North Georgia Camp & Retreat MinistriesNorth Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries (NGCRM) is a family of ministries including Glisson, Grow Day Camps, and the Experiential Leadership Institute (ELI). A brief bio and email addresses are listed for each team member below. To reach NGCRM staff by phone, call the United Methodist Center office (678-533-1399) for Russell or Cameron, or call the Glisson office (706-864-6181) for Laura or Stephanie. Looking for Glisson staff? They're part of NGCRM too, but have their own staff page located here: Glisson Team.



C. Russell Davis

Russell Davis Glisson Director  
Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries

Russell joined the Glisson staff as Director/Manager in 2007, a role he served in until 2012. He has served the local church in youth ministry, student pastor, appointed and beyond the local church capacities for almost 30 years. In his 21 years in camping and retreat ministry, Russell has served camps in the Virginia, Oklahoma and South Carolina annual conferences prior to coming home to North Georgia. As Director of NGCRM, Russell's duties include overall responsibility for camp and retreat ministries for the North Georgia Conference. He is married to Rebecca who is a fundraiser and nonprofit executive. They have two college-age children: Sam, at the University of North Georgia, and Libby, at the University of South Carolina. Contact:



Cameron Jones

Cameron Jones  
Director of Communications

Some people collect baseball cards; Cameron collects camp job titles, apparently. After multiple summers as a Glisson camper and then counselor in '05, Cameron came back to camp in '08 and never really left: Challenge Course Director in '08, Program Intern from '08-'09, Day Camp Director in '09, Project Manager from '09-10, Worship & Media Coordinator in '11, Director of Communication & New Initiatives from '11-13, and Director of Emerging Ministries from '13 to '15. Cameron now serves as Director of Communications for the NGCRM family of ministries (Glisson, Grow Day Camps, Experiential Leadership Institute, Shoreline Camps). Cameron is married to Britt who is a dietitian at DeKalb Medical. They live in Decatur with their son, Eli, and are active members of Decatur First UMC. Contact:



Laura Lamb

Laura Lamb  
Executive Assistant

Laura joined the NGCRM staff in January 2017. Glisson has been an integral part of her life since she was in her early teens. Both of her now-grown daughters were highly involved in Glisson beginning in the 4th grade. Amanda was a counselor and Summer Leadership Team member for several years before serving as a program intern for two full years. Emily attended the LIT program and was a Crew member, then served as a counselor for several years. Laura comes to NGCRM from Carrollton, GA where she retired from the University of West Georgia after 32 years of administration including positions such as Assistant Registrar and Associate Director of the Advanced Academy of Georgia. As Executive Assistant for NGCRM, she works closely with Russell Davis while also managing donations and working on special projects. Contact:



Stephanie Gaines

Director of Grow Day Camps + ELI

Stephanie joined the year-round NGCRM team in 2015 after multiple years on summer staff with Glisson, Grow, and ELI. She served on Glisson's summer leadership team for four summers ('09,'10, '12, '13), then joined Grow Day Camps and ELI as a Program Director for the '14 and '15 summers. Stephanie's role with NGCRM includes coordinating all aspects of Grow Day Camps and the Experiential Leadership Institute (ELI). Prior to her role at NGCRM, Stephanie taught high school science and Spanish in North Carolina and Georgia and served for a year with a ministry organization in Kenya. Stephanie lives in Dahlonega and attends Dahlonega UMC. Contact: