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Dean and Co-Deans for Summer 2019

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"I've grown up with Jesus! I can't remember a time when I did not know him. I was raised going to church and my life has been a continual journey with my heavenly Father. I grew up in Rose Hill, KS and went to the Countryside Christian Church youth group in Wichita. I really enjoyed summer camps when I was a student. I became acquainted with King Solomon Camp after I started going to Manhattan Christian College. Now, I've been a part of the Camp for several years; I've taken my middle school youth to camp, served as a dean, been a part of camp planning, and seen God do amazing things. KSCC is a wonderful place where lives are impacted with the good news of Jesus! I'm the Middle School Minister at University Christian Church in Manhattan, KS. I have an amazing wife and two sweet little boys, all gifts from God!"

Hi, I am April Swang. I am the Children’s Minister at Tonganoxie Christian Church. I have been married to Ted for 38 years. We have two sons. Teddy is 29 and married to Adah. They live in Columbus, Ohio. He just received his doctorate of math. Tristan is 26 and married to Maria, they have one son, Ike who is one year old and he is the best! They are living close to Nashville, Tennessee. They are working toward going to India to do missions work. We moved to Kansas in August of 2016. We lived in Yukon, Oklahoma for 30 years, and I served as the Children’s Minister for 12 years in Oklahoma City before moving here. I love to work with children and teach them about God!

I work as the Associate Minister of Students at Soldier Christian Church. I grew up going to KSCC and love spending summer there! In my spare time you’ll find me doing anything creative, hands on or crazy random. I’m dad to three amazing kids, Ella, Lincoln & Levi and husband to a stellar great wife, Emma. Look forward to seeing you all this summer and chilling with you!!!  

Micah Crosley is the youth pastor at Salina Heights Christian Church in Salina, KS. He has served there for the past 8 years and loves working with students and volunteers as they learn to love God and love others! He and his wife Lisa have two young daughters, Savannah and Ellie. He enjoys reading, Star Wars, and playing board games, and sports.

Mel Dannefer 

Wife of Eric for 19 years, mom to Naomi, Claira and Hope. I have helped out with King Solomon for 19 years as a youth minister’s wife and now as a children’s minister at Abilene First Christian. Camp has been such a pivotal point in our kids, as well as so many others’ journey with Christ! I am looking forward to working to with your kiddos and helping them in their walk with Jesus!”

Hello, my name is Nate. I came to know the King around age 12, and it’s been one heck of an adventure! During my college years, the King called me into youth ministry.  It’s a dangerous calling, on that I was hesitant to take, but I am pleased to say, youth ministry has become one of my favorite life adventures!  It’s been over 10 years since my youth ministry adventure began and it has been awesome. If it’s the King’s will I plan on doing it until my adventure ends! In these last 10+ years many things have happened, but the most important are: I got married to my wife Kayla and have had two beautiful daughters—Liesl and Clementine.  


My name is Mitch Myer and I am the Youth Minister at Tonganoxie Christian Church. I have been at TCC since October of 2016. I am a former camp intern for King Solomon Christian Camp and am excited to be bringing my own students to camp this summer. Camp is a special place where great spiritual growth can take place for students and adult leaders. Also, the community, fun, and food couldn't be any better! I will be a co-dean for high school camp and am looking forward to seeing God do amazing things in the hearts and minds of all the students who come! Hello, my name is Nate. I came to know the King around age 12, and it’s been one heck of an adventure!


My name is Mackenzie Hart, I am the Children's Minister in Topeka KS at Town and Country Christian Church! I am so excited to meet your kids and help them explore who Jesus is this summer at KSCC! 

Josh is the High School Minister at University Christian Church. He has been married for 18 years to Amy, whom he met at King Solomon, and they have 3 boys ages 12, 9, & 7. He is passionate about helping teenagers take steps toward Jesus. He loves sports and has spent most of his career coaching at the local high school level. He has been involved serving at King Solomon since 1997. Chipotle is his love language.

Eric is the husband of Melissa (18 years) and father to Naomi (12), Claira (11) and Hope (7). He also serves as the Associate Minister of Youth and Worship at Abilene FCC.  He grew up going to King Solomon as a camper and sensed the Lord's calling to full time Kingdom work while at camp. He has served as a volunteer or dean at camp every summer since 1997...which makes him SO really old. He's looking forward to another amazing summer at Camp King Solomon!

Children's Minister at University Christian Church in Manhattan, Kansas Lead J12 which is a ministry for 4th-6th graders so I have a passion for leading 5th and 6th graders into a deeper relationship with their savior Jesus.  I've been deaning camps for the past 6 years.  I have 3 grown boys, two of them were baptized at camp.

Hi! My name is Kristina Brathwaite and I am the Elementary Children's Minister at University Christian Church. I grew up in Arizona and moved to Manhattan, KS 10 months ago to work at UCC. I love the joy that comes from working with kids and especially he opportunity to help them grow in Jesus. Also, I love Camp Solomon! This is my second year at this camp and I can't wait to see God move again in the hearts of your kids. 

I'm Chris Ensley, the Dean of the High School Camp at King Solomon Christian Camp.  I am the Youth and Worship Pastor at Marion Christian Church and I have been serving at this church for 9 years. I've been married to my wife Jessica for 12 years and we have two daughters. What I enjoy about King Solomon is that the atmosphere is refreshing for youth to step away for a week from normal distractions and busyness, and focus on strengthening their relationship with Jesus Christ and forge friendships with other youth. 

Jonathan Brundage, son of director David Brundage, has worked at King Solomon Christian Camp as the assistant to the director for the past two years as well as volunteered for the past 6 years. In the summer of 2016, Jonathan worked extensively in the archery program here at KSCC and received a certificate as a Basic Archery Instructor shortly after the summer ended. A member of First Christian Church in Abilene, KS, he has volunteered in their youth program for the past two years. In February of 2017, Jonathan Brundage married Micaela Keehn, who worked with King Solomon as in intern in 2016. She was also a volunteer for 3+ years prior to being an intern, and a camper before then. Jonathan and Micaela will be working for the camp this summer, and Jonathan will be the volunteer assistant dean for 3rd and 4th grade camp #2.

Codi Manning 
Hello my name is Codi Manning and I’m the Children’s Director at Rossville Christian Church in Rossville, Kansas.  I have been married to my husband Nick for 11 years and we are blessed to have two girls Ella, ten, and Emmery, six. This is my second year as Dean at KSCC and I am absolutely in love with it and what the Lord does through King Solomon Camp, the Students and Me! I grew up on a ranch in Lincoln County Kansas and thus love spending time outside in God’s creation. Whether just walking through the pastures, gardening, taking care of the chickens, or curling up by the fire, under the clouds and stars is where I prefer to be. This is why I love to be at King Solomon Camp and to share this joy of being in God’s works with the next generation.
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