Inspirational Speakers

We search high and low for the best, most inspirational speakers to relate to campers and cover the biggest, most important topics, like salvation, dedication and service. Check out this year’s speakers:


Mike Steltz

June 23 - June 27, 2019

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Mike Steltz Bio

Mike and his wife Kortni met at Word of Life and are both proud graduates of the Bible Institute. Mike currently serves as the Assistant Director of The Ranch & The Wild and loves middle school ministry.  When he isn’t catching bandits at the Ranch, he and Kortni love traveling and experiencing new cultures (and food!) around the world and here in the U.S. They also spend a lot of time hiking, swimming, exploring, and camping in the Adirondacks!


Shawn Naylor

June 30 - July 6, 2019

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Shawn Naylor Bio

Over the past 10 years I continue to be a passionate, relational voice to youth and young adults. My heart is to help young people realize that there is hope and the future is full of light and life (despite life’s imperfections). Young people are not only unique, but they are divinely called by God to achieve great things for His glory. I find purpose in bridging the gap of understanding between the young and old(er). God has commissioned me to reveal Gospel truths that challenge the thinking and actions of youths, young adults and adults alike. My calling was revealed to me at the tender age of eight years old. Simply put, I am mandated to be a mouthpiece for God, to both the church and unchurched. This all has been made available to me by the redemptive power found in Jesus Christ, and his completed work on the cross.

Steve Bogran

July 7 - July 13, 2019

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Steve Bogran Bio

Steve’s passion is to help this generation live out God’s word and reach people for Christ.
His specialties include: Preaching in churches, youth groups, youth group retreats, schools, middle school and high school camps, college groups, concerts and teaching in bible class and seminars, and discipleship.


Tom Phillips

July 14 - July 20, 2019

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Tom Phillips Bio

Mr. Tom Phillips graduated from Tennessee Temple with a BS degree and married his college sweetheart, Fay Morison. Tom and Fay began their full time ministry with WOL that summer. Tom and Fay have 3 sons who are married and are in full-time ministry. Tom and Fay have spent over 40 years in the WOL Ministry with assignments as camp director in Tennessee, California, Florida and in New York State. Tom is presently the Director of Music and Ministry Chaplain for the WOL ministry in Schroon Lake, NY. In his 40 years of working with young people through the WOL ministry, Tom has spoken to thousands of students through Youth Camps, Youth Rallies, School Meetings, church meetings and WOL Events.

Chad Patterson

July 21 - July 27, 2019

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Chad Patterson Bio

Chad, Brandy, and Edmund are from the great state of New Hampshire.  Chad is a 2003 graduate of the WOL Bible Institute and a longtime friend of the Wild.  He and Brandy currently oversee the Middle School ministry at Epsom Bible Church and have a passion to see young people come to know Christ and grow deeper in relationship with Him.


When not working in the IT industry Chad can most often be found pedaling a mountain bike through the woods.  Brandy, on the other hand, is more likely to be found in her art studio painting, drawing, or designing.  Eddie enjoys colorful toys, bright lights, and his feet.


Brent Finchum

July 28 - August 3, 2019

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Brent Finchum Bio

Brent Finchum and his wife Stacy are youth ministries missionaries/coaches living in Birmingham, Alabama. During the years of serving churches, they have had the opportunity to minister thousands of students, both in the USA and abroad. Through their ministry they challenge young people to become wholly devoted followers of Christ. They aspire to see this generation rise up and lead a movement that will wake up the church and change the world as we know it.

Scott Foreman

August 4 - August 10, 2019

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Scott Foreman Bio

Pastor Scott Foreman is the Executive Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church just outside Mullica Hill, New Jersey. He and his wife Rachel love serving together in their local church and raising their four gifts from the Lord: David, Dawson, Lucas and Ryan.

Jay Sanders

August 11 - August 17, 2019

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Jay Sanders Bio

Jay Sanders is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ.
He was originally born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, and adopted into a family of five from a drug abusing mother. Life began for Jay when he accepted Christ as Savior at the age of seven. He fell in love with the scriptures and vocational ministry after studying two years at Word of Life Bible Institute and acquiring a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies at Liberty University. In addition to his itinerate ministry, he serves as the Next Generation Pastor at Centerpoint church in Valrico, FL.