When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life

Serving at ACMNP is a privilege
we don’t take lightly

In addition to our small Denver office team, we have an outstanding Board of Directors and National Advisory Council who help make this ministry possible. We are equally grateful to the thousands of ACMNP friends and supporters who this ministry could not exist without.

Staff

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Amy Kennedy

Co-Executive Director (Placement & Communications)

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David Degler

Co-Executive Director (Program & Leadership)

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Elizabeth Baur

Administrator

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Carrie Bruns

Program Assistant

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Molly Kane

Placement Coordinator

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Ross Yarrow

Digital Marketing Specialist

Amy Kennedy

Co-Executive Director (Placement & Communications)

Amy caught a glimpse of what ACMNP could be her summer in Olympic National Park in 2006, and knew that others needed to step into this opportunity, not only to grow themselves, but also to experience the world in a bigger way. After graduating from Northwest Nazarene University, Amy returned to the ministry as a national recruiter in 2009, followed by a season in Glacier National Park and then six months in the U.S. Virgin Islands. With a degree in communications with social work and business, prior volunteer management experience, and her love for the outdoors, this position was a perfect fit. She will earn her Master’s in Nonprofit Management May 2018, and enjoys living life to it’s fullest extent every single day. Amy is responsible for reviewing applications, offering placements, as well as growing and maintaining positive relationships with park concessionaires, their human resource departments, and the National Park Service. For placement-specific questions about the parks, or if you would like to have a team at your national park property, please contact Amy at akennedy@acmnp.com.

David Degler

Co-Executive Director (Program & Leadership)

As the Director of Program & Leadership, David coordinates and oversees all components of our ministry program in the parks.  ACMNP training and ministry programs are designed to ensure that ACMNP team members provide impactful ministry in the parks while developing leadership qualities and skills for future service in the church and world.  Originally from the mid-west, David holds a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Great Lakes Christian College and a Master of Divinity degree from Emmanuel Christian Seminary.  In 35 years of ministry, he has served as pastor with a mega-church in Indianapolis and a local Denver church, led over 20 cross-cultural mission trips, was a campus pastor at East Tennessee State University, and started Campus Christian Fellowship at Appalachian State University.  He enjoys bow hunting for elk, skiing, camping, writing, reading, and exploring the Colorado wilderness with his horse, Jade.  David and his wife, Dawn, have two grown sons.   Jonathan and daughter-in-law, Amanda, have two children named Olive and Desmond.  Alex served as an airborne medic in the Army and is married to Kana.  For program questions, including interest in joining a Ministry Support Committee, contact David at ddegler@acmnp.com.

Elizabeth Baur

Administrator

Elizabeth graduated from Wheaton College, worked as a Volunteer Coordinator, and has a Certificate in Discipleship from the University of the Nations. She and her husband, Andrew, spent a winter season serving with an ACMNP team in Big Bend National Park, followed by a summer season working in Denali State Park, but not serving with the ministry. Experiencing seasons both with and without an ACMNP presence in the parks further convinced Elizabeth of the great need the parks have for a ministry presence just like ACMNP. She has always enjoyed working behind the scenes, and is excited to be able to support all aspects of ACMNP’s ministry as it continues to grow. If you have any general questions or would like to be in touch with Elizabeth, she can be reached at admin@acmnp.com.

Carrie Bruns

Program Assistant

Carrie began her stint with ACMNP in 2016 thinking that a summer in the Grand Tetons would be her last “fun” job. Graduating from Grace College in 2012, Carrie worked for a local nonprofit food and clothing ministry before moving to Texas to work with troubled teens. After a childhood of complaining about the outdoors, working with troubled teens drove her to reconnect with nature and explore state parks in TX. After spending 6 months with ACMNP in the Grand Tetons, Carrie joined the National Office Staff in 2016 as a recruiter where she grew to love connecting with interested students as well as reminding alumni that their story and experience in the park matters. After spending a second summer in GTNP, Carrie returned to the office as a Distance Recruiting Coordinator and then moved into the role of our Placement and Recruiting Assistant. If you love parks, seahorses, couponing, hiking, people’s stories, coffee shop settings, collecting postcards, or living simply, connect with Carrie at cbruns@acmnp.com.

Molly Kane

Placement Coordinator

Molly began her time with ACMNP as a team leader in Zion National Park in the summer of 2017. As she fell in love with the parks and the western states, she dreamt of a way to make this passion into a career. Molly helped serve as a distance recruiter that year in her hometown of Tennessee, graduated with an English education degree from Lee University, and traveled back out west to Glacier for the next five months. Her dreams of working among the parks was only deepened with the incredible community and landscapes she discovered in Montana. That fall, Molly accepted a position as Placement Coordinator in the national office, flew home and packed her bags for Denver. To help you find the park that fits you best contact her at mkane@acmnp.com!

Ross Yarrow

Digital Marketing Specialist

Ross was first drawn to ACMNP during college, unable to resist the opportunity to spend his summer living and working in a national park. He spent Summer of 2015 in Glacier National Park with ACMNP; there he found the opportunity to connect with visitors, co-workers and the park an incredibly rich experience and returned for two more seasons in Yellowstone and Denali National Park. Growing up in Kansas, he has always loved spending his time outdoors, and wilderness areas and now enjoys bringing his passions of documentary filmmaking to the outdoors and sharing his love for nature with his audiences through film. He continues to develop his skills in many ways including collaborating on a documentary and other pieces for nonprofits. He enjoys company with friends and family, all things outdoors, and living in the moment. He is graduating from Northwestern Nazarene University in December of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and is joining the ACMNP team as a Marketing Strategist. Reach Ross at ryarrow@acmnp.com.

Board of Directors

Mrs. Laura Dotson

Ms. Barbara Carlsberg

Mr. David Gillogly

Mr. Randy Hatzenbuhler

The Rev. Krista Henning-Ferkin

The Rev. Dr. David Gable

Mr. Brian Kirkpatrick

The Rev. Dr. Doug Lewis

Dr. Darwin Glassford

Dr. Patrick Keifert

The Rev. Glenn Simmons

Mr. Chris Tomlinson

Mr. Warren Van Genderen

Mr. Danny Villanueva

Mr. Dan Wenk

Mrs. Lindsey Wheeley

National Advisory Council

Mrs. Julie Appiah-Finn

Mr. Richard Berry

The Rev. Bill Black

Mr. Peter Brabeck

Mrs. Linda Brown

Mr. Steve Brown

Mrs. Ann Burchill

Mr. Kent Carter

Mr. Steve Carter

Mrs. Jackie Caswell

Ms. Allison Chisolm

The Rev. David Cockcroft

Dr. Jim Critchlow

Mr. Carl Douhan

The Rev. Linda Fritz

The Rev. James Goodlet

The Rev. G. Holger Hansen

Dr. Tracy Hartman

Mr. Peter Hoss

Mr. Steven Iobst

Mrs. Gaye Kloster

Mrs. Nancy Lundgren

Mr. Dave Mihalic

The Rev. John Miller

Mrs. Joyce Mundy

The Rev. Dr. Ron Nydam

Mrs. Carole Oldemeyer

The Rev. Dr. Chester Polk

Mrs. Bobbie Roegge

Mr. Jim Roegge

The Rev. Katherine Rohde

The Rev. Dr. Jeff Saville

The Rev. Dr. Mary Schaller-Blaufuss

The Rev. John Schmidt

The Rev. John Sheild

Ms. Sandy Sisson

The Rev. Dr. James Speed

Dr. Larry Van Genderen

Dr. Bruce Wheeler

Mr. Jock Whitworth

The Rev. Robert G. Wollenburg

The Rev. Dr. Bill Young

Mrs. Debby Young

Rev. Laird Stuart

Honorary Members

Mrs. Margaret Lundgren

Mrs. Anne McPherson-Tracy

Mrs. Nancy Ost

Resident Ministers

Dr. Bob Beaver (Grand Canyon, South Rim)

Pastor Jeff Ballard (Gardiner Community Church, Yellowstone)

Pastor Brent Moore (Yosemite)

Pastor Don Taylor (Mt. Republic Chapel of Peace, Yellowstone)

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