When he is not having fun at camp, James enjoys day hikes with his family, running, playing with the dogs, reading, and playing on the Little Rascals volleyball team. James loves his job at Tekoa, "I remember the first time I drove into camp and thinking to myself, Wow! What a beautiful place to serve God and enjoy the beauty of God's creation".
John joined the Camp Tekoa staff in 2013. He has spent over ten years in youth ministry at Bethlehem UMC in Waxhaw and First UMC in Hendersonville. He also ran a camp for Livada Orphan Care in Romania. He served on summer camp staff in 1999 and 2000 where he worked as a resource for backpacking and rock-climbing. He met his beautiful wife Carrie at Camp Tekoa (in front of the rocking chairs to be exact) and also proposed to her at camp. They have two children, Elizabeth and Tucker. He also has two dogs (Bo and Luke) and a cat (Macey). John graduated from Campbell University with a BA in Graphic Design and Studio Art. He also has an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a Commissioned Deacon in the Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC.
When not at camp, John enjoys hiking with the family, backpacking (without the family), climbing, mountain biking and pretty much anything else in the woods. Camp Tekoa involves his greatest passions of serving children, discipling staff and ministering in an outdoor environment.
Will started working at camp while attending college at Appalachian State University studying Recreation Management. Knowing he had a passion for camping, he focused his degree on Outdoor Experiential Education, and made every attempt to be at camp to work with weekend groups. He became a full-time staff member in the fall of 2012, serving as the Adventure Director; leading climbing trips, caving excursions, and camp games while keeping up with staff to ensure they’re having a great time at camp too.
Other than working at camp, Will enjoys obstacle racing, rock climbing, badminton, boardgames with friends, cooking at home, and playing with the three goats that live in his backyard: Jonah, The Wail, and Voldemort.
Karen is a member at the Skyland United Methodist Church where she is leads the prayer ministry and volunteers in several other ministries. Karen's hobbies include hiking, walking, reading, and cheering Duke Men's & Women's basketball teams.
Melisa joined the camp staff in January 2007. Since her start, she has helped Tekoa transition to a fully "live" summer registration system and has implemented a proactive communication plan between Tekoa and its registrants, donors, board members and conference churches.
She is a full-time student, working toward her bachelors degree. Her long term goal is a Masters Degree in Counseling.
In Melisa's free time, when she isn't answering phones or registering campers, she actively volunteers in the local Emmaus/Chrysalis Community.. Melisa also enjoys hiking, running, camping and spending time with her family and friends.
Much of Greg's free time is spent with his wife Eleanor, daughters Caroline and Julia, and son Charlie. As a family they enjoy activities such as camping and swimming. Greg also enjoys playing the banjo, riding his road bike, and doing auto mechanic work.