Nate Parks, the oldest of four, was born in Texas and raised in Spain, where his parents were church planters. He’s traveled to over 40 countries and speaks two languages (although his English could use some work). Nate is passionate about leading people – both professionally and spiritually – and has a keen eye for seeing God at work around him. In addition to his role at Berea, Nate is a nationally recognized speaker and consultant, a New England Representative for NNYM, and serves on the boards of other non-profits. Nate and his wife, Heidi, have three kids, Grace, Bella, and Isaac, and a wiggly corgi named Lexi. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, fishing, riding his bike, and food – especially ice cream.
Jonathan graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and with a minor in Christian Ministries. After college, Jonathan was the Director of Finance and Retreat Coordinator at a Christian Camp and Retreat Center in New Hampshire for over three years before joining the Berea team in 2011. Jonathan has an extensive history in the hospitality industry and loves to serve others. He enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Amanda, and can often be found playing (or coaching) volleyball.
Sarah grew up in Central Massachusetts and has been coming to Berea since she was little. Her experiences as a camper fueled her passion for camp ministry and led her to serve on summer staff. After completing a Bachelor’s degree, and seeking a bit of adventure, Sarah moved to Scotland where she studied for her Master’s Degree in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing soccer, listening to music, and travelling whenever she can. Although she misses living in Scotland, she loves working at Berea and is excited for what the future holds!
Beth first came to Berea in 2006 to volunteer alongside Jodi Greenstreet. In 2010, Beth served on the summer Program Team and was given the opportunity to join the Program Team full-time in the fall. It was then that she moved from dry, sunny, southern California to humid, snowy New Hampshire. While she sometimes misses authentic Mexican food, short winters, and her nieces and nephews back in California, her heart is being on the front lines where she can see people change as their relationship with Jesus begins and grows. When she’s not working, Beth loves coffee, food, board games, and spending time with friends.
Hannah grew up smack dab in the middle of New Hampshire, where she and her six crazy siblings enjoyed swimming, building forts, skating, and attempting to make world-record-sized leaf piles and snowmen. In 2016, she graduated from Cedarville University in Ohio with a degree in middle childhood education. Those four years in the cornfields both grew Hannah’s desire to work with students and to return to the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire. Hannah has always enjoyed working with children and has served as a camp counselor, children’s church leader, and tutor.
Lizzy is the youngest of eight quick-witted children. She grew up in the woods on a farm in Southern New Hampshire building forts, milking cows, and being rambunctious in general. If you spend time with Lizzy, you would learn that she loves to be outdoors and finding ways to appreciate beauty and art through things such as reading, photography, or just going for a walk in the woods. Lizzy has had a heart for caring for people from a young age. She is currently studying online for her degree in Organizational Leadership in addition to her full-time job and is looking forward to what is in store for her.
Patrick is originally from Pennsylvania and his wife, Elisabeth, is from Maine (actually right near Berea Maine). They have three young children: Giuliana, Lucia, and Declan. Patrick has served as a chef in many positions across the nation, including Boston University. In response to God’s pull to do something different, he decided to step into the Christian camping ministry, initially at Camp Spofford in southern NH and now at Berea.
Jesse is our resident superhero expert and comic book nerd. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2012 with a degree in Business Administration and then spent a year as one of Berea’s first interns. He loves to work outside and serve others, and feels incredibly blessed to have a job where he gets to do both. When he’s not at camp, Jesse enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Kate, family, and friends; reading; watching TV; playing video games; and working on puzzles.
Jonathan, lovingly known as J-Si, was born and raised in central Florida. During his time at Johnson University of Florida, he worked in IT while leading and training the school’s audio-visual volunteers. He first came to Berea as a summer staff member in 2010 as “the video guy.” He met his wife, Olivia, at Berea and they were married in 2014. Together, their love for serving people and creative problem solving has them right at home here in Berea’s ministry.
Dave has been a part of Berea since 1956. He attended programs, served on our Board of Directors, and volunteered for many weekends before joining our full-time staff. Dave spent most of his career in the corporate world, most recently with New York Life Insurance, but felt called to leave it behind for a taste of the camp life. Dave and his wife Denice have five adult children and eight grandchildren. They love spending time together and enjoy the beach, reading, bike riding, and skiing.
Originally from Maine, Amanda made her way to New Hampshire in the summer of 2006 to work at White Mountain Ranch in Rumney. There she fell in love with camping ministry and her now husband, Jonathan, with whom she tied the knot in 2011. Amanda joined the Berea team in 2014 and has held many hats but is now in the role she was made for. Amanda loves hanging out with friends, watching movies and shows, trivia night, and spending time with her cats, Philip and Gidget.
Nate Cook has been serving in Christian Camping and Retreat Centers for over a decade. He began by volunteering at Monadnock Christian Ministries, where he eventually joined their full-time team as a Program Manager. After spending a little under a year as a Site Director at another Christian Retreat Center in Western Massachusetts, Nate had the joy of joining the Berea team in February of 2020. He has a passion to partner with and help advance the Church in New England, and is excited to see lives transformed by the Gospel as people take their next steps in faith with Christ.
Andy Needham is a New England native who has spent the past 2 decades serving in a variety of ministry roles, from event planner to youth pastor to national worship leader. He has a unique passion to serve churches and help ministry leaders thrive, which he is overjoyed to fulfill through the ministry of Berea. His wife Bethany is a sought-after speaker and host of the Hey Girl Podcast. Andy and his wife have two children, Josiah and Mercy, and a dog named Fenway.
Matt was born and raised in New England, and started working at Berea in 2008 as a Cabin Leader. As the Program Manager, he enjoys planning and running programs that provide a fun environment where adults and kids can discover and grow in Christ. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jen, along with wakeboarding and snowboarding, depending on the season.
Emma’s time at Berea has progressed from camper to volunteer and summer staffer, to seasonal staff, and now full-time. She grew up being involved in ministry and always knew she wanted to work with people; camp has been an opportunity to do both! While Berea has been a second home for half of her life, Emma is also passionate about writing, coffee, and creativity. She has a degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University and loves being outdoors for inspiration.
Thais grew up coming to Berea as a camper before joining summer staff for two seasons during her time at Gordon College. Since graduating with a degree in Graphic Design and Creative Writing, she has married her husband Luke and held various positions in admissions, publishing, and communications. She is thrilled to use her creativity to serve Berea and the church of New England while living in her happy place – the White Mountains! Her many passions include hiking, rock climbing, iced caramel lattes, thrift shopping, Harry Potter, and sharp cheddar cheese.
Paul Morrison has been involved in camping ministry since the mid 1990s in roles ranging from volunteer to board member. A 34-year veteran of the Sanford, Maine, fire department, he now serves as the Operations Coordinator at Berea – Maine. Paul and his wife, Ellen, have two adult children and live in Alfred, Maine, with their cat, Tiger. In his off-time, Paul enjoys serving on short term missions trips and most recently has been working on rebuilding projects for Samaritan’s Purse.