Meet the Staff

IMG_2632Staff at Camp Bighorn love living life alongside their students. We consider it our privilege to welcome people into our community and learn together what God is teaching us through adventure. Though the Journey Director and Facilitators are dedicated entirely to the Journey Program, the staff in each of the branches at Bighorn will play a huge part in the running of the program and in building relationships with the students.

We look forward to having you here with us!

Erick and Amy Ellison, Journey Directors
Hello! We are the Ellisons. We are a young, enthusiastic, and a passionate couple who are excited about what God’s up to in this world and the things that He’s choosing to do through us and in us as we
partner with him. Amy and I (Erick) grew in places far apart from each other and far away from the wild state of Montana.


Jemimah Murphy, Journey Facilitator
Jemimah is a Montana native and has years of experience in facilitating adventure at Camp Bighorn. She sees the post-highschool years as a time when many people are faced with choosing their life trajectory and trying to decide what values they have and which ones are worthwhile. She is looking forward to being a part of the Journey Program because she believes that it is a way college-aged students can learn to see themselves, other people, and God himself a little more clearly through nature, learning, and a tight group of people. She is thankful for the opportunity this year to be grounded in God’s truth and love, and to invest in the people that God brings to the program.


Program DirectorsReuben and Sarah Stratford, Program Directors
Reuben has been at Camp Bighorn for over 16 years. He received a Bachelor’s in Ministry and Outdoor Leadership from Prairie Bible College and a Master’s of Art in Spiritual Formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He has a passion for teaching in and outside of the classroom and loves walking alongside people as they push the boundaries of what they thought possible. Camp Bighorn is an environment that reveals to me and to others how much we need God and the people He has put in our lives. Reuben is excited to serve at Bighorn alongside his wife Sarah and even their 3 children as they grow in their ability to lead and serve.


Wilderness Trip CoordinatorBecky McKinnon, Wilderness Coordinator
Becky graduated from Wheaton College and then participated in their graduate level Advanced Wilderness Leadership Program in 2003, which opened her eyes to the ways God can use the wilderness for personal, relational and spiritual growth. She has led trips and trained wilderness leaders across the country, and is continually amazed to see God’s provision, faithfulness and instruction in the lonely places of the earth.


Venture CoordinatorsCaleb and Jen Sapp, Venture Coordinators
After attending the Explore Program and finishing a B.A. in Youth Ministry, Caleb worked at a residential program for teens “at risk” for one year. Having a passion for the outdoors, Caleb came on Camp Bighorn staff in May of 2008 to begin Venture, a program that puts on adventure experiences with underprivileged youth, addiction recovery groups, and residential boarding schools.


Admin DirectorsGarrett and Anna Boon, Admin Directors
Garrett and Anna have served as the Admin Directors at Camp Bighorn for 3 years. They deeply value being a part of this training ground for Christian leaders by helping the administrative functions run smoothly.


Admin TeamHannah Dirks, Registrar
After graduating from a certificate program at Prairie Bible Institute in 2015, Hannah worked as a summer intern at Camp Bighorn. Since then she has served camp on the administrative team. Hannah is passionate about using adventure to teach people more about God and their faith.


11077562_357113771148175_5595146847445727046_nReid Lassiter, Facilities Manager
My role is to provide a hospitable environment and to service the needs of both Bighorn’s guests and students. This role stems from the desire God has laid on my heart to serve those around me and be a source of encouragement to the body of Christ. My vision for my role at camp is to use hospitality to teach others how to see the needs around them and to serve as Christ served us.