After a Christ-centered and exhaustive search, the selection committee composed from PRBC Board members and other community leaders recommended Rebecca Kjelland as the new Director of Ministries. On July 19, 2016, the Board of Directors approved that recommendation and extended the call to Rebecca Kjelland to serve as Director of Ministries. Park River Lutheran Bible Camp is pleased to announce Rebecca’s acceptance of this call and vocation.
Rebecca, her husband Aaron, Sander (9), Jonas (9), Torfinn (7) and Brune (5) reside in rural Park River, ND, where they farm. Rebecca was not raised in a Christian home, but came to know the Lord at a Bible camp near Seattle, Washington when she was 13 years old. It was then, that she fell in love with Jesus, and it was the first time she felt loved and worthy of love. Rebecca has a great testimony and is using it to connect with people from all walks of life.
After graduating from high school in Sandpoint, ID, Rebecca took the train east. Her youth Director, Jodi (Bjornstad) Houge, had told her about this amazing Park River Bible Camp where Jodi had worked. (Jodi was originally from Walhalla, ND) Rebecca came to Park River Bible Camp June 8, 2000. Rebecca started as a Camp Assistant and was paid $500 that summer. She also worked for 2 summers as a counselor as she attended Bible school and college, and then worked for 3 years as the Program Director at PRBC.
Rebecca and her whole family are excited for this new adventure as she accepts the call to be the Director of Ministries. Her heart is here at Park River Bible Camp. She feels “very blessed and honored to have been asked to serve in this role.” Rebecca is eager to work alongside the Board of Directors, pastors, congregations, parents, and individuals who support this ministry, as well as the staff who work to bring the gospel to all who come to Park River Bible Camp. Rebecca has a heart for camping ministry and cares deeply about each camper. She wants each camper to be able to grow in his/her faith; she wants them to really know that the word of God is living and breathing; and she wants them to realize that the Bible is the most important book they’ll ever have. She strives to show each person that comes to Park River Bible Camp that Jesus loves them with His whole heart. She quotes from Mark 16:15, He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”
Through Rebecca’s life, she has seen hard times and good times, she has come to learn what it truly means to trust completely on the Lord, and she knows in all of her life, Jesus himself is the one who restored her, made her strong, firm and steadfast in her faith. From 1 Peter 5:10-11, “And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered for a while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
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