Board Member Biographies

Board Member Biographies

Following are some responses from Camp Ne-O-Tez Board Members telling about their service to Camp as a board member and revealing their favorite scripture.

JEFF EARNHART
McKnight Crossings Church
In 1982 I became a board member in order to serve the Kingdom in a way that others served me when I was a camper at Camp. Plus I have gone to Ne-O-Tez all my life, and I want to continue this incredible work for generations to come.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give a hope and a future.”

TIM LANDUYT
Maryland Heights Church of Christ
I became a board member in 2014 because I wholeheartedly believe that the fellowship, camaraderie and faith building that happens at camp should be an experience available for every youth, just like it was for me. Romans 12:3-8 is my favorite scripture. “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

DARYL SIMMONS
Lafayette Church of Christ
I’ve been a board member for years now, and I love camp Ne-O-Tez. I call camp my happy place. Being outdoors with other Christians and working together to help take care of the campers, is the best part of the summer. Matthew 22:37 says to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Those are words to live by each day.

SARAH BUEHRER
Lafayette Church of Christ
I have been teaching at camp since 2001 and became a board member in 2010. I have witnessed how Camp has brought people together from the entire St. Louis area and created bonds between them that have grown through the years. Camp is a unique place where kids can learn about God and grow in their relationships. When you are too old to be a camper you can continue go to camp by volunteering to be a teacher, cook or director! My favorite scripture is “Delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” found in Psalm 37:4.

VICKIE LIPHAM
Florissant Church of Christ]
I joined the board in 2012 as I realized my congregation needed more representation. I enjoy children and I wanted to be a part of watching kids become leaders in the church. My favorite scripture verse is Psalm 17:6-9, “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.”

NANCY HENLEY
Maryland Heights Church of Christ
I joined the board in 1999, but Camp Ne-O-Tez has always played a major role in my life and my family. The importance of my lifelong friendships that began at Ne-O-Tez makes me want the same for generations to come. Years spent at camp have continued to strengthen my personal faith. I want Ne-O-Tez to be there, helping to train our children and youth in the importance of a faithful walk with Our Lord. My favorite verse is Psalms 46:10 ‘Be still and know that I am God”.

STEVE JONES
McKnight Crossings Church of Christ
I’ve been a board member since 2009. Somehow, Ed Tritchler tricked me into being on the board! Camp has been a part of my family since its inception and I felt I wanted to be a part of seeing its growth and continuation for many years to come. I hope somehow I can help that to happen. The closest I have ever been to actually seeing God’s face has happened at Ne-O-Tez, and I want that for others. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

STEVE AND DEBORAH BROWN
Lemay Church of Christ

We became board members in 2015. Steve says, “Debbie has been doing crafts for All Ages week for thirteen years and has an overwhelming love for camp. We love to see the kids grow in their love for the Lord, get to enjoy nature and learn about God at the same time. It’s a perfect place for making Christian friends that last for a life time. Our favorite scripture verse is I Corinthians 13:4-7. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.”

ALLEN BURNETT
O’Fallon Church of Christ

I joined the board in 2009 after being invited to a meeting by Steve Jones. The timing was just right; my son had just spent his first week at Pre-Camp and loved it. It caused me to remember how much I enjoyed camp as a child and teenager, and I wanted to give back. That next summer my wife Angela and I started volunteering at Pre-Camp and this will be our seventh year. Pre-Camp is awesome!!! Those young ones have so much fun and it is such a joy listening to them sing around the campfire. My favorite theme is taken from Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” We can all take comfort in knowing the Bible is given to us for guidance.

SHARON WARD
Florissant Church of Christ

I have been volunteering at camp for over twenty years now and have been a board member since 2012. I believe Christian camping helps children and teens to experience God’s love which is expressed through the kindness, compassion and warm fellowship of believers in Christ. Realizing that there is a larger community of believers than the local church is powerful and strengthening to a young person. My favorite scripture is 2 Corinthians 13:14, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

STEVE CONNER
O’Fallon Church of Christ
Unlike many on the board I did not grow up in church or attend a church camp.  I personally did not become a Christian until my early twenties.  Several years after my own baptism, I began volunteering with the youth group at O’Fallon Church of Christ.  It only took me one trip as a volunteer to Camp Ne-O-Tez to realize what a wonderful experience Camp can be!  Camp is a place for kids to deepen their relationship with God, and create lasting friendships in a fun and caring Christian environment.  Since then, I have had two kids of my own.  Both my children have been at Ne-O-Tez every summer they were old enough to attend and love it.  I truly admire Camp and the experiences my children have there.  I regret I was not able to experience these things when I was a child, and it makes me that much more fervent to do my very best to support Camp Ne-O-Tez as a board member.   Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14