Meet the Staff: Marty Bennett
Marty is the Director of Discipleship at Charis Camp. Unique. Powerful. Learn more below!
Hi Marty! What do you do @ Charis?
I am the Director of Discipleship. My job is to spiritually care for camp staff and volunteers, help develop a discipleship culture and arrange for the recruitment and hiring of all program staff for all camp and conference events. I have been at Charis since 2016.
What do you like about your work?
I love that I get to work from my heart and be creative and flexible in how I approach the different objectives. I love that Camp is a place where people hear from God and I get to be a witness of Him changing lives! Seeing people grow in their gifts and relationship with God is so much fun!
What about life @ home, what does that look like?
My favorite times at home are dinnertime & the kids bedtime. I love food. I also love slowing down and hearing about everyone’s day. Bedtime seems to be a special time where windows of opportunity open into my boys hearts. My wife and love of my life, Krista, and I have almost been married 20 years. I have 2 boys, Tucker (12) and Riley (9). I love that they are good friends and I love spending special time with each one of them.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like reading, NHL Hockey fantasy, swimming and driving slow with my deep thoughts. I enjoy building things with wood, alone in my garage. I also enjoy playing hockey and watching my boys play soccer and scootering at the local skatepark.
Why the team thinks Marty is so Awesome:
We love Marty's openness and determination. He has an amazing heart for young people. Marty's desire is not only to have people love Jesus, but grow in knowing and walking with Him. Marty is a dichotomy of extreme ridiculousness (so funny) and incredible depth (so insightful)...a perfect mix for young people. He is always willing to lend a hand, teach you how to protect yourself in a knife fight and make you laugh. He is just great to work with and an awesome guy to know!
Meet the Staff: Clarinda Herfst
Clarinda is our Assistant Director of Business Administration at Charis Camp & Conference Centre.
Clarinda, what is your role @ Charis these days?
I take care of all the accounts receivable and payable, payroll, month end and anything to do with finances at the camp. It’s kind of boring to describe but I love it.
How did you end up at Charis?
It all started with my husband Rick working here doing maintenance and telling me there was need in the kitchen. I didn’t know anything about camp at that point! I started working here in the kitchen in 2010 with Morris Jalbert and Dan Wedel. The quote in those days was “try not to freak out” because something always seemed to go wrong. In 2012 Darren Duncalfe was helping out in the office and he asked me if I was interested in working in the office. I said yes, as long as I could keep driving my bus. The camp was really struggling with maybe a booking a week so I sat in the office and prayed for more bookings. Summer camps only had 20-30 people in each. What a change in 6 years….we have to turn groups away and our Summer Camps have wait lists.
I love the community here, building relationships and I know this is where God wants me to be.
Tell us about some of your favorite moments at Charis so far!
So many good memories here it can't be just one.
Wow, those are a lot of awesome memories!
What does life @Home look like for you?
I have 8 kids now and 2 beautiful grand-babies. Rick and I have been married 31 years. I was a baby when we got married. Only two of our kids live at home now but everyone still drops in all the time. There were years where friends stayed with us and we had 3 kids packed into a bedroom...it's much quieter now. In my free time I like playing with my grand-babies. We enjoy hiking, baking, playing games, having campfires and going camping with them! My kids just love coming home and hanging out together.
When I’m all alone I love to knit and do embroidery or curl up in bed and watch Netflix but that rarely happens.
Thank you for sharing so many memories, Clarinda! And thank you for crunching the numbers at Charis for the team!
What the team thinks is awesome about Clarinda:
Clarinda has a great sense of humor and a heart to see people connected to one another and to God. She is thoughtful and is good at noticing important details. She is always up for some fun. Clarinda adds to the office with her smile, warm welcome, love for Jesus, essential oils and another essential-coffee!
Meet the Staff: Tom Babcock
Tom is our Food Service Director at Charis. Learn more about the Red Seal Chef behind the awesome food here at camp!
Tell us about your time @ Charis, Tom
I have been the Food Service Director since 2013! I am in charge of all of the food service including ordering, menus, hiring staff and quality and cost control. I chose camp ministry because there is nothing better than an environment that you can freely express your worship to God in and have a vocation at the same time!
My favorite moments are when I get a heartfelt appreciation from people. It increases my capacity for more blessing to pass through me. I truly want to do all my work to God's glory.
What does life @Home look like?
Anita and I just celebrated our 32 wedding anniversary!!! We have 2 kids; Dyanna is married and living in the USA and Matthew recently graduated and lives with us here.
I enjoy watching sports where we get to know players and their accomplishments. Some favorite teams are NFL Seahawks, NHL Oilers, WHL Seatle Thunderbirds, MLB Seatle Mariners and CFL Edmonton Eskimos. I like to collect hockey jerseys both new and game worn (from all levels) with my son. I love networking and have learned to really appreciate everyone I come in contact with.
What the team likes about Tom (aka Tommy Grace):
Tom loves to create awesome food and he loves camp ministry. He has a great desire to do more than just cook, he wants to help make lasting memories for our guests. He is generous. Tom has a gift that makes people feel special and cared for with food. He goes over and above for dietary needs. His heart to bless people through the camp shines. To top it all off, we love his homemade sambal!