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

Joyce Jenkins

Office Administrator

Tel: (269) 792-2081

Fax: (269) 792-4422


Joyce lives in Martin, MI with her husband, Scott, and Catahoula Leopard Dog, Blu. Joyce and Scott have become empty-nesters and are looking forward to this next journey in their lives. Joyce enjoys reading, gardening, DIY projects, and animals. She describes herself as a nature girl at heart. Joyce has been on staff at SON-Life since December 2015, and loves being a part of this ministry.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus
Philippians 2:3-5

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.


Mary Baumgart



Mary and her husband Paul have been Married for 23 years, and have one daughter named Patti, and 3 grandkids named Tim, Paige, and Landon.

Mary likes to travel and see the World, often visiting many family members living all over the globe. Mary lives on Gun Lake, and enjoys spending time on the water with friends on the pontoon. Mary also enjoys crafting, photography, golf, bonfires, and loves listening to music of all kinds. Mary is often described as a kid magnet, and if she can’t make a little one smile at her in a store or restaurant, she'll be bummed.

She has been on staff at SON-Life since 2017.

Hallelujah! I want to express publicly before his people my heartfelt thanks to God for his mighty miracles.
Psalm 111:1 (TLB)


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 9-12 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