by Evan Roberts Posted Mar 5, 2019
How did you end up at Pine Cove? What is your current position?
Growing up, I didn’t know much about camping. I didn’t know anything about Christian camp. I got saved my freshman year of college, and then got the chance to do work crew for a week at the Outback. After that, I applied to be a counselor. I have to thank Pat “Michelangelo” Preston for giving me an opportunity to begin my journey at Pine Cove. I’m currently the Men’s Director for the Forge discipleship program, after previously serving full-time as a Site Director for Camp in the City Team Iceberg.
Tell me about your family. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done as a family?
There’s Momma Carter, Daddy Carter (who I’m named after), and my older sister and younger brother. Coolest story… we really don’t do anything crazy as a family. We kinda just hang out and spend time together. We did go to Disney World one time when I was young. I got lost because I saw this cute girl that was scared to go down the slide alone, so obviously I was like, “I’ll go down with you.” After we went down, my mom couldn’t find me. If she could have, she would have turned Disney World upside down looking for me. She found me eventually, though!
How did you get your camp name?
Do you like potty humor? My camp name is “Pika Poo.” I was named that for a few reasons. First, during my name game they asked if I had any hobbies. I said that I enjoyed playing Pokémon growing up (my favorite Pokémon games are Yellow and Crystal Version). Second, I was struck by lightning when I was younger. No joke. Went to the hospital and everything. And last, I almost soiled myself one day during high school football practice.
What’s a random talent that you have?
I’m really good at cartwheels. Also, I can freestyle rap really well. And don’t even try to face me in Spikeball or Spades.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I had a lot of different goals. I wanted to be a Pokémon Master for a while when I was young. I wanted to develop video games. I wanted to be a coach. But when I became a believer, I knew that God had designed me for ministry.
What’s your most embarrassing camp moment?
Oh come on, man! You’re gonna document this? Alright, I got one. This one was definitely a low point for me at camp. One summer, I co-led a bible study with a girl counselor. We had been working together for two summers. We were going through prep work for Bible study. I said, “Is it cool if I fart?” and then I did. And the summer staff was there. She looked so confused, and I apologized to her… but sometimes you just got to go for it!
What’s your favorite Bible verse or passage?
I have two. One is 1 John 1:5-10 –
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
I like this one because it shows us that we have been cleansed of all unrighteousness through Jesus. This verse allowed me to see what it truly means to follow Jesus.
My other one is 2 Corinthians 5:21 –
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
This one is just a clear picture of the fact that Jesus took it all on so that I could be seen as righteous.
What is your favorite camp activity?
It’s gotta be Mammoth Night at Camp in the City. It’s fun to break down walls with campers by being wild and crazy — one of my favorites for sure.
What made you want to start working with the Forge?
This is an awesome question. I first was interested because of the impact the program had on me. Jake Collins and Matt Lantz taught me who I am and how to make disciples. Then when I found out that Jared Schuler was going to be leading the program it was a no-brainer to me. God has created me in such a way that I can’t help but want to invest my life in people that I see potential in, so this job is a dream come true for me.
What impact did going through the Forge as a student have on you?
This program showed me what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Not just a Christian in America, not someone who sees God’s commands and follows them. The Forge helped me to see that God’s promises supersede my feelings. If he calls me holy then it’s true. I am holy. I also learned that I can’t pick my community God does and with that he knows actually who I need in my life and who I don’t. The Forge helped me to love the word of God, love the people of God, and above anything else love God himself.
How have you seen the Holy Spirit at work during your time at Pine Cove?
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul lays out that he has come to them with the power of the Holy Spirit. Working at Pine Cove gives me the affirmation that I am equipped to do this ministry, because I am a child of God. When I’m lonely, the Holy Spirit reminds me that I’ve been bought with a price and that I am loved. The Holy Spirit reminds me who I am, and that I don’t have to return to sin.
What does Pine Cove mean to you?
To me, Pine Cove is not a corporation. It is not a business. It is God’s people laying their lives down. Pine Cove has brought the reality of the promises of God to life. Pine Cove has shown me the transformation of both campers and summer staff. It has meant change.
How has camp changed you?
Pine Cove has changed the way I lead. It has shown me that we can all work together for the benefit of Christ, no matter what background we come from. It has allowed me to grow and learn and see God clearly. Pine Cove is God’s people and God’s family coming together on this earth to be light.