Ken Hay is one of the founders of The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center. Currently the Chairman of the Board, Ken served as the Director and President for over 35 years. Dr. Hay graduated from Bob Jones University in 1955 with a degree in Bible, and in 1957 he received his M.A. in Bible. The Hays continue to conduct family and parenting conferences in local churches.
Ken and his wife, Diane, have three children, twelve grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
After receiving his degree in Church Administration at Bob Jones University, Ken Collier joined The Wilds full-time staff. Ken has served as the Director, Program Director, and Assistant Director. In January of 2007 he assumed the role of President of The Wilds. Ken has participated in every summer program in the history of the camp. In addition to his camp responsibilities, he is active in his local church. He has also co-authored a book, Biblical Leadership, with Matt Williams from Northland International University.
Ken and his wife, Mardi, have four children and thirteen grandchildren.
Rand Hummel currently serves as the Director of The Wilds of New England located in the peaceful, rural setting of Deering, New Hampshire. Prior to this position, Rand was the Assistant Director of The Wilds in North Carolina, and served as the Program Director of The Wilds for 20 years. Rand has authored several Bible helps for adults and teens to help them in their daily Christian walk. Rand holds a B.A. in Bible and an honorary doctorate from Bob Jones University, in Greenville, South Carolina.
Rand and his wife, Amber, have two children and one grandchild.
Matt Herbster has been on staff at The Wilds since 1997, serving as the Program Director and on Program Staff. On September 2, 2013, he became the Director of The Wilds. Matt graduated from Bob Jones University in 1995 with a B.A in Bible. In 1997 he received a M.A in Pastoral Studies from Heart of America Theological Seminary in Independence, Missouri. On March 25, 2013, the Lord called Julie, Matt's wife of 18 years, Home to be with Him after a 10 month battle with colon cancer.
Matt has five children.
John Bott received his degree in Bible in 1989 from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and came to The Wilds that same year. John travels many miles each year promoting The Wilds ministry in churches and schools. Besides being the Field Representative throughout the year, John also acts as the “sponsor liaison” for the adults that bring young people to camp each summer.
John and his wife, Tina, have two children.