We have officially entered into the apex of the holiday season with Christmas only a few short weeks away! As we prepare for this festive time with decorating, caroling, and hot chocolate, we decided to begin a series of posts that spotlights each of our year-round staff for our Camp Longridge family to get to know a little better! This month, we are introducing our Program Director Logan Brewster for you to get to know more about him, his family, and his favorite dad joke!
After graduating from Liberty University, Logan, with his wife Rachel, joined the crew in 2018. He quickly became a familiar face with campers and summer staff as he ran headlong into leading Camp Longridge’s program. Whether he is running around in a skit or leading the camp in Stealth Patrol, Logan puts his whole heart into his role at camp.
Unlike years past, Logan’s role of Program Director for Summer 2020 would look different. As he adapted to this unexpected change, he also had to adapt to being a father. Towards the end of July, he and Rachel welcomed their son Liam to the world.
We recently sat down with Logan and Rachel to learn more about their roles at camp and their roles as parents!
What do you most enjoy about working at camp?
L: I really enjoy getting the opportunity to lead a group of staff, who in turn lead the campers, to a deeper relationship with Christ. Providing opportunities for staff and campers to own their faith and put what they know in to action is the best.
R: Working at camp is always an adventure. I would say that my favorite part is having the opportunity to meet so many different people. I love being able to have relationships with church leaders and seeing them year after year.
What is the most challenging aspect of being the Program Director?
L: As fun as they are, skits are the most challenging. Especially staying in character when something unplanned and hilarious happens.
What is the most challenging aspect of being a camp wife?
R: It would have to be the time spent away from my husband. During the summer we don’t really get to see each other much.
Favorite thing about being a camp wife?
R: It would have to be seeing my husband doing what he loves. I’ll never forget the first time I saw him do a skit character. We were working at a camp in Texas and he burst through the doors on stage and I couldn’t help but smile. It is amazing to see how God can use all of our talents for His glory.
What is the biggest lesson God’s taught you over the last few years?
L: It's not about me. I tell this to our staff every staff training and its something that we always go back to throughout the summer. But God has a way of using camp ministry to really show me how utterly broken I am in my own power and that nothing of eternal significance will happen if I'm not reliant on Him.
R: God has definitely taught me to trust in His plan. I grew up in a pastor’s home and this is something that I saw lived out, but I never really lived it out myself. When God called Logan into full-time ministry, it took some time for me to wrap my head around what this meant. I would no longer be able to just observe how to live out a life fully reliant on Him, I would have to live it.
What is something unexpected about fatherhood that has grown you in the last four months?
L: Once again, fatherhood has shown me how selfish my natural tendencies are. Everyday I'm reminded that I need to grow in selflessness.
What is something unexpected about motherhood that has grown you in the last four months?
R: Motherhood is not what I expected. Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a perfectionist and that I love a schedule. Being a mom throws all of that out the window! I am constantly learning to be flexible and to give myself grace for not getting everything done on my checklist. While this is a growing time, I would not trade it for the world.
Best dad joke you have?
L: What's the dumbest animal in the jungle? . . . A polar bear
Will Liam be working for Camp Longridge once he can walk?
L: Trick question. He's already been helping me recruit before he can walk! What college student doesn't want to see a baby??
R: OF COURSE!!!!! He may start out as one of our floaters in the dining hall or even help pick up pine cones by the lake!
Well, there you have it! Thank you for spending some time getting to know Logan and Rachel’s hearts for Camp Longridge and their new adventure as parents. We at Camp Longridge are grateful for this family and their continued service to camp’s ministry.
As Christmas and the year’s end quickly approach, we are in awe of all the Lord has done in 2020. From the new life of Liam to the continued generosity of our Camp Longridge family, we are so grateful for the blessings the Lord has bestowed. Donations are still being received as we finish out the year well. If the Lord is leading you, please follow this link to our donation page or give us a call at 803.337.2082.
In just a few short weeks, many will be gathered around tables, trees, or a warm fire enjoying the festive mood of the season. During this time, we at Camp Longridge encourage you to seek the answer to where you find your hope. Jesus was born two millennia ago changing history forever and brought in a new redeeming hope to the world. We pray that you look towards this hope and remember all the Lord has done for you this year and what He will continue to do in the next.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!