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:

 
Chris-Goeppner

Chris Goeppner

June 27 - July 2, 2021

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Chris Goeppner attended Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida and Word of Life Bible Institute in New York. He responded to the call of Jesus to leave his community of 20 years in South Florida to launch Riverbank Church (in Vermont) in 2010. He and his beautiful bride, Penny, have been married since 1999. In 2008, the Goeppners adopted their two sons, Roman and Jadon, from Siberia.

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JC Groves

JC Groves

July 4 - July 9, 2021

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JC GROVES

JC is married to Kym and they have 6 kids all under 11 years old. JC went to Tennessee Temple University and he has been in full-time ministry for 17 years. The majority of that has been in student ministry, serving in Tennessee, Georgia, and Utah. He was the founding Campus Pastor of Rock Bridge Community Church, Ringgold Campus where he served for 8 years.

Currently, JC is the College and Student pastor at Connection Church in Statesboro GA as well as serving the students at Georgia Southern University. JC is a radio host for Moody Radio in Chattanooga as well as a podcast host that has right at a million downloads. For fun, he is a sports P.A. announcer and professional napper. JC loves WOL Island as a camper and also a worker! He spent the summer of 2000 driving boats and singing in services here on the Island!

JC’s passion is student ministry, from middle school to college students. His desire is to keep you laughing while presenting the truth of the word in a fresh, practical way. JC mission is to glorify God by connecting students from all walks of life to life in Christ.

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Ray Pritchard

July 11 - July 16, 2021

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RAY PRITCHARD

Dr. Ray Pritchard serves as president of Keep Believing Ministries. He ministers extensively across the US and in South Korea, Ukraine, Uganda, Kenya, China, and the Philippines. He has written 31 books, including Stealth Attack, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, and An Anchor for the Soul. He is a co-host of Today’s Issues on American Family Radio. He has been married to Marlene for 46 years. They have three sons (all married) and ten grandchildren.

Dr. Pritchard’s hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War. He hit the 50,000-mile mark on his bike riding in 2020.

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Matt Maher

Matthew Maher

July 18 - July 23, 2021

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Matthew Maher, Teaching Pastor, Coastal Christian, Ocean City, NJ.

Matthew and his wife, Sarah, reside in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. He graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a BS in BA; however, upon completion of his education, Matthew was a 1st round draft pick to play professional soccer, where he did so for the next three seasons. He came to Coastal as the Team Leader of Student Ministries in March of 2015 and began teaching the Thursday night service consistently in September of 2015. In October 2017, Coastal acknowledged, affirmed, and celebrated the ordainment of Matthew to the Office of Pastor. Matthew and Sarah have a daughter, Willow.

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Chris Lovell

Chris Lovell

July 25 - July 30, 2021

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Chris Lovell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from LSU-Shreveport while playing college basketball, and earned his Master’s Degree in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris is married to Amanda and they have three children, Paxton, Bowman and Kerrington.

Shawn-Naylor

Shawn Naylor

August 1 - August 6, 2021

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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.

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Bakers

Brian Baker

August 8 - August 13, 2021

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Brian has been in youth ministry for 22 years. He loves communicating biblical truth with young people in a way that they can understand and apply! He is currently the Northeast Regional Coordinator for Word of Life Local Church Ministries. He speaks to thousands of students every year.  Brian has been married to Lynn for 23 years, they have 3 teenagers and live in upstate New York.

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