Lon Alderman

Lead Program Explorer, Program Director

Lon brings a variety of experience to the Dickson Valley team gained from 20 years in camping and 10 years in pastoral ministry. His passions include church leadership development, discipleship, and the Gospel. Lon and his wife Julie have been married 21 years and are proud parents of three daughters Gina, Kassidy, and Katie.

Tyson Ashbaugh

Ministry Staff

Tyson first joined the Dickson Valley family as a Camp Counselor for the summer of 2017.  He returned as the Team Leader for the Day Camp program in 2018 and has stayed on as Ministry Staff.  We are excited to see the wonderful things God will do through this fine young man.

Mark Caldwell

Executive Director

Mark started his ministry in Christian Camping at Honey Rock Camp in Wisconsin, meeting his wife Julia. He has appreciated and enjoyed his work with churches and promoting the value of a camp experience in their ministry. Mark and Julia have been married for 29 years and their two children, Sam and Sara have both grown up at Dickson Valley and are now following their own paths which God is laying before them.

Spencer Hees

Food Service Coordinator

Growing up, Spencer was always familiar with Dickson Valley through family connections, but it was not until Spring of 2017 that Father God called him back for it to be his home. Spencer answered that call to ministry with a growing passion for Jesus, for people, and for food that fuels both body and spirit. He continues to grow where he’s been planted and eagerly awaits the next plate that God may present him.

Tim Hoots

Facilities Director

A native from Manteno, IL, Tim’s experience comes from working maintenance at Life Action Ministries in Niles, Michigan and working as a ranch hand in Colorado. Being blessed with skills that have highly benefited DVC, Tim has recently headed up many new construction/remodel projects. In 2007, Tim was married to Priscilla, a long time Dickson Valley employee and now they have expanded the family to include Skyler, Rylan, and Grayson!

Donna Hutson

Housekeeping Supervisor

With over 30 years of serving people through her role at DV, Donna is always faithful. Her keen eye to detail has been very evident to groups when they arrive to a clean and organized cabin. On her off time you’ll find Donna spending time with her family, amongst them two grandchildren Paxton and Garrett, who she enjoys bringing to camp to play in the gym.

Kyle Mallonen

Ministry Staff

Kyle joined the Dickson Valley team in August of 2018 as a member of our Ministry Staff.  Most recently he served at Black Lake Bible Camp in Olympia, Washington.  Kyle also has five summers of experience from Somerset Beach Campground and Retreat Center in Somerset Center, MI.  In addition to his camp experience, Kyle has a degree in Youth Ministry from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, MI.  Welcome to the team, Kyle!

Timothy Rodgers

Church Ministry Coordinator

Timothy is a graduate of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. While he was there he played soccer for all four years and became the Founder and President of a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle. Not only does Timothy serve at Dickson Valley as the Church Ministry Coordinator, but he also serves as the Team Chaplain for the pro women’s softball team, the Chicago Bandits.