My name is Lauren Rodgers. I’m currently the fifth grade teacher at Bethel Lutheran School in Morton, IL. Starting this summer, I will be working full time at CILCA as program director. I have worked at camp for six summers as a counselor and four summers as summer program director. My favorite things about camp are outdoor chapel and creek walking.
My Name is David Moldenhauer.
I am a Junior at Missouri University of Science and Technology studying mechanical engineering. I am a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn Illinois. This will be my 3rd year on staff and my 14th year going to camp. My favorite parts of camp are outdoor chapel and underground church.
My name is Caroline Ahrends.
I am a sophomore at the University of Illinois studying elementary education with a minor in Spanish, but am currently in Spain for a semester abroad. I am a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln.
Hey!! My name is Ali Hermes. I live in Springfield, IL and attend Zion Lutheran Church. I just graduated Pleasant Plains High School in 2023. This will be my first year on staff, but my tenth year coming to camp. My favorite camp activity is creek walking. Outside of camp I love to spend time with friends and play music. I look forward to seeing everyone this summer!
Camp Impact: Rev. Ian Heinze
We confess that God works through means. With great joy we hold on to the Means of Grace that God has promised to work through to seal us in the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. Through Baptism, He transfers us from the kingdom of Satan to the kingdom of God, washing away our sin by putting us to death and raising us to new life. Through Absolution, Christ continues to return us to our Baptismal grace by forgiving our sin. Through the Lord’s Supper, Christ delivers His own Body and Blood for us to eat and drink for the forgiveness of sin, unity with Him, divine grace, and the promise of life eternal. The promised Means of Grace are gifts to be greatly treasured!
We further rejoice that God also makes use of other things as His instruments in the world. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ. God’s Word does all the work! Yet God’s Word comes to us in a multitude of ways. One of those ways is through the labor of Camp CILCA.
We confess that God works through means. As far as I know, I am reasonably convinced that without the Holy Spirit’s work through Camp CILCA as His instrument, I would not be an active member of the Body of Christ today. I believe that I would certainly not be attending seminary without the dedicated labor of Camp CILCA. God uses Camp CILCA as an instrument to richly bless His church. He uses Camp CILCA as a means to create, strengthen, and sustain faith in both campers and staff through His Word.
I hold my time at Camp CILCA as one of the greatest treasures God has gifted to me. I have met life-long friends along the way. I met my wonderful wife through Camp CILCA. Yet above all these delightful treasures, I rejoice that God has worked, and continues to work through Camp CILCA as an instrument to create, strengthen, and sustain my faith, and the next generation of campers and counselors.