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.

Dan Stevanus

June 28 - July 4, 2020

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Dan Stevanus grew up overseas in Bari, Italy as a missionary kid where he developed his passion for people and his call to ministry. He then moved back to the United States and graduated from Columbia International University with degrees in Bible and Pastoral Ministry. He served as a youth pastor on Long Island, NY for 5 years and is currently the Director of Student Ministry at Mt. Horeb UMC in Lexington, SC. Nicknamed “Stallion”, Dan likes sushi, soccer, rap, friends, YouTube, technology, beards, riding motorcycles, DJ-ing, and cooking but ultimately he is passionate about the church seeing God’s people mature through biblical discipleship and the relevant teaching of His Word.


Shawn Naylor

July 5 - July 11, 2020

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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.

Steve Bogran

July 12 - July 18, 2020

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Steve’s passion is to help this generation live out God’s word and reach people for Christ.
His specialties include: Preaching in churches, youth groups, youth group retreats, schools, middle school and high school camps, college groups, concerts and teaching in bible class and seminars, and discipleship.

Chad Patterson

July 19 - July 25, 2020

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Chad, Brandy, and Edmund are from the great state of New Hampshire.  Chad is a 2003 graduate of the WOL Bible Institute and a longtime friend of the Wild.  He and Brandy currently oversee the Middle School ministry at Epsom Bible Church and have a passion to see young people come to know Christ and grow deeper in relationship with Him.


When not working in the IT industry Chad can most often be found pedaling a mountain bike through the woods.  Brandy, on the other hand, is more likely to be found in her art studio painting, drawing, or designing.  Eddie enjoys colorful toys, bright lights, and his feet.

Mark Strout

July 26 - August 1, 2020

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I attended the Bible Insitute in New York in 1981-82.  It was an incredible year that lit a fire in my heart for the Word of God which has never died out.  I then returned to Quebec, married my high school sweetheart, and we stepped right into full-time ministry in Christian media production combined with a part-time youth pastoral position in our local church.  Over the subsequent years, I increasingly desired to see a Bible Institute program be made available to French youth in Quebec.  In 1994, God opened the door for that to take place and I joined a small team that launched the first French WOLBI anywhere in the world.  It was a joy to lead that program for the next 15 years, watching it grow from 8 to over 40 students.  In 2009, the Lord led us to relocate to Schroon Lake to serve where God had done a great work in my own heart all those years ago.  I have no problem being passionate about the BI because of the impact it had in my own life!


Tom Phillips

August 2 - August 8, 2020

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“Papa Tom” and Fay have been involved in youth ministry with Word of Life for 45 years.  In that time, they directed the west coast region for Word of Life Local Church Ministries, the Word Of Life West Coast Camp, Florida Youth Camp, WOL Island, and WOL Snowcamp. In May, 2019 they relocated to Chattanooga, Tennessee where Tom is now the Interim Pastor of New Heights Baptist Church.

Scott Foreman

August 9 - August 14, 2020

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Pastor Scott Foreman is the Executive Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church just outside Mullica Hill, New Jersey. He and his wife Rachel love serving together in their local church and raising their four gifts from the Lord: David, Dawson, Lucas and Ryan.