Dan ‘Sherlock’ Martin has been the General Director of Ontario Pioneer Camp since December 2011. He has 15 years of camping experience both in Ontario and British Columbia. Dan has a strong desire to introduce young people to Christ and see God transform the children and youth of this generation
Dan and his wife worked at camp as teenagers and have had a first hand look at what it means to serve children giving them a positive camp experience. Now Dan, along with his wife Kara and four children bring an enthusiasm to Pioneer each year as they serve together as a family.
Jennifer Guest comes from an elementary school background where she focused on Special Education and Language. Jennifer is involved in her local church community that has a heart for the poor. She enjoys leading Bible studies and mentoring the youth at her church. She and her husband, Brian, have three children.
Darren first came to Pioneer Camp as a camper at 14 years old. This experience began a lifelong love to see the Lord move in the hearts of people at camp. He spent seven years working in Year-Round Ministries at Pioneer as the Outdoor Education Director when he realized his passion to introduce young people to the Living God through creation. After spending five years as a Youth Pastor at West Highland Baptist Church in Hamilton, he is excited to be re-joining the Pioneer Camp family. Darren and his wife, Ronda, have two teenage daughters, Katie and Abby.
Nathan first came to Ontario Pioneer Camp at the age of 15 and has been hooked ever since. He is a graduate of McMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce and is also a recent graduate of the Arrow Leadership program.
Nathan is married to Alicia, also a Pioneer Camp alum, and they have two children together named Lucas and Zachary. Nathan and Alicia live in Hamilton where they serve as the Young Adult & Student Ministry Directors at Church on the Rock.
Amy was a camper at Pioneer before moving into leadership. She and her husband, Gerry, are the parents of four sons and grandparents of eight grandchildren. With a background as an educator Amy has had many different leadership roles at Pioneer. Amy has directed some of Pioneer’s one week summer programs as well as Adventure Camp. She envisioned and initiated our Special Need Program that integrates children with unique challenges into Pioneer Camp. Recently she has coordinated the hiring and care of our summer Support Staff. Currently she is the Director of Women’s Ministries which began as two (now four) weekends at Pioneer and has grown into a ministry across Ontario. Amy loves to read and do counted cross stitch, but her biggest joy come through teaching God’s word and watching men, women and young people mature in their faith.
Larry Offner first came to Ontario Pioneer Camp at 12, and that experience has shaped his life ministry. He has served with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship for more than 30 years, providing leadership in high school, university and summer camps. Larry lives here in Muskoka with his wife Bev, and has two daughters, Lindsay and Carolyn. He loves country music, a great burger, and working on his lawn.
LeaAnne first came to Ontario Pioneer Camp as a camper at age 9. At the age of 16, while at OPC Coed Camp, LeaAnne surrendered her life to Christ. God used many people at camp who loved her unconditionally and taught about Jesus that led to this life changing decision. LeaAnne has been involved over most of her life in the ministry of IVCF and in particular OPC in many roles. Most recently you may have found her in the GC kitchen preparing delicious meals for Girls Camp.
LeaAnne has been an educator in two high schools and has a passion for youth and young adults. She has mentored many, challenging them to work hard and learn well. As an educator, she was also a seed sower of the good news of Jesus Christ. She in now thrilled to have a more direct role in sharing the gospel of Christ and mentoring young women to become fully committed followers of Christ.
LeaAnne lives with her husband David in Huntsville. They have raised two girls, Katya (Gibson) and Hannah (Flick) who are GC alumni. She and her husband are excited to see what God has in store for Ontario Pioneer Camp and in particular Girls Camp.
After 25 years of dedicated and passionate ministry at Ontario Pioneer Camp, Mark (Rance) Evans is leaving his role as Boys Camp Director. For the past decade Mark has served as Boys’ Camp Director, leading teams of staff who have cared for and mentored many each summer.
“Mark is particularly gifted at developing a team and keeping them focused on mission,” said Ontario Pioneer Camp Director Dan Martin. “Camp is an ever-changing environment and most of our leaders are teenagers and young adults. They willingly serve, knowing that Mark cares deeply for them, both while they are at camp and when they head back to school or work after the summer is over.”
Over the years, Mark has mentored and discipled hundreds of young men, many of whom have gone into ministry with churches and mission organizations. He has equipped them to live out their faith at school, in their homes and workplaces.
As Mark moves into a new chapter in his life, we wish him, his wife Catherine (who he met at Ontario Pioneer) and their three children, Sophia, Hannah and Esther, God’s deep blessing and provision. We are grateful for his many years of dedicated and committed service to campers and staff at Boys’ Camp.
Believing that ALL children are special gifts from God, Katharine “Delo” Beaven is very thankful to serve in this role.
With twelve years of experience at Camp Mini-Yo-We and Pioneer Camp, Katharine has filled roles as diverse as Assistant Director and Kitchen Staff. Having experience in most areas of camp leadership has given her great appreciation for how all roles work together to give campers an excellent experience. Katharine spent her earliest years at Girl Guide Camp, but now prefers a chalet to a canvas tent!
Katharine lives in Newmarket with her husband Darrin and their three boys. All of them love camp, and she loves watching them grow up in such a loving, fostering community.
Ben was born in Nova Scotia and came to Hamilton in 2003 where studied psychology at Redeemer University. Ben has served as the Youth Pastor at Glengate Alliance Church in Niagara Falls and more recently worked at the Good Shephard in Hamilton in various roles including most recently as a Community Mental Health Worker and Community Transition Worker.
He is married to Karmyn and together they have two beautiful children Elliana and Ezekiel. They live in Burlington Ontario and attend The Meeting House in Oakville where Karmyn is an Associate Pastor. Ben loves the outdoors, cooking, playing board/card games and will play any sport he can get his hands on. Ben is tremendously excited to be working at Pioneer Camp and is looking forward to meeting you this summer and helping the LIT Program reach new heights.
Emma came to Pioneer for the first time when she was nine years old and has returned each summer since. She has many years of experience on staff at Adventure Camp, including three summers as a Special Needs Program Coordinator, and having most recently served as Assistant Director. A graduate from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science, Emma has always been more passionate about Special Needs and participation than she ever was about cell biology. Her summers as Special Needs Program Coordinator led her to pursue opportunities in the developmental services sector. For the past year and a half she has been working with adults on the Autism Spectrum in a residential setting as a direct support worker. In the fall she will be attending George Brown College in their Autism and Behavioral Science program. Emma is thrilled to be part of the Special Needs Program team once again and to support children and adults of all abilities in having safe, fun, and meaningful camp experiences!
Other Team Members
Each year, Pioneer welcomes many young adults to camp to teach, guide and support campers, and oversee other camp activities. These dedicated youth are the most valuable resource that we have. Positions available vary greatly but the same commitment and hard work is necessary for all.
We are looking for energetic young people who have a heart for God and who are willing to give of their time and energy to be models and mentors to the many campers who come to OPC. Check out staff & volunteer opportunities here.