Run the Race: Camp Meeting 2024 Speaker Line-up

We are looking forward to meeting together for our annual camp meeting which will be held at Camp Wakonda, June 14-22, 2024. God is already blessing as we have a wonderful line up of guest speakers whose spiritual messages will encourage and inspire us.

Here you will find a bit more information about our guests and we invite you to make plans now to attend this time of spiritual renewal. You can find reservation information here:

Camp Meeting 2024 Speaker Line-up

Opening Weekend: Elden Ramirez is the Executive Secretary of the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. Before assuming this responsibility in 2021 he was the Undersecretary of the North American Division of the General Conference. He has served as the president of the Montana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Before arriving to Montana, he lead the Office of Volunteer Ministries of the North American Division. Over the years he has ministered in 5 different states as academy chaplain, youth pastor, senior pastor, church planter, and departmental director in the areas of family life, camp ministries, health and temperance, national servicemen organization, and youth ministries. Elden and his wife, Jenny, have two daughters, Elennie and Jasmine. Together they have an a capella gospel ministry.



Closing Weekend: Pastor Shawn Boonstra is speaker/director for the Voice of Prophecy ministry, where he has served since 2013. His broadcasts and books have been a source of inspiration around the globe, and over the years, his live events have been presented on every continent except Antarctica. Each week, he hosts the Voice of Prophecy’s flagship broadcast, Authentic, which seeks to pursue the existential questions of the human experience, providing biblical answers to universal questions and dilemmas. In addition to many other ministry events, he regularly holds live meetings, including his Revelation Speaks Peace series, which reveals that prophecy can be understood and that it ultimately points to the hope found in Jesus. Shawn lives in Loveland, Colorado, and enjoys any activity that gets him out of doors and into the mountains, especially when his wife, Jean, can join him.


Sunday Evening: Titus Naftanaila, President of the Wisconsin Conference, joined the Wisconsin Conference as a pastor in 2007. He received a Bachelor of Science in Theology from the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University. In 2022, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree, with an emphasis in Discipleship and Biblical Spirituality, from Andrews University. Elder Naftanaila loves to preach God’s Word to make an impact on many lives and change their hearts to love the Lord. He is happily married to Rozina, and they have a son, Sebastian. They love to spend time together as a family, reading, biking, and traveling around the world.



Evening & 2:30 pm Seminar: Richie Halversen is an author, evangelist, church planter, and pastor. He currently serves as the Director of Church Growth & Revitalization for the Southern Union where he coaches churches, pastors, and lay leaders to maximize their impact in evangelism, church planting, and revitalization. Richie grew up in a family of evangelists. His dad, Richard Halversen,  worked in evangelism for 40+ years, as well as Richard’s brother (Richie’s uncle) Ron Halversen. This made an impression on Richie and would prepare him for his eventual calling in ministry. However, during high school Richie began experimenting with drugs and alcohol. For years he struggled with drug addiction until finally surrendering to new life in Christ. He now spends his time sharing the hope and healing he found in Christ with others. He has been married to his wife Brittney for 25 years. They have four children: Kaleb, Hayley, Tristen, and Taylor and a cat named Kitty. They live in the Chattanooga area and love spending time together hiking, cooking, disc golfing and playing games together.


9:30 am Seminar: Craig Carr is a life-long Jesus-follower and Seventh-day Adventist pastor who enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, photography, and running, and can be found on Instagram @HikesWithCamera and @ThisCarrisRunning. As a part of his daily devotions, Craig goes for an outdoor run every day and averages about 40 miles per week. He’s completed over a dozen marathons and considers every day he gets to run a great day! He has been married for 28 years to Carisa who serves as Associate Director of Education for the Mid-America Union Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have two adult children of whom they are delighted. Craig serves as the Ministerial Director for the Mid-America Union Conference. He holds an M.Div from Andrews University Theological Seminary and a D.Min from Denver Seminary in Colorado and continues to research and present on the interaction of emotional and spiritual maturity in leadership and ministry. The ultimate purpose of his work with pastors and ministry leaders can be summarized, “Restore the Joy of my Vocation.”


11:00 am Seminar: Dr. César De León is an ordained minister and holds a license in Marriage and Family Therapy in the state of California and a Master of Divinity from Andrews University, a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy from the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Carolann holds a nursing degree, a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Loma Linda University, and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University.  Carolann has enjoyed being César’s partner in ministry, and before her recent appointment as North American Division Family Ministries Associate Director, she served as Associate Director for Ministerial, Family Life & Hispanic Ministries for the North Pacific Union Conference. The De León’s are excited about serving, equipping, and empowering families to model and sustain healthy, emotionally connected relationships which will display Christ’s healing love in our homes and hurting communities.


4:00 pm Seminar: Amanda Anguish is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a consulting therapist for the Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery program and full-time therapist/counselor at Beautiful Minds Medical in Auburn, CA, where she also facilitates the Intensive Outpatient Program. As an international speaker, she has been invited to speak at conferences and retreats in many places. Her greatest desire is to help prepare people to resist Satan’s lies and to uncover the great Truths of God’s Word meant to protect us on the last battlefield, the mind.



Sunday Seminar: Jennifer Gray Woods is currently Legal Counsel and Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty at the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She previously served for 7 years at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, first in the role of Associate General Counsel (where she focused on the areas of copyright, trademark and data privacy), and later as Associate PARL Director and Director of Government Affairs. Before working for the denomination, she was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C and at a health care law firm in Los Angeles, California. Jennifer is a graduate of Oakwood College (B.S. in Biology), Johns Hopkins University (M.P.H.), and Harvard Law School (J.D.) and is a proud wife and mother of two young boys.




Laurella Case, Communication Coordinator