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National Office Staff

Rev. Dr. Spencer L. Lundgaard – Executive Director

Spencer is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA and comes to ACMNP from a highly selective Doctor of Ministry program at Asbury Theological Seminary where he visited cutting-edge ministries in the U.S. and around the world as part of his doctoral research. Prior to his D.Min. program, Spencer served for six years as an Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, GA where his involvement focused on a 300-member youth group, family ministries, and creating new worship services. Having worked at Cargill, Inc. as a sales representative before graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary, Spencer finds joy in living a missional life and helping people make deeper connections to their faith in the workplace, while also creating unique environments in which people can further their growth as Christian leaders. Spencer and his wife, Melissa, are the proud parents of three beautiful children, Lauren, Kelsey, and Luke.


Rev. David Degler – Director of Program & Leadership

As the Director of Program & Leadership, David coordinates and oversees all components of our ministry program in the parks - ensuring that ACMNP team members develop leadership qualities and skills for future service in the church.  Originally from the mid-west, David holds a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Great Lakes Christian College and a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary.  In 28 years of ordained ministry, he has served as pastor with a mega-church in Indianapolis and a local Denver church, led over 20 cross-cultural mission trips, was a campus pastor at East Tennessee State University, and started Campus Christian Fellowship at Appalachian State University.  He enjoys bow hunting for elk, skiing, gardening, writing, reading, and exploring the Colorado wilderness.  David and his wife, Dawn, have two grown sons, Jonathan and Alex.  For program questions, including interest in joining a Ministry Support Committee, contact David at ddegler@acmnp.com


Amy Kennedy – Director of Placement & Park Relations

Amy caught a glimpse of what ACMNP could be her summer in Olympic National Park in 2006, and knew that others needed to step into this opportunity, not only to grow themselves, but also to experience the world in a bigger way. After graduating from Northwest Nazarene University, Amy returned to the ministry as a national recruiter in 2009, followed by a season in Glacier National Park and then six months in the U.S. Virgin Islands. With a degree in communications with social work and business, prior volunteer management experience, and her love for the outdoors, this position was a perfect fit. She is currently earning her Master's in Nonprofit Management, and enjoys living life to it's fullest extent every single day. Amy is responsible for reviewing applications, offering placements, as well as growing and maintaining positive relationships with park concessionaires, their human resource departments, and the National Park Service. For placement-specific questions about the parks, or if you would like to have a team at your national park property, please contact Amy at akennedy@acmnp.com.


Elizabeth Baur – Administrator

Elizabeth graduated from Wheaton College, worked as a Volunteer Coordinator, and has a Certificate in Discipleship from the University of the Nations. She and her husband, Andrew, spent a winter season serving with an ACMNP team in Big Bend National Park, followed by a summer season working in Denali State Park, but not serving with the ministry. Experiencing seasons both with an without an ACMNP presence in the parks further convinced Elizabeth of the great need the parks have for a ministry presence just like ACMNP. She has always enjoyed working behind the scenes, and is excited to be able to support all aspects of ACMNP's ministry as it continues to grow. If you have any general questions or would like to be in touch with Elizabeth, she can be reached at admin@acmnp.com.

 


Morgan Green – Communications & Recruiting Coordinator

Morgan has spent two summers living, working and ministering in the parks with ACMNP. After her first summer of growth, transformation and adventure in Yellowstone she knew she was not finished with the ACMNP ministry. She came back the following summer to work in Acadia National Park and then spent the next year traveling the country, recruiting college students to volunteer with ACMNP. Morgan Green is originally from Snohomish, Washington but studied Communication at Liberty University in Virginia. She enjoys mountains, running, soccer, meeting new people and going new places. She is so excited for the opportunity to work for a ministry that has been a huge part of growing and shaping her faith over the last two years. If you would like have a recruiter visit your college campus, church or event, you can contact Morgan at mgreen@acmnp.com.


Geralyn Folz – Recruiter (October-April)

After her first placement in Olympic National Park, Geralyn is excited to hit the road to recruit others to experience a summer serving and growing with ACMNP. Geralyn attended Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she graduated with a degree in social work in 2016. She stands behind the belief that traveling and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is one of the most beautiful parts of life and she experienced this while studying abroad in Uganda during her senior year and then through her ACMNP placement. She loves fog moving in the mountains, house concerts, and conversations that spark excitement about life.You can find Geralyn chatting with a friend in a hip coffee shop, hiking trails in the woods, or challenging her siblings to yet another game of catan. Geralyn is thrilled to visit colleges and invite students into the challenges and rewards of life in a National Park. If you are interested in learning more about a summer placement contact recruiter1@acmnp.com today!


Carrie Bruns – Recruiter (October-April)

Raised in Virginia, Carrie’s childhood and passions have taken her to living in 6 different states.  After obtaining a degree in Counseling from Grace College in Indiana, she spent two years working at a nonprofit food and clothing pantry where she worked closely with volunteers and interns.  Her passion for connecting with teenagers and seeing healing take place took her to work at a residential boarding school for troubled teens in Texas as a House Director where she was challenged to look at her own life and pain.  Looking for rest, direction, and refreshment from the Lord, she served in the Grand Tetons with ACMNP this past summer where she was challenged to try out new experiences such as rappelling, snow shoeing, and going on at least 50 hikes.  When on the road, Carrie breaks for thrift stores, used bookstores, and local coffee shops. Keep in touch and see where our recruiters are heading next by following the ACMNP calendar here. To get in touch with Carrie, please contact recruiter2@acmnp.com.

 


"ACMNP is unique because of the expansive possibilities and opportunities for reaching thousands of people each summer. It's a training ground for future ministers and clergy."
– John and Jean, Yellowstone alumni 1953-1954