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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Nikki Arvidson

National Recruiter

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Brandon Simmons

National Recruiter

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Brad Binkley

Owner/Founder of Binkley IT Consulting

Kristy Edlund

Chief Accounting Officer

Amy Kennedy

Co-Executive Director (Placement & Communications)

For the past eight years, Amy has worked with A Christian Ministry in the National Parks as the Director of Placement and Communications, and most recently, as co-Executive Director. Prior to her time in the office, she served in three national parks as a ministry team member, and spent a season recruiting for the national office. Originally from Idaho, Amy earned her undergraduate degree in Communications and Business from Northwest Nazarene University. She earned her Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University in 2018. Through her graduate studies, Amy was recognized as an Opus Student Scholar, and was invited to join an international nonprofit honor society called Nu Lambda Mu. She is also a certified Master Trainer with The Lions Lead leadership development organization. Her experience working with World Vision, Love INC, Musana CDO and ACMNP gave her a strong love for nonprofit organizations and equipped her to carry out the impactful ministry occurring in the national parks each season. Amy has been married to her husband, Bobby Kennedy, for the past three and a half years. He is 2nd grade teacher in the Academy school district. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swing dancing, singing jazz music, kayaking, and playing with her golden retriever puppy Chloe. Amy can be reached at akennedy@acmnp.com.

David Degler

Co-Executive Director (Program & Leadership)

As the Director of Program & Leadership, Dave 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. Dave holds a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Great Lakes Christian College and a Master of Divinity degree from Emmanuel Christian Seminary. Dave is a certified Master Trainer with The Lions Lead leadership development organization.  In 36 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

Prior to joining ACMNP’s National Office, Carrie graduated from Grace College with her Bachelors in Counseling and worked for an Indiana based nonprofit food and clothing pantry and a residential boarding school for troubled teens in Texas. After two seasons with ACMNP in Grand Teton National Park and two seasons of recruiting at the National Office, she joined the office permanently putting her roots in Denver and earning her Masters in Organizational Leadership. As the Program Assistant, she oversees the ACMNP application process, communicates with Prayer Partners and Ministry Support Committees, provides alternate trainings for participants, and resources all those currently serving in the National Parks. If you love thrift store finds, outdoor adventures, people’s stories, coffee shop settings, house plants, group fitness classes, or living simply, connect with Carrie at cbruns@acmnp.com.

Nikki Arvidson

National Recruiter

Nikki loves finding adventure around every corner. Whether it’s spending a summer working in Yellowstone, solo backpacking through Europe, or rollerblading with her friends, Nikki won’t stop at anything to live each day to the fullest. Nikki was raised and went to college in the suburbs of Chicago where she majored in Corporate Communications. She loves talking about Jesus and loathes decaf coffee. Her favorite thing about nature is that it reflects the glory of God in a powerful and unique way, and she’s so excited to tell people about the opportunity to work in a national park with ACMNP!

Brandon Simmons

National Recruiter

Being born and raised in Wisconsin, Brandon hadn’t seen or experienced the mountains until his first summer with ACMNP in Yellowstone in 2016. Since then, he was been hooked and has gone back to Yellowstone each summer since then to be involved with ACMNP. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, but feels ministry is the calling rather than engineering. Brandon loves everything outdoors from hiking, snowboarding, hunting, camping, skydiving, and any other activity that should probably require a helmet and has the potential for bodily harm. Most importantly, Brandon is passionate about relational ministry and ACMNP, and is very excited to meet new people and share about what a summer in the national parks could look like for them!

Brad Binkley

Owner/Founder of Binkley IT Consulting

Brad is the owner and founder of Binkley IT Consulting since and has been providing expert and valuable network administration to businesses in the Denver Metro Area since 1999. He has been a tremendous asset to our team and has helped bring ACMNP into the digital age in some important ways. While Brad works with many other groups, we like to think that we are one of his favorites. We try to find ways to get him into our office more frequently, as he is a favorite of ours as well.

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

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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