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:



Jay Sanders

June 20 - June 26, 2021

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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.


Chris Goeppner

June 27 - July 3, 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.

JC Groves

JC Groves

July 4 - July 10, 2021

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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.


Ray Pritchard

July 11 - July 17, 2021

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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.

Matthew Maher

July 18 - July 24, 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.

Chris Lovell

Chris Lovell

July 25 - July 31, 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

August 1 - August 7, 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.

Brian Baker

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.