Year-Round Staff

Meet PRBC's year-round staff!
Rebecca Kjelland

Rebecca Kjelland

Executive Director

Bio coming soon!

Kyle Rydell

Kyle Rydell

Associate Program Director

I was born in California but I grew up in a small town in Maryville Tennessee. I played drums and guitar for one of the churches there. That church brought me to Smoky Mountain Christian Camp where I learned that I love being outdoors. After I was to old to be a camper I thought my days going to camp were done. I went to Maryville College studying Music Education. While in college I taught beginner music lessons for a wide verity of instruments. In college I met a friend that would bring me back into outdoor ministries. I worked as a camp counselor at Briarwood, in Texas. I worked there for two summers and was asked to move to Texas to be their Hospitality Intern. After my internship was up I was offered a full time position as the Activity and Retreat coordinator. Spending just shy of four years in Texas. I now have the opportunity to Move to Park River to further my career in outdoor ministries as PRBC’s Associate Program Director.

Jerry McIlwain

Jerry McIlwain

Site Director

Jerry grew up in Monroe, Louisiana. At the age of 22, he joined the army and moved to New York where he spent four years. After his time as Heavy Equipment Operator for the Army ended, he went into construction. He currently has 40+ years of construction experience. He also ran his own business in Washington where he focused on siding, windows, and roofing. In 2008, he settled down in North Dakota near one of his daughters and her family. In addition to being a wonderful grandfather to his 14 grandchildren (12 boys and 2 girls), he has also played many roles in the ministry of Park River Bible Camp. From cooking for retreats to assisting in fixing leaks, installing floors and general maintenance he has done a little bit of everything.  In 2017 he officially started as our On-Site Director.  

Geri Lynn

Geri Lynn

Office Manager

Image and Bio coming soon!

 

Karina Anderson

Karina Anderson

Day Camp Director

Hi, my name is Karina Anderson and I’m excited to be working at Park River Bible Camp as the Day Camp Director. I’m originally from Long Prairie Minnesota and was raised on a dairy farm which my parents still live on. I’m the youngest of five and now have two nieces and one nephew and in my biased opinion, they are the cutest nieces and nephew in the world. I recently graduated from Mayville State with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a Minor in Early Childhood Education. The reason why I’ve moved to the St. Thomas area is that my husband, Logan Anderson lives and works in Grafton at Simplot as the Precision Agriculture Specialist. For fun, I enjoy being out either on the lake fishing or kayaking. Hoping during the few months that there is no snow I will be riding my bike. If anyone likes to bike let me know as it is always better with a buddy. And when the snow is gone, I would love to explore North Dakota more. When moving to a new place one thing that I am striving for is to get to know and to be a positive role model in the community. I look forward to the experience I will learn, being the Day Camp Director and the ability to help strengthen mine and others’ relationships with God. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be a part of your camp.

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