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The Wilds Staff

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Ken Hay

Ken Hay is one of the founders of The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center. Currently the Chairman of the Board, Ken served as the Director and President for over 35 years. Dr. Hay graduated from Bob Jones University in 1955 with a degree in Bible, and in 1957 he received his M.A. in Bible. The Hays continue to conduct family and parenting conferences in local churches.

Ken and his wife, Diane, have three children, twelve grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

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Ken Collier

After receiving his degree in Church Administration at Bob Jones University, Ken Collier joined The Wilds full-time staff. Ken has served as the Director, Program Director, and Assistant Director. In January of 2007 he assumed the role of President of The Wilds. Ken has participated in every summer program in the history of the camp. In addition to his camp responsibilities, he is active in his local church. He has also co-authored a book, Biblical Leadership, with Matt Williams from Northland International University.
Ken and his wife, Mardi, have four children and fifteen grandchildren.

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Matt Herbster

Matt Herbster earned a B.A. in Bible in 1995 from Bob Jones University and a M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Heart of America Theological Seminary in 1997. He joined The Wilds Staff in 1997, serving on the Program Staff and as the Program Director until he was appointed Director in the fall of 2013. The Lord gave him and his wife of 18 years, Julie, five children before calling her home to be with Him. God in His sovereign plan, brought Tiffany to serve alongside him. They were married in April 2014.

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Rand Hummel

Rand Hummel is the Director of The Wilds of New England located in the peaceful, rural setting of Deering, New Hampshire. Prior to this position, Rand was the Assistant Director of The Wilds in North Carolina, and served as the Program Director of The Wilds for 20 years. Rand has authored several Bible helps for adults and teens to help them in their daily Christian walk. Rand holds a B.A. in Bible and an honorary doctorate from Bob Jones University, in Greenville, South Carolina.

Rand and his wife, Amber, have two children and one grandchild.

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Joe Fant

Joe Fant grew up in South Carolina and surrendered to the Lord’s call to preach while working at The Wilds during the summer of 2004. Joe became the Program Director in 2013. He graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.A. in Bible and is currently working on his M.A. in Bible. Prior to coming on full-time staff at The Wilds, Joe and his wife, Becky, served in our Junior Boot Camp program during the summers, ministered with Tom Farrell Evangelistic Ministries, and served as the youth pastor at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Joe and Becky have two children.

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Tim Meals

Tim Meals has been affiliated with The Wilds for over 25 years. He has been a camper, summer staff member, worked on nine month contracted staff, and is now a member of the full-time staff. Prior to joining the full-time staff in 1999, Tim was a Christian school teacher and coach in Kansas City, Missouri. He now serves as the Maintenance Supervisor and Junior Boot Camp Director. Tim’s wife, Cherie, is a registered nurse and serves as the Health Service Supervisor.

Tim and Cherie have twin daughters and a son.

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Matt Taylor

After graduating from college in 2002, Matt and his wife, Christy, traveled with the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team for three years. In May of 2005, the Taylors joined the staff at The Wilds where each had previously served for several summers. Matt is now the Music Director.

Matt and Christy have three sons.

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John Bott

John Bott received his degree in Bible in 1989 from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and came to The Wilds that same year. John serves as the Program Marketing Director, coordinating the travel groups that go out from the camp. During the summer, John is the “sponsor liaison” for the hundreds of adults that bring young people to camp each year.

John and his wife, Tina, have two children.

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Willie Partin

Willie Partin has served at The Wilds since 1997, and is currently the Program Manager. Willie graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in Youth Ministries and is appreciated by teens and adults alike for his great sense of humor and practical teaching from God’s Word.

Willie and his wife, Sarah, have four children.