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.

Steventhen Holland

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…

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Lucas Farmer

Camp Champion

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

Camp Champion

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.

Sharon Lee

Camp Champion

Sharon Lee is the Principal at Pinnacle Strategic Advisors, a collaborative marketing consulting group that fosters enduring brand-consumer connections, cultivating loyalty and long-term success.

A dedicated advocate for women in business, Lee co-founded InPowered Women, a leading networking group in metro Atlanta, offering mentorship and celebrating achievements of women in the solar, renewable energy and utility space, as well as female business leaders. She also hosts and executive produces the InPowered Women podcast, showcasing powerful women in various industries. The podcast provides a platform to share amazing success stories and learn from challenges they have overcome throughout their careers.

With extensive experience in sales leadership and marketing, Lee has excelled in solar energy, manufacturing, construction and even pioneered a solar division, developing a robust solar portfolio exceeding 17 megawatts. She actively contributed to the Georgia Solar Energy Association, including serving as a board member, and as the first female president.

Lee is a charter member of the Professional Women in Building chapter, a member of the Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce, the Northeast Georgia Literary Society and serves as a supporter and Camp Champion for Camp Amplify, a local Christian summer camp serving underprivileged children.

Lee holds a B.S. degree in Communications with double minors in Marketing and Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. Beyond her professional pursuits, she cherishes her role as a mother to two boys and revels in her passion of college football. In her leisure time, she and her husband, John, can often be found at the baseball or football fields, though they occasionally indulge in a quick round of golf.

Robert Sexton

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.