We know the power of the Holy Spirit and have witnessed the act of discernment in the lives of those who experience Crossways. It is the realization of living out our mission, “bringing people together in Christ so lives are changed and communities enhanced.” But, we also know that the spirit of discernment is not limited to those who attend Crossways but also those who have been called to serve Crossways.
Recognizing God’s call to serve the church in new roles and other capacities, we announce with thanksgiving (but also some sadness) changes taking place at Crossways: Kelly Preboski, director at Pine Lake Camp, has accepted the call to be Executive Director at Luther Heights Bible Camp in Idaho.
"The theme verse, Ephesians 2:8, for this summer has been in my heart and mind daily. As I reflect on how God's love and grace changes us...our hearts, identity, perspective, purpose, and community; I realize Crossways has changed me and God is changing my call. As I follow the Spirit of Christ, I have accepted this new call as Executive Director of Luther Heights Bible Camp in Idaho! Thank you for four wonderful years full of growth and God inspiring moments, each of you has left an imprint on our hearts. May God bless the journey ahead, you will be in our prayers. Pine Lake Camp will always hold a special place in our hearts."
- Kelly, Zach, Owen, & Quinn
Becca Mortensen, who has served as the Program Coordinator for the past two years, will also be leaving at the end of the summer season, as God is leading her into youth ministry in a congregational setting. Her call to youth ministry would not be as strong as it is without the experiences gained at Crossways and she plans to stay connected with the ministry of Crossways as an attendee and volunteer.
We have truly been blessed by Kelly and Becca’s leadership at Pine Lake. We pray God’s continued blessings on Kelly and her family and their new adventure in Idaho. We also wish all the best to Becca as she transitions into congregational ministry and are excited that she will continue to be part of Crossways (as much as her new schedule and position will allow).
If you would like to recognize or honor the ministry of Kelly and Becca at Crossways, we invite you to consider a financial gift in support of the programs that they so passionately care about: Crossways’ internship program, support for the international summer staff program, and family camps. Your gifts will have a lasting impact on the sustainability of these programs and the resources and experiences that we are committed to continue to offer.
Another change in roles and leadership for the organization is a repositioning of Gloria Allhiser. Gloria has served as the associate director since April of 2017, but will be shifting her responsibilities to allow her to pursue a call to clinical counseling and full licensure as a professional counselor. She is excited to be taking this leap as it is the realization of a long-held dream. Gloria wants to share that being on staff with Crossways in this leadership role has also been a dream realized, and she is committed to assisting Crossways in the upcoming months with marketing and public relations.
The board and staff at Crossways are working hard during this time of change for the organization. We ask for your continued support and prayers during this transitional time. We are excited about the possibilities of God’s call and direction and remain ever faithful to our friends and partners in ministry.
Yours in Christ,
Interim Executive Director
It has a been a busy, wonderful summer at Imago Dei Village so far! We've enjoyed 4 full weeks of camp - three weeks of confirmation camp and one week of Piece Together family camp. See some highlights shared on our facebook page below!
Here are a handful of the incredible young adults serving at Pine Lake this summer. We can't wait for you to meet these superheroes in person!
Caleb, Cabin Leader:
Hello everybody! My name is Caleb, and I’m a junior at Cornell College studying secondary education and English. I am looking forward to my second summer working at Pine Lake, especially for swimming in the lake, evening worships, and camp out! In my free time, I like to run, read, and play card games, and a Rubik’s Cube can usually be found somewhere in my backpack. Here’s to a great summer!
Jacob, Waterfront Coordinator:
Hi, I'm Jacob! I’m most excited to grow in my faith with all of my swimmers and paddlers this summer in God's light at Pine Lake Camp! My favorite bible verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”. This shows that it’s never too late to turn to Christ, and you’re not a “lesser” person because of it, you’re a loved child of God no matter what.
Abby, Program Assistant:
Hi! My name is Abby! I am a junior at UW Platteville and I am studying Reclamation. My two favorite food groups are peanut butter and ice cream.This will be my third summer at Pine Lake, and I am most excited for singing camp songs and playing outside!
Briley, Cabin Leader:
Hi, I’m Briley! I’m so excited to return to camp for my 2nd year on staff! Camp means so much to me, especially since I’ve been coming since 3rd grade! My favorite camp song is Gonna Dance! (You’ll love it too!) Fun fact about me: yes, I do watch Christmas movies all year long. I'm really looking forward to camp, and and I am most excited for campfires at Sunset Sing!
Aaron (a.k.a Polar Bear), Kitchen Assistant
Hey, my name is Aaron! Or as many prefer to call me Polar Bear. This will be my second year on camp staff at Pine Lake. I'm excited for a new summer full of new experiences and new people. I am currently a Culinary student at Madison Area College and I work on a snow removal team and at a scrap yard when it's not snowing.
Mitchell, Cabin Leader:
Hi I'm Mitchell! I've been going to camp since 7th grade and I'm ready to become a cabin leader. I enjoy playing hockey in the winter and also playing lacrosse in the summer. Next year I plan on attending University of Wisconsin-Platteville as I pursue my dream of becoming a mechanical engineer.
Griffin, Ministry Specialist:
Hi, I’m Griffen. A little bit about myself is that I am actually from Texas and have never been to Wisconsin. Secondly, I feel called to become an ordained pastor for the ELCA. Lastly, my dream vacation would be going to Seattle, Washington. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and for this new experience with Crossways!
Emily, Health Coordinator:
Hi I’m Emily! I am ecstatic to be returning to camp this year as the health coordinator! I am currently a sophomore nursing major at Luther College. Fun fact about myself: since the 2nd grade I’ve wanted to be a nurse! My favorite Bible verse is John 13:7, "'You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” This verse excites me for what the summer holds and how it will impact my life in the years to come!
Adrian, Program Assistant:
Hi, I'm Adrian. This will be my 6th summer working for Crossways, and I have now worked at all three sites! A bit about me: my favorite animal is a cat, my dream vacation is rock climbing in Yosemite, and my favorite camp song is Humble Thyself. I am excited to re-experience the magic of camp and all it does for everyone involved!
Rachel, Initiatives/Adventure Specialist:
Hi, I'm Rachel! I'm a junior at UW- Madison studying psychology. I'm so excited to be working at Pine Lake again this summer! This is my second summer on staff and I will be the Initiative/Adventure Specialist. Last summer I learned how to play guitar and I'm super excited to share God's music with everyone!
Rachel, Cabin Leader:
Hi, I'm Rachel! I am a Jesus-chasing, adventurous young woman who enjoys being in God's creation. A bit about myself: I like horses, hiking, biking, music, journaling and eating peanut butter. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 34:5, "Those who look to him are radiant, their faces are never covered with shame," because Jesus washes away all my shame and disgrace and replaces it with the radiance of His glory and love.
Jenny, Cabin Leader:
Hi I'm Jenny! I went to camp as a camper twice in middle school and I worked at camp last summer and cannot wait to go back! My favorite camp song is Love Round! My favorite food is Alfredo pizza. I’m excited to go swimming and kayaking and to meet new people and have an amazing summer!
Thabo, Cabin Leader:
Hi, I'm Thabo! This will be my first time at summer camp! I'm excited to meet new people and learn new skills! A bit about myself: I enjoy anything pasta, my dream vacation would be to Nice, France, and my favorite Bible passage is Numbers 6:24-26.
We're thrilled to start announcing who will be serving at our sites for the 2018 summer season. Here is the first batch of summer staffers you'll see at Imago Dei Village really soon!
Tess, Multi-Program Specialist:
Hi, I'm Tess! This will be my 3rd summer at Imago Dei Village! My favorite camp song by far is Psalm 121. When I am not working at camp I'm back in Minnesota where I work at my church's preschool. I love my dog, Alvin, so so much, so in my spare time I make him his own doggy cakes and treats!
Mara, Cabin Leader
Kelsey, Cabin Leader:
Hi I’m Kelsey! I am an avid coffee drinker and cribbage enthusiast. I am attending UW-Stevens Point for music and arts management. I look forward to meeting all the campers at Imago Dei 2018!
Teressa, Cabin Leader:
Hi, I'm Teressa!! This will be my first year as a cabin leader and I'm beyond excited to spend it at Imago Dei! My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 31:26 "She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue." I am currently attending UW Stevens Point and majoring in English Education. During my free time I am usually working on my future novel, or spending time with my family. I can't wait to make my first chapter at camp one to remember!
Jordan, Cabin Leader:
Hi I’m Jordan! I’m super excited to be working at Imago Dei Village this summer as a cabin leader. This will be my 9th summer at camp and my 1st time on staff! I’m finishing my senior year of high school, and I plan on attending Marquette University in the fall for marketing. I am so excited to spend this summer in my Chacos while singing amazing camp songs, spending some nights out in the woods, and growing in my faith while watching each camper grow in theirs!
Brooke, Program Assistant:
I’m Brooke! This will be my FOURTH summer at camp, and I am so excited! My favorite animal is a dog and I can’t wait until I can have a house full of puppies. My free time is spent with my family and friends. We enjoying playing games, watching Netflix and enjoying the warmer weather! I’m ready for another summer full of nature, songs, and growth in my faith with all you wonderful campers and staff!
Crossways' Jake Czarnik-Neimeyer was featured on several statewide radio programs to talk about the recent conservation easement on Waypost's property. The easement was first mentioned in an interview with Glen Moberg on WPR. Moberg then invited Jake and Janet Smith from North Central Conservancy Trust on his own program, Route 51. Both are great interviews and worth a listen. The easement was also featured in an article in the Wausau Daily Herald. We're just thrilled that word is getting out about this important development.
While this year is realizing some changes at Crossways Camping Ministries, it is doing so as an organization that is even more committed and called to live out its mission “bringing people together in Christ so lives are changed, and communities enhanced."
This has been made even more evident to me as I began my role as the Interim Executive Director at the beginning of this year. While I have had the blessing and privilege to serve this organization on various committees and as a member of the board of directors since 2013, what I have experienced in a very short time in this new role has been amazing. I have witnessed the total commitment of an amazing staff and heard incredible and intimate stories of lives impacted, all this in just a few short weeks...