Roy and his wife Sheila have served at Camp Sankanac since 2002. After serving as the Director of Maintenance for 12 years, Roy has been serving as the Executive Director since 2012. Roy gives oversight to all that happens here at camp and insures that everything we do helps us in fulfilling our mission. Sheila shares in the ministry by serving as camp nurse whenever she is needed as well as a variety of other roles. Roy and Sheila serve alongside their three children, Cole, Kyle and Larissa.
- Favorite scripture verse: Ephesians 2:10
- How old were you when you became a believer in Jesus? Teenager
- One thing you’d love to do: I would love to travel to Hawaii and/or Alaska with my family
- Favorite place to eat: Red Lobster
- First job: I worked at the Steak Shop at Zerns
- Favorite place at camp: Along the French Creek back behind Lenape (Please don’t tell anyone. Too many people will ruin the peacefulness).
- What do you love most about working at Camp Sankanac? The diversity of jobs that each day can bring, and watching the Lord work in the hearts of young believers.
Dave and Brielle Stallard- Assistant Directors
Brielle Stallard – Director of Finance and Administration
Brielle has lived at Camp Sankanac her entire life and enjoyed being raised as a “camp kid”. Being the daughter of the previous camp director, Jan Coudriet, she enjoys continuing the legacy of ministry that her parents established here. Brielle has served as Office manager since 2007 and is responsible for registration, finance and other office (and non-office) related responsibilities. She also enjoys being the Secretary for The Call Outdoors ministry. Brielle loves watching her daughter, Ella, experience a similar childhood that she enjoyed and the whole family has been blessed by the safe arrival of Jordan in January of 2017.
- Favorite Bible passage: Hebrews 4:14-16
- Favorite worship song: What Wondrous Love is This?
- Favorite food: Italian
- Favorite season at camp and why: I love fall–camp is stunningly beautiful as the leaves change!
- First job at camp: Dishwasher at Traber Center
- Country you’d like to visit: Anywhere I can see the Northern Lights!
- Where you grew up: Right here at Sankanac!
- What you wanted to be when you were a child: Singer
- What do you like most about the ministry of Camp Sankanac?
This place is a place of peace and rest for so many…there is something about coming here and seeing God’s beautiful creation and being away from your typical surroundings that draws your focus to higher things. It’s the perfect setting to dig into God’s Word and learn more about Him. One of my favorite things is seeing campers who are long past camper age return to camp and reminisce about all that God taught them at camp and how those truths impacted them throughout the entire course of their life. No matter the setting, no matter your surroundings or circumstances, God’s truth never changes. For generations, this simple and life-changing message has been communicated to campers and guests. It’s awesome to see campers, staff and alumni apply God’s truths to their lives bringing about restoration, encouragement and strength to face each day.
Dave Stallard – Director of Programming, Recruiting, and The Call Outdoors
Dave Stallard has been serving at Camp Sankanac since 2007 when he started The Call Outdoors ministry to hunters. As a ministry of Camp Sankanac and BCM International, The Call Outdoors uses church game dinners, to hunting videos, to hunting trips, to national television and other outdoor related avenues to share the Gospel. TCO has seen over 1,000 individuals come to faith in Christ through their outreach events. Dave also serves at Sankanac as Co-Assistant Director and oversees the summer camp programming, recruitment and directs boys’ basketball camp each summer.
Dave and his wife Brielle serve at Sankanac together and praise the Lord for their two daughters, Ella and Jordan.
- Favorite Bible passage: Rev. 21
- Favorite worship song: In Christ Alone
- Favorite food: Mashed Potatoes
- Favorite season at camp and why: Fall & Summer. Fall is the most beautiful time to be at camp. Summer is a time to spend with all the kids!
- First job at camp: Pulling weeds out of all the flower beds at Traber Center.
- Country you’d like to visit: Israel
- Where you grew up: Clarks Summit, PA
- What you wanted to be when you were a child: A professional Basketball player.
- What do you like most about the ministry of Camp Sankanac? Being a part of growing disciples of Jesus Christ.
Jeff and his wife Debbie have been serving at Camp Sankanac since 2011. Jeff works hard keeping our facilities functioning properly and in excellent condition. As a team member of The Call Outdoors (TCO), since 2007 Jeff has led countless individuals to faith in Jesus through that ministry. Jeff and Debbie have also served as mentors to our summer support staff. Additionally, Debbie uses her creativity and photography skills to help capture all that goes on here at camp. Jeff and Debbie serve alongside their son, Jake.
- Favorite scripture verse: Isaiah 53:5, John 3:16-17, Romans 10:13
- How old were you when you became a believer in Jesus? 8
- One thing you’d love to do: I would love to visit Israel as a family.
- Favorite place to eat: Friendly’s, Red Lobster, and Camp Mill in the summer.
- First job: I worked as a dishwasher at the Peddler Inn Restaurant
- Favorite place at camp: Main Camp in the summer time, Old Field in off season
- What do you love most about working at Camp Sankanac?
1) Watching men come to the Lord through game dinners and challenging them at Father/son weekend events through The Call Outdoors ministry
2) Seeing kids come to know the Lord and grow in that relationship through summer camps and retreats
3) Helping the summer support staff mature in their walk with the Lord and the many off season visits we get from them.
In conclusion, what is not to love when you are following God’s will for your life?
Ben and His wife, Erin were both campers and counselors at Camp Sankanac in the past. Ben served on full time staff from 2002-2008 as part of the maintenance crew. They returned to camp to serve full-time in 2014. Ben serves on maintenance; taking care of all the facilities and keeping the grounds looking good. Ben and Erin serve alongside their two boys; Jacob and Samuel and their daughter, Kate.
- Favorite Bible passage: Micah 6:6-8
- Favorite worship song: It is Well with My Soul
- Favorite food: Anything my wife makes
- Favorite season at camp and why: Winter – I love snow
- First job at camp: Counselor in Creekside
- Country you’d like to visit: I have no desire to travel overseas
- Where you grew up: Gilbertsville, PA
- What you wanted to be when you were a child: A police officer or doing some sort of construction
Phil is serving the Lord full-time on the maintenance team and helps with IT support. He is also a long-time team member of The Call Outdoors ministry and looks forward to continuing to serve in that capacity. Phil became a full-time BCM Missionary in May of 2016 and is excited to be in full-time ministry at Sankanac.
- Favorite Bible passage: Habakkuk
- Favorite worship song: Be Thou My Vision
- Favorite food: Chick-fil-A
- Favorite season at camp and why: Fall, because of the cooler temps and the changing of the leaves.
- First job at camp: Maintenance
- Country you’d like to visit: Israel
- Where you grew up: Clarks Summit PA
- What you wanted to be when you were a child: Professional basketball player
- What do you like most about the ministry of Camp Sankanac? The best thing about Camp Sankanac is being able to pour into the next generation of kids through the outdoors.
Maureen Dekonty – Guest Services Coordinator
Maureen started as a volunteer at camp during the fall of 2018. For several months prior to that time, the church plant she attends, Branch Life Church, was graciously allowed to meet in the chapel at Camp Sankanac. She felt very called to help out at camp as a way of expressing her thanks. After a few months of volunteering, she took on the role of Guest Services Coordinator. She also worked as the Camp Receptionist during the summer of 2019. As the Guest Services Coordinator, Maureen serves churches, schools, organizations and individuals who are looking to host events and retreats at our facilities. Her responsibilities include fielding questions, conducting tours, booking facilities, coordinating with our staff team and making sure both our guests and staff are all prepared for the event. Whether it’s a family reunion, class trip, church group, mission organization or company gathering, Maureen welcomes guests to our facilities with a servant’s heart and ensures that they are comfortable as they experience the peace and rest that Sankanac facilities and grounds provide.
- Favorite Bible passage: Micah 6:8
- Favorite worship song: “You Are My Hiding Place”
- Favorite food: pizza
- Favorite season at camp and why: Summer is my favorite season — seeing all the campers enjoying the beautiful camp and getting the opportunity to know the counseling staff
- First job at camp: volunteer
- Country you’d like to visit: Ireland
- Where you grew up: Bergen County, New Jersey
- What you wanted to be when you were a child: A teacher.
- What do you like most about the ministry of Camp Sankanac? The full-time and summer staff have a great heart for sharing their faith – and it is done with great joy. They are making a tremendous difference in the lives of the campers, and it is a blessing to be part of this very special ministry.
Jonelle Tholan – Housekeeper
Jonelle has been serving at Camp Sankanac since 1998. Jonelle serves as our housekeeper at the Traber Center and our Main Camp facilities. Her expertise is making sure every aspect of those facilities is in great shape for our guests. Jonelle plays an invaluable role in making sure our guests have a great experience at Camp Sankanac.
- Favorite scripture verse: Psalm 139
- How old were you when you became a believer in Jesus? 7, accepted Christ at camp
- One thing you’d love to do: travel to Finland to see where my mother’s ancestors lived
- Favorite place to eat: the Pit Stop
- First job: newspaper deliverer
- Favorite place at camp: The waterfall
- What do you love most about working at Camp Sankanac? That it is ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD. I had wanted to work at a Christian camp since I was a little girl.
Amanda Smedley- Director of Food Services
Amanda’s love for camp began 20 years ago, as a camper and continued in 2009 when she came on staff as a kitchen worker. She has been in the restaurant industry for 12 years and graduated from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in 2010. Aside from serving at multiple camps she has worked in numerous restaurants in Chester County and the surrounding Philadelphia region. Her responsibilities at Sankanac will include cooking for the various retreat groups as well as the summer camp, ordering and overseeing food preparation.
Favorite verse: James 1:17
Favorite worship song: So will I
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite season at camp: Spring-it gets me excited about camp
What do you like most about the ministry at Camp Sankanac? I am so blessed to be able to pour into the lives of all who come across my path. I was blessed by so many staff members as a camper and it is awesome to be able to do that for others and be used by God in that capacity.
Travis Emmett- Administration, Program and Development Assistant
Travis has been involved with Camp Sankanac since 2015 when he served on Sankanac’s summer camp staff team. Travis returned to work year-round for Sankanac at the beginning of 2017 to complete a year-long internship program through City Vision University while finishing his degree in nonprofit management. After completing his internship, Travis was asked to become a full-time staff member and BCM Intl. missionary. Travis enjoys being married to his childhood sweetheart, Bonnie; being a father to his twin children (Adalyn & Clayton); and serving the other Sankanac staff members, guests, and partners.
Favorite book of the Bible: Ecclesiastes
One thing you would like to do: Start my own nonprofit that focuses on helping bring together other nonprofits and faith-based ministries to work together to be more effective and efficient through collaboration and innovation.
Favorite thing about Camp Sankanac: Being able to share the gospel and help disciple and train the next generation of Christian’s.
Bob & Sharon Emmett- Church Relations Coordinator
Bob and Sharon join the Sankanac team with decades of camp experience. After serving at a wilderness therapeutic camp for boys, they joined BCM Int’l as missionaries in 1996. Following an ‘extended’ route through Southeast Asia, they landed in northern New York and were privileged to serve and raise their 4 children at BCM’s Mandaville Camp & Retreat Center. Both are passionate about reaching and discipling the next generation for Christ using outdoor and wilderness experiences. They are eager to discover how they can best help the team effectively minister to campers, families, and local churches in the surrounding communities.
Getting to know the Emmetts:
Favorite Bible passage: Bob – Galatians 2:20 Sharon-Heb 12:1-2, Eph 1-2
· Favorite worship song: Bob- King of the Nations Sharon- Before the Throne, And Can it Be
· Favorite food: Bob- Sri Lankan chicken curry Sharon-cooked over a campfire, trail mix
· Where you grew up: Bob- Rhode Island Sharon-Michigan
· First jobs: Bob- Pizza maker Sharon-US Army
· What you wanted to be when you were a child: Bob- Professional bowler Sharon-Veterinarian
· When/where did you come to know Jesus as Savior? Bob- At the age of 23 back in RI
Sharon- When I was 7or 8 yrs old sitting up in a tree at home.
· What you would do with time off: Bob- play banjo and guitar, mountain bike, hiking/running
Sharon-explore, read, hike, camp repeat (preferably all those together)
· What do you love about Christian camp ministry:
Bob – I love the intentional relationship-building between campers and staff in the natural environment where God’s voice can be heard and responded to through His creation, His Word, and His people. It thrills me to see campers make personal and spiritual discoveries about themselves and God’s love for them that profoundly impacts their lives.
Sharon- helping kids come to know the Creator God and discover that God intentionally made them unique and loves them that way, helping kids conquer fears, discover and use their imaginations, and play in the outdoors.