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We would like to introduce you to some of our staff here at Wilderness Way!  These staff pictured below are some names and faces you may hear/see quicker if you were to call or visit Camp.  While our other Group Chiefs and staff members are not pictured, they are still vitally important to our Camp family!

John Bowman

Executive Director

Chief John received a BA in Psychology and an MA in Church and Community Services at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary. John began his therapeutic camping experience with three years as group chief at a boys' camp in the early '90s, then joining Wilderness Way in 1998. Chief John currently serves as Executive Director of Wilderness Way. He and his wife have four daughters.

Susan Willis

Group Work Supervisor

Chief Susan was born and raised in Tennessee. In her early twenties she was a raft guide on the Ocoee River. During that time she realized the truth of the gospel and became a lover and follower of Jesus Christ. After guiding rafts for three years, she came to South Carolina to be counselor for the Pathfinder group. She chiefed for two years then left camp to pursue a Business Administration degree with Columbia International University. Through God's clear guidance, she returned to camp spring of 2021 and is continuing her education through CIU's online program. Her interests include people, rock climbing, canoe trips, playing guitar & songwriting, carpentry, and lifelong learning among others.

Tim Gibson

Family Worker

Beginning in 1984, Chief Tim served at Cameron Boys Camp in North Carolina for 27 years as chief, assistant director and director. Chief Tim later served as a family pastor in NC for four years as well as a short term as Executive Director for the Wilderness Road Therapeutic Camping Association. Chief Tim joined Wilderness Way Girls' Camp in 2018.  He and his wife have five daughters.

Kristina Weaver

Group Work Supervisor

Chief Kristina grew up in the southern tip of Illinois. She began serving as Trailblazer Chief then transitioned to the Pathfinder group. Her favorite part of camp is watching girls work through the tough stuff to be able to rebuild their relationships with their family. One of her life's motto is "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway." Currently, Chief Kristina serves as Group Work Supervisor.

Lisa Mapon

Education Coordinator

Miss Lisa joined our staff here at Camp in 2017.  She has a BA in Psychology from the University of South Florida and also a Masters in Special Education from Converse College.  Miss Lisa also taught in upstate Greenville, Pickens, and Oconee Counties for 20 years.  She has a heart for the campers and the education she teaches to them.

Denise Danson

Secretary/Office Assistant

Miss Denise joined our Camp staff in 2014.  She is a large part in helping Camp run by doing the day-to-day 'behind the scenes' paperwork.  She also helps by answering phone calls and keeping our office and files organized.  She enjoys DIY projects and taking trips to Lowes.

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