Meet Camp Lu-Jo KISMIF’s Camp Session and Retreat Directors!

Build Week :  Joshua Sabedra

Joshua Sabedra was raised in Duncan, OK and now resides in Edmond, OK. He was classically trained as a chef at culinary school, works at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club as an apprentice/cook, and is also a certified archery instructor. Joshua has been attending Camp Lu-Jo KISMIF nearly all his life and Camp Lu-Jo is the highlight of every year for him. The deep relationships with his closest friends are a direct result of Lu-Jo, including his future wife Michelle Fuller. One of the biggest reasons Joshua loves camp is due to the personal growth he accomplishes every year and the life-long memories he has made at camp. Even away from Lu-Jo, when he’s with friends the funny stories from camp are usually the topic of conversation and two of Joshua’s favorite times at Lu-Jo are the evening flagpole devotional and singing in the cellar. Listening to young men and women sing praises to God is one of his favorite things at camp and when everyone’s voices are enhanced by the wonderful acoustics there, it is one of the most beautiful things you’ll ever hear!  If you are newly graduated or in college, don’t miss this perfect way to start your summer and build your relationship with God and the life-long friendships that you’ll make here!

Jump Week :  Robert Paul Gregg

2016 is the 23nd year for Robert Paul Gregg of Edmond, OK to direct Jump Week, a great high school session for those going into 9th grade – graduated seniors.  He has spent his entire life (literally) at Lu-Jo KISMIF from the time his mom brought him out to camp when just six months old to surprise his dad, Robert Gregg, when he was directing one of his weeks.  With over 40 years of camping, being on staff, and directing there are so many fun memories and great times that have taken place.  It has been said many times that Camp Lu-Jo is a little bit of Heaven on earth…..and Robert Paul truly believes that.  Jump Week is the one week he looks forward to every year and even though the summer is started with Jump Week, it is by far the best week every summer!!  Robert Paul says the best thing about Lu-Jo is being out there and seeing young people (campers and staff) build relationships with each other while strengthening their own personal relationships with God and growing in Him.  His favorite part of each day is during the evening flagpole devotional with everyone at camp around the flagpole, singing and praising God under the stars… is so wonderful!  If you have a high school student, be sure they start their summer with this great week!

Reunion Week & Day Camp :  Jason Hosch

2016 is Jason Hosch’s 2nd year to direct this great session.  Jason has directed past fall retreats, KISMIF Days, Family Camp, and has also served on the staff of Peak Week for over twenty years as chorus director, late night director,  junior staff development, teacher, junior counselor, day camp director, and quiet time leader.  He also was a camper for 8 years, has served on the Board of Directors for 16 years, and served as President of the Board of Directors during the construction of the north dorm and dining hall.  Jason, his wife Deanna, and three daughters live in Duncan, OK.  One of his favorite camp memories is creating the infamous and illustrious Visual Hunting game with Nathan Gatewood and playing the Word Game with Ron Bruner, Steve Gregg, and David Bedford.  If you have a camper going into 4th-12th grade, they will love this great session!

Super Week :  Bill Mayes

If you want a camp director who has spent countless weeks at Camp Lu-Jo, then look no further than Bill Mayes of Krum, TX!   2016 will be his 55th summer at Lu-Jo and his 40th year to direct this Super Week of camp that is specifically geared toward those entering the 4th-6th grade in the fall.  Bill currently serves as the pulpit minister at the Krum church of Christ and has also served many years on the Camp Lu-Jo Board of Directors.  He is the only known person to have spent at least a week at Camp Lu-Jo every summer since it’s very first session and now has the great joy of watching his grandkids growing up in the same place he has loved since childhood.  If you have a young person entering 4th-6th grade, this is the perfect week to get them started at Lu-Jo!

Real Week :  Chris King

Chris King, Yukon, OK

Connect Week:  Randy Mathis, Troy Rogers

2016 is Randy Mathis’ first year to co-direct Connect.  He directed 2 years of the Lu-Jo winter retreat, has been on staff during Super Week and Stars Week for 14 years, and served on the Lu-Jo board of directors for 4 years.  Randy has been a full-time preacher for 12 years and currently serves as the pulpit minister for the church of Christ in Ackerly, TX where he lives with his lovely wife and three children.  Some of his favorite Lu-Jo memories are Weeknight Updates with Barry Haynes and Deep Thoughts.  If you are seeking a deeper connection with God and want to have a great time meeting friends and having new experiences, Connect is the week for you!

This is the inaugural year for Troy Rogers co-directing Connect.  He is also a co-director for Camp Lu-Jo’s Fall Focus and serves as the youth and family minister for the Northwest church of Christ in Lawton, OK.  He has worked in the ministry field for 8 years along with his wife Meagan and two children.  Troy is currently the vice president of the Lu-Jo Board of Directors, has served as staff at Lu-Jo for 4 years, and has been involved in serving Christian camps for over a decade.  He has many great memories of camp from his years as camper and staff with the highlights of flagpole devotionals and singing in the cellar.  It’s Troy’s prayer to connect your heart with God’s during Connect so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Fall Focus :  Josh Mallow, Troy Rogers, Thomas Wood