North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries

North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries (NGCRM) is a family of ministries including Glisson Camp & Retreat Center, Grow Day Camps, Shoreline Camps, and the Experiential Leadership Institute (ELI). NGCRM is governed by a Board of Directors.

Adam joined the Glisson staff in May 2014. As a maintenance team member, Adam is responsible for working to keep all facilities at Glisson in their best shape. Adam enjoys all outdoor activities including rock climbing, kayaking, and fly fishing. Adam lives in Dahlonega with his wife, Amy, and daughters, Charlotte and Chloe.

Bryant Clay

Maintenance Assistant

Blake joined the staff in July 2015, and became Director of Facilities in November 2020. Blake has overall responsibility for keeping camp ministry grounds, facilities, and vehicles in their best shape. Prior to his time at Glisson, Blake worked in commercial construction. He enjoys many outdoor activities but can most often be found camping or fishing with his family. Blake lives in Dahlonega with his wife, Shana, sons, Hank, Bo, and Gus, and daughter, Annie.

C. Russell Davis is Executive Director of the North Georgia Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries, Inc., in his twelfth year serving the churches of our conference. He leads a team responsible for the ministry and facilities of Glisson Camp and Retreat Center, for Grow Day Camps and the Experiential Leadership Institute and for the newly launched Shoreline Camps. In 2018 these summer ministries served 4,486 children and youth.

In his twenty-six years in camping, he has served camps in Virginia, Oklahoma, and South Carolina prior to coming home to Georgia. He serves as Chairperson for the Association of United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries, has led and designed workshops and events for a variety of United Methodist and American Camp Association regional and national conferences, has been a visitor for the American Camp Association for twelve years, and is a representative to the ecumenical Outdoor Ministries Connection. He attended Georgia Southern College in Statesboro during the Erk Russell national championship years and attended seminary at the Candler School of Theology at Emory.

He is married to Rebecca who is Chief Development Officer for Action Ministries. They have two children, Sam, a history major at Kennesaw State, and Libby, a second-year art teacher in Camden, SC.

(Updated – January 2019)

Some people collect baseball cards; Cameron collects camp job titles, apparently. After multiple summers as a Glisson camper and then counselor in ’05, Cameron came back to camp in ’08 and never really left: Challenge Course Director in ’08, Program Intern from ’08-’09, Day Camp Director in ’09, Project Manager from ’09-10, Worship & Media Coordinator in ’11, Director of Communication & New Initiatives from ’11-13, and Director of Emerging Ministries from ’13 to ’15. Cameron now serves as Director of Communications for the NGCRM family of ministries (Glisson, Grow Day Camps, Experiential Leadership Institute, Shoreline Camps). Cameron is married to Britt who is a dietitian at DeKalb Medical. They live in Decatur with their children, Eli and Callie, and are active members of Decatur First UMC.

Autumn began her Glisson journey as a camper in 2005. She went on to participate in ELI and Crew. In 2016, Autumn served on Summer Staff as a Village counselor and a Site Director for Grow+ELI+Shoreline from 2017-2019. Autumn graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Psychology. She returned to North Georgia Camp and Retreat Ministries in 2020 as a Program Intern focused on Grow+ELI, then joined our year-round team as a Camper Coordinator in September 2021.

Laura joined the NGCRM staff in January 2017. Glisson has been an integral part of her life since she was in her early teens. Both of her now-grown daughters were highly involved in Glisson beginning in the 4th grade. Amanda was a counselor and Summer Leadership Team member for several years before serving as a program intern for two full years. Emily attended the LIT program and was a Crew member, then served as a counselor for several years. Laura comes to NGCRM from Carrollton, GA where she retired from the University of West Georgia after 32 years of administration including positions such as Assistant Registrar and Associate Director of the Advanced Academy of Georgia. As Executive Assistant for NGCRM, she works closely with Russell Davis while also managing donations and working on special projects.

Stephanie joined the year-round NGCRM team in 2015 as Director of Grow+ELI+Shoreline after having served on summer staff with Glisson’s summer leadership team (’09, ’10, ’12, ’13) and then as a program director for Grow and ELI (’14, ’15). As Co-Director of Summer Ministries, Stephanie’s role with NGCRM includes coordinating all aspects of our summer programming. Prior to her role at NGCRM, Stephanie taught high school science and Spanish in North Carolina and Georgia. Stephanie and her husband Ian live in Dahlonega and attend Dahlonega UMC.

Lacey re-joined the Glisson staff in 2008. She was a summer camper as a 4th, 5th and 6th grader from 1992 through 1994, then served as a Village Counselor in the summer of 2004. Lacey graduated from Reinhardt College in 2005 with her Bachelor’s degree, then spent the next three years in management positions with a dental practice and a restaurant group.  As Director of Administration, Lacey is responsible for NGCRM’s business operations and bookkeeping as well as coordinating camper registrations. Lacey and her husband Mitch have two sons, Caleb and Ethan.

Stephen served on summer staff as an Outpost Counselor in 2009, an Outpost Trip Leader in 2010, and an Outpost Co-Director in 2011. After graduating from Kennesaw State University in May 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in History, Stephen married his wife Ellen in July 2012, and then began a year-long internship with Glisson that he completed in July 2013. In August 2013, Stephen became Glisson’s first-ever, year-round Program Director specifically focused on our expanding Outpost program. As Co-Director of Summer Ministries, Stephen’s role with NGCRM includes coordinating all aspects of our summer programming. Stephen and Ellen and their sons, Micah and Owen, live in Dahlonega and attend Dahlonega UMC.