Seasonal Staff

Seasonal Staff

Part-Time Staff, Interns

The seasonal staff at DM play a vital role in the ministry, enthusiasm, and daily responsibilities of the camp. Their humble willingness to serve the camp and engage groups using the gifts God has given them plays a valuable and vital role in the ministry that DM is able to do with groups, families, and individuals throughout the year.

Gary Colvin - Part-time Staff

For over 38 years Gary and his wife, Becky, have loved serving the Lord in Christian adventure ministries in Missouri, Arkansas, California, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.  Serving as director in two programs and now working part-time at DM, he still maintains that God's creation is an awesome way to experience the reality of Christ and His kingdom in one's life.  Discovering this reality and helping others to find it, too, have been his personal and professional life's quest.  Family, church, gardening, travel and reading continue to bring joy to his life. 

Emma Halbach - Part-Time Staff

Emma is a recent graduate of Ozark Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry.  Emma joins us alongside her husband Robert, who serves as the Office Manager.   Emma has a deep passion and interest in working with people who are hurting and bringing them hope and healing.  Emma has recently become a WMA Wilderness First Responder and adds that to her credentials as an instructor and an asset for our staff. 

Julie Bates - Food Service Manager

Having grown up at Discovery Ministries, Julie has played many roles at the camp over the years.  She is the wife of the Director and the mother of 4 wonderful children!  She spends much of her time overseeing River of Life Christian School in their home and helping to serve others in the community of Eminence.  We are thankful to have her filling in for us in food service this year.

Marley Butler - Intern

Marley is a graduate and former employee of Ozark Christian College, where she worked for the Admissions department.  She was first introduced to DIscovery Ministries in 2014, while facilitating the Ozark Christian College Camp Teams training.  Following several years of bringing Camp Teams groups and participating in a 10-day Challenge Expedition, Marley is joining us for an internship.  Marley's interest in spiritual formation and the challenge-based approach of DM's wilderness ministry make her a great fit for our team!

Daniel Hounshell - Intern

Dan first encountered Discovery Ministries by taking the 10-day Wilderness Challenge in 2014 through Ozark Christian College.  Dan attends Ozark Christian College and has spent time working overseas in Africa.  His desire for growth through challenge in his own life has brought him to Discovery Ministries to gain perspective and to grow in leadership and adaptability in order to prepare him for serving in cross-cultural ministry in the future.  His natural intuition and hunger to hear from the Lord are a refreshing addition to our summer staff as he joins us for a second summer.

Drew Welch - Intern

Drew also first encountered Discovery Ministries by taking the 10-day Wilderness Challenge in 2015 through Ozark Christian College.  Following that expedition, Drew has participated in multiple other Discovery Ministries events.  He attends Ozark Christian College where he is studying Intercultural Ministry, with the hopes of one day serving on the foreign mission field.  Drew's natural joy is a blessing to our summer staff and the participants he works with.

Nicole Esselman - Intern

Nicole is a student at Ozark Christian College where she is studying General Ministry with the goal of doing College Ministry.  Nicole has some camp experience and has joined us with a hunger to learn and a willingness to be stretched.  Her attention to detail and natural energy when interacting with participants makes her a valuable asset to the ministry and team!

Matt Graham - Intern

Matt is a student at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO where he is studying to be a Physics Teacher.  He first heard about Discovery Ministries through a friend and joins us with desire for deep community.  He is playful, athletic, and has a heart to serve others.  We are blessed to have him as a part of our summer staff!