These dedicated, year-round staff members lead seasonal staff and volunteers to make SON-Life Camp & Retreat Center a vibrant ministry.


Hope Wassenaar

Executive Director

Tel: (269) 792-2081

Fax: (269) 792-4422


Hope started at SON-Life Camp as the Program Administrator in 2003 and was promoted to the Executive Director in 2005. She has been in full-time camping ministry since graduation from Michigan State in 1995. Although she was never a camper herself, she fell in love with camping ministry in 1993 when she had her first taste of what christian camping was all about, when she served as summer counselor.

Hope married her husband, Aaron (who she met at camp), in 1996 and has 2 children, Andrew and Aliza. She enjoys camping, baking, coffee, spending time with family and friends, Diet Coke, and Michigan ABC Crumb pie from Traverse City Pie Co.

"but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Isaiah 40:31


Drew Timmer

Director of Ministries

Tel: (269) 792-2081


Drew has been on Year-Round staff as Director of Ministries since January 2013, shortly after graduation from Cornerstone University. Before that, Drew was on summer staff as a Senior Counselor in 2009 & 2011, and later as Day Camp Program Assistant in 2012. He has also worked at a couple other Michigan camps, as well as a camp in Pennsylvania during his camp ministry career.

Drew loves leading worship, reading great books, playing nerdy board games, snowboarding, flying stunt kites, driving stick, drinking loose leaf tea, drawing on white boards, and eating tasty food at Chick-fil-A.

"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken."
Psalm 55:22


Sheryl Seif

Office Administrator

Tel: (269) 792-2081

Fax: (269) 792-4422

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Sheryl started in the office at SON-Life Camp & Retreat Center in February 2019, bringing over 20 years of experience in office administration. Past work experience has included being a conference coordinator, and serving as a church secretary.

Sheryl has four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandbabies. She enjoys spending time with her family, quilting, reading, walking, and flower gardening, as well as a new interest... geocaching.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Isaiah 41:10


Les Lynema

Maintenance and Facilities


Les joined our team in the Spring of 2018. We are glad to have him and his expertise on site.


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Board of Directors

SON-Life Camp & Retreat Center is owned and operated by Christian Camping Ministries Inc., a non-profit, inter-denominational, Michigan Corporation comprised of area representatives who serve as a Board of Directors. The Board is made up of 6-12 members from all different churches and denominations. Financial support is received from churches, corporations, and individual donors who are united in their concern for impacting people with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ through this camping ministry.

Shannon Bird
Wayland CRC

Tim Van Der Heide Vice President
Moline CRC

Jason Rottman Treasurer
inSpirit Church

Melissa Palmer Secretary
Rememberance Reformed

Karyn Blank
Leighton United Methodist

Scott VandePolder
North Park Reformed

Betty Verburg
Middleville CRC

Carol DeBoer
Gun Lake Community Church