Nic Braxton - Camp Director

Nic attends school at East Carolina University where he majors in Physical Education. This is Nic's third year at Ridge Haven, and his goal this summer is show campers Christ through his actions. Nic would also like to meet all the campers, and have as many conversations with them as he can. His 3 word description of Ridge Haven is Christ, community, and crazy. 

Favorite game at RH: The Greatest Game Ever Played

Favorite movie: Lion King

Favorite place at RH: Morse Lake

Life Verse: Matthew 28:18-20


Hunter Hiestand - Camp Director

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Hunter majors in Engineering at Purdue University. This is Hunter's eighth year at Ridge Haven. He desires to grow in his understanding of the Gospel and share the Good News with others. Hunter describes Ridge Haven as intentional, entertaining, and Gospel-driven.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Soundtrack of the Summer: Something Avett Brothers

Favorite place at RH: Picnic table outside the dorms

Life Verse: Matthew 25:21


Kat Smith - Camp Director

Kat is a Taylor University Alum were she earned her B.S. in Psychology. Kat has worked 6 years at Ridge Haven, but has been coming for 10 years. This summer Kat's prayer is to love and be loved by God and others. Her three words to describe Ridge Haven are home, exhausting, and electric.

Favorite game at RH: Juggernaut

Favorite book: Silence

Favorite place at RH: Mud pit

Life Verse: Romans 8:38-39


Wesley C. Sheffield - Full-Time Intern

Wesley attends school at Blue Ridge Community college. Wesley has been coming to Ridge Haven for 10 years, including his time as a camper, but has worked here for 4 years. Wesley hopes more campers will have a better understanding of their deep need for Christ this summer. He describes Ridge Haven as a "Christ-centered camp ministry."

Favorite game at RH: Battleball

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favorite place at RH: Lake Pavilion

Life Verse: Philippians 1:21


Elisabeth Bowling - Full-Time Staff

Elisabeth has earned her B.A. in Psychology. This is her first year at Ridge Haven, and is excited to serve and grow in the love of Christ. Elisabeth desires to be challenged spiritually, emotionally, and physically while sharing the truth and grace of the Gospel. Ridge Haven to her is encouraging, peaceful, and joyous.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite movie: The Gladiator

Soundtrack of the summer: Electric Love by BØRNS

Life Verse: Proverbs 16:9


Nick Hall - CSI Director

Nick is a Pre-Engineering major at Covenant College. This is his fifth year at Ridge Haven, and he plans to use his gifts and abilities to humbly serve God by caring for the campers and promoting an impactful experience for the CSIs. Working as a CSI played a key role in in shaping who he is today. Nick desires to encourage the CSIs in a way that enables them to go all in as they serve to the best of their abilities. His goal is for the CSIs is for them to be completely invested in the ministry of Ridge Haven so they can continue to learn to depend on God, utilize deep friendships, and appreciate the satisfaction of a life given in service to God. Nick describes Ridge Haven as beautiful, rejuvenating, and fun.

Favorite game at RH: Battleball

Soundtrack of the summer: Blessings by Lecrae

Favorite place at RH: Keyes Summit

Life Verse: Psalms 18:2


Ellie Hodge - CSI Director

Ellie is a Nursing major at Auburn University. This is her second year at Ridge Haven, and she is excited to lead and work alongside the CSIs this summer! It is her prayer to experience the fullness of Christ as she grows to become more reliant on the Lord and encourages others to do the same. Ellie also aspires to learn how to whistle by the end of the summer. Ridge Haven to her is adventure, growth, and family.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite place at RH: Creekside Cabins

Life Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9


David Ragland - CSI Director

David attends Covenant College where he majors in Biblical and Theological Studies. He has been coming to Ridge Haven for 3 years. David's goal for the summer is to continue to grow spiritually and relationally with the Lord and others. He also desires to learn how to show Christ's love through faithful service. Ridge Haven to David is friendship, growth, and adventure.

Favorite game at RH: Mission Impossible

Favorite book: Perelandra

Favorite place at RH: The trail between the beginning of West Trek and Wilderness Camp

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6


Kelly Trumbull - CSI Director

Kelly attends Covenant College where she studies Biology. This is her fourth year at Ridge Haven. Kelly hopes to learn more about leadership in light of Christ as she works as a director of the high school interns. Her prayer is that she grows in the Lord in humility and as she forms relationships with the people around her. Kelly describes Ridge Haven as community, growth, and outdoors.

Favorite game at RH: The Greatest Game Ever Played

Favorite movies: The Princess Diaries, Interstellar, and the Little Mermaid

Favorite place at RH: The Continental Divide

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6


Cas Willborn - Event Staff | Counselor

Cas attends Tennessee Technological University where he majors in Cellular Molecular Biology. This year is his second year at Ridge Haven, and his prayer is to grow in Christ alongside staff and campers alike. Cas describes Ridge Haven as community, rest, and peace.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings Triology by J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite movie: Interstellar

Favorite place at RH: Climbing tower

Life Verse: 1 Kings 19:9-18


Jesudhas Arnold - Event Staff | Photographer

Jesudhas is at Covenant College where he majors in Economics. This is his second year at Ridge Haven. Jesudhas strives for each and every camper to have a wonderful time, and prays they will learn more about Christ through him and the other staff. Jesudhas' three words to describe Ridge Haven are beautiful, Christ-centered, and community.

Favorite game at RH: Ridditch

Favorite Movie: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Favorite place at Ridge Haven: Barnes Center

Life Verse: 1 Timothy 4:10


Stephen Bankson - Retreat Staff

Stephen is a graduate at Covenant College where he majored in Physics. This is his second year at Ridge Haven. Stephen desires to faithfully serve the camp and campers who come this summer. His prayer for the campers is that they have fun and encounter God in way they never have before. Stephen describes Ridge Haven as faithful, nurturing, and outstanding.

Favorite game at RH: Archery

Soundtrack of the summer: Anything Day Wave

Favorite Place at RH: The stage in the Barnes Center

Life Verse: 1 Peter 5:6-7 


Sam Hodge - Retreat Staff | Counselor

Sam attends Auburn University where he majors in Supply Chain Management. This is his second year at Ridge Haven. Sam's summer goal is that God's glory will shine brighter through the ministry of Ridge Haven. Sam describes Ridge Haven as "Gospel-driven community."

Favorite game at RH: Battleball

Favorite book: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Favorite place at RH: South Rec at night

Life verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10


Joseph Ricketts (Jungle Joe) - Environmental Educator and Advisor | Counselor

Joseph is an Alumni of Covenant College where he earned his degree in Biology. Joseph has been coming to RH for 2 years, and looks forward to help others develop a love for all creation and grow in their ability to see God's glory shining in and through it. Joseph describes Ridge Haven as wild, weird, and "the best."

Favorite game at RH: Battle Ball

Favorite book: The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

Favorite Place at RH: The rope swing

Life Verse: Genesis, the Psalms, Job, John, and Revelation


Katie Stapleton - Health Care Assistant

Katie is a Human Resource Management major at West Virginia University. This will be Katie's first year at RH, and she desires to glorify God in all that she does. Katie describes Ridge Haven as big, welcoming, and beautiful. 

Favorite book: The Hardest Peace

Favorite movie: Return of the King

Soundtrack of the summer: Juke Box Hero by Foreigner

Life Verse: 1 John 1:9


Allison Green - Nurse's Assistant

Allison attends Florida State University where she majors in English Literature. This is Allison's first year at RH, and her goal for the summer is to be brave in making friends with campers and staff alike. She hopes to experience the sharing of the Gospel first hand while having fun with the campers. Allison looks forward to helping sick kiddos feel as safe and as comfortable as possible. Ridge Haven to Allison is outdoorsy, silly and hilly.

Favorite game to play: Battleball

Favorite book: A Separate Peace

Soundtrack of the summer: Chris Stapleton's newest album

Life Verse: Psalm 23


Aiden Atchison - Counselor

Aiden is a double major of Arabic and Political Science at the Virginia Military Institute. This will be Aiden's first year on the RH Summer Staff. His goal for the summer is to glorify God by counseling wee lads.

Favorite game at RH: Mission Impossible

Favorite book: Worldly Saints

Soundtrack of the summer: Anything Doc Watson

Life Verse: You can't have just one.


Allie Jakes - Counselor

Allie attends Covenant College and majors in Elementary Education. This is Allie's third year at Ridge Haven, and desires to display the love of God to her campers through the way she loves them this summer. Allie's three words to describe RH are lively, chanting, and thrilling.

Favorite game at RH: Carpet ball

Favorite book: The Hunger Games

Favorite movie: Kicking and Screaming

Soundtrack of the summer: Call Me Maybe


Amanda Getgen - Counselor

Amanda is a Public Health major at Taylor University. She has been coming to RH for two years, and is excited to grow in her relationship with Christ. Amanda's goals this summer are to make new friends and love on all the campers in her cabin each and every week. Amanda describes Ridge Haven as fun, authentic, and loving.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite movie: Hidden Figures

Favorite place at RH: Mud pit

Life Verse: Ephesians 5:2


Andrew Dillion - Counselor

Andrew is a business major at Covenant College. This is his first year at Ridge Haven. His goal this summer is to love his campers in a Godly way so that they can be closer to Christ. Andrew wants his campers to look back on the weeks they were here and say, "That was one of the best weeks of my life." He also aspires to be undefeated in ping pong this summer. His three words to describe Ridge Haven are community, loud, and joyful.

Favorite book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Favorite movie: The Incredibles

Favorite place at RH: Barnes Center

Life Verse: Proverbs 16:3


Becky Channell - Counselor

Becky attends Georgia Southern University and majors in Information Systems. This is her first year at Ridge Haven. She is excited to experience God's creation and share the love of Jesus with every camper. Becky describes Ridge Haven as joyful, freeing, and peaceful.

Favorite game at RH: GaGa Ball

Favorite book: Catcher in the Rye

Favorite movie: Tangled

Life Verse: Hebrews 10:23


Ben Walsh - Counselor

Ben is a Sport Administration major at Covenant College. He desires to show the glory of God through serving others. His three words to describe RH are Christ-centered, beautiful, and community.

Favorite game at RH: Mission Impossible

Favorite book: The Lord of The Rings

Favorite movie: Braveheart

Favorite place at RH: Matthew 5:16


Daniel Barr - Counselor

Daniel attends Covenant College, and this is his first year at Ridge Haven. His goals for the summer are to glorify God and have fun. Daniel describes Ridge Haven as big, Christ-filled, and wild. 

Favorite game at RH: Mission Impossible

Favorite book: Men of Iron

Soundtrack of the summer: Most of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack

Life Verse: Ephesians 4


Emily Owen - Counselor

Emily attends Mississippi College where she majors in Elementary Education. She has been at Ridge Haven for two years, and her prayer for the summer is that Christ will be glorified in all she does. To Emily, Ridge Haven in three words is fun, God-honoring, and refreshing.

Favorite game to play: Mission Impossible

Favorite book: Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Favorite place at RH: Keyes Summit

Life Verse: Psalm 73:25-26


Garrett Moseley - Counselor

Garrett studies Health Policy and Management at UNC Chapel Hill. This is Garrett's first year at Ridge Haven. His goal this summer is not only expereince the love of Christ in new ways, but also to share His love with the campers. His three words to describe Ridge Haven is community, vivacious, and serence.

Favorite game at RH: Battleball

Favorite movie: Interstellar

Soundtrack of the summer: Call Me Maybe


Hannah Ertel - Counselor

Hannah is a Computer Science major at Covenant College. She has been coming to Ridge Haven for 12 years, and is passionate about helping her campers love camp as much as she does. She describes Ridge Haven as the "best place ever!"

Favorite game to play: Razz

Soundtrack of the summer: Call Me Maybe

Favorite place at Ridge Haven: The dorms


Heather Sport - Counselor

Heather attends Pensacola State College where she majors in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Child Development. Her desire this summer is to be able to love her campers as Christ loves her by sharing the Gospel with others and herself daily.

Favorite game at RH: Mission Impossible

Favorite book: Radical

Favorite place at RH: Cassels

Life Verse: Psalms 73:26


Janae Freeman - Counselor

Janae studies Pre-Physical Therapy at Covenant College. This is her second year at Ridge Haven, and she intends to use every moment to glorify God to her fullest potential. Janae also looks forward to growing deeper in her assurance in Christ and to eminating God's love to all those around her, and of course, to have fun! Janae's three words to describe Ridge Haven is Scout, Chester, and Winston.

Favorite game at RH: Ships and Sailors

Favorite book: Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Favorite place at RH: Barnes Center

Life Verse: 1 John 4:4


James Urban - Counselor

James attends the University of Alabama where he majors in Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy. This is his first year at Ridge Haven, and he is excited to have lots of fun and show kids the everlasting love in Jesus Christ our Savior that we all can have. Three words James to describe Ridge Haven are fun, loving, and growth.

Favorite game at RH: Mission Impossible

Favorite movie: The Lord of the Rings Triology

Soundtrack of his Summer: Any song by Needtobreathe is best

Life Verse: Psalm 23


Jemima Barr - Counselor

Jemima is an Art major at Covenant College, and this is her first year at Ridge Haven. She is excited for new experiences this summer while growing in wisdom and grace. Jemima describes Ridge Haven as safe, intentional, and vast.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite book: Peter Pan and Wendy

Soundtrack of the summer: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Life Verse: Psalm 103


Jonathan Britt - Counselor

Jonathan attends Francis Marion University where he studies Mathematics. This is his first year at Ridge Haven, and he looks forward to glorifying God and serving Him through serving his campers. Jonathan's three-word description of Ridge Haven is "We love Christ!"

Favorite game at RH: Battleball

Favorite book: Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Favorite movie: The Princess Bride

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6


Joshua Grossi - Counselor

Joshua studies Psychology at Covenant College. He has been coming to Ridge Haven for 3 years with his youth group for Winter Camp, but this is his first year as a counselor. Joshua's goal this summer is to help create an unforgettable experience for the campers where they can realize truths in a way they never thought they would. Joshua describes Ridge Haven as an "Unforgettable Memory Creator."

Favorite game at RH: Mission Impossible

Soundtrack of the summer: Piano Man by Billy Joel

Favorite place at RH: Safely arrived at base during Mission Impossible

Life Verse: Psalm 46:10


Katherine Scott - Counselor

Katherine attends Covenant Colege and studies English. This is her first year at Ridge Haven, and she looks forward to helping campers have a great time. Katherine's goals this summer are to share the Gospel, be a good listener, and rely more and more on Jesus' grace. To Katherine, Ridge Haven is fun, encouraging, and Mountain-y.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite book: Jane Eyre

Favorite movie: Lord of the Rings

Life Verse: Luke 10:41-42


Kathryn Cavin - Counselor

Kathryn is an English major at UNC Chapel Hill, and this is her first year at Ridge Haven. Her desire this summer is to use her experiences to point campers to Christ and to grow in the Lord with other Christians. Kathryn describes Ridge Haven as mountainous, Christ-centered, and community.

Favorite game at RH: Mission Impossible

Favorite book: The Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer

Favorite place at RH: High Falls

Life Verse: Philippians 2:14-17


Mackenzie Rockwell - Counselor

Mackenzie studies Nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic University. This is her third year at Ridge Haven, and her second year as a counselor. Mackenzie desires to help further Ridge Haven's ministry by serving and spreading the love and grace God continuously shows to her to those around her and her campers. Mackenzie describes Ridge Haven as an adventure, unpredictable, and community.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite place at RH: Keyes Summit

Life Verse: Ephesians 2:4-5


Maggie Channell - Counselor

Maggie studies Nursing at Georgia Southern University. This is her first year at Ridge Haven, and she cannot wait to impact her campers she gets to meet and show them the love that Jesus has shown her. Maggie describes Ridge Haven as beautifully refreshing creation.

Favorite game at RH: Tanks

Favorite book: A Separate Peace

Soundtrack of the summer: The Stable Song

Life Verse: Hebrews 12:1


Mallory England - Counselor

Mallory attends Tennessee Tech University where she majors in English with minors in Biology and Professional Communications. This is her first year at Ridge Haven, and she desires this summer to grow in her faith and love of Christ as she makes new friends and ministers to the campers she meets. Mallory is passionate about spreading the joy she has found in God and helping others experience that same joy in their own unique way.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite book: East of Eden

Favorite movie: Finding Nemo

Soundtrack of the summer: Anything Mumford and Sons 


Marcus Mercer - Counselor

Marcus is a Biblical Studies major at Liberty University. This is his first year at Ridge Haven, and his goal for this summer is to share the love Christ has poured into his life with all the campers he gets to mentor while helping them to have a fun and adventurous week. To Marcus, Ridge Haven is a beautiful, Christ-filled community.

Favorite game at RH: Battle Ball

Favorite movie: Red Dawn (1984)

Life Verse: 1 Timothy 4:12


Matt Garringer - Counselor

Matt attends Taylor University where he majors in Mathematics Education. He has been coming to Ridge Haven for 9 years, and this is his fifth year working here. Matt looks forward to pouring into his campers and spur on their growth in the Lord. Matt's three-word description for Ridge Haven is "Bears. Beats. Battlestar Gallactica."

Favorite game at RH: Paintball

Soundtrack of the summer: Crack Up by the Fleet Foxes

Favorite place at RH: Keyes Summit

Life Verse: John 14:26

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Michael Davisson - Counselor

Michael studies Graphic Art at Taylor University, and this is his first year at Ridge Haven. His goal for the summer is to teach campers about Jesus and to love them for who they are. Michael describes Ridge Haven as adventurous, fun, and caring.

Favorite game at RH: Battleball

Favorite movie: LaLaLand

Soundtrack of the summer: Coloring Book

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6


Michelann Settle - Counselor

Michelann is a Psychology major at Covenant College, and this is her first year with Ridge Haven. She desires to share the Gospel with campers and those around her through the things she does and says. Michelann seeks to be edified through the summer in order to bring glory to Christ. To her, Ridge Haven is "life-changing fun."

Favorite game at RH: Battleball

Favorite book: The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Favorite movie: Karate Kid (1984)

Life Verse: 1 Peter 1:3


Morgan McNorrill - Counselor

Morgan majors in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Mass Communications and Literature at North Greenville University. She has been working at Ridge Haven for 3 years. This summer, Morgan hopes to witness growth in herself and others as she shares life-changing experiences in this great Gospel-centered community. Morgan describes Ridge Haven as a community cultivated in Christ.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Soundtrack of the summer: when the water meets the mountains by Lewis Watson

Favorite place at RH: Hobbit Hollow

Life Verse: Psalm 51:10


Natalie Davie - Counselor

Natalie studies Art at Covenant College. This is her first year at Ridge Haven. Her prayer this summer is to grow and allow God to show His love through her. Natalie describes Ridge Haven as fun, spiritual growth.

Favorite game at RH: Tanks

Favorite book: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Favorite movie: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2


Tanner Horne - Counselor

Tanner attends Tri-County Tech where he studies Media Arts Production. He has been a camper for two years, a CSI another year, and, now, he is a counselor for the first time this year. Tanner looks forward to being a light this summer by loving and encouraging his campers, and showing Christ's love to the best of his ability. To Tanner, Ridge Haven is fun, encouraging, and unforgettable.

Favorite game: Battleball

Favorite movie: The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004)

Favorite place at RH: Keyes Summit

Life Verse: 2 Timothy 2:15


Zach Atchison - Counselor

Zach studies Biology at Covenant College, and this his second year at Ridge Haven. Zach looks forward to sharing the hope of Gospel with his campers and guests through building relationships, worshiping together, and enjoying God's creation. Zach describes Ridge Haven as a fun, Gospel-centered community.

Favorite game at RH: Razz

Favorite book: East of Eden

Favorite place at RH: Keyes Summit

Life Verse: Isaiah 43:1-4