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:



Kris Stout

June 21 - June 27, 2020

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Kris graduated from the Word of Life Bible Institute, attending campuses in both New York and Argentina.  He and his wife Debbie began the Word of Life ministry in France in 1999, where they served for over 10 years before being asked to return to the United States and serve in the home office as Vice President of the International Ministries division.  In this role, he oversees more than 1,300 missionaries in 68 countries.  Married for 20 years, Kris and Debbie have three children.  They currently reside in Schroon Lake, New York.


Chris Goeppner

June 28 - July 4, 2020

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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.

Matthew Maher

July 5 - July 11, 2020

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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.

Jay Sanders

July 12 - July 18, 2020

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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 19 - July 25, 2020

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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.

Rob Phillips

July 26 - August 1, 2020

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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.

Joel Kovacs

August 2 - August 8, 2020

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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.

Walter Sotelo

August 9 - August 14, 2020

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Rev. Walter Sotelo has served in full time ministry in NYC for the past 25 years alongside urban visionaries like Rev. Tom Mahairas, and most recently Dr. Rev. Tim Keller.

Trained in clinical pastoral care, he has responded to various natural disasters under American Red Cross (ARC) during hurricane Andrew in Florida, WTC 911 Terrorist Attack in NYC and in 2005 under U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association) with Spiritual Support Team in the Gulf Coast destruction during Hurricane Katrina and most recently lead hundreds of volunteers in response and relief efforts during Hurricane Sandy along side Operation Blessing. He actively serves as a Lead Chaplain with Disaster Chaplaincy Services.