Champion: A person who enthusiastically supports, defends or fights for a person, belief, right or principle.
Our Camp Champions have chosen Camp Amplify as their cause. They intentionally choose to support and to fight for the hearts of the children we serve. Our Camp Champions are also invaluable as trusted advisors to the leadership of Camp Amplify.
Lt. Colonel Allen B. West
Honorary Board Member – Camp Champion
Lt. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which secures a sound economic future for Americans – with growth, opportunity and returning the promise of the American dream for this generation and those to come.
He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22- year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District. As a member of the 112th Congress, he sat on the Small Business and Armed Services Committees and was instrumental in passage of the 2011 and 2012 National Defense Authorization Acts.
He is a Fox News Contributor, Senior Fellow of the Media Research Center, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative (BTWI) for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome: An American Black Conservative Manifesto.
He is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas.
West is an avid distance runner, a Master SCUBA diver, a motorcyclist, and in his spare time he enjoys cheering his beloved Tennessee Volunteers.
Lt. Col. West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. Lt. Col. West is a legacy life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, life member of the American Legion, life member of the Association of the United States Army, the Society of the First Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division, and 101st Airborne Division. He is Patriot Life Member (Benefactor) and Board of Directors member of the National Rifle Association and Life Member (Benefactor) of the Texas State Rifle Association. Lieutenant Colonel West is an inductee into the University of Tennessee Army ROTC Hall of Fame. He is on the Board of Advisors of Amegy Bank, Dallas Region. In 2016, Lt. Col. West was appointed by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.
He is married to Dr. Angela Graham-West, a financial adviser, and they have two daughters, Aubrey, a Board-certified Physician Assistant, and Austen, a flight attendant.
Assistant Chief Deputy at Anderson Co. Sheriffs Office – Camp Champion
Robert Sexton started his career in Law Enforcement at Knox County Sheriff’s Office in April 1976 as a complaint clerk in communications. While there, Robert worked his way up through the ranks as a records clerk, IF Officer, Patrolman, Patrol Sergeant, Admin Lieutenant, Captain in Admin, Assistant Chief Deputy of Operations, Chief of Detectives, Assistant Chief Deputy of Emergency Services. Out of the 35 years of services for Knox County, 15 of these years were as Assistant Chief.
Robert has also served for 6 years at Grace Christian Academy as Director of Security. For last three years, he has also served as the Assistant Chief Deputy of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
Robert is married to Lynne (LuLu) and together they have two daughters and two grand-daughters as well as four step children and two step-grand-daughters. LuLu is an English teacher at the Grace Christian Academy Upper School.
Guest Speaker, Worship Leader, Actress – Camp Champion
Lauren Roman has starred in TV (All My Children, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nashville) and film (Grace Unplugged) – but the real drama was off-screen, as she struggled with depression and addiction. Her own life-changing journey with a recovery ministry revealed her true mission: encouraging others to pursue the freedom and joy found only in Christ! Today, Lauren captivates audiences as she speaks and sings for youth, women & pro-life events, her album Songs of Hope and Healing moves listeners to bring their struggles to the Cross, and her debut inspirational children’s book will be published in 2020. Lauren’s dynamic, entertaining and emotionally powerful messages are a stirring call to action for us all!
To learn more about Lauren Roman visit her website: LaurenRoman.com »
Executive, Leader, Fundraiser – Camp Champion
Michele Rasmussen has been working in the non-profit world for 25 years. The past four years’ Michele has been working with the Atlanta Mission on the Major Gifts Development Team. She is responsible for raising over $1.1 million dollars for the Atlanta Mission’s programs and services.
The Atlanta Mission is a Christian organization that shelters 1,000 heartbeats each night for men, women and children. The Mission’s mission is to transform through Christ, the lives of those who are facing homelessness and to end homelessness one friend at a time.
Before being called into ministry at the Atlanta Mission, Michele worked for The Salvation Army as a Development Director serving the Athens, Gainesville and Toccoa Corps for four years. Prior to working with The Salvation Army, she spent 10 years with the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America as a Senior Exploring Executive.
Michele, along with her husband Mark, moved to Georgia in the year 2000, residing in the Lilburn area. They have been married for 27 years and have two grown children, Emilie and Ryan. Both children graduated from Brookwood High School. Their daughter Emilie is working at Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital as a Patient Advocate and she is starting nursing school this fall. Their son Ryan graduated from UGA, is now married, and he now lives in San Francisco with his wife Faith.
Michele has been a Rotarian for the past 25 years. Currently, she is a member of the Braselton Rotary Club. She also attends 12Stone Church Snellville Campus. She has lead a small group bible study for the ladies at My Sister’s House every Monday morning for the past three years. Michele is very active with her family, work and volunteering. Her favorite thing to do is travel and love on friends and family members.
Author, Speaker, Worship Leader – Camp Champion
We are honored and blessed to have the passionate and talented Steventhen Holland leading our campers in worship at Camp Amplify. Steventhen Holland is an Author, Recording Artist, passionate Worship Leader, motivational Speaker, national Pro-Life speaker and founder of Broken Not Dead Ministries, a Non-Profit 501(c3)!
Steventhen obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Student Ministry, from King University in Bristol, TN in 2005, where he also played baseball.
He is a Nashville recording artist! He recorded his first EP entitled, Broken Not Dead, which released in September of 2017 and is expecting to release new music in 2019.
He is the author of a book entitled, The Journey: Brokenness to Wholeness, in which he shares his amazing story. His life is the result of the gang-rape of an eighteen-year-old mentally challenged young woman. Incredibly, despite his mother’s lack of intellectual ability, homelessness, and a society that was constantly pressuring her to abort him, he survived. However, his mother couldn’t care for him and placed him in foster care, where he was later adopted. He wouldn’t be reunited with his birth mother for over twenty-seven years.
Despite the brokenness he has experienced, he travels the country, with his ministry Broken Not Dead, sharing a message of HOPE and RESTORATION for the BROKEN! Steventhen has ministered at many events around the country over the last 15+ years, delivering this powerful message! Some of these events include: church services, men & women’s retreats, student camps/retreats, school assemblies, juvenile detention centers, mentoring programs, abstinence education programs, children’s homes, drug & rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, mental health facilities, pregnancy care center banquets, and more…
Learn more about Steventhen: Steventhen.com
Connect with Steventhen on Youtube
Learn more about Steventhen’s speaking: Ambassador Speakers
Learn more about Broken Not Dead Ministries: BrokenNotDead.com
Since 2003 Lucas Farmer has been working in camp ministry. Graduating from Elon University with a degree in Leisure and Sport Management he took his passions for the outdoor and youth outreach to Eugene, OR. There he worked as a missionary through Youth for Christ and the Ice Axemen, a local high school mountaineering leadership program. His soon to be wife, Carrie, relocated to Eugene as well and they continued reaching out to high school youth in the community.
Steve Hallowell serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for Herschend Family Entertainment, which is based in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. Herschend is the largest family-owned operator of theme parks, aquariums and other attractions in the United States. Properties include Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, Newport Aquarium, Adventure Aquarium and Stone Mountain Park and Wild Adventures. The company also owns The Harlem Globtrotters and recently acquired Pink Adventure Jeeps in Sedona, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.