Full Time Staff

David has been the Director of Leadership Camps since 2012 and he oversees all, year-round camp operations while directing Learning to Lead, MPulse, and Kadesh camp sessions each summer. David also serves as ACU's Director of Leadership Development in the office of Enrollment Management and Student Engagement.

Previously, David served as a Youth & Family Minister for 19 years at various congregations and then as the Lead Pastor at New Heritage Fellowship Church in Allen, TX. He first connected with Leadership Camps in 1996 when he began bringing youth groups to camps and he maintained his connection to Leadership Camps by volunteering throughout those many summers.

The absolute best part of David’s life is his wife Juli, and their children – Emily, Zach, Abbey and her husband Fendri, along with his two grandbabies - Rimba and Embun (pics upon request). David can be reached at


We seek volunteer applicants for each camp who love the Lord, love young people, and are energetic and creative in living out their faith. Priority is given to Children & Youth Ministers, ministry interns, and adult volunteers who are working with campers from their youth group.

Applications are open each year from early March through mid April and volunteer staff positions are usually finalized by the first of May. ACU Leadership Camps reserves the right to decline any applicant on the basis of camp need, priority, references, or background check.

Volunteer applications for 2024 Coming soon

Camp Staff

Our summer staff have proven to be some of the finest college students you could ever hope to meet. Each one is well-trained in meeting the needs of young people and is committed to making a difference… one camper at a time.

Each year we hire around 50 college students to work all of our camps. Specifically, we hire a Leadership Team (head counselors, assistant directors, worship coordinators, and office assistant), a First Aid Team, a Media Team, and Camp Counselors. Applications open each year in early November. After applying, you may be invited into an interview process that culminates with staff hiring at the end of February each year.

Beginning in March of each year, our staff gathers weekly to pray, train, and prepare how to best meet the needs of our campers - both individually and in a group setting. With a focus on making disciples of Jesus, our staff encourages campers as they grow in their faith, build new friendships, and have fun in a safe and supportive environment.

CAMP staff applications for 2024!

2024 Leadership Team

Peyton Deffenbough
Worship Coordinator
Ethan Strand
Worship Coordinator
Ainsley Roberts
AM Head Counselor
Jenna Looney
PM Head Counselor
Keith Qualls
AM Head Counselor
Josiah Keene
PM Head Counselor
Jackson Calloway
Assistant Director
Keegan Copher
Assistant Director

2024 First Aid Team

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2024 Media Team

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2024 Counselors

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