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Doug Walters is passionate about Presbyterian camp ministry and brings with him a wealth of experience and creativity in his role as Executive Director. Before joining the Camp Hanover team in October 2012, Doug had served for over a decade in a variety of leadership roles at various PC(USA) summer camps and retreat centers, as well as having served as a board member of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association. Doug is a communications graduate of Ithaca College, whose career path tended toward broadcast journalism and video production before following a call into full-time camp ministry within the Presbyterian Church in 1998.
Originally from New Jersey, Doug grew up in attending Camp Johnsonburg, a Presbyterian camp in northwest New Jersey near the Delaware Water Gap. It was there, as a Counselor-in-Training, that Doug came to understand that God gives each of us special gifts and talents and calls us to serve as Christ’s hands and feet in the world.
Doug met his wife Lynn at camp, and together with their three children, enjoys being outdoors in the camp setting, especially when playing guitar around the campfire. In addition to his passion for “all things camp,” Doug is well known for his dough-tossing skills. The rumor is that this Jersey native makes a pretty mean homemade, from-scratch pizza that rivals any you’d find at your local pizzeria.
“Thank you for calling Camp Hanover!” The cheerful voice you are most likely to hear when you call Camp Hanover belongs to Lisa VanderPloeg. Lisa serves as our office manager, and has been with this ministry since 2000. Lisa’s gifts of organization and wealth of camp knowledge keep our office running smoothly.
Lisa and her family moved to Hanover County from Chesapeake, VA in 1990 when her husband, Rick, was transferred for his job. Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, and spending time outdoors with Rick and their 2 children.
Lisa would love to help you register your child for summer or winter camp programs or assist you, your church, school or organization plan a date for a retreat or other gathering at Camp Hanover. Need to tour our facilities? Give Lisa a call, and she will be happy to show you around this beautiful place apart.
Harry Zweckbronner believes strongly in all aspects of Christian camping, and is most passionate about team building and giving kids the opportunity to grow in their faith. A lifelong Presbyterian, Harry's experiences attending summer camp as both camper and staff member played a large role in shaping the person he is today.
Harry received degrees in history and social science education from Florida State University, then spent 7 years as a high school history and peer leadership teacher in Florida and New Jersey before answering the call to camp ministry. Before joining the Camp Hanover team, Harry served for ten years as Program Director at the Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center and has served on the board of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association (PCCCA). Harry is also Standards Visitor for the American Camp Association.
Family life is a priority for Harry. He loves spending time with his wife, Ann, and their children Molly, Kathryn, and Will. He also likes to cook, coach youth sports, and is an avid sports fan. The whole family is thrilled to be part of the Camp Hanover team.
As a Virginia native with a deep devotion to camp ministry, Erin Davidson's breadth of experience in Presbyterian Camping is wide. Erin has served as a counselor for several summers at Massanetta Springs near Harrisonburg Virginia, as Assistant Summer Camp Director at Holmes Presbyterian Center in Holmes, New York, and is a former Camp Hanover Day Camp Counselor from "way back when."
When she’s not coordinating the ins and outs of the Camp Hanover's traveling day camp program, Erin works as a social worker in Chesterfield County. She has a degree in social work from Eastern Mennonite University and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Union-PSCE. Erin is married to Todd Davidson, who serves as youth director at Three Chopt Presbyterian Church. Erin is step-mom to Seth & Caleb.
Erin has grown up in the Presbytery of the James and calls Overbrook Presbyterian Church her home. Previously, Erin served four years as the Presbytery of the James Youth Council Coordinator and is excited to be be part of the Camp Hanover team!
Ask anyone who has enjoyed a meal at Camp Hanover and you’re likely to hear them rave about one of our special treats – “Cindy’s Rolls!” These home-made, from-scratch, oven-baked marvels are one of Cynthia “Cindy” Banks’ signature delights, and after you tasted them you’ll find it near impossible to eat just one!
Cindy loves to bless people with the comfort of good food. Before joining the Camp Hanover team in 2004, Cindy worked for 27 years in the school system. Cindy enjoys working alongside the Pathfinders in the kitchen, and knows how to put a smile on anyone’s face. Her strong faith and bright spirit are such blessings to this ministry.
Larry Covington began serving as camp’s part-time Site Manager in April 2008. Larry is a retired Airport Police Officer who has a degree in Criminal Justice and 34 years of law enforcement service under his belt. Under the tutelage of his father, Larry developed skills in maintenance and construction, growing up on a small farm. In the 1970’s Larry designed and built the home he and his wife still live in today, and has remodeled and maintained homes and property for family members. With skills in carpentry, farm operations, plumbing, electrical work, equipment and vehicle mechanics, Larry is Camp Hanover’s very adept “Jack of all trades.”
Larry also serves as an elder at Fairfield Presbyterian where he has been a member for over 40 years. Larry and his wife Elizabeth have two daughters – Lindsey is a first grade teacher in Hanover and Courtney is a preschool teacher in Hopewell. Larry enjoys restoring classic cars at his home in Old Church and displays his cars in local shows.
Jim Marston was born and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee. The grandson of a Presbyterian Minister, Jim has been a Presbyterian all his life. At age 19, Jim served as youth leader in a small church in Bristol, Tennessee. As the youth leader, Jim quickly became familiar with Presbtyerian Camp ministry, attending youth retreats at Holston Presbtyerian Camp in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Jim continued to serve as a youth leader after moving to the Richmond area, at Sandston Presbyterian Church and New Hanover Presbyterian Church, taking middle school groups to camp for a week every summer and working with high school youth on Habitat for Humanity projects.
Armed with a hammer, drill, and circular saw, Jim is a skilled craftsman. Applying his gifts for carpentry and other trades, he does his part to keep Camp Hanover and its facilities looking good and running smoothly. A proud father and grandfather, Jim and his wife have two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren.
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