Welcome to Ascend Camp

Ascend Camp is committed to providing the highest quality summer camp with life transforming expository preaching, God honoring music, small group discipleship and exciting activities for middle school and high school students.

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June 28 through July 2


17280 Lakeside Drive
Carlinville, IL.


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Rick Holland

Rick Holland is joining us for the 6th year at Ascend Camp. His dynamic preaching style and enthusiastic personality, as well as his clear and authentic preaching style continues to be a favorite for students at Ascend Camp. We are excited to welcome him back!

Rick was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee and became a christian in high school. He was a youth pastor in Georgia, Michigan, and spent 25 years in Sun Valley, California at Grace Community Church. In 2005, Rick founded the Resolved Conference. Currently, Rick is the Senior Pastor at Mission Road Bible Church in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Rick and his wife, Kim, have three sons whom have also attended Ascend Camp: Luke, John and Mark.

David Gunner Gundersen

Dr. David “Gunner” Gundersen serves as Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at Boyce College, the undergraduate school of Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Prior to teaching, Gunner served in Student Life ministry at The Master’s University and Boyce College for 14 years.

Gunner and his family worship at Fellowship Church where Gunner preaches regularly and trains community group leaders. Gunner and Cindi have been married for 14 years, and they have 4 children: Judah (11), Ember (10), Isaiah (9), and Brooklyn (9). Gunner enjoys sports, reading, the outdoors, and anything that involves his kids.

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