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Matt Grant- Executive Director 

The son of a Camp Director, Matt grew up in Howell, MI and has spent most of his life in the Christian Camp world.  Matt has over 20 years of camp experience, working as a Camp Counselor, Program Director, and as an Executive Director.  He loves music and art, and attended Kendall College of Art and Design.  After graduating he felt God's calling into a career of camp ministry and has been living his calling ever since.  In 2012 he married Amy, an Ohio native and shortly after they adopted their first son, Cowen from Haiti.  In 2016 they became foster parents and in 2018 finalized the adoption of their first and only foster placements, Asa and Benny.  Matt and Amy also have 4 cats and 3 dogs and share a passion for animals and the outdoors.  Camp is one of his many passions and Matt believes in the power behind the camp experience and the connections that take place between others, between nature, and between God.  Matt has been extremely blessed and looks forward to the future and potential of Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp.


Amy Jaberg – Kitchen Director

Amy was originally born in Mansfield, Ohio and moved to this area in 1969 when her family bought a home on Pleasant Hill Lake. She worked as a cook at another camp before being hired by Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp. During this time, she married her husband Russell and had 3 daughters who are now grown, Patience, Caitlin, and Shelby. Additionally, Amy now has 3 grandchildren named Courtney, Cody & Cali who she encourages to root for the OSU Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns alongside her. Her goal is to serve God by interacting with campers through providing good meals and a clean environment for them to enjoy. Amy hopes to see PHOC grow into a year-round retreat and camp center in the near future.


Max Wiles- Maintenance Director

Originally from Gahanna, Ohio, Max became involved with Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp when his Grandfather, Dick, became active on the board and with Maple Syrup. Max has two brothers and two sisters scattered across the state of Ohio who he is very close with. His goal as Maintenance Director is to continue keeping all the facilities and programs in great condition so the kids and counselors can focus on growing their relationship with God and having a good time. Max looks forward to watching PHOC find it's identity and flourishing so that we can reach as many kids as possible.


Becky Palmer - Office Director

A life-long resident of the area, Becky loves being a part of the ministry here at PHOC.  Becky grew up in neighboring Bellville, OH, and graduated from Clear Fork High School.  She now has 3 daughters who attend Clear Fork and are very active in softball, volleyball, and numerous other school functions.  Having lived practically next door to PHOC for 20 years, Becky considers the camp home, and hopes all campers can call PHOC home as well.

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What Others Are Saying

"Our ten year old son, (Ben), just returned from a week at Pleasant Hill. To better understand the situation, I need to give you a little background. (Ben), our only child, was adopted from Russia at the age of 11 months. And up until last Sunday, he had never spent a night away from us. We are a little protective to say the least. We advised Chris, his counselor, to expect a few challenges and to call us if necessary. According to our son, Chris helped him through some very rough times. Because of his patience and kindness, (Ben) now has a new level of confidence and pride in his abilities. I am so impressed with the time Chris took to calm and reassure a very homesick child, helping him to overcome his fears and make it through the week. Many would have opted for the easy way out, leaving a child with a sense of failure that they would carry with them for a long time. We are so grateful to Chris for what he has given our son and would appreciate if you could pass that on to him."