COVID-19 Update from our Camp Director


{LT 2019}

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team provides for the day-to-day operation of the summer camp program. Each LT member is assigned to be a camp counselor for Elementary Camp (rising fourth to fifth graders), Middle School Camp (rising sixth to eighth graders) and High School Camp (rising 9th-12th graders). All staff will go through a hiring process that includes a written application, personal interview, background and reference checks. They have completed at least one year of college and prior to camp, will have completed a 10-day training session. Click here for more information on applying.


Head Counselors

{Wesley & Gabriela}

Head Counselors co-lead training at the start of the summer, oversee and support the staff during camp weeks, develop team schedules, and handle all of the behind-the-scenes prep work before and during each camp session.

Wesley Hanson grew up a camper at Camp Connect, from 9 years old all the way through High School. Now he's heading back to the coast to be on staff again, this time as Head Counselor. Wesley is used to bringing his A-game to the golf course on Valdosta State's golf team, and now he gets to bring that A-game to camp!

Gabriela Reincheld will serve a second summer as Head Counselor. Having grown up in Africa and now graduating from John Brown University in Arkansas, Gabriela calls Epworth "home". As an education major, Gabriela will transition from camp life to the classroom in the fall with a greater understanding and appreciation for all of God's children!


Camp Director

{Suzanne - CD}

The Camp Director oversees the Leadership Team and Head Counselors and develops the summer camp program in its entirety. The Camp Director manages the camping budget, hires and trains the staff, markets the programs and develops the risk management strategies.

Suzanne Akins served as a Camp Counselor and Head Counselor at Camp Connect during the summers of her college years at the University of Georgia. Following college graduation, Suzanne served as the Camp Director from 2000-2005 before going home full-time to raise a family. Suzanne returned to Camp Connect as the Director in 2015 and is looking forward to her 14th year in camping ministry. She is married to her college (and camp!) sweetheart Carter and they have 4 children: Lily Kate, Branson, Ruthie and Henry...and a border collie named Georgia.

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