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 vice-chair for the board of CCCA. 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.
Lonnie serves at Heartland Conference Retreat Center in Central Ohio as director of marketing and guest services, a role he has held since January of 2009. Lonnie joined the Heartland team in February of 2007 as a part-time host and immediately knew that God had been preparing him for a position in Christian camping ministry. Serving in Christian camping has helped Lonnie to develop a personal mission of, "Inspiring and serving those whom God has called to plan, prepare and lead life changing events."
Lonnie has been active with the Ohio CCCA Section since 2011 when he joined the cabinet as an at-large member. He is the current Ohio Section President serving in this role until February of 2018. Lonnie's mantra as Section President has been "Involvement, involvement, involvement" as he has successfully built a solid and healthy cabinet with representation from nine of the 35 member camps in Ohio.
His past experience includes six years in retail management and an education from Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor's degree in economics. He is actively involved in his local church, currently helping with website development and serving on the Community Outreach Committee. Lonnie has been married for more than 17 years and he and his wife, Kristen, have been blessed with five amazing children.
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 grand kids.
Tom Graney is region rep for CCCA's Central Southern Region. He is the executive director of New Life Ranch in northeast Oklahoma, where he has served full-time for 16 years and has been connected with for more than 28 years. Tom has helped lead the ministry through a transition into more of a team approach to doing ministry. He has led New Life Ranch during period of exponential growth, exceeding their 500-bed capacity location, which led to the debt free acquisition of a second 700-bed site. New Life Ranch is one camp, two sites and one mission with ministry year-round, consisting of summer camps, outdoor education, community ministries, retreats and specialty events. Tom is passionate about fulfilling the mission of New Life Ranch, which is to present the gospel of Jesus Christ and to equip believers for ministry. Along with his New Life Ranch duties, Tom has been on the Ozark Section Cabinet for many years and has served as the section president-elect and president for the last four years. Tom holds a B.S. in marketing and graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in May 1999 with master's degrees in cross cultural ministries and Biblical studies. Tom and April have five "camp" kids, ranging from fifth grade to a freshman in college. They all love living at camp and enjoy the opportunity to serve in different capacities.
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.
Jon Classen is region rep for CCCA's North Central Region. Jon is currently serving as Executive Director at Camp Rivercrest in Fremont, Neb. where he has been since 2009. Rivercrest recently added year-round camping and retreats to their facility offerings, and under Jon's leadership, attendance has increased 86%. John is thrilled that many more people are hearing and experiencing the love of Christ through the ministry of Rivercrest.
Graduating from Grace University with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Camping, Jon also graduated from the LTD program at Camp Forest Springs. Previously, Jon 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. Jon and his wife Laura have two children, Alyssa age 14 and Dominick age 11. They share a love for the outdoors and enjoy camping as a way of connecting with each other through the beauty of God’s creation. Jon looks forward to many more years of serving the Lord in camp ministry.
Linda Harris is the region rep for CCCA’s Southeast Region. She is executive director of Camp Willow Run (est. 1968) and Camp Willow Springs (est. 2014) and is a founding member of the Board of Directors for Youth Camps For Christ, Inc. (located on Lake Gaston in northeastern North Carolina). The purpose and mission is to glorify God through the provision of Christ-centered camping and conference ministries, whose aim shall be to lead others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to provide opportunities for maturity and growth in their faith. It is their ultimate goal to magnify the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that God may be gloried through His name. She served as camp director of Camp Willow Run for 13 years. She enjoys leading the Bible studies for grades 3-6 campers during summer sessions and planning and leading three annual mother-daughter LEGACY retreats.
She and Robert are the parents of three married children and actively enjoy time with their seven grandchildren. Linda’s son, Robbie, serves on the camp staff as Director of Operations and Development.
Ed Covert is region rep for CCCA's Southwest Region. He is a committed Christ follower, husband to Maryann, dad to Taylor and Claire, and son to Salvation Army officer parents. He loves to surf, fly-fish, watch baseball and eat ice cream, and not always necessarily in that order, but there is always ice cream. His journey in Christian camping began in the pots and pans sink at Camp Elephant Rock where the Lord captured his heart for the ministry, power and influence of camp. Ed currently serves as executive director at Redwood Glen in California and has enjoyed the privilege of being involved with the Salvation Army's camping ministry for a long time. His journey has afforded him the opportunity to lead the ministry team at three of the Army's west coast camps and serve as the Army's national camp liaison. Ed shares that serving with CCCA colleagues in both the Northwest and Sierra Pacific Sections to bless, encourage and equip camping leaders has been, and continues to be, a very meaningful part of the journey as he takes steps toward Jesus each day.
Cathey Prudhomme serves as an at-large member of the CCCA Board of Directors. 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.
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.