Meet The Staff

Jeff  & Ann Nelson

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Executive Director

Jeff grew up attending Ponderosa as a child and was one of our first campers when we opened at this location in 1976.  Jeff was part of our summer staff while he was in high school and college. 
Jeff and Ann have been serving full-time since 1998.  Jeff serves as Executive Director.  Ann serves as our camp photographer and website/social media manager.  

Jeff and Ann are the parents

of 11 children

(the oldest 5 are married)

and grandparents to 10 (so far)!
Each of our staff members is faith-supported.  Any donations towards their support will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged with a tax-deductible receipt. 

Chris & Gina Dorough

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Hospitality, Landscaping,

Office Manager
Chris and Jeff formerly worked together in the commercial landscaping industry in Birmingham.  Gina is a former Elementary School Principal.  After being called into full-time ministry, Chris & Gina joined our full-time staff. Chris takes care of grounds maintenance and helps with building maintenance, hospitality, and videography.  Gina serves as our Bookkeeper, office manager, and video producer.
Each of our staff members is faith-supported.  Any donations towards their support will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged with a tax-deductible receipt. 

Max & Sherrie Grizzard

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DeKalb Co Released Time Bible Classes & Summer Camp
Since 2002, Max has been the director of our ministry called DeKalb County Released Time, which offers weekly Bible classes in public schools in DeKalb County, AL.

Max and Sherrie serve as Kitchen Directors during summer camp, which includes menu planning and TEAM Member training and supervision. 

Max & Sherrie reside in Gadsden, AL but move to camp during the summer.
Each of our staff members is faith-supported.  Any donations towards their support will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged with a tax-deductible receipt. 

Caroline Nelson

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Caroline is our newest full-time staff missionary! 

Caroline has grown up attending Ponderosa as a camper, Team Member, Salt Member, and Camp Counselor.

Caroline grew up in Vestavia Hills, AL, attending VHHS and Mountain Brook Community Church.

Caroline will be serving in all areas of camp ministry including working in the camp office, helping with Released Time Bible Classes, and mentoring our teen volunteers.

Each of our staff members is faith-supported.  Any donations towards their support will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged with a tax-deductible receipt. 

Diane Chavers

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Mailbox Club Coordinator
Diane has been in children's ministry for over 25 years. Formerly serving at the Baptist Children's Home in Memphis, and at The Big Oak Ranch with John Croyle. Diane serves as our Mailbox Club Coordinator

& Lesson Grader.
Each of our staff members is faith-supported.  Any donations towards their support will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged with a tax-deductible receipt.

Dawn Hinkle

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Summer Camp Craft Teacher

Dawn serves on our Summer Staff as our Craft Director.

Dawn lives in Trussville, AL but moves to Ponderosa during the summer.

Future Staff

Wesley Grizzard

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Wesley Grizzard is the son of Max & Sherrie Grizzard and grew up attending Ponderosa every summer.

Wesley recently completed the 1-year Internship Program of our parent organization, Children's Bible Ministries. During this time, God confirmed His call on Wesley's life to join our staff as a full-time missionary.  

Wesley will serve in the area of grounds and building maintenance.  

Wesley is raising his financial support and hopes to join our staff in the near future.