The Wilds Staff

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 sixteen grandchildren.

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 three grandchildren.

Chris Anastos

Chris and Tara Anastos first started working at The Wilds as brother/sister counselors during the summer of 2009. They finished their undergraduate work at Bob Jones University in May 2011, and Tara began working on year-round staff at The Wilds that fall. Chris went on to earn an M.A. in Cross-cultural Ministry. After graduating in May 2012, he joined the year-round staff at The Wilds where they have served together ever since. Tara has served in the camp office, as the program secretary, and is now working with the C.A.M.P. program and weekend workers. Chris has worked on Program Staff for many years, and as a couple, they led The Wilds Ministry Team in the fall of 2014. Chris became the Program Director in 2018.

Chris and Tara have a daughter and son.

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. Tim’s wife, Cherie, is a registered nurse and serves as the Health Service Supervisor.

Tim and Cherie have twin daughters and a son.

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.

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.

Willie Partin

Willie Partin has served at The Wilds since 1997, and is currently the Interim Assistant Director. 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.

Noah Smith

Noah Smith is a Brevard, North Carolina, native and grew  up attending The Wilds every summer. He 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 returned to North Carolina in 2020 and is the JBC Program Director.

Noah and his wife, Karis, have 3 children.