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:
June 25 - July 1, 2023Register Now
Dennis is the Lead Pastor of Steamtown Church in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He also serves as a Law Enforcement Chaplain within the City of Scranton and with the Pennsylvania State Police. Dennis came to know Christ at Word of Life Island in 1996. Since that day, he has made it his life mission to ensure that every man, woman, & child have repeated opportunities to both hear & see the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Dennis and his wife Kelly have three sons named Michael, Matthew, & Mark.
July 2 - July 8, 2023Register Now
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.
July 9 - July 15, 2023Register Now
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.
July 16 - July 22, 2023Register Now
Luke is the lead pastor of The Capital Church in Columbus, Ohio. It was a love for students that compelled him, with a team of people, to plant a church that is committed to helping more people become more like Jesus in the city of Columbus and on the campus of Ohio State.
Luke and his wife Shaelyn have a son named Brooks and a second child on the way.
July 23 - July 29, 2023Register Now
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.
July 30 - August 5, 2023Register Now
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.
August 6 - August 12, 2023Register Now
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.
August 13 - August 18, 2023Register Now
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.