Who We Are

And Why We Love Camp

Founded in 1939, Forest Cliff Camp has been providing unforgettable and life-impacting camp experiences for over 70 years. 

Forest Cliff Camps Inc. is a registered non-profit Charitable organization governed by a Board of Directors. 

Forest Cliff Camp’s vision is to be a pioneering ministry and indispensable partner in changing young lives.

Our Philosophy

More Than Just Camp!girl on high ropes course

Forest Cliff draws kids away from the routine of daily life and puts them in a new environment with unique experiences that offer growth, independence and discovery. 

We focus on building intentional, caring relationships between our counsellors and your kids. 

It’s through these encouraging and motivating relationships that kids develop a sense of belonging, learn more about themselves and God and grow into their true potential!

Our Direction Team

Jon Burkholder BRE | Day Camp Director

Jon has been involved in camp culture since childhood and is excited about serving with the Forest Cliff team!  Jon’s own history in day camps, serving from Counsellor to Director, has him truly excited to bring the Forest Cliff journey to life in the communities of Southwestern Ontario. Jon holds a Bachelor Degree in Religious Education from Heritage College, and served for 10 years as a Christian school teacher and Vice Principal.  He has run children’s outreach programs, led short term missions trips, been a sports coach, guidance counsellor and youth mentor.  He has a strong desire to invest in the hearts and lives of kids and to joyfully present them mature in Christ.  Jon and his wife Aislinn, their 2 boys Lewis and Isaac, and their orange cats Murdoch and Po, have a fun-filled home in St. Thomas.

John Cook B.Sc. | Site Director

John has been working at Forest Cliff as the Site Director since April of 2010. He manages construction projects, maintains our facilities, and, in general, keeps all of camp running smoothly. John has his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Direction Team. He lives across the road from the camp where his wife, Cynthia, runs Forest Glen Herb Farm. They have two sons and a daughter and four granddaughters who live all around the world.

Sofia Hernandez Martinez B.A. | Administrative Assistant

Sofia was employed by Forest Cliff for the summer of 2017 and soon after joined our Direction Team, excited to be part of the mission and ministry of Forest Cliff. In addition to these new responsibilities, she added another last name when she married Josh in 2018. Sofia has her Bachelor of Arts from Guelph, and brings her administrative experience and gifts to the team in London.

Sarah Hotke BAIS | Leadership & Retreats Director

Sarah has been involved in camp since she was old enough to be a camper. She loved attending camp, volunteering, working as a counselor, and serving as Forest Cliff Summer Camp Director in 2017.  She is excited to join the Forest Cliff Direction team! Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. She is keen to learn and be a part of what God is doing around the world and here at home.

Reagan Martinez-Ramos
 CYW | Summer Camp & SummerFund Director

Reagan has been involved in many staff positions at Forest Cliff Camp since she was a camper herself and is currently serving as SummerFund & Summer Camp Director. Reagan received her Child & Youth Worker Advanced Diploma from Lambton College. She is passionate about making Forest Cliff Camp a safe place for all children and staff where they can share their life stories, discover purpose, build encouraging relationships and experience the love of God. She is thrilled to be a part of FCC as we grow to impact more and more lives. Reagan and her husband Milton live in Strathroy.

Tyler Shaule B.Sc. B.Ed | Executive Director

Tyler has enjoyed over 20 years of involvement at Forest Cliff Camp. As a camper Tyler developed a love and passion for Forest Cliff and went on to experience camp as a volunteer, Counsellor, and Assistant Director. Tyler completed certificates in Outdoor Recreation and Biblical Studies from Summit College and went on to study at the University of Western Ontario, earning Bachelor degrees in Medical Biophysics and Education. Tyler returned to Forest Cliff in 2013 after 8 years as a secondary teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board. Tyler is committed to encouraging children and youth to discover more of themselves and God, to experience life changing moments and build lasting friendships through the Forest Cliff Experience. Tyler met his wife Janet at Forest Cliff Camp in 2000. “Rover” and “Kiwi” currently reside in London with their 3 children Owen, Theodore, and Elliott.

Karen Wiseman BRE | Registrar & Office Manager

Karen grew up loving camp, and in fact, that’s where she earned her one and only trophy. She served in the kitchen and in counselling capacities as well. In 2015 Karen joined the Forest Cliff team, bringing her Bachelor of Religious Education and administrative experience along. When she’s not behind her desk in the London office, you’ll find Karen at home with her family or snuggling her two grandbabies.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides guidance and expertise to the ministry of Forest Cliff Camp by:

  • Determining the organization’s Mission and Vision
  • Selecting and supporting the Executive staff 
  • Ensuring organizational effectiveness in accomplishing our Mission and Vision
  • Maintaining compliance with government bodies
  • Providing financial transparency and accountability
  • Advancing the ministry of Forest Cliff Camp

Board of Directors

Phillip Bruce
Alison Gibson
Grant Hall (Chair)
Scott Montgomery
Scott Stein