Ministry & Counselor Staff
The camp has a Camp
Minister and Spiritual Director, responsible for the overall
spiritual program and counselor teaming. The
2012 camp will see the return of our Spiritual Director,
Rev. Paul Cooper .
The Rev. Paul Cooper is the Rector (Senior Minister) at St. Christopher’s Church (Anglican/Episcopal) beside the Four Points Sheraton Inn in Cranberry Township/Warrendale. The Anglican/Episcopal Church is the colonial remnant of the Church of England – a unique combination of Catholic and Evangelical traditions. Paul was educated at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is Boston, MA. He grew up in Zelienople, PA and still lives there today.
In addition to our Spiritual
Director, each year dozens of young men and women volunteer
a week of their summer to counsel a small group of our campers.
These counselors don’t always know hockey (they leave
that to the professional coaches!), but they are responsible,
Christian men and women who enjoy working with kids. Every
group has a senior counselor (over 18 years old) and many
have junior counselors (age 15 to 17) as well.
Counselors from previous camps:
Drew Blumer is a student at Portersville Christian School. He enjoys playing his guitar and loves to see kids presented with the gospel.
Tony Buffalini is a home-schooled teen with a love for guitar and sports. He is continually trying to grow in his relationship with Jesus and likes helping kids do the same. He would like to be a missionary.
Benjamin Cahill is a student at Franciscan University. He came to the camp to find a new opportunity to serve the Lord and others. His dream is to become a Military Chaplain.
Ian Finney is a senior at Mars High School where he plays hockey. He has been with our Pittsburgh camp all four years. He wants to see kids grow in their faith.
Erin Fodi is a graduate of Johnson Bible College with a degree in Children’s Ministry. She is a Head Start preschool teacher. She is back at the camp this year to further her relationship with the kids and watch them grow both spiritually and physically.
Lauren Ford is a senior at North Hills High School. She enjoys hockey and soccer and has an interest in fire fighting and fire prevention. She wants to be a positive influence in the lives of children.
Mark Ford is a student at Trinity Episcopal School and an intern at Emmanuel Christian Church. His interests include ministry, fire/EMS rescue and soccer.
Robert Freyvogel works for Carbinite Metal Coating and has four children between the ages of 5 and 11. His interests include evangelism and cars.
Tim Hayden is employed with First Energy Corporation. He loves bringing young people to Christ and teaching them sportsmanship.
Matt Johnson from Minnesota and played hockey at a college level. He wants to share Christ with the campers.
David Jones works for Marketing Ministries. He desires to share the news of Christ and grow the Kingdom of God.
Mike Jones is from Grace Church in Bath, Ohio. This is his fourth year as a counselor. Serving at the camp is a dream come true for him because he is able to put all of his passions together –God, kids and hockey!
David Knox is a student at Mars High School. He likes helping kids gain a greater understanding of Christ while incorporating hockey.
Ashley Lindey attends Slippery Rock High School and loves to play both ice and deck hockey. She was a camper for the last 3 years and now wants to help kids come to Christ.
Brent Mansfield attends Serra Catholic High School and wants to help kids learn more about God and hockey.
Keith McMunn is a student at Hampton High School. His loves are hockey and skateboarding. He likes to help teach kids about Christ and hockey.
Peter Pietrandrea attends Seneca Valley High School. He enjoys helping at the camp and making the camp more fun for the kids.
Mark Perez attends Duke University and came to the camp because he wants to give back to the campers what he gained from attending the Chicago HMI camp in 2003,
Christin Piganell is a 2006 graduate of Messiah College and formerly with the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. She is excited to be working with youth hockey in a great environment.
Lisa Reagan is a junior at Grove City College. She wants to impact the kids by showing them the love of Jesus Christ.
Beth Spurrier is a junior at Bethel University where she is a goaltender on their hockey team. She has been an HMI camper for 6 years, a counselor for 3 years, and a coach this year. She loves Jesus and wants to share His love.
Courtney Usiak attends a Buffalo-area high school.He has six years experience with Hockey Ministries International and wants to teach the kids about God and life skills.
Justine Zottola is a Vincentian grad who studies Sports Management at Robert Morris University. Justine enjoys hanging out with the campers and watching them grow both physically and spiritually.
Our camp coaches, counselors and volunteers were helped this year by several young men called “SIDs” who were named after everyone’s favorite hockey player, Sidney Crosby. The name also means “Students In Discipleship.” Our orignal SIDSwere Eugene Morris, Matt Ogle, Luke Pajer, Mike Pietrandrea, Jimmy Rankin, Ryan Roman and Hunter Sacchini.