Jerry Martin


Jerry and Charlotte Martin served as the Executive Directors of Camp Lurecrest Ministries from 1997-2010.  Jerry is the founder of the Emmaus School of Biblical Studies, and is a current Camp Lurecrest Ministries board member.  He has an absolutely contagious personality, a passion to see Jesus exalted in every thing the ESBS does, and a solid golf swing.  Jerry primarily works out of the camp’s administrative office in Charlotte, but visits the school on a regular basis.



Tom and Julia Phillips

ESBS School Director

Tom has been on staff with Camp Lurecrest in several capacities since 1998.  Tom holds a B.S. in Geology from Western Carolina University and is a graduate of YWAM’s DTS and SBS programs in Lakeside, Montana.  Julia earned an English degree from UVA and can spell words that Tom didn’t even know existed.  They both enjoy biking and camping, and hope one day when they’re done with all the Bible teaching to get very lost on a long hike in the woods.



Dave and Cheryl Anne Butts

Assistant Camp Director (Camp Lurecrest Ministries)/ESBS  Staff

Dave came to Camp Lurecrest in 2005 from a camp and retreat center in Colorado.  Originally hired to manage the outdoor adventure program for the summer camp season, Dave has since become the assistant camp director for Camp Lurecrest Ministries.  Dave holds a degree in recreation management from Western Michigan University and was an ESBS student in 2007-08.  Cheryl Anne earned a degree in health and exercise science from Furman University.  Cheryl Anne was an ESBS student in 2010-11 and is in her second year on full-time staff with the ESBS!   She’s a fantastic teacher and she raises the bar of excellence on staff in every way.


Todd Livingston

ESBS  Staff

Todd Livingston was an ESBS student in 2010-11, and is in his third year on staff.  Todd holds a sports management degree from Texas A&M and was a youth pastor before coming to the ESBS.  He’s got a huge heart for discipleship, a solid knowledge of the Bible and he knows the lyrics to every Taylor Swift song.  You can check out his blog here.



Ellen Stark

ESBS Staff

Ellen was an ESBS student in 2011-12 and is in her second year on staff.  She’s a fantastic writer, she’s got a huge heart for discipleship, and she’s GREAT at inductive Bible Study.  Ellen has spent the better part of the last decade back and forth between Colorado and Mexico as she and her family have served in missions.  She did a DTS with YWAM Brisbane, she speaks fluent spanish, she loves sewing (for real) and long walks on the beach (ok I made that one up). Follow her blog here.


Caleb Ives

ESBS Staff

Caleb was an ESBS student in 2011-12 and will be on staff part-time with the ESBS while he finishes his MDiv. and Regent Seminary (virginia beach).  Before coming to the ESBS Caleb and Latoya were on full-time staff at a church in Michigan.  Caleb, Latoya and their three girls (Lilly, Grace, Maya) bring a ton of life to the campus.  Caleb is a great worship leader, a solid communicator and a real people-person.  He’s a super addition to our staff.