Owners, Directors and Leadership
The Himstedt Family
James, Corie, Amelia, Shannon, Avery and Elizabeth
James Himstedt, affectionately known as Rambo at camp, serves as Camp Owner / Director. James devotes his time to developing solid programming, inspirational summer themes and hiring and training the best possible role models for our campers. He spends much of the "off-season" on the road, visiting current camp families and meeting new prospects as we seek out more and more campers to join us each summer. With a degree in Outdoor Recreation from Baylor University, James is in his element running camp. He enjoys spending his down time cycling, leading mission trips, hunting, and most importantly, hanging out with his wife and four children.
Corie Himstedt, is James' wife, and mother to their four children. Raising their kids is her main focus in life at this point, a job she loves. Her degree in Animal Science from Berry College gets put to use daily at the camp stables, where she manages the herd and gives riding lessons during camp's off-season. Corie also uses her day-to-day life experiences with raising her own children to pour guidance and direction into Strong Rock's staff during training. As a very intentional parent, the wisdom Corie has gained over the past several years is priceless as summer staff are prepared for their role as "surrogate" parents to campers. As a mother, Corie strives to be available to all of our camp moms when they have questions or hesitations about sending their child off to camp. In her free time she will likely be at the barn.
If you call the camp office, there is a 99% chance you will talk to Rebecca. She joined our staff in 2007 and has been a wonderful addition to our administration. Rebecca keeps all of our paperwork and forms in order, manages camp-to-parent communications, and helps ensure that we have the necessary information to provide outstanding service to each child. Rebecca's experience as a camper and staffer at other camps has proven invaluable as she fields parent calls throughout the summer. Camp changed her life and she loves seeing lives changed at Strong Rock. Away from camp, Rebecca loves serving on missions teams, cheering for Georgia Tech, helping lead worship at her church, and hanging out with her husband, Steve.
Mary Beth Brannon
After her first summer as a camp counselor, Mary Beth, whose camp name is Trip, fell in love with the camping industry and her passion for impacting kids through summer camp grew. She spent two summers at Strong Rock prior to her graduation from The University of Georgia as a summer program director before moving overseas for two years to do mission work. Upon her return from Northern Africa, she joined Strong Rock as a full time staff member and became the full-time Summer Program Director at the beginning of 2015. When she is not playing four-square or leading a camp-wide activity during the summer, Mary Beth enjoys hiking, cheering on the Bulldogs, and spending time with her family.
Director of Guest Services
Thomas Dunagan also known as T-Bone has been involved with Strong Rock since the summer of 2006. He served as a counselor for three summers. After that he spent five summers as a Program Director creating several new games and program elements over the years. Thomas became a full time staff member in 2014 and moved into the role as the Director of Guest Services at the beginning of the 2015 season. Thomas' greatest joy is to serve others in all ways and has found Strong Rock to be a wonderful outlet for that calling. Thomas enjoys working with his hands, playing board games, and playing tennis.
Director of Facilities
Daniel, Daira, Alex, Isabel, and Maddux
Daniel Brannon, who's camp name is Scoot, serves as the Director of Facilities part-time. But his camp story began in the summer of 2006, where he served as a camp counselor at Strong Rock. Now, he is constantly making sure camp looks it's best, performing minor carpentry, plumbing, lawn maintenance, and repairs fixtures and equipment. He's the 'handyman' of Strong Rock Camp. During Daniel's off days, Daniel uses his gifts of service by saving lives and serving in Athens-Clarke County as a firefighter. During his free time, Daniel enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, bike riding, horse back riding, and cheering on the Braves and the Dawgs.
Director of Camp Relations
Hannah is a University of Georgia graduate with a degree in communications. She started her career with Chick-fil-A as a marketing director. Hannah has a passion for serving others and making an impact on everyone she meets. She is married to her wonderful husband Mike and and they have a labrador named Champ. In her free time you can find her on the beach, hiking the North Georgia mountains, and cheering for the Bulldogs. Hannah is excited to be a part of the camp world and getting to know the kids and families that come through the gates of Strong Rock.
Yvonne has been a part of the Strong Rock Camp since the summer of 2013. Over the last several years she has served in several roles including the kitchen, retreat staff, and our Staff Development Coordinator. Yvonne now serves as the Hospitality Coordinator for our retreat groups all year round. She is currently studying Business Marketing at the University of North Georgia and loves road trips, baking, and playing the piano.
The Adams Family
Larry and "Mama" Norma
Larry and Norma Adams, parents of Corie, played a major role in helping make the dream of Strong Rock a reality. Their generosity and willingness to follow God's leadership allowed James and Corie to pursue this venture. They live in McDonough, about two hours south of camp, but you will often find them at camp. Larry makes his way up to camp to lend a helpful hand with anything that we need as often as he can. His servant's heart and humble leadership sets a positive tone for all those he comes in contact with. "Mama" Norma spends her entire summer at camp helping out with anything we need. Whether sorting the mail, teaching archery, running errands or helping care for a sick child, Norma's passion for camp and love for Strong Rock is evident in everything she does. She also LOVES to spoil our staff with care packages and encouraging notes to let them know just how much they are appreciated.