Abbey Long: Counselor

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Abbey is a junior at Clemson University where she majors in Nursing. She is from Greenville, SC and has attended Ridge Haven three years as a camper. She says that Ridge Haven is unique because it gives you a place to get away and get with God. Her 3 word description of Ridge Haven is beautiful, inclusive, and family. 

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favortie snack to take on a hike: Avacados 

 Favorite place at RH: Keyes Summit


Abby Gienapp: Counselor

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Abby is a Psychology major at Covenant College. Abby is from Cheyenne, WY and has been to Ridge Haven for Family Reunions and Chattanooga Sports Ministry (CSM). She says that Ridge Haven is unique because of its ability to bring out the crazy side in both counselors and campers while also having a strong passion for spreading the gospel.

The most impactful people in Abby's life are her parents. Whether coaching at CSM or being a camp counselor, they always encourage her to show kids the love of Christ.

Favorite Movie: The Greatest Showman

Favorite snack on a hike: Trail Mix or a good granny smith apple

Favorite place at RH: The Trails


Andrew Dillon: Camp Director | Counselor

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Andrew is from Rock Hill, SC. He is currently a junior at Covenant College studying Business. This will be his second year as Ridge Haven staff. Andrew says that Ridge Haven has a way of bringing the best out of people through the Gospel. He would describe Ridge Haven in three words: "Joy through Community."

Favorite snack at RH: Snicker's Bar 

Favorite game at RH: Bubble Soccer

Favorite place at RH: Keyes Summit

Favortie book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Anna Nicklow: Counselor

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Anna is from High Point, NC. She currently attends Covenant College as a Junior studying business. This is her first year at Ridge Haven. She says that Ridge Haven is unique because of how serious it takes this ministry and how the staff cares about each camper in light of the gospel.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite snack at RH: Goldfish

Soundtrack of your Summer: Classic Country

Favorite place at RH: Jolly Dining Hall Porch


Becca Gojda: Counselor

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Becca is a Junior at the University of Georgia where she is studying English education. She has been a camper five times at Ridge Haven. She says that Ridge Haven is unique because it creates a loving environment that encourages individuals to be courageous.

Becca had an awesome Junior camp counselor her first year as a camper. She had a tremendous impact on Becca's life. She says that all of the Ridge Haven staff are so awesome!

Favorite game at RH: The Greatest Game Ever Played

Favorite Snack on a Hike: Trail Mix


Brooke Phillips: Infirmary Staff

Brooke was born in Kawai, HI but grew up in Rochester, MN. She currently is a Senior at Covenant College where is studying psychology. She intends to go to nursing school after college. This is her first year at Ridge Haven. She says the Ridge Haven is unique because it emphasizes the importance of God in everything and how we portray God's goodness to our campers.

Favorite Snack on a hike: peanut butter Clif Bars

Favorite Band: Penatonix

Favorite game at RH: Razz

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Calvin Brown: Counselor

Calvin is from Pensacola, FL and is a freshman at the University of West Florida. He is majoring in health sciences with a minor in Biology. He came to Ridge Haven as a camper for three years. He says Ridge Haven is unique because it is a safe place to be yourself and worship God. Calvin would describe Ridge Haven in 3 words with: exciting, encouraging, and friendly.

Favorite game at RH: Bubble Soccer

Favorite snack on a hike: Trail mix with Jolly Ranchers

Favorite place at RH: High Falls

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Caroline Fender: Counselor

Caroline is from Savannah, GA and is currently a sophomore at Georgia Southern where she is studying Early Childhood Education. She says that Ridge Haven is unique because of its gospel centered community and beautiful mountain views. Caroline has been a camper for two years as well as a Camp Summer Intern (CSI) for two years.

Favorite RH game: Mission Impossible

Favorite snack on a hike: Peanut M&Ms

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mocking Bird

Soundtrack of the summer: Skinny Love by Bon Iver

Favorite place at RH: High Falls

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Charlie Moseley: Counselor

Charlie is from Bristol, TN and attends Milligan College as a Sophomore studying Business and Bible. This is his first year at Ridge Haven. He says that Ridge Haven is unique because of its mission statement and its Christ centered summer camp. In three words Charlie would describe Ridge Haven as simple, beautiful, and intentional.

Favorite Snack on a Hike: Chocolate Chip Clif Bar

Favorite place at RH: Creekside Cabins

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Charlie Van Voorhis: Counselor

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Charlie Is from Lynchburg, VA. He currently attends Liberty University as a junior where he is majoring in Business Management. He has been attending Ridge Haven for 12 years.

Favorite Game at RH: Mission Impossible

Soundtrack of Your Summer: Anything Country

Favortie Snack: Beef Jerky


Hezekiah Brown: Counselor

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Hezekiah is from Hannibal, MO and currently is a sophomore at Covenant College. He is undecided in his major but is looking into international business. This is Hezekiah's first time on the Ridge Haven Staff. He thinks that Ridge Haven is unique because it is beautiful campus. In three words he would describe Ridge Haven as rainy, walking, and fun.

Favorite Ridge Haven Game: Ridditch

Favortie Snack on a Hike: Clif Bars

Favortie Book: Oliver Twist


Eduardo Barbi: Counselor

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Eduardo is from Brazil and is currently attending Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is a sophomore working towards his Master of Divinity degree. He says that Ridge Haven is unique because of its serving spirit.

Favorite Book: Institues of the Christian Religion

Favorite Place at Ridge Haven: Jolly Kitchen

Favorite Game at RH: Battleball


Ellie Brown: Worship Leader

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Ellie is from Stanford, KY and will be a Junior at Covenant College this coming Fall. She is studying English and art in the hopes of becoming a professor at Covenant someday. Her mother has been one of the most impactful people in her life as she is always encouraging her in whatever creative endeavour Ellie undertakes. This is her first year on the Ridge Haven Staff. She says that the commitment to the gospel and to each other is what makes the community of Ridge Haven unique.

Favorite Book: Les Miserables

Soundtrack of the Summer: The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

Favorite Snack on a Hike: Pretzels and Chocolate Chips


Elise Michael: Counselor

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Elise is from Nashville, TN and is entering her Junior year at Covenant College. She is double majoring in art and philosophy. This is her first year at Ridge Haven. She thinks that Ridge Haven is unique in spreading the gospel.

Favorite Game at RH: Razz

Favorite Book: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Soundtrack of the Summer: Anything by Young the Giant

Favorite Place at RH: Belaying the Rock wall


Elizabeth Reynolds: Counselor

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Elizabeth is from Columbus, GA and is currently is sophomore at Covenant College. She is majoring in English with a minor in Linguistics and Philosophy. 

Favorite game at RH: Greatest Game ever Played

Favorite snack on a hike:a crisp red apple

Soundtrack of your Summer: Vampire Weekend and the Greatest Showman Soundtrack

 


Hannah Ertel: Leadership Staff

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Hannah is from Charlotte, NC and is going to be a junior at Covenant college. She is currently studying Computer Science. Hannah has been a camper for 8 years at Ridge Haven, and this will be her fifth year working on staff. She says that Ridge Haven is unique because its community is very christ-centered, fun-centered, and relationship-centered.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite Book: The Mysterious Benedict Society

Soundtrack of your Summer: Clarity by John Mayer

Favorite place at RH: Bunkhouses


James Urban: Counselor

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James is from Newport, AL. He is currently a senior at the University of Alabama studying Exercise Science. He has been a camper for five years and has been on the Ridge Haven staff for two years. He says that Ridge Haven is unique because it focuses on the gospel through all aspects of the camp. He would describe Ridge Haven in three words as a  "Gospel driven community".

Favortie snack on a Hike: Trail Mix. An absolute must have for any hike.

Soundtrack of your summer: Crazy by Ben Rector

Favorite place at RH: Keyes Summit


Julia Smith: Counselor

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Julia is from Asheville, NC and is sophomore international studies major at Covenant College. Julia has been a camper at Ridge Haven for nine years. This is her first year on the Ridge Haven Staff. She says that Ridge Haven is unique because of its integration of faith and fun. She has always been impacted by the speakers but still has so much fun with the activities.

Favorite game at RH: Mission Impossible 

Favorite snack on a hike: Trail Mix

Soundtrack of your Summer: Rivers and Roads by the Head and the Heart 

Favorite place at RH: High Falls


Kathrine Scott: Counselor

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Kathrine is from Rossville, GA and is a senior English major at Covenant College. This will be her second year on the Ridge Haven staff. She says that Ridge Haven is unique because it is a gospel-centered fun atmosphere. She would describe Ridge Haven in three words by "the Barnes Dance."

Favorite snack on a hike: Apple

Favorite book: Jane Eyre


Kathryn Cavin: Counselor

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Kathryn is from Stanley, NC and is an English major and History minor at UNC Chapel Hill. This is her second year on the  Ridge Haven staff. She says that Ridge Haven is unique because it has a rich Christian community. She would describe Ridge Haven in three words as Razzy, mountainous, and crazy fun (okay, so maybe four words!).

Favorite game at RH: Mission Impossible

Soundtrack of Your Summer: New Birdtalker album

Favorite place at RH: Hobbit Hollow


Lauryn Linn: Counselor

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Lauryn is from Lake Wylie, SC and is a sophomore at North Greenville University. She is majoring in Christian studies and History. Lauryn's mom has had the greatest impact in her life because she is so strong and encouraging. She has been at Ridge Haven for five years. She think that the people make Ridge Have unique. 

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite snack on a hike: Almonds

Favorite place at RH: Keyes Summit


Libby Scott: Counselor

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Libby is from Rossville, GA and is a junior studying Elementary Education at Covenant College. This is her first summer on the Ridge Haven staff. She says that Ridge Haven is unique because it is surrounded by beautiful scenery and it is a haven for campers to come and enjoy new friendships while growing in their relationship with the Lord. 

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite snack on a Hike: Ritz Cheese Crackers

Soundtrack of your Summer: The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

Favorite place at RH: Swinging chairs overlooking the view outside the dining hall. 


Mackenzie Rockwell: Infirmary Staff

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Mackenzie was born in NC and grew up in Peru as a missionary kid. She is attending Palm Beach Atlantic University as a senior nursing major. She has been a camper once and has worked on staff three years. She thinks that the unique part of Ridge Haven is the community.  She would describe Ridge Haven in three words as Christ-centered, fun, and impactful.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite snack on a Hike: Trail Mix

Favroite Place at RH: Keyes Summit

 


Madison Dillard: Counselor

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Madison is from Huntsville, AL and is starting her Junior year studying Elementary Education at Athens State University. This will be her first year at Ridge Haven. She think the unique part about Ridge Haven is the love that the counselors and the staff have for each other. She says that it already feels like one big family. 

Her high school youth pastor, Brandon Fombay, has had a great impact in her life. His enthusiasm for young people coming to know Christ is contagious and has inspired her.

Favorite snack on a hike: dried cranberries and lemonade

Favorite Book: Where the Red Fern Grows

Soundtrack of my Summer: Anything Disney!


Mary Peyton Vardell: Counselor

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Mary Peyton is from Richmond, VA and is a junior Education Major at Covenant College. This is her first on the Ridge Haven staff. She says that Ridge Haven is unique because there is no there place where you are encouraged to get muddy, and you can completely be yourself and grow in the gospel.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite snack on a Hike: Chocolate Chip Clif Bar

Favorite place at RH: Hobbit Hollow trail 


Meagan Stiles: Counselor

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Megan is a sophomore at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY studying Psychophysiology and Pre-Med. This is her first year at Ridge Haven. She says that Ridge Haven is unique because it is a beautiful place where God's people can have wholesome fun and be goofy while hearing his word as well.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Soundtrack of my summer: The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

Favorite place at RH: Hobbit Hollow


Sam Hodge: Leadership Staff

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Sam is from Montgomery, AL. He is currently a senior at Auburn University majoring in Supply Chain management. He has been a camper for 4 years and has worked on the Ridge Haven Staff for 3 years. He says that Ridge Haven is unique because it is authentic and has a welcoming and loving approach. He would describe Ridge Haven in three words as a "Gospel driven community." 

Favorite snack on a hike: an orange 

Favorite book: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Favorite place at RH: Ropeswing Platform


Samantha Fults: Counselor

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Samantha is from Rowley, IA and attends Iowa State University studying mathematics and education. This is her first time at Ridge Haven. Her Grandma is a really big encouragement to her because she is always so positive and supports her in everything she does.

Favorite Snack on a hike: protein bars

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Soundtrack of your summer: Any music by the High Kings 


Samuel Herrington: Counselor

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Samuel is from Philadelphia, MS and is going into his sophomore year at Itawamba Community College for a nursing degree.This is his first year at Ridge Haven. He says that Ridge Haven is unique because of its leadership staff and the PCA message.

His sisters Olivia and Shelby have been the most impactful people in his life because they introduced him to Ridge Haven and both give amazing advice.

Favorite game at RH: WAH Ball

Favorite snack on a Hike: Kind sea salt caramel and almond bars and Cheez-its

Favorite book: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit


Savannah Palmer: Counselor

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Savannah is from York, SC and is a sophomore at Charleston Southern University studying business. She was a camper at Ridge Haven for two years. This is her first year as a counselor. She says that Ridge Haven is unique because of the beautiful landscape. Savannah would describe Ridge Haven as beautiful, impactful, and awesome.

Favorite game at RH: Mission Impossible

Favorite place at RH: Keyes Summit

Favorite snack on a hike: Gummies


Tyler Moore: Counselor

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Tyler is from Stone Mountain, GA and attends Covenant College as a Junior studying business and marketing. This is his first year at Ridge Haven. He says that Ridge Haven is Unique because it has a strong Christian environment and everyone wants to grow towards Christ.

The most impactful person in his life has been his mom because she shows him love and affection even when he made mistakes as a child.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite snack on a hike: Metrx Protein bar


Wesley Sheffield: 

Wesley is currently attending Blue Ridge Community College in Brevard, NC. He is going into his sophomore year studying History and Economics. This will be his fifth year on the Ridge Haven staff. He says that Ridge Haven is unique because it has an authentic community.

The most impactful person in Wesley's life is Uncle Archie because of his love for the gospel and the way he encourages others.

Favorite book: To kill a Mocking Bird

 

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Will Poynor: Counselor

Will is from Columbia, SC and attends Clemson University as a junior studying Landscape Architecture. He has been a camper for eight years and this will be his fifth year on the Ridge Haven Staff. He would describe Ridge Haven in three words by beautiful, genuine, and encouraging.

Favorite snack on a hike: Cliff bar or Kind Bar

Favorite book: Lone Survivor

Favorite place at RH: High Falls

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William Wallace: Counselor

William is from Charlotte, NC and attends Covenant College as a sophomore studying Economics and Sports Administration. This is his first time on the Ridge Haven Staff but has been to Ridge Haven three times on retreats. He says that Ridge Haven is unique because it has so many different people from various walks of life coming together for the goal of furthering the gospel. He would describe Ridge Haven in three words by crazy, fun, and hot.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite snack on a hike: Clif Bar

Soundtrack of your summer: Rewrite the Stars/ All of the Greatest Showman

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Matthew O'Brien: Counselor

Matthew is from Easley, SC and attended Winthrop University where he graduated with his masters in Business and undergraduate in Sports management. This is his first year at Ridge Haven. He says that Ridge Haven is unique because the community is genuine and filled with loving believers. 

Favorite Game at RH: Bubble Soccer

Favorite snack on a Hike: Cliff Bar

Favorite place at RH: High Falls

Favorite books: The Hunger Games Series

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