by Jessica Anthony Posted Sep 15, 2021
While Caleb “Wheelin’ N Dealin’” Carter is not new to Pine Cove, he is, officially, the newest addition to our Southeast region as the director of the Pine Cove Springs! He has faithfully served as the Ranch camp director since 2019, and we are excited for what he will bring to our newest youth camp! Plus, this South Carolina native might get to catch a Clemson game or two.
What is your history with Pine Cove?
I am originally from Greenville, South Carolina and attended Clemson University, AKA Dabo’s World. I came by myself from South Carolina all the way to East Texas in 2007 to work at the Shores as a counselor. The next summer was the Timbers’ opening summer, and I joined the squad as a Senior Counselor and Assistant Program Director. I did these roles again in ’09, then I was the Program Director in 2010! I served on staff at a church in Tyler after that summer, but I remained connected to Pine Cove as the first ever Director Husband! My wife Hannah was the founding Director of Pine Cove City, formerly known as Camp in the City or Base Camps. Most recently, I served as the Ranch camp director from 2019-2021.
Tell us about your family.
I have been married to Hannah “Patilla” Carter since August 11, 2012. Hannah and I met on summer staff at the Shores in 2007, but we didn’t really get to know one another until she joined the full-time staff at the Timbers while I was on leadership there.
We had a firecracker (and we mean this) born on the 4th of July, 2018. Her name is Anderson and though she is a major daddy’s girl, she is still averse to my snuggles. Her favorite song is currently “Baby” by Justin Bieber and is constantly asking for “Baby Baby Woah.” Parents of the year over here!
Austen was born March 7th of 2020, just right before the pandemic. She is definitely our cuddler of the two! And we thought she might be sweet, but she’s turning out to be quite strong and sassy like her sister. Ha!
What have the last six months been like for y’all?
The transition from the Ranch to the Springs has been an adventure, but we are confident this is what the Lord had next for us. I got to have one last summer at the Ranch, the four of us lived in the Langemeiers’ guest room, we closed on our house during orientation, and then we moved to Atlanta the day camp ended. Our heads are still spinning, but thankfully we are starting to feel settled and are really excited to be a part of the Southeast region… seriously such a great team of people!
What are some of your favorite things to do as a family?
Life has been so crazy with transition that donuts with the girls is probably our most consistent tradition. They have also both been very into basketball lately, so we have all of the hoops set up around our yard. Yes, multiple basketball hoops at different heights.
What is your most embarrassing moment at camp?
At the Timbers, we had a really good time with skits. Year after year, we had heavy hitter after heavy hitter in the skit circuit. Broflex. TMI. TBA. Xena. Shrimpy. One of my go-to moves in skits was to put myself in a precarious place where I knew my weight leaning a certain way would cause me to have a very real, very explosive wipeout. One day I took it too far. As the villain, to end the skit one day, I decided to dive onto a table of 8th-grade girls. Due to some miscalculations, I ended up with a pretty severe abrasion on my left leg. It was bleeding. On their table and food. People were laughing hysterically thinking the injury and blood were fake. I was crying because both were real. If you were one of those girls, from the bottom of my leg, I’m sorry.
What is your favorite Bible verse or passage?
Ephesians 1 has two sections that have impacted me deeply as I’ve engaged with them. 1) The very beginning: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” When we contemplate the results of Jesus living, dying in our place, and resurrecting in power, we often limit it to a destination of heaven vs. hell. But the reality is, the Holy One who made all things has re-established unity with us. Can we even fathom the joys that come from actually knowing Him? 2) The section starting with verse 18, but includes: “I keep praying for you, that you would receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened,” and this goes on to say some very dynamic things. “…The immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe.” I like this because it creates a hunger for being filled with the delight of being in communion with God. It sets our sights on what God has wanted for us all along, and what He has achieved for us in the Gospel.
How has camp changed you?
Working at Pine Cove has equipped me in a few very specific ways. 1) Being a counselor taught me how to love sacrificially. The vision we have for counselors in cabins is a life-changing vision. It’s the closest I’ll ever come to being a single parent of eight boys. 2) I have learned to find a supernatural layer of strength and joy, provided by Heaven through the Holy Spirit in me when I am 100% depleted as a man. I remember the first time I tapped into this for real. I was a Program Director and it was Week 8. I could barely stand or move. I was about to lead the staff in the most outward expression of energy of the whole week: the Gauntlet. I chose to believe that the Holy Spirit has power, and I sprinted out there and had the best Gauntlet of the whole summer. 3) I learned how to communicate as a man, as opposed to communicating as a grown boy. Be ready to speak truth at all times. Look people in the eye. Stand up straight. Have hard conversations. Lead. These were things that changed in me drastically after working summers at camp.