Wolf Mountain Speakers


Pastor Dennis Blankenship and his wife Karen

Pastor Dennis Blankenship has been involved in full-time ministry for twenty-three years and has had experience as an assistant pastor, senior pastor, and a missionary church planter in South Sudan, Africa. He and his wife Karen were married in 1982. They currently serve at Bible Fellowship Baptist Church in Sacramento, California.

He trained at Louisiana Baptist University where he received a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and a master's degree in Christian Counseling.

The Blankenships have three children and eight grandchildren.

rebecca brock

Originally from Tennessee, Betty Brock attended Bob Jones University where she met her husband Walt Brock. After their graduation they moved to southern California to teach in a Christian school while Walt taught and served as youth pastor.  During that time while teaching and working with the youth, God burdened Walt for the need of a fundamental Christian camp in southern California. In 1973 they moved with their three children (ages 4, 2, and 4 months) as home missionaries onto a desert property having one block building and a barbed wire fence and started Ironwood, a Christian camp in the high desert of California. God has graciously blessed and taught them much through these last 44 years.

Betty’s responsibilities at Ironwood have been varied—cook, food service supervisor, multi-grade teacher in their academy, bookkeeper, secretary, business office manager, coordinator of women’s retreats, mother/daughter camps, and Women Counseling Women seminars, etc. She now serves in assisting camps involved in the Family of Camps with their business, governmental, and financial setups. She also speaks for women’s groups and teaches at family camps and conferences with her husband.

Walt and Betty have four children and twelve grandchildren and have the opportunity of working with several of them in the camping ministry. She enjoys sewing and machine embroidery, reading and studying, and organization (if that can be called a hobby).

rebecca brock

Rebecca Brock is a gifted women’s teacher with a passion for the local church and women’s ministry. She grew up in a ministry family, was saved at a young age, and committed her life to be used by Christ in whatever way He chose. She married Bryan in 1999, and the Lord led them to Southern California, where she was a church-planter and pastor’s wife for ten years. The Brock’s now live in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin with their four children. She currently has her hands full with being a full-time wife and homeschool mom, as well as teaching and serving in her local church.

Rebecca graduated from Maranatha Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and from Bob Jones University with a master’s degree in English Education. She is currently pursuing an opportunity to minister to women and pastor’s wives through writing Bible study material. 

Pastor Dave Cajiuat

Pastor Dave Cajiuat has been involved in ministry since 1995, serving in a variety of unique roles during that time. His titles included: Youth Director at Maranatha Baptist Church in Shelby, North Carolina; Student Activities Director at Ambassador Baptist College in North Carolina; Staff Evangelist at Camp Joy in Wisconsin; Staff Evanglist at Calvary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama; and Dean of Men at Ambassador Baptist College. He and his wife Charlotte were married in 1990. Dave currently serves as Pastor of Metro Baptist Church in Point Loma, California.

Dave studied at Ambassador Baptist College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Pastoral Studies and a master's degree in Theology.

Dave and Charlotte have three children: Joshua, Rebekah, and Caleb.

Nathan Crockett

Nathan Crockett has served as a youth pastor, interim pastor, and professor at Bob Jones University. He currently is the Director of Ministry Training at Bob Jones University as well as a Bible faculty member. He and his wife, Abigail, were married in 2004. They have three young children: Shepherd, LilyAnne, and Christian.

Nathan graduated from Bob Jones University with a bachelor's degree in Bible, as well a master's degree and Ph.D. in Theology.

Dave Locke

Denise Cunningham has been a pastor's wife for the last thirty-four years. She and her husband, Dale, have been serving at Boones Creek Bible Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, since 2000. Denise is very involved in ministry at the church, actively mentoring and teaching Bible studies for the ladies. She enjoys speaking about God's simple truths that impact our lives daily as women, and has had the privilege of doing so at various camps and retreats. She and her husband were married in 1981. Their children, Whitney and Allison, are both married to excellent, godly men.

Denise graduated from Bob Jones University with a one-year business degree.

As part of her desire to share God's truth and mentor, Denise is involved in blogging. You can learn more about her by visiting RefreshHer.com

Ron DeGarde

Ron DeGarde was saved as an eight year old boy. Shortly thereafter, God began to work in his heart about the matter of vocational Christian service. In a revival meeting at age fifteen, he surrendered to God’s divine call to be an evangelist. God has continued to confirm his call to evangelism primarily through His Word and also through years of ministering with other evangelists, evangelistic teams, various local churches, Christian Colleges, and Christian camps. 

Ron graduated from Bob Jones University in 1996 and 1998 with both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Bible. His wife Kristin received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education as well as a Masters degree in music composition from Bob Jones University where she also served as a dorm counselor for two years. Ron traveled with Minutemen Ministries conducting youth rallies nationwide for two years and has been in evangelism for another nine years independently. He served on staff at the Wilds Christian Camp for nine summers and two years full time. After finishing seminary, he married Kristin Scherbenske who is a gifted pianist, arranger, and composer. Kristin serves alongside her husband as wife, homemaker, musician, and mother. They were married in 2007 and have four children: Abigail, Alyssa, Andrew, and Austin.  

Ron serves as the staff evangelist at Bible Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mark Herbster

Mark Herbster has been a full time evangelist for fifteen years. He has preached all over the world in revival meetings, youth camps, evangelistic crusades and conferences.  He is the leader of the Herbster Evangelistic Team which partners with local churches in the work of the gospel for the glory of God. As a gifted musician he has recorded and produced many music recordings through his ministry. He is a husband and a father of four daughters. His preaching is full of conviction, compassion and clarity and most important, it is biblical. He is a husband, father, and evangelist living in this world with an eye for the other world. His life verse is Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield, the Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those that walk uprightly.”

Dave Locke

Pastor Dave Locke has worked in youth ministry since 2002. He is currently the Assistant Pastor at Beth Eden Baptist Church in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He and his wife, Heather, were married in 2004. They have two boys: J.D. and Nathaniel.

Dave loves sports. He's an excellent soccer player; he's played for over twenty years and even played semi-professionally for the Colorado Comets and the Denver Kickers. He's also an avid Denver Broncos fan, a passion that started early in his life when his parents brought him home from the hospital after his birth in a Bronco's outfit. He continued the tradition with both of his sons.

Dave also enjoys reading anything, but he most enjoys theology books and any Louis L'Amour books.

Dave graduated from Northland Baptist Bible College in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Bible.He is currently working toward his master's degree in Theology, on track to graduate from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary in 2016.

Tim Schmidt

Nathan Mestler spent much of his childhood in Kenya as his family served there as missionaries under International Baptist Missions. He attended International Baptist College where he met his wife and received his B.A. in Bible and Christian Service. He later earned his M.Div. from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on a D. Min. He is also an Air National Guard Chaplain in the 162nd Wing in Tucson, Arizona. Pastor Nathan became the College Pastor at Tri-City Baptist Church in 2016 and also serves as a professor at International Baptist College and Seminary. He and his wife Bethany have four children: Macy, Levi, Grant, and Brynn.

Tim Schmidt

Tim Schmidt felt God's call to evangelism when he was fifteen years old, and God has reinforced that call throughout his life. Other ministry opportunities Tim has been involved in are youth pastor, interim pastor, and music ministry. He and his wife, Megan have been in evanglism since 2011 out of Faith Baptist Tabernacle in Sacramento, California.

Tim attended Ambassador Baptist College where he graduated with a degree in Evangelism.

Rosanne Surrett holds the B.A. degree from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, graduating magna cum laude, and has assisted her husband in the ministry since their marriage in 1965. She has taught part-time at Ambassador Baptist College since 1991, and she also teaches the ladies’ Sunday School class at Emmanuel Baptist Church. She has spoken at ladies’ retreats, banquets, etc., and in 2015 published her first book, entitled, She Will Do Him Good. Her life exemplifies the principles she teaches in the book. She has also published a pamphlet which presents a Biblical perspective of ladies’ dress, under the title, Ribbons of Blue. She has served as a pastor’s wife for forty-five years, and has always been heavily involved in the ministry of the local church. She directs the drama part of the annual Christmas cantatas for Emmanuel, and has always been a great asset to her husband’s ministry. As a conscientious homemaker, she takes great delight in her five children, twenty grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Pastor Matt Teis graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2000 with a degree in Pastoral Studies. After graduating from college, he joined the staff of Liberty Baptist Church. Working alongside his father, Dave, who founded the church, he has served as assistant, youth, and executive pastor. Pastor Matt is currently involved in multiple areas of his community. He not only serves as executive pastor of Liberty Baptist Church, but he is also a chaplain for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and a board member of the First Choice Pregnancy Center.

He married Breanna in 2002, and they have four children: Ashylnne, Bethany, Charlotte, and Luke.

Probably the most important thing to know about Pastor Matt is that he loves eating tacos.

Josh Till has spent multiple summers working at Wolf Mountain through both the Leadership Live! program and on our summer staff team. Josh is very enthusiastic about ministering to others and helping young people understand God's simple truths. His preaching is practical and applicable, and his one-on-one ministry with campers is commendable.

Josh is currently earning a bachelor's degree in Bible with a minor in Greek from Bob Jones University.

Joe Vaughn

Pastor Joe Vaughn has served since 2006 as the Youth Pastor at his home church, Faith Baptist Church, in Taylors, SC. He and his wife Kimberly have been married since October of 2006. The Vaughns have three children: Jack, Lily (due in May 2017), and an infant son named Caleb who lives in Heaven.

Joe graduated from Bob Jones University with a bachelor's degree in History in 2005 and from Bob Jones Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 2016. Joe is especially burdened to help prepare young people to serve God with their lives, as well as encouraging husbands, fathers, and young men. He enjoys being with his family, as well as running and occasionally hunting. Otherwise Joe can usually be found at Chick-fil-A.

polly whitmore

Polly Whitmore has been involved in various ministries over the course of her life. She has served as a teacher at Bob Jones Academy, worked at an accounting firm, and as a secretary for the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina. She and her husband have been involved in youth ministry and have most recently served as missionaries to the island mission field of Yap, Micronesia. Polly was a science teacher to 175 ninth graders daily during their time on Yap. She also taught music lessons privately as well as general music at the College of Micronesia. She was able to gain ministry with the island ladies by developing a sewing class and teaching basic sewing. She and her husband also helped with the Christian radio station which operated 24/7.

Polly and her husband, Bob, were married in 1976. They have two sons who are both married and have blessed them with seven grandchildren. They have recently retired from the mission field and are living on their son's developing farm in Birmingham, Alabama. Polly works part-time with a medical clinic as a receivables specialist.

Polly graduated from Bob Jones University with a bachelor's degree in Business and Office Administration.

David and Lori Wood

Pastor David Wood has been involved in full-time ministry for over twenty-five years. He worked as a youth pastor at Mesa Hills Bible Church and South Sheridan Baptist Church. He pastored Shannon Baptist Church in Shannon, Illinois for sixteen years and Grace Baptist Church in Dacula, Georgia for 10 years. He and his wife currently serve at Walnut Park Baptist Church in Muscatine, Iowa. He has been pastoring there since 2016.

Pastor Wood graduated from Bob Jones University with both a bachelor's and master's degree in Bible. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Northland Baptist Bible College

Lori Wood is musically gifted and enjoys mentoring and ministering to women. She is willing to jump in wherever needed, playing piano for services, teaching Sunday School, coordinating ladies' Bible studies, directing and transposing music for the small string group that play along with services as well as entertaining people in her home.

Pastor Wood and Lori were married in 1983. They have four daughters: Kaytlynn and her husband Joe Kopp with grandsons Parker and Shepherd, Whitney and her husband Aaron Cole with granddaughter Haven and one on the way, Shannon and her husband Jordan Allen, and Hannah.

Merri Ellen Wright

Merri Ellen Wright is a woman with many talents. She is currently a wife, mother, and K5 teacher as needed. In 1993, she moved with her husband Greg to start Westside Baptist Church in St. George, Utah. Since 2007, she has worked a part-time job as a Technical Support Associate dealing with schools using online websites by Academic Innovations. In 2011, Merri Ellen authored the book Hope for a Mom's Heart, a book for moms who have lost babies due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.

Merri Ellen graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in Elementary Education. She and her husband have been married since 1987. Their children are: Brittany who lives with her husband Will Craven in South Carolina, Caleb, Gary, and Ryan.