Since 1993, Student Life has served churches through inter-denominational Christian summer camps, conferences, and resources. We strive to support your student ministry with Gospel-centered experiences that transform students into devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Student Life exists to help people know Christ through His Word. We believe God’s Word is relevant and instructive for the challenges students face today. Our camps inspire students through engaging worship, sound biblical teaching, and community-building in small group Bible studies.
We believe discipleship best occurs within the context of the local church. Relationships formed at camp between students and their leaders serve as a catalyst to discipleship that continues long after camp ends. We would be honored to have the opportunity to partner with your group to make Jesus known in the lives of your students.
Even though Alex grew up on the beaches of South Florida, he is a self-proclaimed man of the mountains. When he was four, he and his family moved overseas to the Middle East where he started in a British school and picked up a British accent. His parents decided to ditch the desert, and move back to Florida where Alex fell in love with playing sports and being outdoors. Because of a high school Student Pastor’s investment, Alex developed a passion for pouring into other students, leading him to desire to be a part of Student Life.
Alex loves his job because it allows him to see students be inspired to fully sell out for Christ. The most energizing aspect of his work is figuring out ways to program camp in a way that engages students and enables them to encounter Christ in a personal way. He is a visionary that loves serving within God’s calling on his life to help mobilize a generation to impact our world.
Since joining Student Life in the summer of 2015, Alex has served as a Rec Leader, Rec Director, and now serves as an Event Director. He recently graduated from Liberty University (go Flames) where he studied Finance and played lacrosse. He loves fly fishing, camping, and long walks on the beach.
From the age of eight, summer camp was something Amanda looked forward to every year. Camp was where she became a Christ-follower after her third-grade year. When she was old enough, she applied for and worked a summer at Crosspoint, a Christian sports camp. She remembers thinking, “If I could do this for a living it would truly be my dream job!” When she found out Student Life offered full-time positions for summer camp, she was in! She began traveling with the Student Life for Kids team in 2001 and has been here ever since.
Since becoming a believer at summer camp, Amanda has known how impactful one or two weeks in a summer can be. She believes there is something about being away from your everyday life and immersing yourself into a week that challenges you to grow in your relationship with Christ (or begin one) that is life-changing. Even though she doesn’t travel on a camp team anymore, she gets to be a part of the behind-the-scenes prep work and customer service that brings groups to camp. She loves using her gifts administratively in a ministry that facilitates these life-changing weeks. And seventeen summers later, it’s still a dream job. Her role includes brainstorming ways to make things easier on Student Pastors and Kid Ministers and implementing new processes that make camp run smoothly. The less they have to take care of, the more time they get to spend with their students and kids. That’s a big win.
Amanda graduated from Mississippi College and went on to get her Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is now married to Matt, who serves as the Director of Technology at The Church at Brook Hills. They have three kiddos, Abby, Jack, and Olivia who keep them very busy.
Danielle grew up attending and volunteering at a summer camp in Kansas City. Whether it was working in the kitchen or the snack shop, if she could be there, she was! This was a place she saw discipleship happen in a unique and special atmosphere and developed a desire to be a part of something similar long term.
Having a love of traveling and hearing people’s stories, Danielle gets to meet and talk with people from all over while exploring new camp locations or returning to many of the same hotels, conference centers or universities year after year. She also enjoys geeking out over excel spreadsheets full of data and camp details.
After graduating from Mississippi College, Danielle began working with Student Life for Kids camp in the summer of 2001. She began full time in 2004 in the production department, coordinating videos for camp and Bible Study. In 2008 she moved to the Events team and into her current role. She loves coffee, chocolate, finding a good deal, the Kansas Jayhawks and spending time with her family. She is married to Wes, a Student Minister at The Church at Brook Hills and has 3 children: (twins) Malakai and Amiya & Nora Layne.
Gabe surrendered his life to Jesus at camp in 2012, he had no idea how prevalent a role camp would play in his life, but God did. Gabe attended camp for four summers and worked for five — each of which were used by God to teach him more about himself and, more importantly, Himself. When the opportunity came his way to serve in camp ministry full time, Gabe jumped at it!
Gabe is grateful to be part of a ministry that focuses so heavily on discipleship. Personally, Gabe has never felt more like he am doing what he was made to do than when he is actively engaged in discipling others and being discipled. Gabe is excited to travel this summer and walk this journey of discipleship with his team and the churches that make their way to camp!
Gabe graduated with a Social Work major and Biblical Studies minor from Cedarville University. He graduated this past May from Southeastern University with a Masters in Social Work. Gabe loves using these clinical skills to serve the church! Every free moment is filled with volleyball and Chick-fil-A — what more could one possibly need?
Hailea was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and moved to Virginia when she was 18 for college. Hailea met the Lord when she was 15 working a VBS and then began attending Student Life as a camper soon after. She fell in love with camp ministry during her freshman year of college and realized then that if she could work camp for the rest of her life, she would.
Hailea loves talking to people! Her job provides the opportunity to daily communicate with student pastors and youth leaders. Hailea enjoys utilizing her communication & people skills in getting to both serve and know Student Pastors. Hailea loves to serve the church behind the scenes because it, “Takes me out of my comfort zone.” She believes even inputting info into our system is Kingdom work, and loves being a part of something much bigger than herself.
Hailea just graduated from Liberty University (go Flames) with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development. She has been working seasonally for Student Life since 2015 serving in 4 different roles. This is her first year working full-time with Student Life & she loves it! Hailea loves psychology, corgis, scary movies, youth ministry, and being with people “a latte!” (She also may be obsessed with coffee…maybe).
Josh grew up being very involved in the local Church. One of his favorite aspects was their summer camp ministry. The Lord used camp to connect him with volunteer leaders at his church who served as chaperones, one of them being the head of the church’s drama ministry. Believe it or not, Josh started acting in the drama ministry from Jr. High all throughout High School. It was there that the Lord allowed doors to open to apply for Student Life’s drama team in the summer of 2009. In spite of his horrific acting skills, he was somehow hired on a summer staff team and now he never acts. Ever. PTL.
Josh loves being part of a ministry that supports the Church through camp ministry. He feels it is still so successful in reaching and engaging students. And, he loves playing a part in impacting students the same way he was impacted as a student. His favorite aspect of his job is investing in the people around him while simultaneously being invested in by them. He learned so much from Student Life as a college student and loves providing the same opportunity to others coming through our summer staff.
He is a lion/otter, ENTJ (a nice one), and a Synergist. His degree is in Communication Studies from the University of Memphis. He loves fishing, leadership, reading, and creating as well as the Memphis Tigers, Memphis Grizzlies, Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys.
Lacy grew up attending Student Life camp all throughout high school. She ended up giving her life to Christ at camp when she was a junior in high school. After coming to know Jesus, Lacy fell in love with serving the Church. As soon as she got college, she knew God wanted her to partner with Student Life Camp, giving her summers to serve the Church.
As an Event Director, Lacy’s summers are dedicated to traveling across the country serving churches, in the offseason, she works hard to prepare the best camp experience possible. She loves creating an environment for students to see God fully and believes God has given her a creative spirit to help others encounter Jesus. For Lacy, the best part of her job is seeing youth groups leave camp unified by the Holy Spirit.
Lacy graduated from Liberty University (go flames) with a degree in Counseling. She served 3 summers on the road as seasonal staff. Last year was her first summer as an Event Director for Student Life for Kids and now she will lead a youth camp team. Lacy loves her husband, Nathan, going to concerts (a lot…like, a lot), French bulldogs, and a nice aesthetically pleasing coffee shop.
Melissa has always loved details and organizing. School supply shopping was a favorite activity each year (and was really the only kind of shopping she enjoyed). A combination of that love of administration and a calling to ministry and discipleship in college was the perfect setup for what she gets to do every day at Student Life.
For the past ten years, Melissa has coordinated the community projects for Mission Camp participants as they go and serve each week in the summer. Getting to talk with churches about their student’s desire to serve, and placing them in a setting to stretch these muscles is so rewarding to her. As an Event Specialist, she serves through camp preparations, behind the scenes details, and communication directly with churches. It is a joy to be a part of serving the local church in this capacity, especially when coordinating logistics is a favorite past-time.
Melissa received her undergraduate degree from The University of TN, Chattanooga in 2000 and a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005. After spending 3 summers with LifeWay through Centrifuge during seminary, and another couple years in ministry within the local church, Birmingham and Student Life became “home” in the fall of 2006. She is married to Josh, and has two children, Levi and Lydia.
The Lord started working in Michael’s life when he was experiencing many hardships at the age of 15 when he was first invited to Church by some friends. Michael’s Student Pastor convinced him to attend a Student Life camp in 2011, where he surrendered his life to the Lord. It was at this camp where Michael experienced a love he never imagined anyone could feel. Since then Lord has developed Michael and fostered a passion for His word and a desire to see student’s lives change through the power of the Gospel.
As an Event Director, Michael seeks to find new and creative ways to serve the bride of Christ. One of the aspects Michael most enjoys about his job is meeting and serving Life Group Leaders. Michael’s passion is to Create True Heroes as he knows first hand the value leaders have on their students. Getting to be a part of that growth gives Michael so much joy!
Michael currently attends Liberty University where he’ll soon have a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. He began seasonal employment with Student Life in 2017 and joined the full-time staff in 2018. Michael is a huge movie buff, loves baseball (perhaps even more than Tanner Brack does), and his favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals. He also boasts an unbeaten “never have I ever” record as he has never chewed a piece of gum in his life (and never will).
Rebekah grew up attending various Student Life for Kids and Student Life Camps. She fell in love with event planning and administrative ministry in college where she worked as a wedding planner and as an assistant to the associate pastor at her church.
Rebekah sees the Kingdom impact of detailed, administration work. She loves being able to work behind the scenes to create processes and plans through events so the Gospel can be presented without distraction. Serving where she’s gifted so others are free to focus their efforts on where they are skilled is one of her greatest passions.
Rebekah graduated from the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig) in 2016 where she studied Marketing and Non-Profits. She began her seasonal employment with Student Life in 2014 and served in 3 different positions for 4 summers before joining the full-time team in 2017. Rebekah loves fruit roll-ups and Oreos, she is terrible at Pac-Man, and one day she wants to live in a lighthouse.
Sarah Beth grew up in a small town in Northwest Alabama that no one has ever heard the name of. She spent her time dancing and planning any events her school would agree to. She went to Student Life Camp with her youth group and always wondered who the people with the nametags and worked behind the scenes were. In college, she began to feel a calling to support and enable ministry and found a home to do that here at Student Life.
Sarah Beth’s position allows her to combine her detailed and process-driven mind with her deep-rooted belief in the role of the local Church. Day to day, you’ll find her setting up mission projects for the summer and working on our Prep Center information. She loves that, at Mission Camp, students are able to realize serving and opportunities to share the Gospel can happen anywhere. She hopes that a light bulb goes off, that there are nursing homes, apartment complexes, food banks, etc. in their own hometowns and God has called them to be ministers of the Gospel there every day.
Sarah Beth graduated from Auburn University in 2013 where she studied Agricultural Communications and Public Relations (cue the cow jokes). She began seasonal employment with Student Life in 2010 and joined the full-time staff in 2013. Sarah Beth, along with her husband Billy, enjoy hosting friends for meals, game nights, youth Bible studies, gardening and spending time with their church.
Tanner is a proud Texan (surprise, surprise) from a northeast Texas town called Mount Pleasant. Despite being one of those dreaded PK’s, he not only grew to love Christ, but also His Church.
Tanner’s position sends him across the country during the summer, leading a team of college students to serve Student Pastors in their mission of making disciples. Throughout the year you’ll catch him answering phone calls, creating recreation games, and helping with the interviewing and hiring process for summer staff. One of Tanner’s favorite parts of his job is getting to know and serve Student Pastors.
Tanner graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2015 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. He began seasonal employment with Student Life in 2013 and joined the full-time staff in 2016. He enjoys Little Debbie snacks, Dr. Pepper, board games, and is the biggest baseball fan in the office.
Ty grew up (shockingly) as an extrovert son of a musician and an artist. His desire to know people led him to become a passionate presence in his youth group. Time and dedication from youth leaders in the church allowed Ty to develop into a leader with passionate faith and a call to ministry. He pursued this calling in college where he worked at a local church and spent 2 years in seminary at Beeson Divinity School. He is now transferring schools in order to further invest in the ministry here at Student Life.=
Ty’s role at Student Life allows him to work behind the scenes in the ministry that has been developing his faith since 6th grade. He loves that it allows him to turn around and serve the church in an impactful way every year. He enjoys seeing the summer staffers that serve, grow into godly, strong leaders equipped to serve the church and spread the Gospel for the rest of their lives.
Ty studied History at Texas Tech University where he graduated in 2016. He still blindly expects a national championship every season. Ty has attended a Student Life camp every summer since 2006. He began seasonal employment as a Mission Site Coordinator in 2013 and worked five summers in various positions before he joined the home office team as an Event Specialist. Ty enjoys watching movies with friends, football, and has tried every flavor of Sour Patch Kids known to man.