Leadership Team

Bill Chapman

Founder & CEO

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In 1993, while Bill was in software sales, he began taking kids on camping trips on his dad’s property. He quickly began to see the lives of kids changed and impacted in incredible ways through outdoor adventure. Through those early trips, Bill and Betsy caught a vision that would change their lives forever; thus Camp Highland was born! Now, Bill’s vision and dedication of investing full-time in building the Kingdom through outdoor ministry is continuously molding camp into a vibrant place to grow. He and his wife, Betsy, have four boys: Will, Timothy, Cole, and Nathan.

Danny McKinney

Operations Director


Danny started working with Camp Highland back in January 2005 as Director of Operations. He enables the mission of camp in bringing organization to systems in the area of finance and capital construction. Before coming to Camp Highland, he worked with Campus Crusade for Christ for fourteen years in the Atlanta area in campus ministry. He joined staff with Campus Crusade after working as a mechanical engineer for a couple of years. Danny and his wife, Christy, have three children: Parker, Joel, and Natalie.

Miriam Camp Hilliard

Administrative Director

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Miriam came on board in the summer of 2011 as a fill-in photographer, but it didn’t take long for her to become entrenched as an integral part in the mission of Camp Highland. She is a University of Georgia graduate with a degree in Photojournalism. She has been serving as a part of our Full-Time Staff since August 2011. 

Patrick Murphy

Camp Director


We first met Patsam through one of the most entertaining summer staff application videos of all time back in the spring of 2013. Three summers later, he came on as our full-time Overnight Camp Program Director and simply did a fantastic job. While he helps with off-season programming, his primary role is planning for and executing the summer program for campers.

Elizabeth Peay

Program Director 

Elizabeth first joined the Camp Highland family as a Day Camp counselor in the summers of 2015 and 2016! She went on to be part of our Overnight Summer Staff  in 2017 and 2018! She came onto our full-time staff in fall 2021 and became our Program Director shortly after.

Matt Josey

Technical Director


Matt follows the trend of most of our staff members, in that he started working as a summer staffer, got infected by camp, and has remained involved ever since. He came on full-time staff in the fall of 2015 as our off-site trip lead and has since picked up the role of the social marketing coordinator. He now leads the charge on ropes courses and technical training. 

Lydia Churillo

Day Camp Director

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Once a summer camp counselor, Lydia now serves as our Day Camp Director. When not shepherding her staff and campers, she is a teacher of fashion design and textile science at a local Atlanta high-school. Lydia lives in Tucker, GA with her husband, Mike and their two adventurous siamese cats.

Matt Josey

Recruiting Director


Katrina joined our team first as a summer staff counselor back in 2018. She stole our hearts with her steadfast love for her campers and servant’s heart. As she finished her senior year at The University of Georgia in the Spring of 2020 she joined our team part-time. By May when she moved up to Camp and lead our summer staff as part of our full-time staff! Her joy is infections and she has brought new energy to our team. 

Zach Bertram

Part-time Director of Development 


Zach started working at Camp Highland in 2009 after graduating from Kennesaw State University. He served as the Marketing Director for 5 years before changing careers in an effort to expand his competence and skill set. He came back for two years as Director of Donor Development and is still working with us on a part-time basis. He and his wife, Emily, live in North Georgia with their two daughters, Adaline and Lydia.

Gavin Desnoyers

Honorary Camp Director


Gavin is the Camp Director and has been working at Camp Highland since November 2007. He’s responsible for overseeing on-the-ground camp operations and generally ensuring that our guests are treated to an outstanding experience. Gavin is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, but has been in experiential ministry since 2003 when he moved to Slovakia to do youth ministry and leadership development.  He and his wife, Amanda, have 5 children: Jackson, Morgan, Mackenzie, Charis, and Miles.