dmbOUr INTERIM Director

April 2018

Dear Peniel Family,

As many of you know, there have been some big changes happening here at Peniel Bible Conference. Effective April 1, 2018, Tobias and Gina Kipp resigned from their roles as Camp Director and Office Manger at camp. It is hard to summarize the gratitude we all feel for the immeasurable impact they have had on this organization and the lives they have touched for the better for the past 7 years. Their faithful service and sacrificial hard work is a testimony to their character and an example of the love of Jesus that will not be forgotten. We wish them many blessings as they step into this new season in their lives and are grateful for their continued involvement as volunteers and handing the baton to new leadership, which demonstrates their love and commitment to the success of Peniel’s ministry. Please pray for them as they continue their journey as a family and God’s servants in His Kingdom. On behalf of the Prayer Council and the entire Peniel family, thank you for everything and may God bless you!

It is now with great joy and anticipation that I would like to introduce to you to our new Interim Director for Peniel Bible Conference, Dave Bouffard. Dave comes to us with 20 years of camp leadership experience and is currently a local pastor in Fort Ann, NY at Cornerstone Bible Church. He has directed summer camps, conferences, and retreat centers in the U.S. and even abroad at a startup camp ministry to orphans in Uganda, East Africa! His undergraduate degree was in Bible with an emphasis on Camp Ministry from Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia College of Bible & Philadelphia Biblical University) where he also worked on a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Dave has also been involved in local homeless shelter ministries serving as a Board member and then staff at the Open Door Mission in Glens Falls as a Program Director and Chaplain, as well as at the City Mission of Schenectady where he was a counselor in their year long discipleship & recovery program, called “Bridges To Freedom” for homeless men & women. The Lord has richly blessed us with the gift of Dave’s experience and service and we are so excited to have him on board! He has already spent a great deal of time getting to know Peniel, it’s history and heritage, and its continuing staff and volunteers.

In the short time he has been with us, I have personally found him to be very open minded, easy to talk to, and eager to listen to ideas and suggestions on how to grow Peniel’s ministry. He has made many important observations and is working to lead us through a process of developing a new vision and much needed strategic plan for the future. We are in prayerful consideration of what God’s desire is for this new season and are discussing many vital issues with the Prayer Council. I would like to invite you to introduce yourself to Dave and reach out to him for encouragement in his service here. His email address is

Thank you all so much for your patience, support, and care for Peniel! You are always welcome to come visit the camp grounds and facilities and meet with our staff as you consider how God would have you be a part of this ministry. We are blessed by your connections with us, encouraged by your interest, and strengthened by your prayers. 

In His Grace and All-Consuming Love,

Jan Goodwin - President of the Prayer Council