Here you can find our list of current and past chapel speakers, musicians, and ministry partner organizations.
Andy most recently served the Lord as Lead Pastor at Hope Community Church in Manitowoc, WI. His life mission is helping people reach their full potential in Christ. He shows value and makes everyone feel valuable in Christ. His preaching and teaching are practical while challenging along with a contagious sense of humor. He enjoys reading and traveling with his wife, Jean. They have one daughter, Courtney married to Nick Kartes and three amazing granddaughters, Nevaeh, Aliyah, and Braylen.
Pastor Josh Brumbaugh, his wife Ali, and their family, which now includes 7 children, came to Evansville in June of 2006.
While earning a Masters of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, Josh interned at Parkway Baptist Church. An Ohio native, Josh met his wife, Ali, a Connecticut native, while they were in college in Pennsylvania. Josh has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Ali has a Music Education degree. Before entering seminary, he spent four years working as a mechanical engineer in corporate America.
Pastor Josh has a passion and a vision to preach and teach God’s Word with relevance and impact.
Jack Hager has been coming to Crescent Lake since 1979! He has been a speaker both here and at camps throughout the United States. Jack provides challenging, thought-provoking messages in a straightforward style.
Nate Cravillion works at the Bridge Christian Community in Dubuque, Iowa as the worship pastor and youth pastor. He is passionate about helping students understand they are loved by God and can live freely in Christ. The students he works with at the Bridge range from middle to high school from all walks of life. He’s a husband to Elizabeth and a dad to three young children, Charles, Louisa and Edward. Refereeing basketball and baseball on the side, he gets to live out his love of sports as well. Nate connects well with people and brings straight-forward, practical truth when he teaches.
Rodney has been in full-time ministry as a senior pastor and youth pastor for 29 years. In addition to serving as Senior Pastor of Ogema Baptist Church in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, he is a public address announcer, appears in local stage productions, speaks at camps and workshops, and performs a comedy routine at a variety of venues. He and his wife of 32 years have five daughters who complicate and bring unspeakable joy to their lives. As a previous CLBC family camp speaker and attendee, he knows the potential for significant encouragement and challenge that family camp can provide and looks forward to serving again this year.
I have had the pleasure of serving at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks since June of 2003. I began serving in ministry full-time in 1972. Trusting Christ, two months before my twentieth birthday, my life was wonderfully changed. A very short period of time later, hearing a sermon preached by Pastor Vernon Nelms from 2 Kings 2:8-10 on Elisha's request for a double portion of power, I surrendered my life to ministry. Ministry, through the Lord's enabling, has been my purpose for the majority of my life. A verse in the Bible that moved my heart when in college was Acts 20:24, at the moment of reading it became my life's verse.
"But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God".
I married the love of my life, Sandy, July 20, 1974. We have three children, Jodi, Jimmy and Jenny; and we are always happy to share pictures of our grandchildren!
"You instruct people by what you say, You inspire people by who you are"
Dan Wetzel currently serves as pastor at Countryside Christian Church, in Oshkosh, WI. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and has been married to his wife Deborah since 2004. He has served the body of believers in various ways including youth outreach and ministry leadership. Dan has spoken to more than 500,000 people, including athletes, families, businesses and community leaders through his company, Day of Champions, Inc.which ties his love of basketball, sports, and his faith together.
WithoutExcuse is a group of energetic and talented musicians who have come together to create uplifting and encouraging music with a message. They recently released their new EP entitled "Hallways" produced by Josh Stoll (Jambourine Artist Development and one of the creators of Summertime Dropouts). WithoutExcuse has shared the stage with artists such as Disciple, Summertime Dropouts, Project 86, Icon For Hire, Silverline, Loftland, Bright Light Parade, A Life Set Apart, and more. They have played at noteworthy places including Summerfest, Lifest, and Bratfest.
Aaron is the founding pastor of New Day Christian Church in Weston. He and his family (five kids at last count) have been enjoying family camp at CLBC since 2010. Aaron has a Masters Degree in Ministry Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary. For more biographical information, listen to Weird Al Yankovic's song, "White and Nerdy".
Pastor Greg Alderman began his full-time ministry work in 1984. Since then, he has served as a Camp Director, Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor and more. He is a speaker who has been invited to speak at Christian Camps across the United States. He is currently serving as the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Damascus in Virginia.
Terry and Debby Baxter have over 20 years of pastoral experience with Church planting and Church renewals. Throughout their years in ministry they have spent time ministering at Churches, Bible Camps, Conferences, Crusades, Sportsman's Retreats, Marriage Retreats, in Prisons, and a number of other areas always bringing Bible-centered and gospel-focused messages to meet the needs of those they minister to.
Over the past 29 years, Jay has spoken in numerous churches, conferences, secular schools, Christian schools, universities and various other venues, with audiences ranging from 50 to over 5,000. Although his initial apologetics talks covered almost all aspects of the defense for the Christian faith, he is currently focusing on the authority and inspiration of Scripture. Since the Bible arguably gets attacked more for its creation account than any other area, he covers that extensively, but the overall picture is always the authority of God's Word. Jay has authored several books on the creation controversy and is currently serving as the Managing Director for the Creation Education Center. His full bio can be found at www.cecwisc.org.
Barry Rudesill has served on staff at Crescent Lake Bible Camp and as the Youth Pastor at Hidden Valley Community Church in Dodgeville, WI. He uses his 20+ years of working with teens in Christian Camping to help youth draw real-life applications from the Scriptures. With humor, a few tricks up his sleeve and an interactive presentation style, Barry inspires others to see themselves as God sees them. Barry enjoys playing outdoors doing activities like rock-climbing and hiking, while spending time with his family.
I have been blessed to be married to my bride, Lynn LaRee for over 21 years. She is my best friend, companion, confidant and co-laborer in ministry. We like to say on good days we are 90% compatible. We met at a northern Wisconsin Christian camp, where Lynn was serving on staff and I came to retreat as a camper.
We have four children: Zack (16), Galeana (14), Jackson (13) and Johnny Mack (6) who are a delight to us. Lynn's mother is also a vital part of our family and has been living with us since 2008. My family is my greatest earthly delight.
I have had the privilege of being a pastor for over 17 years. Currently, I serve as Senior Pastor at New Hope Evangelical Free Church in Mount Horeb, WI.
I was raised in Platteville, WI and did not know Jesus at that time. I graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in business in 1978, and came to know Jesus three years after college graduation on Sunday, February 8, 1981. That day my life did a 180% turn around.
I graduated from Mid-American Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN in 1989 with a Master Of Divinity degree in pastoral studies.
This is Armand Weller’s third time at Crescent Lake as our teacher for the family weekend. He has been a pastor, the author of nine books, a composer of Christian music, and a Bible teacher over the past 53 years. During his career, he mentored pastors across the country and served as the executive director of two national renewal groups. He is now retired and lives with his wife, Barbara, in Lancaster, PA. But he continues to be involved in the Lord’s work at the local church level by teaching, sharing in music for worship, and helping with leadership development. He is looking forward to his return to Crescent Lake.
Imagine a camp that is fully climate-controlled, one that features an indoor archery range, an indoor climbing wall, an indoor environmental center and much more! Imagine being able to work with campers of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. Now you will have a small idea of what this project is and what it will mean to thousands of youth who - for one reason or another - were never able to go to camp. Now they can!
The Northern Lakes Impact Center is our new partner in programming. Through Northern Lakes, we are proud to offer Environmental Education, Leadership Institute and Teambuilding for groups ranging from At-risk / Adjudicated Youth to Fortune 100 Companies.
The Trek is an online video series that helps participants learn more about themselves, their behaviors, and their emotional reactions toward situations and people they encounter every day. This personal development curriculum assists adults, parents, spouses, children, and families celebrate the strengths in their lives while recognizing areas where there is room for improvement. The Trek is a program for you, about you and by you. It helps those who want freedom to learn more about their behaviors and the belief systems that drive those behaviors. It is for everyone and no one who completes the journey will be the same.