Meet the Team

Rev. John Moore, BA Journalism, BA Technical Writing, & MA Biblical Studies – Director


The Lord has prepared Rev. John Moore for service at Camp Joy for most of his life from work in food service in his teens, to engineering college, to 15 years in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and to 10 years as a senior pastor in missionary church planting. While many would consider missionary church planting to be a career pinnacle, the Lord has opened the best service opportunities at Camp Joy. John is involved in our four FUEL leadership programs, Marriage on Target retreats, and all other camp duties. He and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 35 years and love being grandpa and grandma to their 6 grand kids.

Nancy Moore – Ministerial Development 


Nancy came on full time staff with her husband, John Moore, in 2015. Although she has had many titles, she recently has moved to Ministerial Development to assist in developing the character of the staff children as well as the summer staff. Nancy lovingly is called the camp grandma. She also is in charge of the ladies and couples retreats as she seeks to encourage and challenge her fellow believer. In addition to serving at the camp, she also travels with the ministry team and plays a vital role in our FUEL church program.

Nathan Moore – Program Director


Nathan has served as the full-time Program Director since 2017. He loves the challenge that each new day at camp brings. Nathan graduated from Maranatha Baptist University in 2013 with a degree in Social Studies Education. He also met his wife Helen in Maranatha’s symphony orchestra where they both played viola. Nathan and Helen have a daughter, Viola, and a son, Grayson. When Nathan is not working at camp, he enjoys shopping in used bookstores, reading, playing video games with his brothers and brother in law, and watching motorsport racing!

Benjamin Moore – Office Manager


Ben came on full time staff after completing a BA in Biblical Studies from Maranatha Baptist University. He faithfully runs different office roles along with the vital job of registration. Prior to coming to Camp Joy, Ben volunteered in the counseling and program departments for multiple summers while he attended college. He also assists the program director in running of the overall camp schedule, games, music ministry, etc. Ben is married to his wife Kalista.

Lori Sado – Assistant Program Director & 42 North Manager


Lori Sado started as an Administrative and Program Intern before being hired full time in 2020. She previously volunteered in Program for 3 summers starting in 2017. Lori now uses her experience studying Marketing at Maranatha Baptist University, in Promotions here at Camp Joy. She manages our social media accounts and is the graphic designer for projects ranging from brochures to merchandise sold. Along with her work in Promotions, Lori manages the coffee shop, 42 North. Every summer she leads a group of girls, teaching them the importance of serving others before serving coffee.

Evan Moore – Kitchen Manager


Evan joined full time staff at Camp Joy in 2021 to work in the food service department. He graduated from Maranatha Baptist University with a BA in Pastoral Studies. Evan previously served as a youth pastor and school administrator in Michigan when the Lord called him and his wife to work in camping ministry. In addition to serving food in each retreat and camp week, he also mentors a group of young people who come to serve each summer. Evan and Dorie have two children, Jackson and Madeline.

Michael Innocenti – Ministerial Development Director


Michael came to Camp Joy in 2015 to work as full time staff. He graduated from DeVry University in Tinley Park, Illinois
with a BA in Business Administration with a focus in Sales and Marketing. Prior to coming to camping ministry, he worked in sales while being heavily involved in his local church. Michael’s role at Camp Joy is recruiting, mentoring and discipling the summer staff. He is passionate about young people not only getting saved, but learning, growing, and going on to make in impact for Christ in America and the world. He is married to Rachel, who is also on staff, and they have two children, Aurora and Sterling.

Rachel Innocenti – Ministerial Development Assistant


Rachel has been on staff since 2016 after graduating from Maranatha Baptist University with an associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She previously counseled for the camp for two summers where she fell in love with camping ministry. Rachel serves the camp by recruiting and mentoring the summer staff. With her husband, she is passionate about young people growing in the Lord to further impact the local church and the world. Additionally, Rachel enjoys serving the camp by running the website and adding creative touches to retreats and other camp weeks.

Emmy Caves – Housekeeping Manager 


Emmy joined full time staff after working five summers both in the counseling and program departments. She graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College with a B.A in Organizational Leadership. Prior coming to Camp Joy, she worked for a marketing agency. In addition to keeping rooms fresh and serviced, she also leads and mentors a group of young ladies each summer. The Sweet Tree is also managed and run by Emmy, and it is an asset to the overall program of each summer.

Sasha Mathieu – Facilities & Grounds


Sasha came to Camp Joy 10 years ago to serve in camping ministry. Prior to coming to Camp Joy, he lived and worked in Chicago, IL while being a part of his church. He plays a vital role as he keeps the camp beautiful with his work on the grounds and in the different buildings. He is always willing to lend a helping hand to each department.

Joy Hanny – Hospitality and Shops Intern


Originally from Bolingbrook, IL, Joy started an internship with the camp summer 2022. She volunteered for three summers after completing high school in 2020. While volunteering she filled the vital role of being a barista in the 42 North Coffee Shop. Summer 2022 she became the assistant manger to full time staff member Lori. Her role included: managing shifts, trained and led the other baristas, and upheld the spiritual temperature in the shop while on duty. Her internship includes: running the 42 North Coffee Shop under the guide of Lori Sado, assisting the hospitality departments of kitchen and housekeeping, and using her artistic skills in the program department.

Zachary Mueller – Program Intern


Zachary Mueller grew up in Montgomery, Illinois, and is one of ten children! He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts in Bible from Maranatha Baptist University in the Spring of 2023. Previously, he volunteered for four summers at Camp Joy in three different departments: operations, counseling, and program. In the summer of 2023, Zachary became an intern with the Program Department. Zachary is heavily involved in the Music Program at Camp Joy and is thankful for the opportunities that God has given him to serve in that capacity. In the future, Zachary sees himself ministering in Camp Work and Evangelism. Zachary enjoys spending time with people, playing music, working with digital media, and almost anything sports related.

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