
A well-known development and organization development consultant, coach and trainer, Larry is a frequent speaker at conferences nationally and internationally. Beginning in 1978 he served as Campaign Coordinator and Counsel to the Billion Dollar “Here’s Life, World” Campaign of Campus Crusade for Christ, at that time the largest private fund-raising effort in history. During this time, he completed his course work toward a Master of Science in Organization Development at the Graduate School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University. He holds an M.A. degree in Organization Development and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.
Larry’s doctoral research resulted in the creation of Donor Value Mapping®, a leading edge process for determining the key drivers of donor loyalty and lifetime value. In addition to helping clients in a wide range of development issues, he is a certified MBTI trainer and regularly assists organizations to go beyond strategic planning to the design and implementation of strategic management systems.
Having consulted internationally with clients in Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America, he has a special interest in strategic management and leading and managing organizational change. Larry and his wife Rebecca live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In his role as president/CEO of Christian Camp & Conference Association, Gregg Hunter is responsible for the overall strategic direction of CCCA in its efforts to maximize ministry for its members. He is passionate about Christian camping because of the life-changing impact it had on his own life. At 17, he committed his life to Christ on his first trip to a Christian camp.
Before joining CCCA, Gregg served as vice president of public affairs at Georgia Family Council, where he spearheaded all aspects of the nonprofit’s communications and fundraising efforts. His diverse background in communications, marketing and development includes six years at The Boeing Company and five years at Young Life, where he was a member of the President’s Cabinet as the organization’s senior communications officer.