Meet our small but mighty year-round staff.
Camp Director - Joel Wilke
Joel Wilke joined staff as Camp Director in July of 2010. Joel worked at Camp Horizon as an intern in 2008, while he was pursuing a masters degree at Southwestern College. Upon graduating, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he was a youth pastor for two years. He then returned to Kansas and accepted the job as Camp Director.
Joel and his wife Lindsay have three kids Luke, Emma, and Maddie. Their son Luke likes to fix things with his "tiny John Deer Gator." Their twin girls Maddie and Emma love meeting all of the new people who come out to Camp Horizon. Lindsay worked at Southwestern College for five years before deciding to stay at home with the kids after the arrival of the twins. She enjoys going on hikes around camp with the whole family.
Joel loves to travel and visit other camps. He came to Camp Horizon growing up and it had a huge impact on his faith. He loves being able to help young people have that same experience. Camp Horizon will always be a special place to him and his family.
Office Manager- Diana Reeves
Diana Reeves has been Camp Horizon's Office Manager since 2009. She and her husband Norman have two kids and eight grandkids. Diana grew up in Ark City, but she and Norman spend 17.5 years as house parents at Cookson Hills Christian Ministry. They cared for over 100 children in their time there. When they moved back to Ark City, Diana was a para and basketball and volleyball coach at Dexter before coming to work full time at Camp Horizon.
Food Service Manager- Kathy Rush
Kathy Rush came to Camp Horizon in 2008 as our Food Service Manager. She and her husband Joe have three children, two grandsons, and twin grandbabies expected in May 2016. She grew up in Nickerson, KS, and moved to Ark City in junior high. She was a bus driver, teacher's aide, library assistant for Dexter schools for 23 years before coming to work full time at Camp Horizon.
Grounds and Facilities- Bob Morgan
Bob works tirelessly to maintain our Grounds and Facilities. He has been a part of the Camp Horizon staff since 2015. He is Joel's father-in-law and has three children and five grandchildren. He grew up on a farm in Hutchinson, KS. He was a high school science teacher for 35 years in Goddard, KS, where he also coached football, wrestling, and track.
Program Intern- Melissa Connell
After working as a counselor at Camp Horizon for two summers, Melissa Connell was the Program Intern for summer 2016 and will be again in the summer of 2017. She is a Junior at Southwestern College majoring in Religion and Philosophy.
She is from Wichita, KS and this will be the 13th summer she has spent at least one week at Camp Horizon. Her favorite part of camp is getting to be a part of the amazing new experiences the campers have while being in nature and helping foster their relationships with God. Melissa enjoys being outside, crafting, dogs, and coffee.