MEET OUR TEAM

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Dan is accustomed to life in Colorado or life at Timberline Lodge as he grew up across the mountains in Estes Park at a similar Bible School and conference center, Ravencrest Chalet, also a part of Torchbearers International. Dan's family has a rich history with Torchbearers. His grandfather founded the ministry back in 1948 and his dad is now the General Director of the worldwide organization. As the Director, Dan's main job is to take care of the needs of his staff and make sure the vision of communicating Christ's life in the believer is at the forefront of everything Timberline does. 

contact: director@timberlinelodge.org

Dan Thomas

Director

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Sam, a 2012 Timberline Alumni, is originally from North Carolina but has spent most of his adult life in Colorado. and his wife Laura returned to join the staff in 2015 as one-year volunteers and have been at Timberline ever since. They now have two children, Floyd and Willa, and a third on the way! Sam likes snowboarding, fly fishing, cooking, and most of all speanding a quiet day at home with his family. As a Principle Sam is responsible for planning and facilitating everything relating to Bible School. He would say the best part about his job is the community dynamic between staff and students. 

Sam Hatfield

Principal

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Dan is accustomed to life in Colorado or life at Timberline Lodge as he grew up across the mountains in Estes Park at a similar Bible School and conference center, Ravencrest Chalet, also a part of Torchbearers International. Dan's family has a rich history with Torchbearers. His grandfather founded the ministry back in 1948 and his dad is now the General Director of the worldwide organization. As the Director, Dan's main job is to take care of the needs of his staff and make sure the vision of communicating Christ's life in the believer is at the forefront of everything Timberline does. 

contact: director@timberlinelodge.org

Andrew Dusing

Property Manager

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While Janelle has fondness for her hometown, Kansas city, Missouri, she considers it a dream to now life in the Colorado Rockies. She grew up with an appreciation for the outdoors that has only grown since moving to Timberline as the Hospitality Manager, a role that is simultaneously a natural and challenging fit for her. Janelle loves to see the spiritual formation of Bible School students and the opportunity to develop discipleship relationships with them. Some activities that bring her joy to share with others are: snowboarding, good music, trips to a local coffee shop, and meaningful conversation. 

Janelle Bergthold

Hospitality Manager

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Dan is accustomed to life in Colorado or life at Timberline Lodge as he grew up across the mountains in Estes Park at a similar Bible School and conference center, Ravencrest Chalet, also a part of Torchbearers International. Dan's family has a rich history with Torchbearers. His grandfather founded the ministry back in 1948 and his dad is now the General Director of the worldwide organization. As the Director, Dan's main job is to take care of the needs of his staff and make sure the vision of communicating Christ's life in the believer is at the forefront of everything Timberline does. 

contact: director@timberlinelodge.org

Paige Walker

Accountant

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Peter hails from Cape Cod, MA. After college, he moved to Vail, CO and lived there for twelve years. He and his wife Beth attended the first year of Bible School at Timberline. They and their daughter Elizabeth joined the staff in September 2004. They have since been blessed with three more children added to their family. Outside of learning God's word Peter enjoys backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and camping. As Program Director it is Peter's job to lead our summer camp groups and head up all of our outdoor adventures doing the Bible School year.

Contact: program@timberlinelodge.org

Pete Hammond

Program Director

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Joseph Weissman

Operations Director

Joseph Weissman was born and raised in Estes Park, Colorado at Timberline’s sister center Ravencrest Chalet. After finishing high school (a year early as a homeschooler) he headed to Caprenwray New Zealand for his gap-year experience. One year after Bible school he returned to New Zealand to work on staff. It was there that he sensed the Lord’s leading in his life to become involved full time with Torchbearers. After finishing up College at Colorado State University, Joseph was hired as the Dean of Students at Timberline. He married Rachel in 2013, and they have since enjoyed welcoming five children into their family: William 8, Ezra 7, Jane 5, Huxley 3, Roaslie 2. Joseph Transitioned from being the Principal in 2019 to His current role as the Operations Director. Joseph leads the Kitchen, Hospitality, and Property teams to serve the Bible School and Guest programs through behind the scenes support. 

contact: operations@timberlinelodge.org

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A native of the Colorado Mountains, Megan spent the first three years of her life at Timberline while her parents were on staff. She attended Tauernhof, a Torchbearer Center in Austria, where she grew in her love of Jesus. After college she worked in college ministry before coming on staff at Timberline. As the program assistant, she helps to provide an environment for guests to experience God through the many outdoor adventures the area has to offer. In her free time Megan enjoys skiing, mountain biking, running and reading a good book. 

contact: guestservices@timberlinelodge.org

Megan Osteen

Program Assistant

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Kaci grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada. After finishing high school she decided to attend Timberline as a student in 2016 which the Lord used to teach her more about the abundant Life of Christ in her! Later she came back to Timberline to volunteer as the Women's RA. Kaci enjoys pretty much any outdoor activity as well as a good cup of coffee! Kaci now works as the Registrar and Dean of Women. Her role includes helping potential students with the application and enrollment process.  

Kaci Block

Bible School Assistant

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Michael grew up in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada. He came to Timberline as a student in 2012, then served in Capernwray New Zealand as a ministries coordinator for two years before coming back to Timberline as staff. He has a heart for outreach and sharing the gospel with people for the first time, as well as real New Zealand licorice, surfing, and Justin Bieber. 

Michael Dyck

Ministries Coordinator

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Claire grew up in England but now enjoys watching the sun rise over the Rockies while cooking breakfast in the Timberline kitchen.  She is known for once serving the students locusts at a graduation brunch and for spending too many painful hours hand rolling dough for kouign amann pastries.  In her spare time she enjoys reading; she is currently ploughing her way through 'The Magic Mountain' by Thomas Mann and 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' by Jeff Kinney.

 

Claire Eastlund

Kitchen Manager

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Sarah has served at Timberline for 15 years in many capacities but has more recently taken up the role of helping to communicate what God is doing in and through the staff and programming here. It is her passion to spread the good news about the incredible Life Christ offers us, and how beautifully He works in all our lives – staff, student, and guest alike. She feels privileged and humbled to work in such an environment with faith-filled staff surrounding her and looks forward to what God will continue to do through Timberline Lodge.

contact: communications@timberlinelodge.org

Sarah Thomas

Communications Manager

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Lydia grew up in Kansas city, Missouri, in a large family that has many connections to Torchbearers and Timberline Lodge.  Lydia's infamous cinnamon roles have earned her much respect in the Timberline Kitchen. She loves a good game of spikeball and ice hockey, and if you ask her about her hike across the Continental Divide, she would say, "it was long."  Lydia has spent three years in Fraser Valley and loves the welcoming nature of the Timberline family.

Lydia Rogers

Kitchen Assistant

 

ALUMNI

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Stay Connected  

We are excited to reconnect and stay connected to students who have invested part of their life with us at Timberline. It has been a such a blessing to journey with so many amazing students for a season of life and to have been able to learn and grow alongside each of you during your time here. We can't wait to hear about what God is doing in your life. Check back as we are in the process of developing this page. In the meantime - take a trip down memory lane and find your class photo! 

For more information on our Alumni Guest Service Week, which takes place the last week in December, contact Guest Services at 970/726-8850, or email:  guestservices@timberlinelodge.org

 

HISTORY

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About Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge was purchased in 1995 and run as a youth retreat center with an emphasis on vigorous outdoor activities.

 

Since then, we have added a Bible School and Discipleship Program and have expanded our outdoor adventure program, now called Mountain Adventure Ministry. Along with the growth we have recently added our Ascent Weeks programming. These weeks allow individuals to come out, enjoy the Rockies, and participate in specific personal interests while growing in their relationship with Christ.

Do you want to know more about Timberline Lodge Bible School? Contact our Registrar at 970-726-8850 ext 206 or by email at: registrar@timberlinelodge.org