Full-Time Camp Staff 2018
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 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.
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.
Director of Administration
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 the end August 2011. She is Bill’s assistant, the event coordinator of our Golf Tournament and handles all Overnight Camp Registration. Her servant’s heart, mixed with a solid work ethic and attention to detail, has made her a key team member and a joy to work with.
Director of Development
Zach started working at Camp Highland back in 2009 after he graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Sport Management & Marketing. He served as the Marketing Director for 5 years before taking a turn into a different career path in order to expand his competence. This experience broadened his skills and honed his strengths as he helped develop solutions to complex issues faced by many of today’s business leaders and their employees. Back now with a new set of skills and at a different stage in life, Zach’s role is in development and donor relations. He and his wife, Emily, have a daughter, Adaline.
Highland Day Camp Director
Aria and her family have been involved with Camp Highland for many years through Overnight and Day Camp, as weekend retreat participants, and as staff. She has a contagious love for Jesus, a passion for discipleship, and great excitement about camp’s impact on both campers and staff. As director of our day camp program in Alpharetta, she is eager to invest in staff and delighted to help provide a safe and engaging environment for campers to grow in their faith and enjoy adventure in God’s creation. Aria and her husband, Josh, have four children: Selah, Kenyon, Isaac, and Evan.
Caitlin was first introduced to Camp Highland as a camper at Highland Day Camp from 2002-2004, but she made her return in 2014 as a counselor at Overnight Camp. She had no expectations coming into her first summer and naively she thought that it would feel like just another summer and she would move on to different things once August hit. She didn’t consider the fact that it was a HIGH adventure camp and that she was terrified of heights (she still is a little bit) or that The Lord would completely rock her. She returned for another summer in 2015 and joined full time staff in 2016 as the Staff Recruiter. Caitlin se graduó de Georgia College con una especialidad en español
Patrick "Patsam" Murphy
Overnight 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.
Director of Church Partnerships
Coleman came to camp by way of Georgia Tech. A former summer camper and later, counselor, he now coordinates the retreats with churches and sports teams and heads up the grounds crew. He loves Jesus. And America.
Director of School Partnerships
Deborah first came to Camp as a teacher with her students. After seeing the positive impact that Camp had on her students, she decided she wanted to become part of the ministry and joined us for a couple summers while still teaching. Deborah came on staff full time in June of 2017 to begin working with school partnerships. She now loves getting to work alongside school leaders to foster their students’ development. Plus, she loves getting to spend lots of time in her favorite classroom: the mountains!
Nick first started working for camp as a counselor on summer staff in 2013 and has become increasingly involved in all-things-camp ever since. Gifted in many different areas, from technology, to graphics, to challenge course operations, Nick took over the role of Technical Director in the fall of 2015.
His primary responsibilities revolve around ensuring our challenge courses are run well and our staff is adequately trained. However, being a jack of all trades, he also helps run programs in the off season and always eagerly jumps in to solve whatever the current problem is at camp. Nick lives in Ellijay with his wife, Rachel.
Director of Non-Profit Partnerships
Christian first came to camp as an overnight camper in 2008. After working as a summer camp counselor for 2 years he decided to come on full time staff as the Director of Non-Profit Partnerships. He aims to deepen the relationships between Camp and non-profit ministries, specifically foster care and inner city ministries.
Director of Client Relations
Taylor started at camp as a Leader in Training (LIT) back in the summer of 2011. He knew he would return because of how the Lord transformed his heart and how He continues to transform the hearts of everyone who steps foot at Camp. Before groups arrive, he is preparing the experiences the groups have at Camp. His desire is to iron out any distractions that may hinder anyone from experiencing our God. Taylor lives just off camp property with his wife, Hannah.
Trip Lead and Program Host
Matt follows the trend of most of our young 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.