The Wilds Staff

Matt Collier

Matt is the President of The Wilds Corporation, Inc. and the Director of CampsAbroad. As Founder and Director of CampsAbroad, the missions arm of The Wilds since 2001, Matt has spent nearly two decades teaching the philosophy of The Wilds to hundreds of missionaries in over 50 countries. In 2006, he became the senior pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Brevard, NC, where he and his wife, Kelly, passionately served their church family for fourteen years. Kelly has served alongside Matt in many of these roles, with an emphasis on counseling and encouraging women in a deeper study of God’s Word. She has played an integral part in developing and shaping the counseling ministry of The Wilds over the past 20 years, most recently coordinating a thorough reorganization of The Wilds Summer Staff Training material.

Matt and Kelly have three sons.

Ken Collier

Ken currently serves the staff and campers and wears the title, “Camp Coach.” Ken started with The Wilds the very first summer—1969—and has been here ever since. He has faithfully fulfilled many roles over the past 50+ years—some with titles, and some without. Most recently, he served as the President of the Corporation (2007-2020) and Director of the North Carolina campsite. In addition to his camp responsibilities, he is active in his local church and spends time writing and capsulizing the philosophy of The Wilds to hand down to generations to come. He has also co-authored a book, Biblical Leadership, with Matt Williams.

Ken and his wife, Mardi, have four children and sixteen grandchildren.

Rand Hummel

Rand is a regional Vice President of The Wilds and serves at The Wilds of New England in Deering, New Hampshire, where he mentors the next generation and works faithfully on the campsite. He and his wife, Amber, have served at The Wilds in some facet since 1978. In 2009, the Hummels moved to New Hampshire where Rand was the Director for 15 years. Rand has authored several Bible study helps for adults and teens to help them in their daily Christian walk. When camp is not in session, Rand travels across the US, preaching and encouraging others to fear God by respecting His holiness, hating what He hates, and loving what He loves.

Rand and Amber have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Chris Anastos

Chris is the Director of Camper Experience at The Wilds. The Anastos’ have served in some capacity at camp since the summer of 2009 when they were brother/sister counselors. They have served on contracted staff, Program Staff, and led one of our Ministry Teams.

Chris and Tara have four children.

John Bott

John is the Director of Marketing for The Wilds and coordinates the travel groups that go out from the camp. He is currently based out of the corporate office location in Taylors, SC, but over the past 30+ years, he has also lived and worked at the North Carolina campsite. During the summer camping season, 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 married children and one grandchild.

Willie Partin

Willie is the Director of Camp Relations for The Wilds and has been on staff in some capacity since 1997. Teens and adults alike appreciate and respond to his great sense of humor and practical teaching from God’s Word. Willie is actively pursuing advanced training in counseling. He is a key component of our summer staff recruitment and represents the North Carolina campsite in churches and schools during the non-summer months.

Willie and his wife, Sarah, have four children.

Noah Smith

Noah is the Junior Boot Camp Director. A Brevard, North Carolina, native, he grew up attending The Wilds every summer. He then served on our summer staff for 7 years prior to becoming an assistant pastor and children’s ministry director for 6 years in Wyoming. Noah and his family returned to North Carolina in 2020.

Noah and his wife, Karis, have three children.

Matt Taylor

Matt is the Music Director at The Wilds where he and his wife, Christy, have served full-time since 2005. As Music Director, Matt oversees both on-site music ministry and music publications at The Wilds. The Taylors have contributed to numerous recordings (several can be found at The Wilds online store. The Taylors also serve at Bethany Baptist Church in Brevard, North Carolina, where Matt leads the worship services. They are passionate about leading and producing music that is fresh, theologically rich, and easily accessible so that God’s people can fervently worship together in song.

Matt and Christy have three sons.