Our Philosophy

More Than Just Camp!

Forest Cliff draws kids away from the routine of daily life and puts them in a new environment with unique experiences that offer growth, independence and discovery. We focus on building intentional, caring relationships between our counsellors and your kids. It’s through these encouraging and motivating relationships that kids develop a sense of belonging, learn more about themselves and God and grow into their true potential!


Our Vision & Mission


Forest Cliff Camp aspires to be a pioneering ministry and an indispensable partner in changing young lives. 

We seek to fulfill this through our mission, which is to create life-impacting and unforgettable experiences that encourage young people to learn more of themselves and God and inspire them to grow into their true potential.


Our Values


In addition to our mission, we hold a number of values that influence the way we think and do camp.

  • We desire life change for ourselves and others through God's message of love, forgiveness and hope.
  • We are committed to serving children, youth and young people. We want to meet the diverse needs of all our guests.
  • We are passionate about doing ministry in the context of personal, caring relationships and inclusive and close communities. As a result we expend a great deal of time and energy finding, developing, and retaining people who relate to others in such a manner.
  • We are committed to delivering unique, exciting and inclusive experiences. This translates into the integration of faith and fun, diversity in programming and a resolve to meet and engage every young person at their level of maturity and development.

We seek to be a listening, learning and leading organization that launches young people into a life of purpose and Kingdom service. 


Our Beliefs


We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, was true God and true man existing in one person and was without sin. We believe in His representative and substitutionary sacrifice, his bodily resurrection, His ascension to the Father, His present life as Lord of all, and His personal return in power and glory. 

We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and gives life to believers, enables them to understand and apply the Scriptures, empowers them for godly living, and equips them for service and witness. 

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, fully trustworthy, and the final authority in all matters of the Christian faith and life. 

We believe that each member of the human race is fallen, sinful, and lost; that Jesus Christ provides the only ground for forgiveness of sins and justification to all who receive Him by faith; and that only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can they become children of God. 

We believe that the one, holy, universal church is the body of Christ, composed of all regenerated people. This redeemed community worships God and seeks to proclaim the Good News to all people.


Our Direction Team

 

Tyler Shaule B.Sc. B.Ed | Executive Director

Tyler has enjoyed over 20 years of involvement at Forest Cliff Camp. As a camper Tyler developed a love and passion for Forest Cliff and went on to experience camp as a volunteer, Counsellor, and Assistant Director. Tyler completed certificates in Outdoor Recreation and Biblical Studies from Summit College and went on to study at the University of Western Ontario, earning Bachelor degrees in Medical Biophysics and Education. Tyler returned to Forest Cliff in 2013 after 8 years as a secondary teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board. Tyler is committed to encouraging children and youth to discover more of themselves and God, to experience life changing moments and build lasting friendships through the Forest Cliff Experience. Tyler met his wife Janet at Forest Cliff Camp in 2000. "Rover" and "Kiwi" currently reside in London with their 3 children Owen, Theodore, and Elliott.

Jon Burkholder BRE | Executive Director of Day Camps

Jon has been involved in camp culture since childhood and is excited about serving with the Forest Cliff team!  Jon's own history in day camps, serving from Counsellor to Director, has him truly excited to bring the Forest Cliff journey to life in the communities of Southwestern Ontario. Jon holds a Bachelor Degree in Religious Education from Heritage College, and served for 10 years as a Christian school teacher and Vice Principal.  He has run children's outreach programs, led short term missions trips, been a sports coach, guidance counsellor and youth mentor.  He has a strong desire to invest in the hearts and lives of kids and to joyfully present them mature in Christ.  Jon and his wife Aislinn, their 2 boys Lewis and Isaac, and their cat Macey, have a fun-filled home in St. Thomas.

Rebekah Caslick | Administrator

Rebekah is a mother to three children: Caleb, Jillian and Wesley, with a passion for kids and ministry. Her earlier years are vibrant with ministry as a camp counsellor and in children and youth ministry.  She began her career in medical office administration and child mental healthcare administration. Joining the administration team at Forest Cliff in 2021, Rebekah most loves calls with camper parents, and overseeing our bursary program. Rebekah earned her Christian Education certificate from World Impact Bible Institute and has coordinated missions trips, as well as leading small group Bible studies. With the loss of her daughter, Jillian, in 2020,  she has found a renewed passion for ministry and sharing the life-changing power of the gospel.  She and her husband have a special love for caring for single parent families in times of need as well as opportunities to help newcomers to Canada.  Her plans for the future include more travel with her husband and overcoming her fear of open water. 

John Cook B.Sc. | Site Director

John has been working at Forest Cliff as the Site Director since April of 2010. He manages construction projects, maintains our facilities, and, in general, keeps all of camp running smoothly. John has his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Direction Team. He lives across the road from the camp where his wife, Cynthia, runs Forest Glen Herb Farm. They have two sons and a daughter and four granddaughters who live all around the world.

Sarah Hotke BAIS | Leadership & Retreats Director

Sarah has been involved in camp since she was old enough to be a camper. She loved attending camp, volunteering, working as a counselor, and serving as Forest Cliff Overnight Camp Director in 2017.  She is excited to join the Forest Cliff Direction team! Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. She is keen to learn and be a part of what God is doing around the world and here at home.

Keith Lockhart B.SC. | Overnight Camp Director

Keith joined the direction team in May 2019, but has been involved with Forest Cliff for 5 years. Keith grew up attending Forest Cliff as a camper, but never pursued volunteering or staff opportunities. After 8 years away from camp, he got reconnected in his last year of university. Since then he has been passionate about growing young leaders through camp ministry and the life of Jesus. 

Reagan Martinez-Ramos CYW | Fundraising Manager & Executive Assistant

Reagan has been involved in many staff positions at Forest Cliff Camp since she was a camper herself. Reagan received her Child & Youth Worker Advanced Diploma from Lambton College. She is passionate about making Forest Cliff Camp a safe place for all children and staff where they can share their life stories, discover purpose, build encouraging relationships and experience the love of God. She is thrilled to be a part of FCC as we grow to impact more and more lives. 

Karen Wiseman BRE | Registrar & Business Manager

Karen grew up loving camp, and in fact, that's where she earned her one and only trophy. She served in the kitchen and in counselling capacities as well. In 2015 Karen joined the Forest Cliff team, bringing her Bachelor of Religious Education and administrative experience along. When she's not behind her desk in the London office, you'll find Karen at home with her family or snuggling her grand babies.


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides guidance and expertise to the ministry of Forest Cliff Camp by:

  • Determining the organization's Mission and Vision
  • Selecting and supporting the Executive staff 
  • Ensuring organizational effectiveness in accomplishing our Mission and Vision
  • Maintaining compliance with government bodies
  • Providing financial transparency and accountability
  • Advancing the ministry of Forest Cliff Camp

Board of Directors

Phillip Bruce (Chair)
Alison Gibson
Grant Hall
Scott Montgomery
Jennifer Naccarato
Eric Provost
Scott Stein
Nadia Zeversenuke