Lyndall Hamlett M.Div.
The Maranatha Ministry Team is thrilled to introduce Lyndall Hamlett as the Interim Executive Director for the camp and conference center. Lyndall began her ministry at Camp Maranatha in 1998 as interim Director for a year. She is back in November 2013 serving another year as interim. She has served on the Camp Board and has kept up with the inner workings of the camp. She is striving to continue the great program and traditions our former director began, Gene Joiner began. Lyndall comes to Maranatha from Guntersville, Alabama, where she lives with her husband, Reverend Ed Hamlett and two dogs. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church and thrilled to be serving God through Maranatha, a ministry of the North Alabama Presbytery.
The Maranatha Ministry Team is proud to introduce April Collins as the new Administrative Assistant at Camp Maranatha. April has extensive experience in office administration, as well as leading youth in a range of activities at Church, as a coach, and as a mother. April currently resides in Scottsboro, Alabama with her husband and four children. She is excited to be a part of the ministry at Maranatha, and looking forward to serving youth and adults as they seek a deeper relationship with Christ in the beautiful getaway that Maranatha provides.
Robert Esslinger, fondly known as "Mr. E." has joined the Maranatha Camp and Conference Center staff as a handyman, and all around smiling face. He has gone right to work maintaining the beautiful facilities at Maranatha, so that they may be enjoyed for years to come.
Mr. E. is retired from both the military, and the Scottsboro City School district. He has faithfully served the youth of our community for years, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge ranging from food service, to lesson planning, to how to repair everything under the sun. He is a long-time resident of Scottsboro, where he currently resides with his wife and a few of children and grandchildren. Mr. E. has been a foster parent to many of Alabama's neediest children and has a heart for serving children wherever there is a need.
Lee Mann is joining us again this summer. This year he will act as our programs coordinator for all of Summer Camp. Lee has recently graduated from Jacksonville State University, and is excited to be at Maranatha again this summer. Lee brings years of Camp Leadership experience, an in-depth knowledge of high-ropes safety and rescue, a wealth of information and training in water safety and lifeguarding, and a love of all things CAMP.
"Scuba Steve" McCombs is our waterfront director this summer. He is Waterfront Lifeguard Certified by the Red Cross, and while having a great time, he is still very serious about water safety. "Scuba" also has a background in paramedic and fire service, and extensive knowledge of high ropes safety and rescue, as well as 10 years camp experience.
He is joining Maranatha for the first time this summer and is already a part of the family.
Our wonderful staff of Counselors in Training, Junior Counselors, and Counselors come from all over the United States, and each of them is excited to serve the youth at Maranatha and beyond. They each receive intensive staff training in Ropes Course Safety, Water Safety, Lifesaving, and much, much more as part of their time here at Maranatha. They are taught that our number one goal is safety. Each one is carefully screened. The counselors that stay in the cabin with children are college age. They are all special in many ways and all come to camp with smiling faces, a willingness to learn, and hearts ready to serve.
North Alabama Presbytery is looking to employ a new Director for Maranatha Camp and Conference Center in the fall of 2014. The director should have a deep personal faith within the Reformed tradition, a strong commitment to the Christian nurture of persons of all ages, extensive church camping experience, administrative, program development, and marketing skills, and experience hiring, training and supervising staff. Housing on site is provided in addition to salary and benefits. Qualified candidates should send resumes to Albert Schild, chair of the Maranatha Director Search Committee at