I grew up in a small town in Nebraska with my Mom. My whole family was Catholic and I loved participating in church–especially singing. When I graduated high school I was ready to move on to bigger and better things, so I moved to Arizona and traveled to France a couple of times. I moved to New Mexico when my sister was born in 2014. I studied Family and Child Science and got my Master’s degree in Communication Disorders. Today, I work as a Speech Language Pathologist at an elementary school. I married my amazing husband David in 2014 and we have five beautiful children Isis (17), Israel (16), Moses (15), Juliette (8) and Daphne (1). We became involved in youth ministry at our church, Morning Star UMC, and started taking our kids (ours and the youth group) up to the Sacramento camp. We loved it so much and were honored when we were asked to help with the CCYM team as adult sponsors. I love dancing, singing, playing games, camping, Zumba, yoga, reading, and working with kids of all ages.
I have been the youth pastor at Morning Star UMC in Las Cruces, NM, since 2014 and been a part of the CCYM team for the past two years. I am originally from Manchester, NH, and have lived in Las Cruces for 25 years. I believe that in order to do meaningful ministry, you need to be doing life along side the people you are working with through the good times and the rough times. It is about community. I am blessed to be the parent of 5 kids and have Jenny as my partner in ministry. Without my family’s support, I would not be where I am today in my walk with God.
Hi, my name is Bonnie Abbott and I am from Western Hills UMC in El Paso, Texas. I am a junior in high school and a new member for the CCYM team. I enjoy drawing and writing when I have the time. I don’t have a favorite book or movie, but the Harry Potter series is pretty great (proud to be a Hufflepuff). I also really love animals, especially dogs of which I have two. I don’t play any sports so please don’t hand me a ball of any sort. The only exercise I get is moving my thumbs when holding a controller. I love Sacramento camp and I grew up going there every few summers, so needless to say I love to go up there for camps. That’s pretty much me summed up in a paragraph.
Hi! I’m Odyssey P. Mann. I’m currently a senior attending El Paso High School (Go Tigers!). I go to Dell Valle UMC in Mesquite, New Mexico. I am involved in the church and involved in Orchestra. My favorite scripture is “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). I plan to graduate high school in the year 2020 and hope to major in music. See you at camp!
Hi I’m Maya. I am from El Paso, Tx and I am a senior in high school. This is my second year on the team and I am so excited to see what new things will happen this year. So a few things about me, I am in orchestra, Educators Rising, and Student Council. I love Netflix, food, family and friends. Sacramento to me is one of my favorite places to go especially because I get to be with the rest of the team and meet all the campers. I can’t wait to meet everyone at camp, hope to see you there!
Hi, I’m Rachel. I live in Deming, NM and go to FUMC Deming. I’m a junior at Deming High School and play volleyball. This is my second year on the CCYM team. Sacramento is probably my favorite place ever and I love being a part of something that lets me help other people experience what I have before. I like music, Netflix, dogs, cats, and the color teal. My favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 13:7. Can’t wait to see everybody at camp!!
Hi there! I’m Braeden “Salty” Salzwedel. I am a sophomore at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. I attend FUMC Odessa where my father is the pastor. I like to hunt, play sports, and play/listen to music. I am a part of my school marching band and drum line and I am the lead guitarist in my church’s youth praise band. My favorite scripture is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). I’ll see y’all at camp!
Hey! I’m Ellice Whiteaker, I’m a freshman at Oñate High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico! I go to Morning Star UMC, I am a part of the youth leadership team at my church and I love to teach Sunday school! I play volleyball for a club team and my school, I’m in the orchestra, and the student council! I enjoy hunting, fishing, being with friends and family, reading, and watching my favorite tv shows! Even though this is my first year on the CCYM team I am so excited to get to serve God and the household of God in a new way! I can’t wait to get to know you!