Meet the Counselors
At Alpine, you can be confident that your family is in good hands. Each of our staff members and counselors are committed to serving you. Learn where they're from, how they came to know Christ as their Savior, and why they chose to serve at Alpine.
Andrew Stroud: Head Male Counselor
Hello, my name is Andrew Stroud, and I am a SENIOR at Appalachian Bible College, in the Bible/Pastoral program. While at ABC, I attend Fellowship Bible Church, in Beckley, WV. I was saved when I was nine years old at a summer camp in New York. I realized I was a sinner and personally needed to believe in Jesus Christ as the only means I had to be forgiven. "For by grace are you saved through faith" is what I cling to for my salvation; in myself I had and have no hope but in Christ I am free! I chose to work at Alpine this summer because God really just opened the door to allow it. It was not in my plans until late this spring. I want to serve at Alpine because I really want to be a part of sharing the gospel with young people who need to hear it. If I can be just a small part of someone hearing the gospel and being saved, this summer will have been worth it all! I am looking forward to learning and growing in my own life as I serve God and others. I am excited for the opportunity to have life-on-life discipleship opportunities with staff and campers alike. My hope is that this summer Christ is exalted in all I do!
Kaitlyn Johnson: Head Female Counselor
Howdy! My name is Kaitlyn and I am from the fantastic town of Kernersville, NC. My home church is Woodland Baptist Church which is located in Winston-Salem, NC. I was saved on August 7, 1996 on a Wednesday night in AWANA. I am thankful that I became God’s child at the young ag of six. It was at Alpine that I felt led to attend Appalachian Bible College. I graduated May 2012 double majoring in Bible/Theology and Interdisciplinary Ministry. I plan to serve the Lord full-time in some type of Christian ministry. I am looking forward to a summer full of fun and filled with adventure, but more importantly I am excited to how God is going to work in the lives of the campers and also the staff.
Cody Hillberry: Counselor
Hello, I'm Cody Hillberry from Sycamore, PA where I attend Calvary Baptist Church. I am going into my Junior year at Waynesburg University majoring in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Biblical Ministry Studies. I was raised in a Christian family that went to church every Sunday, so I knew who God was. I decided to accept Christ as my personal Savior when I was 7 and was baptized when 8. In my early teens, I really began to pursue my relationship with Him and that's when it seemed to become genuine to me. God is continually working in and through me every day. One of the biggest things that He has taught me is to trust that His plan is always better than mine, and that i need to fully rely and depend on Him. I loved working at Alpine last year and I felt called to return this year. I can't wait to see what God has in store for this summer!
Nicole Nelson: Counselor
I’m from Brazil, Indiana, and I attend Brazil Bible Fellowship Church. I go to Appalachian Bible College, and I am in the 2-year Associate of Arts program. I am now a sophomore in college. I was saved when I was a child in North Carolina. One morning when I got up, my dad was doing his devotions on the couch which was in front of a window in the trailer that showed the mountains in the background. It was beautiful! I started asking questions, and my dad explained and answered them. By His grace, I ended up trusting Jesus Christ as my Savior that morning. PRAISE GOD! I chose to serve at Alpine because of what the other counselors had said and told me of how much fun they had doing the adventures and counseling the kids and everything. I love interacting with kids and doing outdoor activities. And by the grace of God, I hope I can have an impact on the kids lives spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
Sergio Urias: Counselor
Hello, my name is Sergio Urias, and I am originally from El Salvador, but call Manassas, VA home. Currently, I attend Daniels Bible Church while I am a student at Appalachian Bible College. I am a sophomore in the Youth and Family Ministry Major. The Lord brought me to Himself when I was 13 years old. My family was going through a very hard time and I beginning to get involve in some pretty bad stuff, all this took place in El Salvador. The Lord saved me and made a new person and I’ve been walking with the Lord ever since, but I have not always been obedient to Him. I want to serve at Alpine again because I was so impressed by the ministry that took place here last summer. Last summer was also my first time in camping ministries and I do not regret being part of it at all. I am primarily here, because the Lord called me to be here.
Marlee Taylor: Counselor
I am from Lewisburg, WV, where I attend Greenbrier Baptist Church. I just graduated from Appalachian Bible College where I earned a double major in Bible/Theology and Youth and Family Ministry with a concentration in Biblical Counseling. I accepted the Lord as my Savior at the age of eight when my second grade teacher explained to me that just going to church and reading my Bible did not make me a Christian. Instead, I had to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by accepting Him into my heart and trusting that He took the penalty for my sins. I loved being a camper at Alpine and I served as a counselor last year. Now I'm excited to be able to serve God another summer and see how He will work through me and Alpine Bible Camp to change lives for eternity.
Sedrick Bowser: Counselor
Hi! My name is Sedrick William Bowser, and I am from Sturgis, MI. When home, I attend Fish Lake Bible Church. Currently, I am a sophomore at Appalachian Bible College majoring in Bible/Theology and Camp Ministry. I am told I made a salvation confession at age 6. I don't know if it was sincere or not. I was not raised in a Christian home and over time my life showed less and less regard to God. Eventually, the Lord used major events in my life to bring me to Himself. God ripped me away from every bit of my old life and gave me a new one. He has drastically induced growth so that I am completely unrecognizable from my past life, and continually growing. I wanted to serve this summer in some capacity. I pursued Alpine and God opened the door to allow it. I look forward to serving young men and showing them a godly example as well as being tested and refined to better serve God.
Carolyn Dingus: Counselor
Hi, I’m Carolyn Dingus from Beckley WV. I attend Daniels Bible Church. I am a sophomore at Appalachian Bible College studying Bible and Youth and Family Ministries. I grew up in a Christian home and have from the beginning been exposed to the gospel. I was saved at the age of six when I recognized that I was sinful and would be separated from God forever. I prayed by myself in my room one night that Jesus would save me. It wasn't until I was in high school that my faith really became real to me. I was faced with people who disagreed with me and questioned my faith. This forced me to really determine in my heart what I believed and not what my parents and family believed. From that point I have seen God work in my life and I have grown to love the Word of God as the guide for my life with every answer I could ever need. I am looking forward to serving at Alpine this summer. I remember loving camp as a kid and how much I looked up to my counselors. I'm looking forward to being an influence in the lives of kids and young adults. I love young people and I know how critical this time is for them. I'm so excited to show them God's Word and its power and how it can truly change their lives.
Scott Duff: Counselor
Hi, I’m Scott Duff and I’m from Charleston, WV where I attend Bible Center Church. Currently, I am a sophomore in the pastoral major at Appalachian Bible College. I never grew up in church. Around the age of 15 I questioned if there is a God. I left my public school in 11th grade and switched to Christian school. I had always liked the idea of God but had my doubts. Sitting in the chapels, God began to work in my heart showing me my sin. I, seeing my sin, knew I needed a Savior. I called upon Jesus. I am so thankful God stayed with me and was merciful to save me. I chose to serve at Alpine this summer because I want to be able to pour back into other people the love God has given me. I am looking forward to spending a week with new people to meet them and encourage them in their own personal journey with God.
Janelle Gwin: Counselor
Hi, I’m Janelle Gwin and I am from Eden, North Carolina where I am a member of First Baptist Church of Draper. I attend Appalachian Bible College, and am a Junior enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts Program, majoring in both Bible and Theology and Camping ministries. When I was four years old, I recognized my need for a Savior. My dad is the one who lead me to the Lord on September 7, 1997. I am so grateful for the people who have invested in my life since that time and trained me to seek the Lord with all my heart. This summer is going to be an exciting adventure! I am looking forward to God teaching me a lot through the different experiences I will have. The chance to have an impact on so many lives is a great opportunity, and I pray that I will be a willing servant that will do all things for the glory of God.
Matt Cameron: Counselor
Hi, my name is Matt Cameron and I am from Oxford, Michigan. I attend Lake Orion Baptist Church. Currently, I am a senior at Clearwater Christian College, studying Accounting and Bible. After being convicted for 3 weeks straight, and finally putting away the pride of the image that I had at my church, after living an entire life of lies knowing I wasn't saved, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior my senior year of high school. I am so thankful everyday for the mercies God gives each and every day. After speaking with Dave Holloway, and much prayer, I decided that this is what the Lord is pushing in my heart. I cannot wait to see what the Lord is going to do in my heart and those that are affected by ministry here at Alpine this summer.
Megan Cowperthwait: Counselor
Hello, I’m Megan Cowperthwait, from Bear, Delaware. When I am at school I go to Shoreline Church and when I am home in Delaware I go to East Point Church. I am a sophomore at Palm Beach Atlantic University where I am majoring in Elementary Education. I have grown up in a Christian home my whole life and accepted Him at four years old. But I could feel myself falling away as I got older and during a worship service, I rededicated my life to Christ at 16. Alpine has always been part of my childhood. My mom was a nurse here and I came as her assistant every year at a very young age. Alpine helped mold my walk with Christ. I am so excited to pour Gods love into my campers!
Mike Sanders: Media Specialist
Hey, I’m Michael Sanders, from Centerville, PA. I attend Calvary Bible Church. Currently, I attend Appalachian Bible College, working toward my One Year Bible Certificate, but I am potentially transferring to an Interdisciplinary Major this coming year.When I was young I had the notion that since my father was a pastor and my mother was a Christian that I was a Christian by association and that God would just let me into heaven. When I was 6 I began to learn that I needed trust in Jesus, I knew that I should, I knew that it was the “right” thing to do, I just didn’t know why. I went to a Bible Club in my backyard that my older sister, who was a summer missionary, was teaching. One day that week I came to understand that I was a sinner, and that it didn’t matter who my parents were, or what I did, I was going to Hell. So, I made the choice to raise my hand, and after the lesson my oldest sister showed me how I could receive Christ as my Savior; and I did. I'm coming back to Alpine so I can serve God in a way that I best know how. As the Media Specialist I want to create something that will help the campers remember the good times they had at camp, as well as what they learned. I'm really excited to see how the campers are going to react to this year’s theme, Superheroes Unmasked!
Emily Smith: Office Assistant
Hi, I’m Emily Smith and I’m from Delevan, NY. I attend Delevan Baptist Church there. I am a sophomore at Appalachian Bible College working toward my Associate of Arts. I was saved when I was five years old. I was laying in my bed, and I must have been thinking about a Sunday school lesson or something, because I got up and asked my dad about salvation. He explained what all salvation entailed and what it meant, and that was when I prayed and accepted God's gift. A few months before coming to ABC for school this past year, someone had made the comment that I wasn't "cut out for full-time ministry." After initially being offended, I began to reflect on why exactly they might have said that, and whether or not it was true. I soon realized that it WAS true, and that I had a lot to learn about the ministry. So I began praying that God would help me to become better prepared for ministry, as I had a growing desire to work in that capacity. So then I came to ABC for school, and that's when God opened up an opportunity to work at Alpine. What I'm most looking forward to (and dreading at the same time!) is learning how to love people and how to be flexible.