Our Board of Trustees is a team of great people with many different talents, and all of them share a deep commitment to this camp and its future.
Our board includes:
|Gib Godwin, Board Chair
Gib was introduced to Redwood Christian Park through the testimony of a fellow Naval Officer, neighbor, and Lemoore UMC member in 1982. The impact on Gib and his family of four at the time was profound and started a Family “must do” annual spot in the family planning calendar. As the family continued to grow with the birth of our daughter Brittany, we ensured that even while stationed overseas in Japan for 3 years that RCP was a MUST for us all to stay grounded and connected to our roots and surrogate Camp Family. Whether busy with a Navy career or not, we always made it to camp as this was the place where we could take a break from the outside world for a week. We could let the kids run loose without concern as this was a protected piece of the redwood forest that God had set aside for reunion, retreat and restoration.
In 1992, Gib was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors. That same year, Family Camps were expanded to June, July and August (now Family Camps 1, 2, and 3) and the friendly rivalries between the camps began. Gib served as the Assistant Dean for Family Camp 2, and was then asked to serve as Acting Dean for Family Camp 2 for three years while the Board completed a search for a new Dean in the mid-1990s. During this time a fourth child was added to the family when our son was born in 1994.
Gib was elected Chairman of the Board in 2019. In 2020, he assumed the role of Acting Executive Director and CEO of RCP after serving CEO Jim Martin retired and the COVID pandemic was at its peak. Gib’s adult children, their spouses, and all seven grandchildren have all attended Family Camp 2, and this has become an integral part of family life for everyone as the family continues to grow. Gib’s grandkids want to come to RCP today as much as his children did in 1982 when the family started making camp a part of their life.
|Martha Johnson, Board Secretary
Martha Johnson first came to Redwood Christian Park with her family, The Hooper’s, in the summer of 1975 at the age of 8 years old. She attended August family camp for many years and later served as a youth counselor and taught the younger children in the morning. She has been involved with RCP Women’s Retreats for over 20 years, serving on the worship team and as Dean for the Fall Women’s Retreat.
She and her husband Mark (a youth pastor for 18 years now) met while attending Biola University in Southern California, and led the Youth program for many years at August Family camp and then at Family Camp 1. Martha also leads an RCP Prayer Walk every year at camp.
Martha was blessed with a father and husband who are both pastors, and has served in Sunday School, Children’s Church & Worship ministries. She received 75 hours of care-giving training through Stephen Ministries, and has conducted workshops at Women’s Retreats, taught women’s Bible studies, and organized community events. She served on their local Christian school PTA for many years, was PTA President for 4 years and was on the school board for 3 years.
She is currently serving as Director of Women’s Ministries at her church, Grace Fellowship, in Jackson, CA, where she lives with her husband Mark, and has two beautiful adult daughters – Morgan & Makenzie.
|Dave Gaul, Board Treasurer
Dave Gaul and his wife Rebecca first came to RCP in 1992, the same year they moved from Sacramento to San Jose with their three children (Andrew, Daniel, and Leah). The entire clan attended Family Camp 1 for ~ 10 years, and now have attended Family Camp 2 for 20+ years. Even when they lived in London from 1997-1999, they flew back to make sure they stayed connected to their RCP family. All three children have served multiple times on summer staff, with responsibilities ranging from ropes course to lifeguard to sound technician to housekeeping.
RCP is in our family’s DNA, and we are blessed to now have three grandsons who are already equally passionate about many family camps to come. Dave accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior on January 26, 1984, and we have attended non-denominational fellowships ever since. We are currently fellowshipping at the Cross Worship Center in San Jose.
Dave graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting in 1984 from California State University, Sacramento. He graduated with a M.S. in Taxation in 1994 from California State University, Hayward. He obtained his CPA license in California in 1990 and is still actively licensed. He has worked in government service for seven years, in two large public accounting firms for 10 years, and for 20 years in senior Finance roles for the three publicly traded multinational corporations based in the Bay Area. He has recently obtained his license as a California Professional Fiduciary and has done private trust administration for 12 years.
Dave has been both humbled and privileged to serve on the RCP board for the past nine years. He is currently acting as CFO and Treasurer to keep track of RCP’s finances and to provide the full board with information to make wise, stewardship-based decisions. Dave is passionate to keep the legacy of RCP thriving for generations to come – to build on the shoulders of the founders and the many leaders God has called to RCP – that lives will be restored and that Jesus will be proclaimed in RCP’s teaching, worship and ministry.
When at RCP, Dave can often be found at the archery range, hanging out with family and friends in Sherwood Forest, and soaking up the Word at the morning Bible hour.
Steve was first brought to RCP in 1993. Throughout the years, Steve has attended Family Camp 2, Family Camp 3, and served at all three youth camps. He has served as a camp counselor, Bible study leader, camp speaker, and a camp dean. Steve, his wife Lindy, and three children (Joshua, Rebecca, and Elizabeth) look forward all year long to their favorite week of the year.
Steve is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked for a nonprofit in Modesto since 2003. In addition, Steve has a heart for youth to know Jesus and has served as a youth pastor off and on for 17 years.
At Family Camp 3, you’ll find Steve playing Egyptian War in Brookside, Pris on the volleyball courts, or filming for an upcoming Rosko the Talking Sock Puppet movie. Rosko and his friends have become a Family Camp 3 tradition for the past 18 years.
Scott lives in Orangevale, CA with his wife Erika and kids Amelia & Ezra. They have been married for 13 years and enjoy sharing time with friends and family. In 2001, he graduated with a B.A. in Christian Ministries from Asbury University. For his Senior project Scott worked as an Intern at RCP for Sharon Fry. It was that year he dressed up as Buzz Lightyear (as a part of the camp theme) and sang “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”. Many campers still remember that performance and still fondly refer to him as Buzz. Rumor has it, he still has the costume and… will dress up for special events or Halloween parties. *Singing not included.
After graduating, Scott became a Regional Manager with AT&T Wireless in the central Valley. After 6 years, GOD began leading Scott back to his hometown, Orangevale. He was offered a Management position with Starbucks in 2006. He met Erika in October 2006. They started dating in February 2007 and a few months later Scott invited Erika to RCP. They were engaged in December and married May 2008. RCP has been an important part of their lives from the foundation of their relationship.
Scott owns and operates a Financial Services Firm where he has been helping his clients reach their financial goals for the past 13 years. He qualifies for the Million Dollar Round Table (a coveted industry achievement) every year and ranks amongst the top 1% of producers in the nation.
Scott is a 3rd generation RCP board member (preceded by his father Mike Goodyear and his late grandfather Ted Gerbaz). Growing up, Redwood Christian Park was a non-negotiable part of his summer, including attending youth camps, family camps and helping as a camp counselor for multiple years. For the past 4 years, Scott helped assist Family Camp 1 as the associate Dean and then in 2021 became the lead. Whether in his personal life, work life or RCP life, Scott loves to be creative, share his joy for life and solve problems that may arise.
RCP was ordained by the Almighty GOD. HE uses men and women with their God given skills and gifts to steward the sacred grounds at 15000 Two Bar Road to be a place for GOD’s people to encounter HIM. Scott desires to be used by GOD in this endeavor. As a new board member Scott is excited to bring vibrant and passionate ideas, listen to the decades of experience that the board has and discern what GOD has in store for the future of Redwood Christian Park.
Brent first came to camp in 1973 as a high school freshman. Back then, he was an unsaved kid who just wanted out of the house for a week. On Tuesday night, he went to the prayer chapel and gave his life to Christ. He started attending FUMC Yuba City when he returned from camp, and that’s where he met his would-be wife, though it would take her a few more years to catch on. During high school, Brent attended every RCP camp and retreat he could, including Holiday Happenings, a retreat that was from Dec 29th to Jan 2nd.
In 1990, Brent was invited to what was then called August Family Camp (now Family Camp 3). He and his family were invited by some dear friends. Since then, he and his family have not missed a single Family Camp 3.
Brent has served in many capacities at family camp, including recreation director and Morning Watch devotional leader. He previously served on the board in the 1990s and feels blessed to be serving again in this new century. RCP has changed his life in miraculous ways, and his prayer is that it will continue change lives for generations to come as we share the love of Christ.
Erin was first brought to camp as an infant in 1992. She grew up coming to Family Camp 3 and RCP youth camps, and worked Guest Services with summer staff in 2011. She is deeply committed to helping RCP continue to be a sacred place where the Spirit moves and people’s lives are transformed by biblical teaching, diverse forms of worship, and fellowship with others.
As an organizational development consultant, Erin specializes in helping community college governing boards and their lead administrators work together to support students’ success. She holds a Master of Arts in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, German, and organizational communication from the University of Montana. She is currently working toward earning a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from UW-Madison. She is a past-president of the Madison Breakfast Rotary Club and a council member for the First United Methodist Church in Madison.
At Family Camp 3, you’ll find her leading Morning Watch in Meadowview, helping her husband Rafael with afternoon recreation, and performing at the talent show with RCPella!
Emily lives in Clovis, Ca with her husband Sean, and kids Skylar and Ethan. Emily first attended RCP in the 1990s at family camp. The family first started in the Family Camp 3 group and would later call the Family Camp 2 group home. Throughout her years, Emily had the privilege of being a staff kid member to help with all camps, later attending all junior, jr high, and high school camps, as well as being summer staff as a camp nurse. Later, Emily also started to attend women’s retreat. As life grew, Emily introduced her then-boyfriend to Family Camp, and then their children as they joined the family. It is the one trip that the family looks forward to every year to renew our souls, visit with camp family, and still serve as camp nurse in collaboration with her husband.
Currently, Emily serves as the Nurse Manager at Valley Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The family attends Cross City Church in Fresno, CA.
Mike first attended RCP in the late 1980’s for junior high and high school camps, as well as family camp. He was a camp counselor for junior high and high school camps after graduating. He graduated from Asbury College with a BA in Business Management. His wife Jennifer was on staff at RCP for several summers on the ropes course. His family attends Family Camp 2. He has worked at Sunset Moulding Company for the last 24 years and is currently in the position of VP of Manufacturing. He is involved with men’s ministry at his local church, and serves on the board for Back the Badge Yuba Sutter.