Camp MiVoden Gets Smooth Handoff

January 31, 2018 | Larissa Bitton

After more than 33 years of service, Bruce Christensen officially handed off the position of Camp MiVoden operations director to Ashley Silva on Dec. 31, 2017.

Christensen has dedicated the last 40 years to camp ministry in general. While operations director at Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, he has also held a variety of other jobs including camp director, ranger, caretaker and camp manager.

Christensen started camp ministry at Big Lake Youth Camp (BLYC) in Oregon, then moved to Hayden Lake in 1984. As his time working at Camp MiVoden comes to a close, a number of celebrations have been made in his honor, including a staff reunion this last September. Christensen also received the Lifetime Service Award from the Adventist Association of Camp Professionals at Pine Springs Ranch in California this year.

While we are sad to see such an influential man leave camp, we are excited for Silva and the experiences he brings to MiVoden.

Silva and his wife, Laura, have two children, Sierra, 6,and Lyam, 4. The Silva family moved from Moses Lake, Wash., where Ashley was the maintenance manager at a fruit and vegetable plant. Previously he worked at BLYC for three years as the assistant director and maintenance director. Silva worked alongside Christensen for the past year as the associate operations director.

The MiVoden family welcomes the Silva family with excitement for this new chapter in the camp's story.