Kris Cheek is Maranatha’s new Executive Director! Kris has a background in youth ministry and sports evangelism as well as church planting and administration. According to Facebook, he enjoys long walks on the beach and selfies with his wife Natalie.
Natalie is an associate director alongside her husband, Kris. Homeschooling their three kiddos, Taylor (12), Jocelyn (10), and Kristyn (8) is a passion of hers. Wherever the Cheeks have lived they have always found adventure. They are looking forward to many adventures as part of the Maranatha team.
Bruce is director of properties, which includes new construction, remodeling and oversight of all Camp maintenance, including the recruitment of volunteers. Bruce, who joined our staff in 1982, also is involved in the ministry of First Baptist Church in Maxwell. Bruce and his wife, Rachel, have one grown child: Esther.
School of Ministry Supervisor
Emmalee is our Guest Reservationist, receptionist, and Volunteer Coordinator. If you have a question about coming to camp, Emmalee can help! She makes the commute to camp from North Platte where she lives with her husband Ben (who works for Beveridge Inc), dogs Maggie and Quill, and cat Alex. Ben and Emmalee have a passion to see others come to Christ and love to get involved in meeting people where they are in life.
Food Service Manager
Born and raised in Iliff, Colorado, Alicia rededicated her life to Christ at Maranatha during an Awana camp. She attended Northeastern Junior College where she graduated with an AA in Accounting. Alicia then transferred to the University of Northern Colorado where she graduated with a BA in Finance. In January 2011, God led her to join our full time staff.
Known to many as “Bubba,” David is a longtime Maranatha staffer, having joined the fulltime staff in 1986. He is Maranatha’s maintenance manager, and does most of our plumbing and locksmith work. A native of Broken Bow, Neb., David is involved in the North Platte Berean Church and enjoys archery.
Mark is the grounds manager at Maranatha, overseeing mowing and sprinklers, plus helping with a wide variety of maintenance projects. Mark is involved with the ministry of First Baptist Church in Maxwell and enjoys target shooting as a hobby.
Jo Ann is our registrar and keeps camper records. If you have a question about registering for Camp, she is usually the one who answers it! Jo Ann joined our fulltime staff in 1982, and also is involved in the North Platte Berean Church, where she teaches Sunday School.
Dave has experience being a youth leader for Lincoln Berean Church and has worked 2 years as a worship and youth pastor. He enjoyed working at Chick-Fil-A as a team leader. Some things he enjoys are playing music, board games, and spending quality time with people.
Summer Staff Coordinator & Hospitality Manager
Carly works with summer staff and guest groups alongside her husband Dave. She has been a part of MBC summer staff for 10 summers, has worked with youth groups, and has had several hospitality roles. She loves music, running, board games, and spending time with friends and family.
Summer Staff Coordinator & Hospitality Manager
Dewey, our Garden & Beautification Manager, oversees the progress of Maranatha Gardens as well as the out-bringing of Maranatha’s natural beauty. On a side note, he enjoys anything related to the great creation that is the outdoors! Originally from Memphis NE, Dewey is a young man with a great desire to see more people come to Christ in any way possible!
Garden & Beautification Manager
Marketing & Creative Manager
Micah is a Californian native and loves camp ministry! He has served in many different capacities and at multiple camps. His adventures in camping ministry has taken him from mountain peaks to desert islands and everywhere in between. He is excited to be living in Nebraska and doesn’t mind the cold winters.
Kristen grew up as an Air Force kid, so deciding where she is officially from is hard! Living in Japan, Connecticut, Texas, Italy and Cheyenne Wyoming. Cheyenne became her home as this is where she graduated high school and started to build her life! She spent 7 years working for Child Evangelism Fellowship, then 5 years at Cheyenne Berean youth group with the middle school girls, as well as being involved in other activities at her church. She loves the great outdoors and spending time and connecting with people!
The second general director in the Camp’s history, George has been a Maranatha staff member since 1973. Since 2005 he has been executive director of the Maranatha Ministries Foundation. He and his wife, Jan, have two grown children: Kris and Tara.
Matt has mastered the phrase, “Have you tried turning it off and back on again?” He is our go-to-guy for all things computer related. He also manages our audio and video equipment. Matt claims to have lived in three countries: USA, China, and Salt Lake City. He loves God and people even more than technology.