Dean’s Bio

Get to know some of the great people who will help with camp this summer.

Paula Lackie – Has been honored to lead the Wolverine Christian Service Camp Women’s Retreat many times over the last decade. She is the wife of Todd Lackie, minister of Kenwood Church in Livonia, and mother of Caleb, her 20 year old son. As a professional, Paula worked as an optician and lab manager for almost 20 years. She worked in the insurance industry for about 6 years and has also taught high school science. Due to a hit-n-run accident in October 2013 while she was walking the family dog, Paula has not returned to the workplace but relishes her time with God and serving the ladies at Kenwood.

Her passion is very simple. She loves God and His Word and wants to communicate that to the world, especially women. The annual women’s retreat is a great opportunity to spread the Word of God into the lives of other ladies. Her creativity, communication skills, and passion make for an enjoyable and inspiring weekend.

Jeff Nolte – He and his beautiful wife Tracy have two wonderful kids.  He has many different hobbies in his life; Teaching elementary students A World in Motion (AWIM), building computers from scratch, Autocross racing his Firebird (unfortunately the Firebird is no more, so a Modified Jeep Wrangler might be the new project!).  Jeff received a Bachelors in Automotive Technology and a Masters in Industrial Operations and now works for Bosch automotive.  Jeff is a Deacon at Kenwood Church of Christ and also runs the sound board.

Jeff has a love of Nature which started at a very young age; camping with his family almost every year probably attributed to this. He was also in Boy Scouts at a young age, and now is an active Boy Scout leader in his sons Troop.  With all of his outdoor experience over the years, volunteering at Nature Camp was an easy decision.

Shannon Rhodes – 2018 will be Shannon’s 8th year working in the Wolverine Nature Camp area. He assisted Ralph Congdon for four years, and was Dean his first year in 2015. He is the person famous for pouring boiling water on his foot 4 hours into nature camp in 2012 and being the only camper to get poison ivy in 2015. He has done curriculum development for the Middle School camp for 5 years as well. His favorite parts of camp  include campfire time, time in various activities with the campers, and spending time getting to know each camper. He works with all the counselors to prep all the activities and plans each year, and expect 2016 to be the best year ever in Nature Camp!

Jacob Ray – Jacob is entering his fifth year as the Youth Minister at Memorial Church of Christ in Livonia. He was born and raised in Georgia and attended Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee before making the move to Michigan. His wife, Anna, is from Grand Rapids and is a third grade teacher. Together they enjoy spending time with family, watching Netflix, going to Tigers games, and playing with their two puppies, Finn and Rhys.

This will be Jacob’s fourth year serving as dean alongside Amber Prong at Wolverine, and it is a week he has grown to love and look forward to more and more each year. He is passionate about bringing positive experiences which point High School students to a Lord who unconditionally loves them and provides worth and purpose for their lives. His two favorite parts of camp are being able to see how close the family groups become throughout the week as well as hearing the seniors share the impact that Wolverine has had in their lives. 2016 is sure to be another action-packed week learning how different people throughout the history of the Bible chose to “Follow the Road”… even when it wasn’t easy.

Amber ProngHas been a camper here at Wolverine for eleven years and has served as a faculty member for over ten. Every summer since her 7th grade year, she has served at least two weeks of camp each summer. Amber has served as the dean of high school week for the past two years and enjoys nothing more than being at camp during the summer. Amber currently is a pom/dance instructor for grades k-12 and leads Summer Pom/Dance Camps and Clinics. She works at the Mid American Pom, Dance, and Fitness Studio in Farmington Hills Michigan. Amber attends the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and is pursuing her bachelors degree in nursing. She hopes to one day work as a pediatric nurse. Amber works with children almost on a daily bases at work and has served as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader for many years at Memorial Church of Christ. Camp has been a major part of Amber’s life for as long as she can remember and loves having the opportunity to share the love of Christ with many each summer! 

“I serve at WCSC because it’s my second home. I fell in love with God here and the people I meet every summer. This place allows people to grow closer to God and build a better relationship with Him and their brothers and sisters in Christ, while having the time of their life! The world can be such a crazy place, it’s nice to be able get away and just focus on God. Some of my fondest memories in life have been at this camp, in the summer if I could be anywhere, it would be at Wolverine. I also serve because of the faculty I have had as a camper have inspired me to share all I have learned and my love for Christ with others just as they have.”

Debbie Yarbrough – Is the Children and Family minister at Country Christian Church, where she has served since 2001. Debbie attended WCSC as a teenager, and has been involved in the camp for the past 40 years. Her love for Jesus, her enthusiasm, and her organizational skills make for an exciting, fun-filled week where children learn about God in a way they can understand.

Kendra Petty – Is the mother of two teenagers. She is married to her amazing husband, Michael of 20 years. Kendra doesn’t “work”, she volunteers! She is a founding member of The Refuge Homeless Shelter of Lapeer. She is involved in inspiring projects in her church and community. She has a desire to love God, love others, follow Jesus and do good and bring along as many others as possible on the journey.  Kendra has been involved with WCSC for many years. She has previously served as the dean of Girl’s Camp and also helps each week with the registration process. She also serves as a teacher for Children’s Ministry at her home church. Everything Kendra does she does to show others the love of Jesus.

Rich Ryan– Is the father  of two kids. He is married to his amazing wife, Nancy for 20 years.  He is involved in many projects in her church and community. He loves God, love others, and wants to serve like Jesus.  He has been involved in scouting with his son for 8 years now.  He met Ralph Congdon and Ralph’s love for God and Scouting really made a lasting impression on him.  He has taken many classes with the scouts and is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.  Nature Camp is awesome.  He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelors in Religion and a Masters in Interdisciplinary study’s of Leadership and Religion.

Amy Odglen – Is the wife of the previous Camp Director, Rex Odglen. They have 2 children.  She is passionate about children and teens because she believes it is in these early years that we can make the biggest impact. Amy is also passionate about bringing families together. Amy served at WCSC for the past 10 years helping in the office, with registration, and also developed the Girl’s Camp Program. She has served as a dean of Girl’s Week and Mentor Camp.

Ron and Melissa Lord – Ron and Melissa have been counselors at Wolverine Christian Service Camp since 2010. They have been with the Junior High camp ever since they have been with WCSC. This will be their first year as Deans for the Junior High camp.  Ron and Melissa have been married for 21 years. They have two teenagers, Jon and Constance, which have kept them on their toes. Through the past 21 years they have learned how important it is to have Jesus as the center of their lives.

Ron is an Elder at Calvary Christian Church, in Swartz Creek, for 5 years. He is also the Chairman of the Trusties of WCSC. Ron’s week at camp is his favorite week of his 5 weeks of vacation that he gets through the year. He is able to reconnect and refocus his relationship with Christ. Ron also has the opportunity to share some of his experiences with Christ to others.  Melissa has been teaching Special Education for the past 18 years. She currently is teaching in Imlay City. Melissa is in charge of the women’s group at Calvary Christian Church. She has also worked with the youth in her church for the past 8 years. Melissa loves to share the love of Christ with others whenever she gets the chance.

Angela Ashbaucher – I have worked as the Preschool Director at Twin Oaks Christian Church in Woodhaven since 2015. I also help direct our summer Vacation Bible School as well as our year long GEMS and Cadets programs for our 1st-6th graders, and a summer parent/student conference for our 5th-12 graders.I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO in Kinesiology-which is a fancy way of saying I was a physical education teacher.

Andrew and I have been married for 19 years. We have lived in Indiana, Idaho, Colorado, and Washington. We have 4 children-Kendall, Piper, Kaspar, and Von. I am the Cross Walk guard at our children’s elementary school. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, rock climbing, reading books, and park hopping with our children.

This is my first year as a Camp Dean. However, I was a frequent church camp camper in my youth. I have a happy heart and warm memories when I think of church camp. My husband and I have also volunteered as camp counselors at Bear Tooth Mountain Christian Camp in Montana-a camp that Andrew went to in his youth.

 Tara Walczak – Tara is the K-5 Children’s Director at Twin Oaks Christian Church in Woodhaven, MI. She has been in that position since 2013. She has been married to her husband, Brian for almost 24 years and has a 16 year old son, Seth and a 12 year old daughter, Leah. She has been involved in her kid’s school PTO, a member of the worship team, and a Sunday School teacher for most of her life! She has been to Cambodia, on a mission trip for Rapha House, which rehabilitates girls who have been victims of human trafficking. She has a passion for kids and for teaching them about God! 2016 was her first time volunteering at Wolverine Christian Service Camp and that week as a counselor was all she needed to see how life changing a week at Christian Camp can be for a kid! She is very excited to Co-Dean this week with Angela and to be able to share God’s word and love with the campers!