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On January 16th at our Annual Meeting, Randy and I shared the plan and timeline for Randy and Nancy’s retirement. We asked you to join us in praying as the Board started the search process for our next Executive Director to succeed Randy after a planned year of transition. I want to thank you for your prayers and support during the search process the last eight months.

Randy and Nancy have been true servant leaders and their contributions and impact on the ministry of Camp Allendale over the last two decades have been significant! The Board is grateful for Randy and Nancy and their years of service. We’re also excited that Randy will continue to lead and serve for another year as he helps to train and equip his successor.


The Board is excited to announce that we have hired Max Aper to be our next Executive Director. Max’s official first day in the office will be October 30.


Max and his wife, Kellie, and their two young children, Ruby (age 3) and Otto (age 1) will move to Camp Allendale next month. Randy and Nancy are in the process of moving into their new home in Fairland.


Max has spent the last seven years serving as the Program Director at Little Galilee Christian Camp in Clinton IL. Max graduated from Johnson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Youth Ministry and Preaching. Max brings a lifelong passion for Christian camping and the Board is confident Max will continue our great tradition of high-quality Executive Directors to lead and guide our life-changing ministry.


You’ll learn more about Max and Kellie in a forthcoming newsletter, but for now please pray for the Aper’s and Pim’s as they both move to their new homes, pray for the camp staff as they continue to serve faithfully, and pray for the Board as we help through this upcoming year of transition.


If you have any questions, feel free to email me at


Kent Fillinger

Board President

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