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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.
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 »
Christian outdoor enthusiast, adventurer – Camp Champion
Adam Noll, known around the adventure world as @ThatOutdoorGuy, is passionate about helping others—especially families with children—get outdoors more often. Having spent the majority of his life heading out in search of adventure, his knowledge of Southern Appalachia has seen him champion support for world-renowned destinations like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail.
Drawing upon a love of the outdoors instilled in him by his mother, and furthered by his time as a proud Boy Scout, Adam has spent the past several years as one of the most popular advocates of spending family time together on adventures, whether at a local park, or on an 8701-mile cross-country road trip like the one he and his children embarked on during the summer of 2015.
Adam grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee—two-time winner of Outside Magazine’s “Best Town Ever!” contest. He graduated from UT-Chattanooga, and went on to become an award-winning Inner City Middle School teacher and curriculum writer, where he furthered his lifelong connection with those less fortunate than himself.
In his free time, Adam enjoys hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, chasing backcountry waterfalls, adventure photography, fly fishing, camping, winter bushwhacking, and honing his survival skills. Getting his children involved in these outdoor hobbies has been his priority for over 20 years.
Adam has been a single (widowed) father since 2009, and has poured himself into his children. His daughter Julia is an amazing scholar and artist, and is currently attending college in New York City, where she is in the Honor’s College at her university, and has been named to the Dean’s List every semester. His son Aidan is a young scholar in his own right, and is halfway through Middle School. The three of them have traveled over 20,000 miles on family road trips from coast to coast, including a visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Beginning unexpectedly during the spring of 2013, Adam went on to become one of the most sought after adventure ambassadors in America. He was an inaugural member of the Teton Sports Mountain Adventurer Team, a 2016 Oboz Trail Tales ambassador, captain of Team S2V, with Rocky Boots, a 2016 Team SKA member, with Stormy Kromer, and a 2015-2017 Subaru Ambassador, just to name a few of his favorite partnerships.
But the defining factor in Adam’s life has been his profession of faith in Jesus Christ, at age 11. He served in several capacities with the Baptist Student Union (now Baptist Collegiate Ministries) while at Chattanooga State Community College and UT-Chattanooga, including President, Executive Committee member, Home Mission Board Summer Missions Student Selection Committee, Spring Break Missionary, and Summer Missionary. Adam answered God’s call to serve as an “Adventure Missionary” on December 9, 2018, and is in the process of growing his Appalachian Mountainside Ministries (AMM) into an outreach to those whose love of the outdoors overshadows their faith. He strongly believes in the mission of Camp Amplify and is honored to join forces with them. The combination of Camp Amplify and the AMM provide the perfect answer to the Jeremiah 29:11 Plan for his life, and he is very excited to see where God leads, as only He can!
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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
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.