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Greetings from the New Camp Director!

What’s poppin’, my name is Dakota Bowley, and I am the new Camp Director at Hope Haven. I’d like to share some of my story of how God has led me to Hope Haven.

When I was 16, I had the opportunity to attend a Christian camp with my youth group. There, I heard quality preaching, and through the work of the Word and the Spirit, I came to faith in Jesus Christ.

After coming to salvation, I realized the impact that my pastors had on me and how much of a role they had in preparing my heart for that decision. I wanted God to use me in others’ lives, just as He had used my pastors in mine. I decided to pursue a vocation in youth ministry.

In 2019, I graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in Christian Ministry. BJU is also where I met my wife, Kristina. To continue my education, we moved to this area so that I could attend Virginia Beach Theological Seminary.

Camp has been part of my life at many crucial moments, and I am excited to be a part of the ministry at Camp Hope Haven. I am grateful that God has placed me in this role, and I am blessed to be able to serve alongside everyone at Hope Haven to serve Christ, our campers, and the community.

Although this summer might not look like previous summers, I want Camp Hope Haven to continue to minister to the community here in Hampton Roads. This means we will have to be flexible as safety standards change, but I believe God will use our efforts in great ways as we seek to honor Him in all that we do.

We are working as a staff to determine how we can best be used by God to offer a fun, safe, and God-glorifying season of camp. As we decide on the best ways to move forward, I look forward to sharing more information about Camp Hope Haven this upcoming summer.

Peace out,

Dakota Bowley

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  • Benjamin Jacob - January 26, 2021 reply

    I know whatever happens this is going to be a great summer at Hope Haven. So exciting to see a new director at one of the best summer programs in Virginia Beach.

  • Chad Morris - January 28, 2021 reply

    Dakota Bowley! Man I’m so glad to see and read about your new ministry! Hope Haven is going to benefit greatly because of you. May the Lord bless you and the ministry there in Virginia Beach!

  • Pastor Mike Knight - May 18, 2021 reply

    I was so excited to see that Hope Haven hired, Dakota Bowley. Dakota grew up in the church I pastor here in Garner, NC and I’m so thrilled to see him serving the Lord at Camp Hope Haven. Dakota will be a great addition to your staff. Pastor Mike Knight

  • Mkna - June 21, 2023 reply

    I’m e cited for my granddaughter to attend next week. Do you have needs for volunteers?

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