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Meet the Summer Staff Team!


Woodcrest Retreat is a non-profit, Christian organization located in Ephrata, PA. Our summer staff is committed to bringing excellent day and overnight camp programs to our community. Our vision is to see lives impacted for Christ and we feel privileged to be able to do that through our work.

Note: All of the counselors will be updated by the start of camp, so check back later to see more faces.

Summer Leadership Team:  

Adam Fox - Program Director

Adam Fox – Program Director

I started working at Woodcrest in the summer of 2014 and moved into the full-time position of Summer Camp Director in 2017. In the summer you will find me in colorful bandannas and silly socks. I’m Lancaster county born and raised. I love the ministry at Woodcrest and I’m inspired by the community that exists to support what we do here. My passion is to disciple summer staff as they develop deep faith that results in unconditional love for the campers we serve. I attend Hinkletown Mennonite Church in Ephrata. My favorite verse is John 10:10(b) “But I have come to give life, and life to the full.” I am married to my amazing wife Tasha, who is also no stranger to camp life, previously serving on summer staff for 5 years.

Micah Martin - Assistant Program Director

Micah Martin – Assistant Program Director

First as a camper, then as a summer staff member, and now as a member of the full-time staff, Woodcrest has always been a special place to me. After serving on summer staff over all but one of the summers since 2014, I began a new role here in August of 2021. As Assistant Program Director, I’m happy to assist you with program registration, School of Wonder teaching, and helping to ensure that all of our programs run smoothly. I believe in Woodcrest’s mission of bringing the Kingdom of God to earth both in our little corner of Ephrata and to the ends of the earth. A favorite verse of mine is 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” My prayer for Woodcrest is that it would always remain a place for young people to encounter God and grow in their faith, being given opportunities to serve and being equipped to bring the Kingdom of God wherever they go.

I graduated in 2021 from Gordon College with a BS in Mathematics and Economics. I currently reside in Ephrata with my beautiful wife Brianna, who I met while working at Woodcrest in 2017.

Day Camp Counselors:

Abby Rissler - Counselor

Abby Rissler – Counselor

Hi, my name is Abby Rissler! I’m 16 and just finished my junior year of high school. I grew up coming to Woodcrest as a camper, so I’m thrilled to be back as a counselor this year! I attend Blue Ball Church of the Brethren, where I’m involved with youth group and helping to lead worship. In my free time, I love to make music and spend time in God’s beautiful creation. This summer, I’m beyond excited to see how God will move!

Abigail Young - Counselor

Abigail Young – Counselor

Hello! My name is Abigail Young, and I am 16 years old. I am Homeschooled and going into my junior year of high school, and I attend Faith Church in Quarryville. In my free time, I have a lot of hobbies, but I mostly enjoy playing my guitar, skateboarding, anything that involves the arts, and hanging out with my friends and family. I used to attend Woodcrest as a camper and loved it so much that I decided to participate in the RISE program they offer, but then I grew spirituallyso much from that that I decided to come back as part of the staff!  This will be my first year on staff and as a day camp counselor. I’m super pumped and excited to get to know your kid and see what amazing things God has in store for them this summer. It would be awesome if you could keep the rest of the staff and me in prayer as we share God’s word and love this summer. Thank you!

Aidan Rees - Councilor

Aidan Yunginger – Counselor

Hey guys, My name is Aidan Rees Yunginger, I am 16 years old. I live in Wernersville in Berks county, right now I’m going into my junior year in High School and I go to EBFC. This is my second year doing some type of counseling but my first year officially part of a staff not just volunteer. I love keeping myself busy and one of the things I like doing in my free time is flipping items (consoles, video games, electronic devices, etc.). Last year God showed me so much and I grew in not only myself but in my relationship with him as well. Right now I just need some prayers with courage with doing new things and me being able to manage my time during the school year.

Brennan Hurst - Counselor

Brennan Hurst – Counselor

Hello, my name is Brennan Hurst. I am 17 years old. I live in Ephrata and go to Hinkletown Mennoite Church. This will be my third year as a counselor at woodcrest. In my spare time I enjoy basketball, longboarding, playing guitar, and singing. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to shine the light of jesus. I ask you to please me and others who are serving here. Pray that our attitudes would reveal Jesus. Thank you for giving us an opportunity with your child.

Caleb Haldeman - Counselor

Caleb Haldeman – Counselor

Hey everyone, my name is Caleb Haldeman. I am 17, and just graduated high school. I am looking forward to this summer and helping your kids have a good time. I live near Bowmansville and attend Rockville Mennonite Church. I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee, softball, and most other sports. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and family. I am excited to spend the whole summer helping your kids to learn more about the Bible and Jesus. 

Carleigh Matz - Counselor

Carleigh Matz – Counselor

Hi! My name is Carleigh Matz, and I am 16 years old.  I am homeschooled and just finished my junior year.  I attend Mount Aetna Bible Church.  In my free time i enjoy reading, archery, and volleyball.   I’m looking forward to helping your kids have fun and learn a lot about their walk with God. Throughout the summer, please pray for God’s guidance for me and the rest of our awesome team so we can do the very best for God that we can.

Carlie Martin - Counselor

Carlie Martin – Counselor

Hi! My name is Carlie Martin, and I am 20 years old. I live in Lititz and attend Ephrata Community Church. I also just finished my sophomore year at Messiah University for early childhood education, and while at college I participate in club soccer and FCA, and I attend West Shore Free Church there. Next year I also am planning to be a younglife leader! In my free time I love doing things outside with my friends or family and playing the guitar! This is my first summer being full time at Woodcrest, but it is my 4th year being around camp. I am so honored to have the privilege of being your child’s camp counselor this week, and I am excited for all of the fun things we have in store! Throughout the summer, please pray for God’s guidance for me and the rest of our awesome team so we can do the very best for God and our campers that we can!

Emily Buckwalter - Counselor

Emily Buckwalter – Counselor

Hello! My name is Emily Buckwalter. I am beyond excited to serve at Woodcrest Retreat this summer and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for your child! I just completed my junior year at Conestoga Valley High School and this will be my first year working at camp. Last year I volunteered and fell in love with the experience! I’ve been a camper from a young age and the undeniable presence of God, amazing people who’ve impacted my life and the beauty of being surrounded by His creation have inspired me to serve here as a counselor. In my free time I enjoy being outside – it’s what makes me happiest! I also love journaling, reading, music, and spending time in the word. I attend New Life Fellowship in Ephrata, The Living Room in Ephrata, Worship Center, and I am also a leadership member of my school’s Fellowship of Christian Students Club, of which I am very passionate about. In the future, I’d like to pursue a career in elementary education, and dedicate my life to experiences like camp. As I try to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus, I would appreciate your prayers for myself and everyone at Woodcrest so much! I am so thankful to you for sending your child to camp; I look forward to getting to know them better and I can only hope to impact them in a fraction of the way I was!

Ethan Horst - Counselor

Ethan Horst – Counselor

Hi! My name is Ethan Horst. I am 17 years old and this is my second summer as a counselor at Woodcrest. I loved camp when I was camper, and I am super excited to help give your child a great experience at camp! I love spending time outdoors playing sports and fishing. After the summer I plan to work with my dad at an auto body shop part time as I finish my senior year of being homeschooled. Playing guitar is another hobby that I have put to use at church and youth group as a worship leader. Please pray for me and the other staff as we strive to show Jesus’ love this summer.

Faith Landis - Counselor

Faith Landis – Counselor

Hi! My name is Faith Landis and I’m so excited to spend time with and create a fun and loving environment for your child this summer. I’m 18 years old and this is my second year of being a day camp counselor after attending Woodcrest as a camper for several years! I absolutely love the playful spirit that children have and hope to encourage them in their walk with the Lord. I recently just graduated from Hempfield High School and in my free time I love hiking, traveling, playing guitar and ukulele, running, rollerblading, driving my scooter and so many other things, and have had my own vintage clothing business for the past 3 years. At hempfield I also did track and field where I pole vaulted and sprinted. I broke my ankle this past spring while pole vaulting and am currently in recovery. I attend Worship Center and Old Road Mennonite church on Sundays and also go to the Living Room and youth group at Living Hope Community Church. After this summer, I plan on traveling in my van, and letting the Lord lead me wherever he desires! Please keep Woodcrest and the counselors in your prayers this summer and thank you for letting me be a part of your child’s life:)

Faith VanHanxleden - Counselor

Faith VanHanxleden – Counselor

Hey! My name is Faith VanHanxleden, I’m 16 years old and just finished up my sophomore year as a homeschooler. Last year was the first year I attended Woodcrest as a camper. Woodcrest provides the perfect environment to learn and go deeper into a relationship with God. This is my first year working at Woodcrest and I’m super pumped to get to know your kids this summer! I attend Calvary Chapel in Lebanon, where I’m a part of the youth group, and worship team. I love anything outdoors, especially spikeball and soccer. I also enjoy reading, skateboarding, and hanging out with family. Please keep the whole Woodcrest staff in your prayers this summer, and I’m super excited to see what God is gonna do in your children’s lives.

Hannah Martin - Counselor

Hannah Martin – Counselor

Hi, my name is Hannah Martin and this is my third year serving as a day camp counselor. I just graduated from Cocalico High School, and aside from the numerous hours that I spent studying, I have loved pouring into the children and youth of my church, studying the Hispanic culture as well as the Spanish language, and exercising my creative abilities by crocheting and hand lettering here and there. I have decided to follow God’s calling on my life to serve as a missionary and at the end of the summer, I will be headed to Costa Rica for 10 months with the Vida220 program. As I grow in my own personal relationship with the Lord, I look forward to walking with your child through their own faith journey this week and I pray that they feel incredibly blessed and loved here at camp! 

Havilah Spinetti - Counselor

Havilah Spinetti – Counselor

Hi! My name is Havilah Spinetti, I just finished my freshman year of highschool at Pathways – A Community Homeschool. I attend church at All Saints and youth group at Ephrata Bible Fellowship Church. I live in the middle of Ephrata. I am a gymnast and I love animals. I love hanging out with my friends and family. I am a volunteer day camp counselor. I am so excited to have this opportunity to help kids learn more about God. God has recently shown me that I am never going to be let down if I believe in Him. I want to improve my relationship with Him and help others to see that He can do anything for you.

Heidi Lefever - Counselor

Heidi Lefever – Counselor

Hi! My name is Heidi Lefever, I’m 17 and going into my senior year at Ephrata township. I don’t actually go to the school but rather do their online program, EVA. I live in Ephrata, only two minutes from the Woodcrest camp. One of my favorite things is to be outside, from hiking and swimming to just sitting at a campfire. I also enjoy art, especially sculptures. This will be my first time counseling at Woodcrest, however previously this summer I was a counselor at my church’s middle school camp. I loved it and it just made me all the more excited to help out at Woodcrest! One of the biggest reasons I decided to be a counselor this summer was to interact with the kids. I love Jesus and hope to bring him into all I do!!

Isabel Zwally - Counselor

Isabel Zwally – Counselor

Hi! My name is Isabel Zwally. I am 17 and wrapping up my junior year at ELCO high school. I have attended indiantown mennonite church my whole life and I love spending time with our close knit youth group. I am a distance runner and I love doing anything out in creation (especially with my three younger sisters)! I am super stoked that I get to volunteer as a day camp counselor this year! I encourage you to pray that the hearts of the kiddos would be opened and that God would be guiding each of the staff so that his name will be glorified.

Jenna Zeiset - Counselor

Jenna Zeiset – Counselor

Hello! My name is Jenna Zeiset and I am so excited to spend time and get to know your child this week! I am 17 years old and just finished my Junior year at Warwick Highschool. This will be my second summer working at Woodcrest as a day camp counselor! Some of the things I enjoy doing are helping children, painting, drawing, time outside, and kayaking at the lake near my house. I attend Blainsport Mennonite Church and I am actively involved with my youth group and worship team at my church. In the future I want to pursue an education in Early Childhood Education to become a teacher. I am so excited for this summer and can not wait to spend time outdoors, with God, and getting to know all the staff and campers! I’m so excited to see where God takes your child and me as a counselor this summer. Please keep in prayer for a safe summer for the staff and counselors this summer! Thanks for sending your child to Woodcrest this summer, we love seeing their smiley faces!

Jeremiah Bates - Counselor

Jeremiah Bates – Counselor

Hey there! My name is Jeremiah Bates and I just finished my sophomore year at conestoga valley high school. I attend LEFC (Lancaster evangelist free church) where I have been for 4 years. Some of the things I like is worshiping, video games, and serving others. When I’m not here at camp I work for myself I have my own business selling products on eBay. I absolutely love being active and having fun. My goal as a day counselor is to have fun and spread the best news ever of Jesus.

Kailey Hurst - Counselor

Kailey Hurst – Counselor

Hi! My name is Kailey Hurst and I am 17 years old. I live in Denver and I attend Hinkletown Mennonite Church. I just finished my Junior year at Cocalico High school. This will be my third year as a counselor here at Woodcrest and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for this summer! When I am not here at camp I enjoy playing softball in the spring, participating in the youth group play in the fall, and doing Bible Quizzing in the winter. I also really enjoy reading as well as making memories with my friends. I am so excited to be spending some time with your child, and can’t wait to see what fun stuff God has in store for us! I would really appreciate it if you kept not only me, but the rest of the staff as well, in your prayers this summer as we try to juggle the awesomeness of camp at the same time as showing God’s amazing power and love to the kids here this summer.

Kaleigh Watkins - Counselor

Kaleigh Watkins – Counselor

Hello! My name is Kaleigh Watkins, I am 17 years old. I just finished up my sophomore year at Garden Spot High School. This will be my first year working at Woodcrest! I was a camper at Woodcrest awhile ago, I remember the excitement of waking up surrounded by my God’s creation. I attend Old Road Mennonite Church in White Horse on Sundays for church, and New Life Fellowship in Ephrata and Lighthouse Assembly of God, in New Holland for youth groups during the weekdays. A little more about me personally is I love being outdoors gazing at the goodness of God. I worship God through reciting Bible verses, through art, and writing notes/letters to God. I am so thrilled about getting to know your child and guiding them to the Truth! I ask for prayer that God will speak through me this summer and that God’s will for this summer will be done. Ending with my favorite Bible verse Psalm 8:3 “When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers- the moon and the stars you set in place-“

Liam Ulrich - Counselor

Liam Ulrich – Counselor

Hello! My name is Liam Ulrich, and I am 17 years old. I graduated from Ephrata High School this June, and attend St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lititz. I very much enjoy music. I play numerous instruments, including the saxophone, trombone, euphonium, trumpet, tuba, percussion, and french horn, and I intend on majoring in Music Education in college. I was a participant in the two-week RISE program last year at Woodcrest, and am very excited to be counseling this summer. Please keep the staff and campers in your prayers so that they may enjoy their time at Woodcrest!

Megan Zook - Counselor

Megan Zook – Counselor

Hi! I’m Megan Zook, and I am 20 years old! I just finished up my sophomore year of college at Waynesburg University where I am studying nursing. This will be my fourth year at woodcrest! At college, I played volleyball for the college team, I love anything sports! I also was a part of a Women’s Bible Study called Delight Ministries, which I will be a part of the leadership team of next year! At home, I attend Grace Church in Lititz with my family, and am a part of their young adult program/Bible study. Some fun facts about me are that I love playing sports, hiking, running, anything outdoors! I think camp is an awesome, active way to lead your child closer to Christ through His beautiful creation! I will be praying for God to use me and to speak through me to your child this summer and to model a lifestyle of one living for God. Join me in prayer for your child and for me this summer at camp! Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to spend this summer at camp with your child!! Super pumped! 

Savannah Miller - Counselor

Savannah Miller – Counselor

Hi! My name is Savannah Miller, I am 16, going into my junior year at Hempfield High School in Landisville and I attend Central Manor Church of God in Washington Boro. I’m actively involved in two youth groups, one at CMC and the other at Faith Bible Fellowship Church. When I am not busy with church I love anything to do with a camera: filmmaking, videography, and photography. This is my first year as a counselor at Woodcrest but was a camper for 3 years and completed the RISE Staff in Training program last summer. I have dreamed about this for years and I am so thankful God blessed me with this opportunity. As the summer is coming to a close, please keep the kids and staff at camp in your prayers as we set off to have a fun-filled week of God’s awesomeness!!

Savannah Watson - Counselor

Savannah Watson – Counselor

Hey there! My name is Savannah Watson. I am 16 and just finished my sophomore year up at Garden Spot High School.This is my first year working at woodcrest! I attended camp here as a camper and I’m extremely excited to now be able to give your child a great summer camp experience. My hobbies include cheerleading, singing, and art. A favorite bible verse of mine is Psalm 27:13-14 “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” I go to Lighthouse Assembly of God in New Holland Pa. I am an active member in my church’s youth group and youth worship team. I also help teach the preschool class and the elementary class, and I help in the nursery. I am so excited for this summer and can’t wait to get to know each and everyone of my campers throughout the week, and to see what God does. I hope to be a light for your child like it says in Matthew 5:16. Please pray for God’s guidance for me and the rest of our awesome team so we can do the very best for God that we can.

Tony Weaver - Counselor

Tony Weaver – Counselor

Hey guys! My name is Tony Weaver, and I’m 16 years old. I finished my sophomore year at Pathways High School, and I attend Blue Ball Church of the Brethren. In my free time, of which I have precious little, I enjoy practicing soccer skills, running, playing a good game of spikeball, and drawing. I attended the RISE program at Woodcrest last year as well as serving as a counselor for a week, and it was a great experience. I grew closer to God and really saw what Woodcrest was all about, and I loved it. I am excited to be counseling again this year, and I will be looking forward to having a great time with your child. Please keep the campers and the staff in your prayers!

Overnight Camp Counselors:

Alaina Martin - Counselor

Alaina Martin – Counselor

Hello there! My name is Alaina Martin and I am so excited to be spending this week with your child! I am 19 years old and this is my second summer working at woodcrest, but my 4th summer as a summer camp counselor. I attend Dove Westgate church in Ephrata and I graduated from Cocalico High school last year. I spent the past 7 months serving the Lord at a children’s home in Honduras, an experience that has truly changed my life. In the fall, my plans are not in place. I love to spend my time outdoors! Hiking, camping, kayaking and exploring the Lord’s beautiful creation. I love to worship and to experience the presence of the holy spirit to a deeper level. I am so excited to see what the Lord has in store for us as a staff, and for each camper that walks into camp. Would you please keep us in your prayers, your child and me this week as we strive to know our Lord on a deeper level? Thank you so much for allowing us to spend this week with your child!

Brian Althouse - Counselor

Brian Althouse – Counselor

Hello, my name is Brian Althouse. I am 45 years young and I am very excited to have this opportunity to serve the Lord and your families this summer at Woodcrest Retreat.  I feel very blessed that God has aligned the circumstances of my life so that I would have the time available to participate in this amazing Summer Camp ministry.  For the majority of the summer, I will be an Overnight Camp Counselor but I will also be helping out in the kitchen.  I am no stranger to camping, I was a camper, teenager counselor in training, and a full counselor at Gretna Glen United Methodist camp in Mt. Gretna, PA during the 90s.  I was saved when I was 28 and have been on a faith journey ever since.  I have had a lot of different jobs in my working life, most notably I am a veteran of the Army and the Navy, I served in the Navy for almost a decade and the Army for about four years.  In 2017 I began my college education at Lancaster Bible College where I am majoring in Middle School Education and Biblical Studies. I am now a senior at LBC and took a semester off this spring.  I plan to finish my Biblical Studies degree in the next two semesters so I can substitute teach for a school year and then see what teaching path I will take.  I plan to teach Social Studies and History at the Middle School or high School level.  This camping experience will give me valuable experience with students as I teach them about God’s Word and Creation.  As a future teacher I strongly believe that I learn as much from my students as I teach them.  My hobbies include reading, traveling (Israel 2019), visiting historical parks and museums, watching classic and new movies, watching anime, and Pokémon.  My favorite subjects in the study of scripture are the books of Genesis and Revelation along with the study of prophecy and Jewish Customs.  It is my deepest desire and hope that I and the staff here at Woodcrest have a great time guiding your child through scripture and life skills. I am also hoping we will learn a lot from your students too.  Please pray for God’s will to be done for all the staff and campers this summer at Woodcrest.

Brock Barshinger - Counselor

Brock Barshinger – Counselor

Hello! My name is Brock Barshinger, I am 18 years old, and I just finished my senior year at Garden Spot High School. For the future I plan to go to college at Lancaster Bible College and double major in Biblical studies and in early childhood education. This is my second year serving at Woodcrest but my first as an Overnight Counselor.  I attend Lancaster Evangelical Free Church in Lititz and there I do a lot of volunteer work with the youth programs leading class from Pre-k all the way up to Middle School. I am a musical person and some of my hobbies include Band, Chorus, and Theater. The thing I love the most however is growing closer to our Lord and being in community with other followers of Jesus Christ. I am SO looking forward to helping your kids not only have fun but more importantly learn and grow a lot their relationships with God. 

Cameron Cronk - Counselor

Cameron Cronk – Counselor

Hi! My name is Cameron Cronk, and I am 20 years old. I am going to be a senior at Cairn University, and I am very excited to be graduating with my degree in Youth and Family Ministry! Back home in Sellersville PA I attend Providence Presbyterian Church and when I am at school, I attend Core Creek Community Church and serve in their youth ministry which I love! I am all for anything active and outside! In the warmer weather I love playing volleyball, which I play at Cairn, spikeball, disc golf, pickleball, ultimate frisbee, and literally anything that is played outdoors! And in the winter, my favorite season, I love to snowboard. I am incredibly excited to spend time with your child this summer and I am thrilled to see what amazing plans God has for them during their time at Woodcrest! It would be a blessing if you could keep me in particular as well as my fellow counselors in prayer during this time as well as praying for God’s Word to work mightily in each and every one of these kid’s lives. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity!

Chloe Moody - Counselor

Chloe Moody – Counselor

Hi! My name is Chloe Moody. I am 17 years old and just graduated high school as a home schooler. This is my first summer at woodcrest, and I am very excited to be a part of the woodcrest team. One of my favorite hobbies is reading. I have also competed in Bible Quizzing for the past five years, and have really enjoyed getting to know God’s Word a lot better through it. My favorite Bible Verse is Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” I go to Calvary Monument Bible Church in Paradise PA, and have been attending there since I was 3. I am a Junior Church leader, and will be running an AWANA small group in the fall, I also have been a part of their youth group since 7th grade. I am so excited to get to know your children this summer, and help them grow in their understanding of The Word, and God’s love. Thank you for letting me be a part of your child’s life this summer.

Jenna Miller - Counselor

Jenna Miller – Counselor

Hey 🙂 my name is Jenna Miller. I am 18 and I finished highschool this year. I am so blessed and excited to be at Woodcrest this summer – my first summer ever here as a counselor! I love being outdoors and roaming around doing fun things with friends. I also love trail running and hanging out with my goats :). I enjoy spending time with Jesus and doing fun adventurous things with just me and Him. And I’m currently learning guitar too! I’m excited to get to know your kids and have fun with them, as well as walk with them on their path with Jesus for a week. I appreciate any and all prayers for your children and I as we spend time together growing closer to Jesus. My heart is for your kids to experience Jesus’ love for them in a deep and special way.

Nate Cassel- Counselor

Nate Cassel- Counselor

Hello! My name is Nate Cassel and I am 18 years old. I live in Leola and attend Metzler Mennonite church. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, including playing with my nieces and nephew. My other hobbies include building with legos, playing volleyball and participating in Bible quizzing. This is my first year  as a counselor at Woodcrest but last year I helped out leading a week of Bible for camp at Woodcrest with DRAMA ministries. I am really looking forward to spending time with your child this summer. I know God has amazing things in store for us at Woodcrest and I would appreciate it if you kept me and the rest of the Woodcrest staff in your prayers as we strive to lead like Christ in our interactions with the campers.

Sheldon Christner - Counselor

Sheldon Christner – Counselor

Hi, my name is Sheldon Christner. Over the past 20 years I have sent all four of my children to Woodcrest and now several of them are camp counselors! I love what Woodcrest has meant to my kids. They had lots of fun and were brought closer to God and nature. When I think of Woodcrest, I am reminded of the verse in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” I am so happy to be able to help out a bit this summer! My passion is to love God with all my heart, soul and mind and to love my neighbor as myself. During the school year, I teach Technology Education at Warwick High School. My wife, Rebekah, and I will celebrate our 30th anniversary in December. We have lived in Lititz for the past 30 years and attend Ephrata Community Church. Thanks for your prayers and enjoy your time while your child is at camp!

 

 

Talia Christner - Counselor

Talia Christner – Counselor

Hello! My name is Talia Christner. This is my fourth year serving at Woodcrest, and I am beyond excited to help create a fun, and wholesome experience for your camper! I’m 18 years old, and a college student. I spent my fall semester studying abroad in Costa Rica, and this fall I’ll be studying advertising at Kutztown University. In my free time, I love anything creative, like art and writing. I especially love exploring God’s creation! Going on a hike, white water rafting, or sleeping under the stars brings me lots of joy. Travel is very important to me! I just recently returned from a trip to the middle east, where I got to visit holy places like Jerusalem, and get to know people from many walks of life. When I’m not at camp or school, I work waitressing jobs at a sushi restaurant, as well as a Mexican cantina. I’m delighted to serve at camp this year, and I hope I can be a light for your child, pointing them to Christ. Thank you for allowing the opportunity for your child to experience camp; when I was a camper, it was the highlight of my year, and brought me close to God. Please keep Woodcrest in your prayers this summer! 

Trekkers Counselors:

Corey Meyers - Counselor

Corey Meyers – Counselor

Hello! My name is Corey Meyers. I am working as a Trekkers counselor this summer! This is my first year at Woodcrest. I am originally from Erie, Pennsylvania where I got my bachelor’s degree in English and my Master’s degree in Christian ministries at Ashland Theological Seminary. I have a passion for biblical interpretation and studying original languages. I am in the process of writing a few books and hope to continue writing and worshiping God in all I do. I am a high school teacher at Crossroads Community Homeschool located on the Woodcrest camp grounds. 

Jake Edwards - Counselor

Jake Edwards – Counselor

Hi! My name is Jake Edwards, and I just finished my senior year at Cairn University. I am student teaching in the fall to finish my health and physical education degree. I played baseball and golf for Cairn as well as tennis which will be ending this coming fall. I come from a big family of 8 kids of which I am the 7th in line. I am from Delta, PA which is right on the border of Maryland and Pennsylvania. This will be my first year working at Woodcrest even though I have had a lot of experience working with kids. I have got to know Caleb and Abby Horning from attending Cairn, and Abby is the reason I heard about this job. I am very excited and thankful to be working at Woodcrest as a daycamp counselor for the Trekkers program!

Tianna Musser - Counselor

Tianna Musser – Counselor

Hello, my name is Tianna. I am 21 years old and have worked as a Medical Assistant at a family doctor’s office the last 3 years. I am from Manheim and attend Erb Mennonite church where I play keyboard and help lead our Young Adult group. I enjoy music, photography, animals, and spending time in nature. This is my first year serving at Woodcrest camp and I am very excited to be your child’s camp counselor! I am passionate about being the hands and feet of Jesus to children and teaching them about God’s amazing plan for redemption! You can pray that God will give me wisdom and strength as I embrace this new adventure and be Jesus to everyone I come in contact with. Thank you!

Will Hillard - Counselor

Will Hillard – Counselor

Hi! My name is Will and I will be your child’s counselor for the week. A little about me: I’m currently studying youth and young adult ministry at Lancaster Bible College. I will be a senior in the fall. I started working at camp in 2021 and have loved every moment of it. Being with kids is my passion and I hope that one day to be in a program director position at a camp. I hope that I can help your kid to have a great week and can’t wait to get to know your child!