Jeremy Spear

Executive Director

Jeremy directs all aspects of the camp’s ministry, prepares budgets and casts vision, which he’s been doing since 2011. He looks forward to continuing to lead the Roxbury team in serving people and sharing Christ’s love. He enjoys attending the services of the various groups and has found it to be spiritually encouraging—challenging him to study the scriptures to find the basis for his own faith.

Jeremy grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and went to Hobe Sound Bible College in Florida, where he met his wife Ronda. He knew they would get married the first time he saw her. After 28 years of marriage, he says it’s still her touch and her smile that he needs to have each day. Together they have been remodeling a 200-year-old house—a place for their three grown children, one daughter-in-law, and one grandson to visit.

Around the camp look for Jeremy in his bright blue golf cart or find him in the office. During the week of Camp Meeting, his favorite place to be is in the RV park early in the morning, smelling campfires from the night before, drinking coffee, and praying for the families at Camp.

Mick Elder

Special Programs

Mick has recently minimized his position at the camp, but we are happy to have him head up some of his favorite projects. He will continue to program the Trout Derby and will always be in charge of all things fireworks. He enjoys interacting with guests when he is on the grounds and has found it spiritually enriching to connect with people of different denominations. He’s been a believer since a child and has had several times of rededicating and refocusing his life.

When not at work, Mick enjoys spending time with his family. There’s Jen, his wife of 20 years who he met in high school, and his two daughters. What he’s most looking forward to over the next several years is watching his girls grow up and make lives of their own. Mick also enjoys hunting and camping. His favorite place at Roxbury is sitting around the fire ring at his campsite (#390).

Michelle Reese

Food Service Director

Michelle heads up a very important part of ministry here at Roxbury—food! She also helps plan special events and keeps the Commons beautifully decorated. Of course, you’ll find her most often in the kitchen, where she spends some very long days, especially during summer camp season. Chocolate frappuccino is the daily essential that keeps her going.

Michelle spent most of her childhood in Bolivia, South America where her parents were missionaries. She was saved at age four under a banana tree and later was baptized in the Manopari River. She came back to Pennsylvania to attend to high school and college. It was in college where she met her husband, Dave. They have now been married 32 years, have four sons, and have just added a daughter-in-law. Michelle is looking forward to watching and visiting her sons as they transition into their adult lives.

Dale and Linda Winger

Hosts/Maintenance... And so much more

Dale and Linda have been busily keeping things humming here at Roxbury for the last 19 years. Together they serve as hosts of the Byers Conference Center, which entails lots of cleaning, laundry, fixing things, setting up, and putting away. Linda also handles all the reservations for the camp; while Dale handles the camp’s technical maintenance, such as sewer treatment, plumbing, electrical, and appliances. Linda can most often be found in the office, but Dale could be anywhere on the grounds. Linda’s favorite places at Roxbury are the prayer garden and prayer chapels.

Dale and Linda say that working at Roxbury has taught them to be better servants. Serving God and serving others has been a lifelong practice for them as they have served in ministry in Michigan, Africa, Kansas, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Pennsylvania. They began their journey together in the Michigan church where Linda grew up and Dale’s father had come to serve as pastor. Now married for 44 years, they have three married children and 6 grandchildren. The future will probably mean more time with their family as they can see an end to their formal work lives in the coming years.

Amber Halteman

Amber’s smiling face is what you’ll usually see first as you enter the office. She’s kept busy answering phones, working on the computer, and assisting guests. You may also see her in the kitchen or out on the grounds in a golf cart—helping out wherever needed. She started out cleaning cabins when she was 13 years old, then worked in the kitchen until becoming a staff member two years ago.

Amber lives in nearby Newburg and grew up attending Roxbury Youth Camp and other Roxbury events. She began her walk with God as a young child at home and is looking forward to seeing where God takes her in the coming years. It’s been encouraging to her to form relationships with other staff members and with the groups we serve. She enjoys meeting people from different places and different stages of life who are all serving the same God.

Dale Alleman

Ray Heisey

Ray is on maintenance duty at Roxbury. To find him you better call his cell phone—he could be anywhere. Although his favorite spot on the grounds is his cabin (#46). He knows just about everything there is to know about the camp’s facilities—he was the director for 26 years and now after seven years he’s returned part time. During the winters, Ray and Mim, his wife of 46 years, plan to continue volunteering with ministries similar to Mennonite Disaster Service. This past winter they were in Florida. They also enjoy spending time with their family of four children (three married) and 9 grandchildren.

Ray grew up in the Hershey area and came to Roxbury Camp Meeting as a child. Throughout his life, he’s lived in Pennsylvania, Africa (Zambia and Mali), and New York (Catskills and New York City).

When asked what he needs each day, Ray reply is, “A little bit of coffee and a lot of Jesus.”

Dave and Carrie Erisman

Guest Services

Dave and Carrie are kept busy with general maintenance and upkeep of the camp’s facilities and grounds. They both enjoy meeting the many people who visit the camp and especially enjoy being surrounded by God’s beautiful creation. The Berean garden and the prayer garden are their favorite places on the grounds.

Most of the time Dave and Carrie will be found together, just as they’ve been for most of their lives. They grew up in Lancaster County in houses one mile apart, went to school together, attended the same church (Manor BIC, John Hawbaker was their pastor), became high school sweethearts, and married in 1990. They lived in Chambersburg for 11 years, where Dave was on staff at Chambersburg BIC and their four daughters were born. They’ve been in Shippensburg for 14 years where Dave pastors South Mountain Chapel BIC Church. In the coming years, they are looking forward to adding to their family—adding more sons-in-law (so far, two) and grandchildren (none yet).