Graduates from the M.A. in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership at Wheaton College Graduate School

Alumni Testimonies

Hear how our Outdoor and Adventure Leadership alumni are continuing to serve Christ and His Kingdom through camp ministry.


Outdoor and Adventure Leadership Alumni

stonedGrable Walls M.A. ’15; Assistant Instructor; North Carolina Outward Bound School 

"Going through the OAL program at HoneyRock impacted me on so many levels. God greatly expanded my understanding and appreciation of what it means to live in a relationship with him. I grew professionally, having opportunities to lead people, lead a program, and learn from experienced professionals. I also developed incredibly deep friendships and came to love the beauty of northern Wisconsin."

Wheaton Alumna, Judith DixonJudith Dixon M.A. '13; Program Director; New Generation Camp; Kingston, Jamaica

"Wheaton has given me the tools and skills I need to design Biblically-sound, holistic programs that facilitate spiritual growth in others. Wheaton has also deepened my understanding of what is needed to effectively lead a parachurch organization towards God’s purposes. Yet even more valuable for me, was the emphasis placed on my personal formation so that even as I lead - Christ can remain first in my heart."

Wheaton Alumna, Kerma YotterKerma Yotter M.A. '05; Camp Manager; Lake Springfield Christian Assembly; Chatham, IL

"One of the most important things I learned during my time at HoneyRock is why we do what we do.  Why camp ministry “works”.  Its so much more than games, activities and charismatic personalities… it is all about the relationships and the place that is “other” that allows campers and guests to encounter their creator."

Wheaton alumnus, Jim KlingbielJim Klingbiel M.A. '08; Challenge Course Director and Facilities Manager; Great Oaks Camp; Lacon, IL

"The Graduate program not only gave me the hard skills it takes to be ready for camp ministry, it also allowed me to get the principles and theories to apply in my specific situation...My Wheaton experience allowed me to develop habits of hospitality and solidarity in my everyday life."

Wheaton Alumni, Dan and Liz PowellDan M.A. '13 and Liz Powell M.A. '13

"Our personal leadership styles have developed as a result of Wheaton's focus on study with practice. The ongoing interaction with professors and campers has deepened the integration of the gospel into own lives and shown us more of God's heart for missions."

Wheaton Alumnus Nate HausmanNate Hausman M.A. '02, Gordon College La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership;
Wenham, MA/Lake Clear, NY; Director of Adirondack Programs

"My 12 months spent at Honey Rock was fantastic. Studying Outdoor Education, a program that was heavily based on experiential education theory and practice, I was given immediate opportunities to implement what I was learning in the classroom. I also found my passion for college student ministry during that year, and thus grew to appreciate how much Wheaton believed in Honey Rock and would then send students to the camp for work, play and educational purposes. My two years at Wheaton prepared me so well for my current job."


Life After Graduation

  • Lisa Anderson-Umana (1993): Director of Leadership Development, CCI/Latin America. Lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
  • Stella Kasiriye. (1994): Africa Representative, Willow Creek Community Church Global Connections. Lives in Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Charlie Goeke (2013): Resident Director, University of North Western at St. Paul, MN
  • Esdras Kresbsky (2013): Executive Director, CCI/Brazil. Lives in Anapolis, Brazil

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