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S T A F F   M E M B E R S

Our team is committed to serving Christ and loving our guests. Our primary goal is to provide an environment where we can eliminate the distractions and rhythms of life and allow God to meet people right where they are - no matter what.


  • E X E C U T I V E   D I R E C T O R

    RJ has been part of camp for many years as a camper, summer staff, and year-round staff. He was the creative ministry director in 2015 before being a youth ministry director in Chicago, IL and Omaha, NE. He is excited to be at a place that has meant so much to his faith journey and to continue building that place for others. He and his wife, Ashley, got married in January 2021.

  • A S S O C I A T E   D I R E C T O R

    From 2010 to 2021, Josh served delicious meals as the food service director. He is grateful that the Lord called him to camp for that purpose and is humbled to now serve camp as the associate director. His goal will continue to be making sure everyone enjoys their stay at camp. He and his wife, Blair, were married in April 2015. Josh and Blair were blessed with a daughter, Mabel, in 2019 and are expecting twins in March 2022

  • P R O G R A M   D I R E C T O R

    Jake has a true enthusiasm for camp and working with youth. As a former camper, his love for camp has been with him from an early age. He enjoyed many years on summer staff here at Covenant Cedars Bible Camp while also attending Nebraska Christian College, where he met his wife of now three years, Lexi. Jake is excited to return to camp as our program director, and he looks forward to what God has in store!

  • D I R E C T O R   O F   M I N I S T R I E S

    Nathan grew up on a farm west of Hastings. He has been involved with many Bible camps around Nebraska including nearly 10 years of Royal Family Kids Camp at Covenant Cedars. He spent the last 11 years working in Denver and feels blessed to be back in Nebraska and to be a part of what God is doing here at Covenant Cedars Bible Camp.

  • G U E ST   S E R V I C E S   D I R E C T O R

    Ashley grew up just down the road from camp, having been raised in Central City, NE. She attended Grace Bible College in Omaha, NE, and grew to love hospitality and management in her family-owned store, Barista's Coffeehouse, in Grand Island, NE. Now, she looks forward to serving guests and providing a quality experience to encounter Christ.

  • S H O N A   C R A I G
    S H O N A   C R A I G

    H O U S E K E E P I N G   D I R E C T O R

    Shona lives in Central City, NE, with her son, Toliver, and daughter, Kayona. She has learned how to serve and love people well during her time at Central City Mall and Prairie Creek Winery. Her passion to welcome guests into clean and hospitable spaces makes her the perfect fit for our housekeeping.

  • B R E A N N A   C A L L
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    M I N I S T R Y   S T A F F

    Breanna has been coming to Covenant Cedars for many years - as a camper, counselor, summer staff, and now as one of our interns. She grew up in Lindsborg, KS where she was a youth leader at the Evangelical Covenant Church for several years. She is thrilled to be joining the team at Covenant Cedars and is excited for what the future holds!

  • I S A A C   C L A R K
    I S A A C   C L A R K

    M I N I S T R Y   S T A F F

    Isaac grew up in Grand Island, NE, and has served three summers on staff working in the kitchen. Since graduating high school in May 2021, he is excited to begin his year-round internship at camp. He has a passion for creating music and looks forward to learning how to use these skills to better serve camp and our guest groups.


B O A R D   M E M B E R S

Our board consists of followers of Christ who share a passion for camp and are committed to praying, giving, and guiding in every aspect of our purpose. They are active in their churches and at least 1/4 of members are pastors of Evangelical Covenant churches. Each member can serve two consecutive three-year terms and commits to meet as a board at least four times per year.

Conference Superintendent Tammy Swanson-Draheim Omaha, NE
Chairman Matt Norlen Ceresco, NE
Vice Chairman John Schnell Mead, NE
Treasurer Gus Applequist Lindsborg, KS
Secretary Jill Craig Wakefield, NE
Board Member Amy Brunk Inman, KS
Board Member Coby Fisher Omaha, NE
Board Member Jim Groth Oakland, NE
Board Member Melissa Kyle Salina, KS
Board Member Craig Paulsen Omaha, NE
Board Member Mark Peterson Clay Center, KS
Board Member Cindy Scott Omaha, NE
Board Member Joseph Ventry Wausa, NE