Summer Staff Team
Summer Camp Director
Mercedes aka Merci is originally from Center Tuftonboro, NH. She's excited to be back to serve this summer as Summer Camp Director. Merci loves reading stories to anyone who wants to hear one! She also enjoys various creative pursuits like watercolor painting. She also has a passion for Signed languages and hopes one day to work with the Deaf community. She is a strong advocate for having the Bible translated into the many Signed languages that exist. She's so excited that you are here at camp! And hopes to help make this a great week for you!
Pastor Brandon Dupuis
Camp Pastor July 25th
Brandon was raised in northern NH and only left the area to serve in United States Marine Corps. When his term ended, after returning home from Iraq wounded, he moved back to NH. During this season he chose to dedicate his life to the Lord and marry his longtime childhood friend, Jamie. They now raise their 4 children in the same home he grew up in. Brandon felt the call to ministry 9 years ago, which began with Prison Ministry and being a leader of a prayer team out of Oklahoma. Shortly after that, he went on to enroll in Bible College and then served as a Children’s pastor for 4 years. He then felt the call to move on to become the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Berlin NH and Jefferson Christian Church in Jefferson NH. This is Brandon’s 5th year as camp Pastor at Sentinel. Camp Sentinel is a very important part of his family and their ministry as a whole! His wife also serves as one of the Board Members for camp and his children enjoy being campers each year!
Bonnie Linda Vlk
After 9 years, Bonnie Linda Vlk is excited & honored to return again to Camp Sentinel as administrative assistant. Bonnie Linda's gifts are to welcome everyone with her incredible, radiant smile, listen actively, encourage the positive growth and pray short & sweet for others.
In the beginning, she was a NH dairy farmer's daughter & was saved at 13. She graduated from Plymouth State & earned a master 's at UNH. In her younger days she was an elementary teacher, a literacy specialist / supervisor, parent educator, & Title I Project Manager. For 3 years, she lived in the Washington, DC area & worked for the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation.
Bonnie Linda's (alais "Grammie Bay Bell) best blessing of all is her much loved family of 8 (4 grand cherubs & their Moms & Dads.) Yes, you just might know some of them if you know these 5 Vermonter (Pastor Kathleen, Pastor Chris, Sarah, Daniel, & Priscilla Blackey), who are all campers with us! Lastly, Bonnie Linda is a solution oriented woman. If she does not know the answer, she will research & follow up with you.
Jacob Manning is from Bow, NH. He has been coming to Camp Sentinel with his family since he was born in 2005, as a day camp & overnight camper since 2011, and this will be his first year on staff. In his free time, Jacob enjoys riding his dirt bike and bicycle, doing puzzles, building difficult Lego sets, hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, traveling, bonfires with his brothers, and drinking Arizona Ice Tea's. He loves being at camp and feeling the presence of God and is looking forward to sharing the love of Jesus with the campers!
Alexander Haley is from a quaint little town called Canterbury,
New Hampshire. In the 5 years he was a camper, everybody simply
knew him as “The Crayfish Kid,” although he also has other unusual
hobbies – such as fixing vintage arcade games from the 1970s or
designing and building pinball machines. It has been evident to both him and his family that God has blessed him with an understanding of all things electronic and will be pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering at LeTourneau University in the fall. Feel free to check out some of the
projects on his website at KincaidArcade.com!
Ruthie Bachand has been attending Sentinel since 2009 and this summer she has joined the summer staff team! Some of her favorite things to do include reading, playing with her guinea pigs, listening to the Beatles and other classic rock, playing the guitar and singing, and simply hanging out with friends and family. Ruthie is super excited to serve on the Sentinel team this year and can’t wait to meet your campers!
Stephen Berlin is from Perrysburg, Ohio and is excited to be serving on camp staff this summer! He will be serving as a member of the boy’s program staff. He is currently attending a local community college and is so excited to continue his education at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA this fall. He loves working with children and he cannot wait to see how God will use him to help them grow in their faith at camp this summer! In his free time, Stephen loves playing outside with his dog Venti, working out, and playing football and basketball. He cannot wait to meet the campers this summer!
Food Service Coordinator
Donald will be serving at the Food Service Coordinator this summer. He is from Tilton NH and works for the Tilton School District in the non-summer months. In his free time, he enjoys activities such as swimming, kayaking and horseback riding. Art is also a big part of Donald's life. He loves to paint and enjoys reading, especially poetry. While this will be Donald's first time serving at Sentinel, he has been connected with the camp for years.
Mckenzie/Kenzie is spending her first summer at Camp Sentinel this year. She is looking forward to spending time with everyone, while helping people grow their relationship towards Christ. Mckenzie is from Tulsa, Oklahoma, she has never been this far north! She is ecstatic for the new adventure ahead. She is currently attending Oral Roberts University, studying Early Childhood Education. Mckenzie is always up to listen to anything someone has to say, and always has play-doh. She cannot wait to meet everyone!
Kitchen Crew / Swing Staff
Tegan Perkins is native to Tuftonboro and has been going to camp since he was 6 year old aka 2010. He loves camp and wants to keep learning about god and what he can do. Tegan is a sophomore in high school, at (KRHS) Kingswood Regional High School. Yet Tegan enjoys playing chess, video games, and oddly anoph biking. Tegan is looking forward to this summer and is excited to help and make the world of god a better place.
Alyssa Jackson has started here as a camper, and is originally from New Hampshire, but now lives in Massachusetts. She loves crafts, watching movies, and having fun with friends. She loves kids and is looking forward to serving God and meeting new people and having fun with everyone this summer.
Food Service Coordinator
Christopher joined kitchen staff in 2019 and is delighted to return to Camp Sentinel this summer! His hobbies include music, theatre, and calligraphy. Daily routine, a Christian environment, and lots of outdoors are just a few of the things he loves about camp. Outside of camp, he is an aspiring musician and theatre director.
Nikulaus Barnes is very excited to be a part of the summer staff this year at Camp Sentinel. Some of his hobbies are playing various instruments, reading, and listening to music, he loves The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost, all three and one. He loves reading the Bible and spending time with God.
Aidan Thompson is from Tuftonboro NH and is excited to be on swing staff for his first year. He has been coming to Camp Sentinel since 2012. Aidan is a currently a sophomore at Kingswood Regional High School. When not at school or camp. Aidan is on the Varsity Nordic Team at Kingswood and he enjoys kayaking and four wheeling and spending time with his cat Zoey.
More staff to come!
Pastor Matt Beam
Camp Pastor July 11th
Matt Beem was born and raised right here in the Lakes Region. Like many in this area, he did not grow up attending church. Matt came to faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 25 while living in Phoenix, AZ. He initially served as a contemporary worship leader in several Phoenix churches. Sensing a call to pastoral ministry, Matt earned his MDiv. from Fuller Theological Seminary. In 2014, he returned to his native New Hampshire in order to serve God in the place he calls home. Matt currently serves as the lead pastor of The Baptist Church of Franklin, NH.
Tucker Van Brunt
Tucker Van Brunt has lived at camp since 2005, he has breathed the air at camp more than any other staff member. On staff since 2014, he serves as the Story Teller. In this position, he hopes to help enhance and continue to progress Sentinel's marketing, create a welcoming environment for campers and their families, and help to serve behind the scenes with administrative support. Tucker is currently in his senior year at Gordon College where he studies Communication Arts with an interest in Marketing and Public Relations.
Abbi Van Brunt
Abbi Van Brunt is from Tuftonboro, NH and is excited to be the waterfront coordinator this summer! Abbi is delighted to be attending college at Word of Life Bible Institute to strengthen her Christian foundation. Abbi has been coming to camp as a camper since 2005 and this is her fifth year on staff. She is excited to roast s’mores and swim with the campers! When she isn’t doing school or at camp she enjoys knitting, listening to audio books, hanging out with her rabbit Penelope, and of course, hammocking!
Amber Stillion has been coming to Camp Sentinel since she was six years old and it has been very influential in her walk with Christ. She enjoy reading, swimming, painting, drawing, and writing. 2021 is my first year on staff at Camp Sentinel.
Elissa Boucher is from Antrim, New Hampshire. She has been serving as Sentinel's Camp Nurse/Wellness Coordinator since 2014 and in other roles since 1999. Elissa has her bachelor’s degree of science in nursing and is currently licensed in the State of New Hampshire as a registered nurse. She is really excited to meet all the children and coordinate any medical care that is needed while at camp. Outside of camp Elissa likes to read non-fiction and fictional historical books. She also likes archery and goes target practicing in her free time. She is a big New England sports fan and tries to watch or listen to as many of the Red Sox games as possible. Elissa is always excited to see all that God does at Sentinel, and she looks forward to seeing and experience his blessings this summer.
David McClure is from Canterbury NH. He attended Belmont high school, but those times are long over. It’s off to college for him. Don't let David’s appearance fool you, he’s older than he looks. David’s appearance hasn’t changed for years. This summer he will be serving as a counselor in the boy’s unit. David promises to do his best to make the weeks at camp a memorable experience for each camper.
Olivia is an identical twin and is homeschooled. She has been attending camp since 2014. Some things
she enjoys is riding and training her horses, atv-ing, and working out. Olivia is super excited to meet all of
the campers this summer and share the love of Jesus with them.
Maria Johnson is from York, ME and is beyond excited to be returning for yet another year on camp staff! She will be serving as a member of the girl’s program staff. Maria has been part of camp staff since the summer of 2019 and before that she was a camper for six years. She is currently a senior in high school and is so excited to continue her education at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA this fall. She has always adored children and loves working with them and can’t wait to help them grow in their faith at camp this summer! In her free time, Maria loves playing outside with her dog Luna, cooking, and planning her future endeavors. She cannot wait to meet her campers this summer!
Emma Gordon has been attending camp since 2014.
Some of her favorite things to do are to play with her dog named Moose and to bake lots of cookies to share with her friends. Emma also loves to take naps in her hammock and learn and share the word of God. She can’t wait to meet this year’s campers!
Paige Colburn has been going to Camp Sentinel since 2010. She is currently a sophomore at Tilton School. She plays lacrosse, manages the soccer team,the boys varsity basketball team, and is the stage manager of the winter play. She loves to read, swim, eat chocolate, and spend time with her dog Hannah and cat Molly. She also likes to spend time with her friends
Olivia has been working at camp Sentinel since 2019, and she can’t wait to come back for another summer! Olivia is majoring in music therapy at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa Oklahoma, and is very passionate about helping people, and playing music. She enjoys night swimming, roasting marshmallows, and spending time with friends. She loves camp and is excited about spending the love of God to her campers and everyone else this summer!
Noah Wingate is returning for his third year on the housekeeping staff. From New Durham NH, Noah enjoys kayaking and gaga ball during the Sentinel season, and snowboarding in the winter. He looks forward to working with the housekeeping staff and having fun this summer.
Natalie is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is excited to serve her first summer at Camp Sentinel this year. She attends Oral Roberts University during the school year and is majoring in Ministry & Leadership and minoring in Hebrew. She enjoys the outdoors, playing video games, and going on spontaneous road trips. She is excited to lead others to grow in their relationship with Christ this summer! She always has a story up her sleeve, just ask her to share one.
Kylie Woody has been coming to camp since 2010 and looks forward to being part of the summer staff! Some of her favorite things to do are read, listen to music, play with her hedgehog, and sing.