Meet Our Staff
Jamie & Michelle Fischer
Appointed in January 2015, Jamie Fischer and his wife Michelle (Roman) Fischer, a Penn Yan native, joined the full-time staff family at LeTourneau in mid-February 2015.
Previously, Jamie and Michelle spent three-and-a-half years in East Asia as missionaries, sharing the gospel through relationships, discipleship, and teaching English as a second language. Prior to that, Jamie held a pastoral position in Jacksboro, Tenn., serving youth and young adults and coordinating other outreach events and ministry activities church-wide. Jamie graduated in 2005 with a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Care.
Since beginning this new chapter of ministry at LeTourneau, the Fischer’s service to the Lord has been blessed as they have faithfully served the surrounding churches and believers in the region and energetically discipled their staff toward growth in Christ. Their leadership at camp has fostered a growing staff team that is encouraged and inspired to pursue all that God has for LeTourneau! Both Jamie and Michelle are encouraged for the future and what the Lord plans to do through them and the staff for the region!
Jason & Ginger Dailey
Jason and Ginger (Hendrix) Dailey are some of our newest staff members! Jason joined the LeTourneau staff family at the new Program Director with the support of his wife Ginger in March of 2019. One of his roles thus far in serving LeTourneau has involved expanding and growing our kids day camps. In addition he is also looking to create an attractive calendar of events throughout each year for our guests and surrounding region to enjoy!
Jason is originally from Missouri, just outside of St. Louis, where he lived for most of his life. He has held many positions in the past involving the areas of sports, recreation and ministry. He has thirteen years of experience working with Upward Sports (10 years as Upward Sports Director) and two years as an Athletic Director for Church of the Rescued & Redeemed. in addition, he worked with this church on staff for ten months preaching and also worked for LifeWay as a store manager. Since joining us on staff at LeTourneau, Jason has created such a fun environment at camp through his programming and events. The Lord has truly blessed us with a creative and passionate individual to help this area grow for our community and the Lord’s reach!
Shane Collins & Renee Thompson
Among the new staff additions in 2019, Shane Collins and Renee Thompson are the two most recent to our LeTourneau family! Shane was hired this past April as our new office manager and Renee is joining us at the end of August to start as a dining hall hostess and a support for our special projects around camp. These two are engaged to be married this December of 2019!
Shane grew up in the Newark, NY area just north of the camp and has a history in business, sports and ministry. Graduating out of St. John Fisher with a Sport Management degree he got involved with Cru (Campus Crusade) on campus while attending and from there the Lord called him into ministry unexpectedly. He has since gained a Masters of Divinity in Discipleship & Church Ministry through the online program at Liberty University and has been faithfully serving his church at Cross Creek in many ways including his participation as a former youth leader and current Young Adult Director. Since joining us at LeTourneau, Shane has shown his desire to serve the Lord in any way needed. We are excited to have him on staff with us!
Renee was born in Scranton, PA but she spent much of her childhood growing up living as a missionary in Durban, South Africa. Since moving back to the states, she has earned her Bachelors degree in Christian Counseling at Clarks Summit University in addition to an Associates in Architecture at Onondaga Community College. She has an extensive background in vocational ministry growing up in a missionary household and serving alongside her family since she was a child. She loves to quilt and has a very keen eye to make an environment feel just like home! We are thankful for Renee’s desire to serve with us and add her gifts to the dining hall and the camp environment for our guests!
Gary & Cheri Fitzpatrick
Gary and Cheri (Mortensen) Fitzpatrick joined the Letourneau staff family in January 2016. Gary is serving as custodian and assists in maintenance as well, while Cheri is serving in her role as Camp Cook.
Gary has lived in Penn Yan most of his life and in previously worked as a custodian for a local school district and as a carpenter on the crew of a local Mennonite business. In addition, he has worked several years as a handyman for his local church. Since joining the team at LeTourneau, Gary has made himself available to serve in any and every way necessary to bless our guests and serve the Lord. Gary is a lover of theology and a man with a contagious laugh. Gary is also our local ping pong champion!
Cheri grew up in Naples, NY, and spent many summers at LeTourneau as a teen. Cheri started as our Event Coordinator leading LeTourneau’s growing ministry to the community. However, when our former Head Chef, Robert had a medical emergency, Cheri stepped in and did a wonderful job. After Robert officially retired in January of 2018, Cheri came on as our new full-time Cook. Cheri has brought her fun-loving personality and wonderful cooking skills to LeTourneau. She is known for her delicious homemade soups, deserts, bread, and more!
Gerri Moose (and the late Avis Sowl)
More than 60 years ago, Avis and Gerri, friends and fellow houseparents at an orphanage in Kentucky, accepted an offer from then-director Harold Seeley to “help out” for two weeks at Camp. The two weeks turned into a few more, then a summer, and 50 years later, their impact on Camp and its many generations of summer staff and staff families has been a special testimony and light to all who know and love them. For years, both ladies cooked in the Camp kitchen, with Gerri earning raving reviews for her delicious cinnamon rolls served at breakfast. Avis, manwhile would garner accolades for her chocolate chip cookies that were known to be bigger than your fist.
For years during the warmer months they would spend a great deal of time supervising the maids serving in the Lodge and Bethany House. They also planted and maintained several lovely garden beds around the Camp property (Avis’s rose bushes near the Lodge are especially famous) and in the “off-season” painted, stenciled and sewed to decorate numerous Camp buildings.
A number of Avis’s paintings adorn the walls of guest rooms in the Lodge, Bethany House and cottages while Gerri kept the summer staff in clean uniforms working from a central laundry room under the former Dining Hall.
Avis and Gerri have served as shining lights at LeTourneau, radiating the spirit of Christ to all that have crossed their path. In 2006, their 50th year of service was marked with a special celebration. Then again in 2011, the Avis and Gerri Fund was established to compensate the seasonal summer staff (teens and young adults) who serve the many summer campers attending programs and events during the busiest months of the year. The Camp family celebrated Avis’s 90th birthday in the spring of 2012 and celebrated Gerri’s 90th with a special alumni reunion event in the summer of 2015. On July 1st, 2016, our dear Avis went home to be with the Lord. In August of 2016, a special thank you recognition for Gerri was hosted to mark the 60th year of service given.
Bob & Mary Ann Anderson
Bob & Mary Ann began their ministry work with LeTourneau Christian Center in February 2017. Bob attended school in Staten Island, NY. He graduated from Cobleskill with a Landscape Design degree. Bob has been in the building trades for the last 25 years doing remodeling as well as New Home construction.
Upon joining our staff Bob hit the ground running with a project in the lodge to update and modernize the first floor. He continues to tackle the big projects such as the new sound system for the Tabernacle and most recently leading the building of the new staff house. He and Mary Ann have been married since 2005 and he has a daughter, Lydia. Any one that has come to camp in the last few years can see what a hard worker and amazing servant that Bob is!
Mary Ann also got started assisting Bob with the Lodge renovation in 2017. She has since spearheaded the housekeeping department keeping the accomodations updated and beautiful for our guests. The downstairs floor of our Lodge is always of the highest appearance with its’ beautiful and very comfortable furnishings. LeTourneau is grateful to have her insights and interior decorating talents! We look forward to Bob and Mary Ann bringing all their gifts and talents to our ministry.
Donivan and Hanna Krop
Donivan and Hanna Krop were summer staff, prior to becoming students in our one year student program called, The WAY School of Discipleship. They have been coming to LeTourneau Christian Center for many years with their families. Donivan and Hanna were engaged on campus, July 4, 2016 and then married on November 19, 2016. After graduation from THE WAY School of Discipleship, Donivan and Hanna joined the full-time staff at LeTourneau.
Donivan is a leader on our Grounds and Maintenance staff. In the summers, his countless landscaping hours serve to be a vital part of keeping the grounds beautiful for our guests. Donivan is also one of our Certified First Aid Lifeguards during our summer kids camps.
Hanna started off as our full-time dining hostess, but after having Sophia (their 1st child) in June of 2018, Hanna moved into a part-time administrative assistant role in the office. She has since transitioned to serving in a part-time camp support position, filling in at the dining hall when needed so she can spend more time investing in her daughters development and occupation as a cosmetologist.
Hanna and Donivan are great leaders and mentors to the many young teens and adults who join our Summer Discipleship program here at LeTourneau Christian Center. We are so grateful for these two and their commitment to serving Christ with us.