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.

Matthew Balte

Program Intern

Kim rejoined the Glisson staff in 2011. She was a long-time camper and summer staffer, serving as a counselor in 1993 and 1995 and a section leader in 1996. Prior to her current position, Kim served as Conference Youth Coordinator for the North Georgia Conference for four years. As Program Director over Village and Sparrowwood, Kim works closely with the Program Team to coordinate Glisson’s summer camp programs. Kim and her husband, Chuck, a Worship Consultant, have two children, Lucy and Blakely.

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.

Blake joined the Glisson staff in July 2015. As a maintenance team member, Blake is responsible for working to keep all facilities at Glisson in their best shape. Prior to his time at Glisson, Blake worked in commercial construction. Blake enjoys many outdoor activities but can most often be found camping or fishing with his family. Blake lives in Dahlonega with his wife, Shana, and sons, Hank, Bo, and Gus.

Russell joined the Glisson staff as Director/Manager in 2007, a role he served in until 2012. He has served the local church in youth ministry, student pastor, appointed and beyond the local church capacities for almost 30 years. In his 21 years in camping and retreat ministry, Russell has served camps in the Virginia, Oklahoma and South Carolina annual conferences prior to coming home to North Georgia. As Director of NGCRM, Russell’s duties include overall responsibility for camp and retreat ministries for the North Georgia Conference. He is married to Rebecca who is a fundraiser and nonprofit executive. They have two college-age children: Sam, at the University of North Georgia, and Libby, at the University of South Carolina.

Stephanie joined the year-round NGCRM team in 2015 after multiple years on summer staff with Glisson, Grow, and ELI. She served on Glisson’s summer leadership team for four summers (’09,’10, ’12, ’13), then joined Grow Day Camps and ELI as a Program Director for the ’14 and ’15 summers. Stephanie’s role with NGCRM includes coordinating all aspects of Grow Day Camps and the Experiential Leadership Institute (ELI). Prior to her role at NGCRM, Stephanie taught high school science and Spanish in North Carolina and Georgia and served for a year with a ministry organization in Kenya. Stephanie lives in Dahlonega and attends Dahlonega UMC.

Caroline Hale

Administrative Assistant

One look at Glisson and Celestine knew that her love for supporting ministry, her childhood experience in camping, and her background in building sustainable donor relationships had found a home! Joining the North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries family in June 2017 has allowed Celestine to focus her time as Director of Development in cultivating and stewarding individual and major donor relationships. Celestine has ten-plus years of nonprofit development experience and was most recently with the American Cancer Society. Celestine resides with her husband, Reginald, in Loganville with their cat, Bear, and dog, Bandit.

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.

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.

Audrey LeSage

Program Intern

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 Business Manager & Camper Coordinator, Lacey is responsible for Glisson’s business operations and bookkeeping as well as managing camper registrations. Lacey and her husband Mitch have a son named Caleb.

Carrie Ann Sienkiewicz

Guest Services Manager

David joined the Glisson staff in 1995 and has served as Director of Facilities Services since 1998. He is responsible for all building and ground maintenance, as well as housekeeping. In addition to coordinating maintenance activities, David also serves on rotation as host to retreat groups – making sure the retreat experience is as smooth as possible, allowing groups to hear God’s still, small voice during their retreats on this holy ground. David and his wife Mary Lee have two grown children, Hannah and Zack.

Stephen served on summer staff as an Outpost Counselor in 2009, an Outpost Trip Leader in 2010, and an Outpost Co-Director in 2011. Stephen graduated from Kennesaw State University in May 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in History, 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.