Introducing AACP Connect, a partial-day event to be held on Thursday, December 3, 2020.
***AACP Board Members, please note: there will be a Board Meeting on Wednesday, December 2 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Eastern time AND following the Connect event, on Friday, December 4 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Eastern time. Those who are elected to Board positions during the elections this year, including Union Reps, should plan to attend the Friday Board meeting.***
Our AACP Connect Schedule on December 3 will be as follows (all times Eastern)
2:00 - 2:30 pm Welcome / Worship (Leadership)
2:45 - 3:45 pm Panel Discussion 1: Running a COVID-safe Camp.
4:00 - 5:00 pm General Session, Tom Rosenberg, President / CEO, American Camp Association (ACA)
5:00 - 5:30 pm Break
5:30 - 6:30 pm Panel Discussion 2: Recruiting Summer Camp Staff During a Pandemic
6:45 - 7:45 pm Business Meeting / Election
8:00 - 8:30 pm Worship / Closing Challenge
AACP Connect will include a worship and leadership session, a general session featuring American Camp Association (ACA) President, Tom Rosenberg, a panel discussion of operating a camp during the COVID-19 pandemic, and our exciting annual Business Meeting, featuring reports, a vote on constitution and bylaws amendments, and the election to choose AACP officers for the next two year period. We invite you to join in our AACP Connect time together!
In addition, AACP is planning to sponsor ongoing training sessions over the next few months. These sessions will feature highly knowledgable speakers that we are sure you will enjoy. That schedule will also be available shortly, so you can begin to build your calendar to include these sessions.
Election Information and Biographies of Nominees
During the AACP Business Meeting on Thursday, December 3, you will be voting for the officers who will oversee the ministry of AACP beginning January 1, 2021. Below are brief (but not inclusive) descriptions of each position, followed by a picture and short 'bio' of each candidate. Take this month to prayerfully consider each one prior to the election.
AACP PRESIDENT-ELECT - The President-Elect shall will chair the Constitution & Bylaws Committee, and fulfill other duties as assigned. After serving two years in that capacity, this person will then serve two years as President, followed by two years as Past President and Parliamentarian. The President shall chair the meetings of the Board and the AACP business sessions, as well as serve as the leading officer of the Association. The President also serves as a member of the NAD Camp Committee.
Carmen attended Pacific Union College and obtained a BA in Theology. Upon graduation, the Southeastern California Conference sent her to Andrews Seminary where she graduated with an MDiv. Carmen then worked 17 years as associate pastor at four different churches while focusing on ministry to children, youth, young adults, and women. In 2010, God called her to be the Year-Round Director of Operations at Pine Springs Ranch, and in 2013 was asked to take on the roles of Executive Director overseeing year-round operations and summer camp and also Associate Youth Director for the conference. She loves the ministry to campers and staff and has had the privilege to serve on the NAD Camp Committee as well as the honor of being the VP for Conventions in 2018-2019. Her constant drive is to follow as God leads, and that’s why she is humbled to be considered as one of the nominees for this AACP position.
Ray is married to Jannette Queen and have one son, Jaron Queen. Both have been in camp ministry for just over twenty years, 19 of those with Florida Conference and nearly 2 years with Potomac Conference. Currently, Ray is the Director of Camp Blue Ridge, a small camp nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He has been a member of AACP for his entire ministry and has served previously as VP for Conventions. Ray loves pretty much anything outdoors from hiking and hunting for edible wilds, to gardening, and even a round of golf, but especially he loves fishing. He sees his main job in camp ministry as connecting people with Gods Nature and to give each person an opportunity to see God through His nature.
VICE-PRESIDENT FOR CONVENTIONS ('ELECT' for first year) – The Vice President for Conventions shall serve for three years, of which the last year is to mentor the newly elected VP for Conventions. Responsibilities include chairing the Convention Planning Committee, proposing a workable and balanced convention budget, and submitting a name for the Assistant VP for Conventions to the board for approval.
Wendy is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. At the age of 8, she went away to summer camp for a week and continued to attend each summer until she was too old to be a teen camper. Wendy then immediately applied to be a summer camp staff and has really never stopped spending her summers at camp. She considers it the greatest joy to watch her summer camp kids fall in love with Jesus. Having been involved in youth ministry for over 31 years, she has had the privilege of working at the following Adventist Camps across the NAD: Camp AuSable, Indian Creek Camp, Laurel Lake Camp, Camp MiVoden and Camp Yavapines. She was the director/executive director at four of those camps and has also been the assistant manager at one of them and is currently the Camp Ministries Director for Camp Yavapines in Prescott, Arizona. Wendy formerly was the Vice President for AACP Conventions for three terms and enjoyed serving the members of AACP. She has been married for 34 years to her husband, Ed, who together have a son, John. I am excited that I have been nominated to fill this position and would be honored to plan and organize our annual convention.
Kiefer Dooley is the Youth Director for the Rocky Mountain Conference of SDA. Born in Kansas, he’s also lived in Connecticut and Arkansas where he’s always been active in Summer Camp ministry – both as a camper at Camp Winnekeag and Lawroweld and a summer staff member at Camp Yorktown Bay. After studying Criminal Justice, Sociology and Business Economics at the University of Arkansas, Kiefer spent one year working for big business with JB Hunt Transportation company. Quickly tiring of hedging margins on freight quotes from LA to Buffalo, he resigned from JB Hunt in search of the meaning in life. This is where camp ministry found him once again. Kiefer joined the RMC Youth team in the summer of 2016. He is passionate about mountain biking, snow skiing, growing a fun, spiritual and professional summer camp ministry, and building up youth and young adult ministry by empowering local church leaders to grow relationships with young people. He wears Birkenstocks with socks and disdains straws, so he blends well in Boulder on days off from Summer Camp. Kiefer is married to Jessyka (who is, in his opinion, one of the finest Summer Camp and Children’s Ministries directors alive) and together they have a beautiful Bernedoodle named Padmé.
VICE-PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS – The Vice President for Communications shall serve for two years and shall oversee the association’s communications from and on behalf of AACP, as well as chairing the Communications Committee.
Theresa is the year-round Programming Director at Camp Kulaqua. She has worked in Camp Ministries for 14 years at Kulaqua, serving in numerous positions including Marketing & Advertising for the summer camp, managing the camp website, and publishing advertising information. It was at an AACP convention that she heard God’s voice reaffirm her path into camp ministry. It is both a love and an honor for her to work with the members of AACP and to serve camp families in any capacity. Theresa, too, has served on the board as the VP for Communications . Theresa’s husband, Aaron, works as a nurse and they have two daughters, Lilah (11mo) & Emmalyn (4yrs).
Denison has served as Director at Camp Heritage in Missouri for the past 10 years and has worked there for 20 summers overall. He has served AACP as a Union Representative and volunteered in various capacities to help with conventions. He is currently serving as the VP for Communications. Before entering youth ministry, Denison worked in education for 17 years. His hobbies include travel, especially to Mexico, where he can practice speaking Spanish. He is very proud of his family, which includes wife, Jennifer; daughter, Denali; and son, Kenai.