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!
Cristal is our Guest Services Director! Get to know the gal behind the pleasant voice at the other end of the phone when you call the Camp!
Cristal how long have you been @ Charis and what have you been up to?
I started at Charis as the Host, living onsite with my family while greeting and serving guest groups for 5 years. For over a year now I have been the Guest Services Director. I organize all conference and retreat bookings from first phone call to arrival details, then I communicate details to all departments and schedule hosts.
I always have loved meeting such diverse groups of people, seeing what God does while they are here and the heart connections I experience as I work with groups. I will miss these things as my family and I move to Kelowna Summer 2019 for new adventures.
What is life like for you @Home?
(Photo above is with Jack Piccioni, one of Cristal's favorite little people.)
I have 3 wonderful teenagers (and truly love it!) and an amazing husband of 22 years. I love reading, nature and being with my family. We love walks, exploring, finding delicious ethnic food to eat and playing games together.
Why the Team thinks Cristal is so Wonderful to Work with:
Cristal is flexible, easy to work with, fun, sassy. always smiling, willing, helpful, kind and determined. She loves the people who come to camp beyond what we could ever ask of her. She’s brought so much joy and laughter into both the kitchen and the office and cares deeply about life here at camp. She loves people and is so good at connecting with them in meaningful ways. She follows Jesus even when it is hard. She brings joy and warmth to a room and understands Biblical hospitality.
Brian is our Facilities Director at Charis Camp! Get to know this busy man with a big smile below!
What have you been up to @Charis over the years, Brian?
I've been involved with the camp since 2007, doing everything from washing dishes and cutting carrots to cleaning rooms and cabin leading to training staff. I have worked here full time since 2012. First as Program director from 2012 until 2016 and since then as the Site Director. I'm responsible for making sure everything around site is working and ready for the groups when they arrive and for planning ahead to new needs and expansion!
You must love #chariscamplife! Tell us what's to love?
I love the "aha" moments when staff,campers and guests have an opportunity to learn something new about Jesus and when I get to stand back and see all the pieces that God has put in place work together.
What is life @home like for you?
My wife and I have been married for 4 years. We met, got engaged and were married at Charis and we live here now. We love to spend time together going on drives, walks, hikes, just anything that involves being together. Personally, I like reading, being outside, working on our truck and tinkering with electronics and other things that can be taken apart.
We have two little boys, one is almost two years old and the other is almost 3 months old. Jack, our oldest, has tons of energy and loves to talk and make friends and play with anything and anyone. Barnaby, our youngest, loves to look at faces, smile, and keep the grandparents cozy.
Help us get to know you a bit more with some Fun Facts!
Why the Team thinks Brian is Awesome:
Brian has a kind, gentle and humble servants heart. He is always willing to help out. We love how he seeks to see Jesus in every situation. Brian is a good guy, a hard worker and he knows the camp like the back of his hand. He is unassuming; he gives people the benefit of the doubt and believes the best about them. We like that Brian is honest, passionate and has incredible dedication to Charis Camp. Plus, he's a lot of fun! What a guy!