Reverend Ed Simmons Executive Director
The Rev. Edward B. Simmons was named Executive Director of Mountain T.O.P. in 2006 after the retirement of founder and past Executive Director, George Bass. Simmons holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, an MBA from the University of Houston, and received his pastoral training from Chandler School of Theology and Perkins School of Theology. He spent 15 years at Enron Corp. before entering the ministry in 1993. He is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church. He previously served several churches in the Texas Annual Conference as the Minister of Administration. Simmons had an 18-year affiliation with Mountain T.O.P as a camper prior to being appointed Executive Director. His call to full-time ministry in the United Methodist Church came while participating in a Mountain T.O.P. camp week. He has been married to his wife Glynn for over 30 years
Julie Willems Keel: Associate Executive Director
Julie came to Mountain T.O.P. in 2007 after serving in the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in Mississippi. At Mountain T.O.P., Julie is responsible for facilitating all programs within our various camps and ministries. She also is the person primarily responsible for coordinating the ministry’s growing community developments activities and forming the new South Cumberland Community Development Partnership. Julie started out as a mechanical engineer, but migrated back over to the world of missions, as a passion that began for her at Mountain T.O.P. as a youth.
Rachael Osborn:Program Manager – Ministry Logistics
Rachael grew up in Indiana, and then attended Miami University of Ohio, where she double majored in Professional Writing and Sustainability and minored in Community-Based Leadership. Rachael came to the Mountain as a YSM camper for 6 years, worked on Summer Staff for 3 summers, then served as the Ministry Intern/JAM Director in the summer of 2016. From August 2016 – August 2017 Rachael served as an Americorp VISTA in the role of Communication and Assessment Coordinator. Her work centered around measuring impact and telling Mountain T.O.P.’s story utilizing the different types of data that MTOP collects. She is the main contact for groups as they are preparing for their time on the Mountain, and coordinates with each group from the start of the application processes through a post-event follow-up. Additionally, Rachael is continuing her work with ministry assessment.
Rachael loves traveling, enjoys coffee and tea equally (feel free to bring her a cup of either the next time you’re at camp), and is always willing to go on a road trip.
Chad Pasinger: Program Manager – Resource Management
This is Chad Pasinger. He is our Program Manager of Resource Management. Chad was born in Nashville, Tennessee and recently graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Communications (Go Mocs!). He’s been on Mountain TOP Summer Staff three separate times. Chad enjoys taking photos and videos and playing his guitar. He’s excited about joining the staff and community up here on a full-time basis and look forward to the year ahead!
Cody Jorstad: Program Manager- Service Area and Ministry Support
Cody Jorstad joined the Mountain T.O.P. support staff in May of 2017 as Program Manager – Service Area & Ministry Support. Cody’s main responsibilities will be in the planning and facilitation of projects for Fall & Spring programs, being a resource and support for summer staff Field Managers, and serving as a member of the Program Team for all ministry activities throughout the year. Cody first came to Mountain T.O.P. as a camper in 2009 and has served the past three years as a member of the summer staff, most recently as the AIM Director. Cody will graduate in May from Georgia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering. Outside of camp, Cody enjoys playing golf, supporting Atlanta sports teams and doing anything outdoors.
Dan Eby: Program Manager: Service Area and Ministry Support
Dan Eby has joined our field team this month as our newest Program Manager of Service Area and Ministry Support. Dan is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Media Management. Dan’s job entails overseeing projects in the community and supporting the Camp Baker Mountain service area. Dan has been skydiving over the Rocky Mountains and the Florida Keys.
Loftin Devoult: Ministry Intern
Elizabeth Wheeler: Marketing and Recruitment Manager
Buddy Boyce – Development Manager
Nathan “Buddy” Boyce serves as Resource Development Manager for Mountain T.O.P. His main focus is contacting individuals and companies for potential in-kind contributions. Buddy was a member of Blakemore UMC (Nashville, TN) and had the opportunity to be a part of the first Mountain T.O.P. staff in 1975. He served on the field staff for 2 years and was camp director for an additional 2 years. Buddy graduated from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) with a Marketing degree. He is an avid Vols fan and currently lives in Nashville.