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Calvin Bennett is the executive director of Ontario Pioneer Camp since 2003. Ontario Pioneer Camp is committed to building authentic relationships and transforming encounters with Christ in a caring , fun and safe environment. It is a world class camp that has developed thousands of young leaders since it’s inception in 1929.
Prior to this, Calvin was with The Salvation Army where he worked for 15 years, serving as the director of three camps, two of which exclusively served inner city youth. In this role he was responsible for spearheading training, site development and program change.
During his tenure there he also served as the English speaking pastor at the Toronto Korean Christian Community Church for four years, where he was involved in teaching, and discipleship in a cross cultural environment.
In addition to his work experience, Calvin has completed an undergrad at Tyndale and is completing graduate studies at Philadelphia Biblical University in the area of organizational Leadership. A graduate of the Arrow leadership program in 2001, he has also been very heavily involved in Christian youth ministries and related leadership and discipleship training.
Calvin has a sincere love for Jesus and believes that camp is the best place for young people to develop in their relationship with God.
He is an enthusiastic participant in a number of sports, including weightlifting, canoeing, and enjoys a number of interests from home improvement to computers. He is married with three daughters and a dog and lives on site at Ontario Pioneer Camp in beautiful Muskoka.
Dan Martin is passionate about camp ministry, and has committed many years of his life bringing children and youth of this generation together to train them in being fully committed follower of Jesus.
Dan is the General Director of Ontario Pioneer Camp, since December 2011. Dan has been Directing Summer camps for over 14 years and has worked in a variety of leadership positions at camp prior to that.
Dan has worked in in both British Columbia and Ontario as a Camp Director, gaining most of His camp experience at Circle Square Ranch.
As teenagers both Dan, and his wife Kara, worked at camp, learning what it means to serve and work hard to give children and youth a great summer experience. Their children William, Alida, Joshua and Jeremiah have grown up at camp and look forward to a summer of adventure every year.
Dan brings a wealth of experience and insight to his role as Director of Ontario Pioneer Camp. He brings extensive financial and management experience. His has a strong desire to introduce young people to Christ and see God transform the children and youth of this generation.
Director of Programs
Jennifer Guest is the Director of Programs at Ontario Pioneer Camps. Previous to overseeing the director team, she was the Director of our Inclusion program.
Jennifer comes from an elementary school background where she focused on additional qualifications in Special Education and Language.
She is actively involved in her local church community that has a heart for the poor and enjoys leading bible studies and mentoring the youth at her church. She is married to Brian and has three children.
Director of Alumni
Larry Offner is the new Director of Alumni Ministry for Pioneer Camps in Canada. When he was 12 years old, Larry first came as a camper to Ontario Pioneer Camp for the summer, and that experience has shaped his life ministry. He was a camper at Boys Camp, LIT, counsellor (today called chalet leader), Boys Camp Director (1980-89), LIT Director (1992-94), and Pioneer Plunge (teens camp) Director for 10 years.
Larry believes deeply in the Kingdom impact of Christian camping. He has served with IVCF Canada for more than 30 years, providing leadership in high school ministry, summer camp, Ontario regional campus ministry, national Pioneer Camp vision, and is now responsible for recruiting, mobilizing and engaging the thousands of Pioneer Camp alumni across the country.
Larry lives here in Muskoka with his wife Bev, and has two beautiful daughters – Lindsay, 27, and Carolyn, 25. He loves country music, a great burger, and working on his lawn.