Kent and his wife Jenny moved back to Ohio in the fall of 2020 to help lead Joy of Living Camp. Kent is originally from Ashland, Ohio but has been a Children's Minister and Camp Director in Connecticut for the past 10 years. Before that he was a kids director and camp director at the Chapel in Akron, Ohio.
Kent is passionate about reaching the next generation and prayerfully desires Joy of Living reach hundreds of kids in the years to come.
Kent's wife Jenny is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as an amazing mom to their three children Katarina, Anneliese, and Conner.
You can reach Kent at
Alan & Nicole Hackman
Alan Hackman - Facilities and Ground Director
Alan is a Knox County native who started volunteering at camp in 2014.
Two years ago, Alan's passion for camp and children led him to accept a position as as the Director of Facilities and Grounds. Alan moved his wife and three children to the camp to keep everything in great shape year round.
Alan's ability to connect with the children has been evident during his time with us. Add to that his handy-man skills, hard work-ethic and ability to BBQ some killer ribs, has made us glad to him.
You can reach Alan at
Nicole Hackman - Joy Ranch Manager and Guest Services Coordinator
Nicole is also a Knox County native has have been faithfully volunteering with her husband Alan since 2014.
Nicole is currently working as our Joy Ranch Manager and guest services coordinator.
Her passion for teaching children about our Saviors love combined with her knowledge of how animals can bring healing, comfort, and joy has been a tremendous blessing to Joy of Living Camp and we look forward to reaching many more children in this special way!
You can reach Nicole at
Alan and Nicole are our camp missionaries and you can support them here!