Staff

IdRaHaJe could not operate without our amazing staff who have dedicated their lives to full-time ministry with the mission of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have seen God work in our lives, and enjoy seeing God work in the lives of people who attend IdRaHaJe. We want to offer a special thanks to our current staff as well as all of the full-time staffers who have helped point campers to Christ throughout the years!

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Executive Director

Mike D

Mike DeBoer

Executive Director

director@idrahaje.org

Mike’s early life growing up on a farm prepared him for the many facets of camp life. He’s worked full time at IdRaHaJe since 1996 in different roles ranging from MLS Instructor, Assistant MLS Director, Adventure Program Director, and Operations Director before becoming the Executive Director. He is comfortable wearing many hats and loves being a part of what God is doing in the lives of campers at IdRaHaJe. He and his wife, Amber, enjoy serving in ministry together.

Fun Fact: His beard is really to cover up for his charming looks.

Director of Development

Sean

Sean Kirnan

Director of Development

sean@idrahaje.org

Sean began serving at IdRaHaJe in 2018 after a career in higher education leadership and management. Sean enjoys cultivating relationships with IdRaHaJe's campers, guests, and partners to help maximize IdRaHaJe's impact in pointing campers to Christ. Along with his wife Kim, IdRaHaJe's Multimedia Supervisor, Sean enjoys playing music, literature, and the disarmingly profound verbal contributions of their three small children.

Fun Fact: Sean's favorite author is Tolstoy. (Favorite novel? Yes, it's War and Peace )

Office Manager

Pam

Pam Eggleston

Office Manager

info@idrahaje.org

Pam is blessed having been born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. Now she has the privilege of working at IdRaHaJe, along with her husband Micah. Pam spent her first several years cooking at IdRaHaJe and then became the Office Manager in March of 2017. While it is a blessing to work at Camp, her greatest blessings are her three children, Matthew, Caleb and Laura.

Fun Fact: Pam ran hurdles as a star athlete in high school.

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Registrar

Betty

Betty Pellman

Registrar

registration@idrahaje.org

Betty has been involved in the ministry of IdRaHaJe as Registrar since March 2010. She is originally from Texas, and she and her husband, Mike, moved to Colorado to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. This is a very different type of working environment for her because her career profession had previously been as a specialized machinist.

Fun fact: Contrary to popular belief among her co-workers, Betty has never been a roller derby competitor but she has always wanted to be.

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Mountain Lab School Supervisor

Tyler

Tyler Kerst

MLS Supervisor

mls@idrahaje.org

With generations of Colorado blood flowing through his veins, Tyler made the continental transition from the western slope hometown of Glenwood Springs, to eastern slope world of IdRaHaJe in 2010. No matter what mountainous region he is in, he is passionate about using God’s incredible creation and the amazing array of adventures that can be had in it to educate and excite students of all ages. He is equally passionate about his beloved wife, Keturah, and their 4 daughters, Isabel, Adelyn, Annaliese and Emmeline! He lives an unending adventure.

Fun fact: Tyler narrowly avoided death when the miniature iceberg at the frozen edge of Lake Superior proceeded to split in half when he landed upon it. The reason for the jump is still unclear.

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Guest Group Supervisor

Ken

Ken Hamilton

Guest Group Supervisor

retreats@idrahaje.org

Ken loves IdRaHaJe! He has been at Camp most of his life. He was a camper at IdRaHaJe when he was younger, and he was also a counselor. He has been working full time at Camp since the year 2000. Ken works with our retreat groups. He loves not only showing them the amazing mountain environment, but also encouraging their walk with Jesus Christ. Ken has been married for 40 years to his wife, Dawn. They have two married children and three incredible grandchildren. Being a native of Colorado, Ken loves to hunt, fish, and run. Anything outdoors!

Fun Fact: Ken has many hobbies, but his favorites are making knives and black powder firearms, and re-enacting early American historical events

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Staff Ministry Supervisor

Cliff

Cliff McCalister

Staff Ministry Supervisor

cliff@idrahaje.org

Cliff has been involved with camp since 1986. He has been a counselor, Tepee Chief, Back Pack Director, Guest Group Coordinator and Discipleship Director. Cliff and his wife Joy were sent by camp as missionaries to Mexico in 2001. Cliff is currently the Events Director for Christian Camping International America Latina Mexico. They have returned to IdRaHaJe for an extended period of time and look forward to how they can minister here and in Mexico. Cliff and Joy have been married for 25 years and have three wonderful kids; Molly, who is married to John Stark, Cailey, and Jack.

Fun Fact: In Mexico, they call me Juan Carlos "Juegoman." "Juegoman" is Spanglish so you will have to figure that one out on your own!

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SaLT Supervisor

Brooke

Brooke Nofer

SaLT Supervisor

salt@idrahaje.org

Brooke found her passion for camp at the age of 9 when she first attended a camp supported by her church in Ohio. It was at this camp where she first heard the gospel and committed her life to Christ. Brooke was brought to IdRaHaJe by a simple google search in 2015. She was a summer counselor at Tepee Camp in 2015 and fell in love with the mountains of Colorado. After a second amazing summer, Brooke joined full-time staff in the fall of 2016 as the SaLT Supervisor. She enjoys watching movies, reading by the fire, stargazing, and being outside!

Fun Fact: Brooke marched and played the trumpet at a football game in the Tampa Bay Ray’s baseball stadium.

Summer Program Coordinator

Travis

Travis Badding

Summer Program Coordinator

travis@idrahaje.org

Travis grew up in a small town in southeastern Colorado. While studying threater at the University of Northern Colorado, he learned about IdRaHaJe and came to work on summer staff in 2014. After graduating in December of 2015, he joined the full-time staff as the Summer Program Coordinator. He enjoys shooting archery, hiking, and rock climbing.

Fun Fact: Travis has a twin brother, but they do not share the same birthday.

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Curriculum & Instruction Supervisor

Amber

Amber DeBoer

Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor

amber@idrahaje.org

A native of Colorado, Amber first worked at IdRaHaJe in the summer of 1995. After marrying her husband, Mike, in 1998, her life path became closely connected to the ministry of IdRaHaJe. Amber taught various age groups in the public school system before feeling called to join IdRaHaJe's full time staff in the fall of 2014. She is passionate about creating Biblical, engaging and relevant curriculum for all facets of Camp and training staff to effectively interact with campers. Amber fully believes in the power of camp ministry to transform lives.

Fun Fact: Amber loves mountain adventures and can often be found exploring the trails, rocks and forests surrounding Bailey.

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Store & Snack Shop Supervisor

Shawna

Shawna Brown

Store and Snack Shop Supervisor

shawna@idrahaje.org

Shawna is a proud Texan and has been involved in Christian camping since 2000. She and her husband, along with their two youngest children, moved to IdRaHaJe from Texas in the spring of 2014. She enjoys creating healthy, homemade meals for the campers. When not in the kitchen, she can be found riding her horse or hiking.

Fun Fact: One of her goals is to get the entire staff to call eggs, potatoes, sausage & cheese wrapped in a tortilla a breakfast taco and not a breakfast burrito.

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Registrar

Sarah

Sarah Griffitts

Registrar

registration@idrahaje.org

Sarah started serving at IdRaHaJe and rocking the paperwork world in May of 2018 as your friendly neighborhood Registrar. She has been involved in camp ministry since 2005, and after leaving to pursue other ministry and career goals, has returned to her first love. She has a burden for lost souls and a passion for helping the hurting, broken, and marginalized people of this world find healing, redemption and freedom in Jesus. Above all, Sarah just wants to love and serve God with her whole self and love others well.

Fun Fact: Sarah is an artist who loves working with her hands. She enjoys woodworking, pottery, printmaking as well as a myriad of other media. You name it, she can make it!

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Nursing Supervisor

Keturah

Keturah Kerst

Nursing Advisor

nurse@idrahaje.org

If you are able to catch up with this Oklahoma transplant, you might find Keturah teaching grammar, math, history, science or nursing. Then again, you might find her helping out one of the many ministries she supports. Most likely, you will witness her caring for and homeschooling her and Tyler’s four vivacious daughters, while juggling many other demands on her time. If it happens to be May, June or July, you may get to observe Keturah training, supporting, managing and assisting the indispensable Summer Camp nursing staff. Since Keturah and Tyler’s arrival at camp in 2010, life has certainly been a fast paced lively adventure.

Fun Fact: 126 degrees in the shade! Mud brick hut. Middle of nowhere in Mali, Africa. Two years serving Jesus.

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MLS Coordinator & Nursing Advisor

Marissa

Marissa Willimann

Mountain Lab School Coordinator & Nursing Advisor

marissa@idrahaje.org

Marissa is a Colorado native. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, but later moved to Indiana where she has lived for the past eight years. After graduating nursing school Marissa had the opportunity to join the IdRaHaJe team and serve as a Mountain Lab School (MLS) instructor and summer nurse in 2016. She then moved back to Indiana to work at a well-known pediatric hospital. Marissa felt the Lord’s prompting to return to IdRaHaJe and join full time staff as MLS coordinator and nursing supervisor in the fall of 2017. She loves helping kids experience the character of God through His creation. Marissa enjoys a life of adventure including skiing, rock climbing, basically anything outside, caring for others, and learning new skills.

Fun Fact: Marissa has been a nurse on a medical mission in the Amazon twice!

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Building Supervisor

Ed

Ed Gallinger

Building Supervisor

After growing up in Central New York, Ed and his wife Suzette moved to Colorado in 1971, so they could enjoy the skiing. But, God intervened in their lives and they asked Christ into their hearts and in 1989 they felt called to Camp IdRaHaJe. Ed is in charge of construction and remodeling. He enjoys seeing what God does through him.

Fun Fact: Ed has tools older than most of the staff.

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Maintenance Supervisor

Micah

Micah Eggleston

Maintenance Supervisor

micah@idrahaje.org

Micah was born and raised in the Denver area. He was a camper at IdRaHaJe and worked as summer staff in 1980. After running his own automotive repair shop in Denver, he wanted a change from the headaches and came to work at IdRaHaJe full time in 2010.

Fun Fact: Micah is a second generation camper at IdRaHaJe, and his kids were third generation campers.

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Cook

Mike S

Mike Schwan

Cook

Mike joined the IdRaHaJe team in 2002 as a cook. His favorite thing to cook is hamburgers on the grill. You will often find him at Aspen View in the summer. He loves to see the kids’ faces light up when they enjoy eating his delicious food. In his spare time, he enjoys making log furniture.

Fun Fact: Mike is the only deaf member in his family.

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Adventure Program Assistant Supervisor

Nathan

Nathan Ewing

Adventure Program Assistant Supervisor

nathan@idrahaje.org

Nathan was born in the small town of Stockton, Missouri. Raised in a Christian home with a Youth Pastor father through which he saw at an early age the importance of ministry of varying kinds. In the wake of a tornado in his home town he felt a draw to disaster relief and perused that through several disaster relief mission trips as well as an internship in that field. Through this he was able to gain insight in the flexibility needed for doing ministry. He then became aware of IdRaHaJe through his college and was on adventure staff during the summers of 2016 and 2017, following which he stayed on for the IdRaHaJe Christian Camping Internship and was the SaLT Coordinator for the summer of 2018 before coming on to full time staff as the Adventure Program Assistant.

Fun Fact: Nathan once placed second in a grocery bagging competition for the entire state of Missouri.

2018-2019 IdRaHaJe Interns

IdRaHaJe Interns

IdRaHaJe Interns

2018-2019

Our IdRaHaJe interns commit to spending a full year working and learning about what camp ministry is all about!