Growing Youth and Family Life

by Kathy Marson

Youth and Family Life Department, (left to right back row) Richie Brower, Bruce Christensen, Cheryl Wallace, Justin Walker, Barclay Henry and Ashley Silva; (front row) Denise Kinney, Jeff Wines, and Beth Gimbel. 
Beth Gimbel is the new guest services coordinator for the retreat center at Camp MiVoden.
Ashley Silva (top), surrounded by his family (from left) Laura, Lyam and Sierra, serves as the associate operations director at Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho.
Richie Brower, the associate director of youth and family life for Upper Columbia Conference, is joined by his wife, Timari, and kids (from left) Micah, Levi and Caleb.

SPOKANE, Wash., January 17, 2017  -  We would like to welcome several new additions to the Upper Columbia Conference youth and family life staff.

Beth Gimbel is the new guest services coordinator for the retreat center at Camp MiVoden. Beth came on board less than a year ago and is the daughter of Clayton and Audrey Childs. Clayton was a former Camp MiVoden director from 1975-1985. Beth has two grown sons, Blake and Hayden.

“MiVoden is a little piece of heaven. It is such a blessing that our church has this camp,” says Beth. She loves creating an environment for groups that helps them make their retreats successful. Beth remembers many years growing up at camp. She is the one you will talk to when you call to schedule your next church or youth retreat. You can reach Beth at (509) 242-0553.

Also new to Camp MiVoden is Ashley Silva and his family. They are settling in at Camp MiVoden where Ashley is the new associate operations director. Ashley grew up in Walla Walla Valley. He graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor of science in outdoor recreation and leadership tourism. He lived in central Oregon for 10 years where he owned his own construction business and spent three years working at Big Lake Youth Camp as the assistant director and maintenance director. He and his wife, along with their two young children, are excited to begin their ministry at Camp MiVoden.

Newly hired as the associate director of youth and family life department is Richie Brower. He will be primarily responsible for Pathfinders, Adventurers and family life but will also work with the director, Jeff Wines, in youth ministry. Richie and his wife, Timari, have three sons, Caleb, age 11, Micah, 7 and Levi, 5.

The Browers have years of experience in family life. Richie and Timari have traveled across the United States through their ministry, Elijah Now, encouraging couples and strengthening marriages. Richie has also served as pastor of six churches, camp director in Alaska, and as chaplain of a local Christian radio station. Richie is no stranger to the UCC office as he was a taskforce worker in UCC serving two terms in the early 90s.