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:


Joel Kovacs

June 24 - June 28, 2018

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Joel Kovacs Bio

As a central Ohio native, Joel launched Five14 Church to reach the community with the message of God’s love through an untraditional approach. he serves as the lead pastor and visionary of the fast growing Five14 community. Joel achieved his undergraduate degree from Word of Life Bible Institute and his Master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Liberty Theological Seminary. He and his wife Katie live in the Columbus area with their boys, Kellen and Jett, and their daughter, Redding.

Dwight Peterson

July 1 - July 7, 2018

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Dwight Peterson Bio

Dwight Peterson serves as Director of Pilgrimage’s Wilderness Institute for Leadership Development and as a founding board member of Koinonia Ministries. He is the author of OnTrack Devotions. Dwight joined the faculty of Baptist Bible College (PA) in 2001. Prior to that, he served as a youth pastor in New Jersey, then in Indiana, for 19 years. Dwight’s goal is to disciple students whether he is teaching in the youth pastoral program, coaching basketball or golf. Dwight and his wife, Bonnie, have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

Rob Phillips

July 8 - July 14, 2018

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Rob Phillips Bio

Phillips has extensive communications experience in business and Christian ministry and has served as a bi-vocational pastor. He holds a B.A. degree in journalism from Oklahoma Baptist University and is certified in Christian apologetics from the North American Mission Board. Phillips and his wife, Nancy, have two children and reside in Jefferson City, Mo.

Jay Sanders

July 15 - July 21, 2018

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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.


Ray Pritchard

July 22 - July 28, 2018

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Ray Pritchard Bio

Dr. Ray Pritchard serves as president of Keep Believing Ministries. He has ministered extensively overseas in China, Bolivia, Columbia, Paraguay, Belize, Haiti, Nigeria, Switzerland, Russia, India, Nepal, and South Korea. He is a frequent conference speaker and guest on Christian radio and television talk shows. He has written 31 books, including Stealth Attack, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul, The Incredible Journey of Faith, The ABCs of Wisdom, Leadership Lessons of Jesus (with Bob Briner), Why Did This Happen to Me?, and Credo: Believing in Something to Die For.

He is a co-host of Today’s Issues on American Family Radio.

For 26 years he pastored churches in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago. Most recently he pastored Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL for sixteen years. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.) and Talbot School of Theology (D.Min.). He has been married to Marlene for 43 years. They have three sons (Josh, Mark, and Nick). Josh and Leah were married in July 2006 and have two children, Knox and Violet. Mark and Vanessa were married in July 2007 and have three children, Eli, Penny, and Zoe. Nick and Sarah were married in July 2014 and have two children, Hannah and Joshua.

Dr. Pritchard’s hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.


Brent Finchum

July 29 - August 4, 2018

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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.

Walter Sotelo

August 5 - August 11, 2018

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Walter Sotelo Bio

Walter Sotelo is an ordained pastor. He has served in full time ministry in NYC for the past 24 years alongside urban visionaries like Rev. Tom Mahairas, and most recently Dr. Rev. Tim Keller, Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
He has planted 3 churches in NYC and one in Paraguay South America. He is currently co-pastoring Uptown Community Church, a church that believes that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has changed everything through the costly grace of God.

Kyle Gray

August 12 - August 18, 2018

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Kyle Gray Bio

I was raised in a pastors home so I heard the Gospel from a very young age. I remember being in the car with my dad and asking him how could I have Jesus in my heart like my older brother. That day he walked me back through the beautiful truth of how Christ died in my place to pay for my sins. And that He rose again to prove He had defeated death and the grave. HE told me that by grace through faith I could have a personal relationship with Christ.