Our Board is composed of Men who have good reputations as leaders in their jobs and communities. They are each actively involved both in their local church and this ministry. Much of who we are today is because of their tireless devotion to the work of God through this ministry.
2018 is the start of my 8th year on the board at BIM. We started bringing our youth group kids down to Whispering Winds about 14 years ago.
Our pastor at the time met the BIM director at an IFCA event and he became very interested in seeing teens from Sutter Salem Bible Church attend camp. Before then, the church was not really promoting camp ministry. For ministry involvement, I have been part in Work Weeks, Counselor for camp and retreats, board member, various Maintenance work, dishes, Music, Family Camp, and Labor Day Celebration.
My profession is Mechanical Engineer, but I have moved from that over the last 5 to 7 years to being production manager of sheet metal fabrication and machining for GatesAir. For hobbies, I really like to take the kids camping and take Drew hunting.
They have been involved in Bible Impact Ministries for many years, and he has come to speak as the camp missionary several times. He has been on the board for several years, and always makes time for camp in his busy schedule.
Their kids have been here for camp as well as to work for the summer.
Jim has been the camp speaker for numerous occasions and has been on the board for a few years.
I am a retired pastor since June 2017. We have 7 children ranging in ages from 37 to 18. Only the youngest three have been involved at camp since we moved to Illinois in August of 2005.
My hobbies are just working around the house. The sports I used to play (Tennis, basketball, volleyball) aren't much of an option since my knees started to go in 2013.
This last year I have had both knees replaced and that has gone well. But as a little surgeons assistant said to me in 2014; "you know if you have arthritis in one place you probably have it all over"; has turned out to be true. I feel it especially in my back and feet.
My wife Becky and I have have been volunteering and bringing youth to WWBC since 1997, so we are just ending our 20th year of involvement.
Most years we worked at the camp during the week in which we brought our church's junior age youth (8-13 years old) to the camp. I have served as a boy's counselor every year for that one week, with the exception of this past summer in which I had the privilege of being the camp pastor.
In the earliest years, Becky assisted in the kitchen, but has worked most years as a girl's counselor for that same week each year, and some years two weeks. There have been some Spring and Fall retreats scattered over that time span in which we have assisted too.
I have a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in nearby Rolla, Missouri (University of Missouri, Rolla or UMR back in my day) and the Lord has given me steady employment in the aircraft manufacturing business, working for Boeing in St. Louis for the past 30 years.
My primary role there is to evaluate parts and assemblies which do not meet requirements, and I help in making determinations on what to do with those items. In many cases, the items can be recovered and used after a process of repair or rework, which is at least slightly analogous to the work Jesus does in the life of a believer when He restores that person to useful service after a failure or sin.
Becky writes and organizes, with minor input from me, a children's ministry curriculum for each summer at our church, Hope Bible Church in O'Fallon, Missouri. We have seven complete 12-week programs to date, so when not working at camp in the summer, we are actively ministering to children at church. We have three adult children all of whom have been influenced significantly by the ministry of Whispering Winds Bible Camp, and we look forward to our grandchildren growing to the age where they can attend if the Lord permits in a few years.
Hobbies? I dabble with woodworking, and handy man activities around our home, and consider myself a jack of all trades, while being master of none.
I have done many different career things through the years, including Military, Finance, Construction, Sales, and Manufacturing. Currently I am in my final year of a Masters of Divinity at Baptist Bible Seminary. I am also starting an internship at New Life Baptist Church.
I currently live in Scranton, PA with my wife Tiffiny and five kids. Tiffiny and I have been married for 12 years this June. We have 5 kids (Elsha, Lizka, Magnus, Micah, Anya) ages 8-2.
Between work, school, church and family I don't have a ton of time for hobbies, but I enjoy carpentry projects and do a lot of home repairs and upgrades. Games and movies with the kids are the main leisurely things I do.