Dan first joined the Rockmont summer camp staff in 1983 as a counselor. A graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN, Dan earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY before joining the Rockmont year-round staff in 1994. Dan has worked with many facets of the program including worship, music, staff recruiting and staff training over the years and after the 2006 season, Dan was hired as the Camp’s Director. He has served on the Board of the American Camp Association Southeastern and numerous committees as well as serving as an ACA Accreditation Visitor. He is passionate about male development, running, and fly-fishing. He and his wife, Karen, have two children, Micah and Josie.
Josh Drexler knows first hand the potential for Camp Rockmont to be a catalyst for meaningful and lasting growth. He was a camper from 1985-1992, and then served on staff from 1993-1999 in a variety of roles. In 2013, Josh left a career in employment law in Atlanta to rejoin the Rockmont team. He is an avid outdoorsman and is enthusiastic about enhancing Rockmont’s camping and adventure programming, including rock climbing – a skill that he has honed over the past 25 years. Josh lives at camp full time with his wife, Elise, and two boys, Joseph and Benjamin.
Associate Director for Staff Development & Alumni Affairs
Shawn grew up in small town South Carolina before discovering Camp Rockmont while studying at Erskine College. He first served as a Cabin Counselor and then Tribal Director, but he’s spent the last nine summers as the Bear Camp Director strengthening our program for Rockmont’s youngest campers. After completing his Master of Divinity at Erskine Seminary, Shawn came on staff full-time in 2011 and enjoys promoting the Rockmont experience to potential staff on university campuses, training staff throughout the summer, and building our alumni base. He is also an American Red Cross instructor who teaches Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED to ensure our staff are prepared to provide the highest quality of care. He finds the camp setting to be the perfect place to see God more clearly in creation, in the biblical story, and in one another.
Associate Director for Programming & Risk Management
Stan returns to Rockmont after 22 years in pastoral ministry, the last fourteen as pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Clinton, Mississippi. Rockmont is where he first discovered gifts to lead and a calling to serve. He joined the staff in 1980 as a Junior Counselor, and worked until 1994 as Tribal Director, Mountain Camp Director, and Program Director. Stan is a graduate of Furman University, Duke Divinity School, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a leader in the Ekklesia Project, an ecumenical gathering of pastors, scholars, and laypeople devoted to serving the church. He believes there is something central to the gospel about calling, celebrating, and leading young people, and he is excited about the opportunity to return to camp work. Stan is married to Jennifer, a high school math teacher, and they are the parents of Jane and Kate. They like to hike, throw Frisbees, shell peas, and eat well. Stan looks forward to cycling and backpacking in the North Carolina mountains.
Cindy was born and raised in the Black Mountain area and has many fond memories of times at Camp Rockmont over the years. She joined the summer staff at Camp Rockmont in 1979 after completing an undergraduate degree from Gardner Webb University and a graduate degree from Western Carolina University. She continued on summer staff until 1989 when she left her teaching position and began full time work in the Rockmont office alongside her husband, David. Sharing the Rockmont experience with so many has been a delight for her and continues to be a joyous part of her life.
Stacey moved to the Asheville area in 1996 and soon thereafter found her way to Rockmont. She served for several years in the Financial Office before leaving to pursue her interest in massage therapy. Stacey owned and operated a private practice for five years as a Licensed Massage Therapist and developed a loyal base of clients. In 2006, Stacey returned to Rockmont and enjoys being part of this supportive and encouraging community. When she’s not at work, Stacey can be found spending time with her daughter, Bailey, reading, and walking her two dogs, Jack and Lily.
Rebecca was introduced to Rockmont when her mother, Linda Butler, came on board as Registrar in November of 1986. Since Linda’s retirement at the end of August 2011, Rebecca has sought to fill her shoes with much thankfulness to be a part of such a ministry. She has been involved with the camp on and off over the years. As a mother of four, she understands the importance of having her sons nurtured by godly men and has been so thankful that her sons and daughters have been able to be a part of such a wonderful community of people. Her youngest son Caleb continues to thrive under the leadership here at Rockmont.
Karen hails from Nashville, TN where she graduated from Vanderbilt University. Her first summer at Rockmont was in 1987 when she worked on the waterfront as a lifeguard and swim instructor. She values the influence that camp can have in the lives of young people and their families, and is so grateful to be a part of the work and growth that happens at Rockmont. She relishes her roles as wife to Dan and mom to Micah and Josie as well as any opportunity to go hiking or do some yoga.
Director of Guest Services
Edward was born in Russia and grew up in Belarus when it was part of the former Soviet Union. Through an international staff placement program he and his wife, Margaret, joined us in the summers during the 90’s and they were actually with us when their nation broke apart. Edward showed marvelous leadership and organizational skills and was hired as the Director of Guest Services in 2009. All of the groups that contract to use Rockmont during the non-summer months, negotiate with Edward. In addition to this he oversees and maintains the many buildings on camp. Whenever there is a loose board, leaky pipe, broken window, no toilet paper etc… Edward is there with a smile!
Jon McNair landed his first job with Rockmont in 1998. It became clear that, in addition to being a hard-working handy-man with a wide breadth of knowledge and skill, Jon was a gifted educator. He works with our Homesteading Program, designing curriculum that has delighted our young farmers. In 2008 Jon joined our year-round staff as the director of the Rockmont farm. Campers and Staff enjoy fresh produce from the Rockmont Farm each summer and perhaps you’ve enjoyed popcorn, honey, or sweet sorghum syrup often sold in our General Store.
Horseback Riding Director
Sara is a graduate of Mars Hill College where her professors used to say that she’d make a good biologist if she could get her mind off horses. Lucky for us, she couldn’t! Sara first began working at Rockmont in 2000, and became the Riding Director in 2009. She is certified in Hunt Seat and Recreational Riding through the American Riding Instructor Association, has been an equestrian coach for the Buncombe County Special Olympics, and has participated in many horse shows and TREC competitions. In addition to running the summer program for Rockmont, Sara teaches off-season riding lessons through Lighter Mount Horsemanship, is a trainer of Paso Fino horses at Fairwinds Farm, manages the Biltmore Ride and Tie and the Rockmont Horse Show, and serves as a vet assistant with the Appalachian Equine Veterinary Service. Horses are Sara’s passion and she loves sharing that passion with the campers of Rockmont!
Gary & Rickey Inman
We gratefully accept the many compliments we receive regarding the grounds at Camp Rockmont but most all of those kudos are due this duo. Brothers Gary and Rickey, along with their father, Clarence, are some of the longest tenured full-time staff in this operation. The fact that a storm can blow through and a day later Rockmont guests would never know that a stick or leaf had fallen is due to the consistent hard work of the Inmans. They are also professional painters and are perpetually adding a fresh coat to one building or another here at our magical mountain retreat!
R. David Bruce
Executive Director / Alumni Association
David, a graduate of Emory University, has been on the Rockmont staff since 1973. He has served in essentially every staff capacity during his tenure, and as Director from 1987 to 2006. David has a strong understanding of the value of a quality boys camp experience because of the impact Rockmont has had on his own life. David’s wife Cindy, a graduate of Gardner Webb College and Western Carolina University, first joined the Rockmont staff in 1979.