Our Team

Jay Oliver

Jay Oliver

Founder/Executive Director

Jay founded the ministry that became Crowders Ridge in 2005. He has a passion for youth ministry and loves seeing kids and students come to know Christ. He and his wife, Carrie, have one son named Noah and two daughters named Abby and Anna. Jay leads the Crowders Ridge team and serves as it’s chief advocate for future growth.

Nathan Vess

Nathan Vess

Operations Director

Nathan has worked with Crowders Ridge since it‘s inception. Nathan fills the vital role of ensuring the basic operational needs of the camp are met. If you plan a retreat at Crowders Ridge, there’s a big chance you’ll work with him. Nathan is an all around handy-man and loves the outdoors (but mostly frisbee golf). He and his wife Casey have three daughters, Lily, Aubrey, and Mya.

Nate Flowers

Nate Flowers

Marketing Director

Nate serves the primary role of building the future of Crowders Ridge through marketing strategy and design. He graduated from Mercer University and then joined the full-time team shortly after. Nate loves cycling and spending time with his adorable labradoodle Poncho.

David Watts

David Watts

Facilities Director

David works hard to manage and improve the physical attributes of camp: buildings, grounds, and technology. David does a lot of stuff around camp, all of which are necessary for keeping our camp up to date and safe for campers. He also has a passion for A/V and uses his skills in our main sessions of camp. David loves spending his free time on a lake fishing.

Ashley Morton

Ashley Morton

Guest Experience Director

Ashley serves as a customer service specialist and focuses on making sure every group has a great experience at camp. She handles registration, our retail store, and booking retreats. Ashley also fulfills our large administrative needs at camp. Ashley loves spending time with her excitable pup, Kilo.

Weston Sparrow

Weston Sparrow

Event Director

Weston serves as our on-call person for all weekend retreats and events here at Crowders Ridge. He can do just about anything on camp, but he also prides himself on being the resident paintball expert. He loves to spend his free time outside, probably fishing.

Dee Davis

Dee Davis

Food Services Director

Dee works hard to cook all of our food at camp and make sure that our eating areas are up to par and safe for campers. She works hard to keep the menu for camp fresh and to make sure everyone is energized for their exciting day at camp.

Ariel Faulkner

Ariel Faulkner

Housekeeping Director

Ariel keeps all of our living and sleeping spaces at camp clean - which is no small and easy task! Before and after each group arrives, Ariel works to make sure camp is ready for the next group’s arrival. Ariel loves spending her time drawing and planning events for her church.