Victorian Regional Committee
Chair: Darren Blood
Camping ministry has played such a significant role in Darren's life. There have been many highlights over the years including growing up at CYTA Lodge managed by his parents; working at Mill Valley Ranch; meeting his wife, Sam, and then getting married at camp; being part of the CYC ministries team; and serving as the Ministry Manager for Baptist Camping Victoria.
Darren now has the privilege of being the Manager and leading the team at CYC Forest Edge. He has enjoyed serving on the CVA Victorian Committee over the years and is looking forward to continuing this adventure in assisting and serving our CVA members.
Deputy Chair & Regional Representative: Paul Coleman
Paul has been involved in camping with young people for the last 30 years. He started as a camp volunteer leader while he was doing Year 10 at school. After 10 years of volunteering, he decided that he needed to step it up a notch. After gaining qualifications in Outdoor Recreation, he began working full time at Breakaway as Program Co-ordinator and four years later, when the Director retired, he was promoted to Executive Director.
Paul has a real passion and a heart for young people and believes that outdoor adventure programs are one of the best platforms to connect and encourage youth.
He met his wife of 15 years in the Christian camping industry and their two young kids already love the outdoors and camping.
Committee Member: Shanon Presow
Camping changed Shanon's life.
Christian Venues has had an impact not just on his life but also on the people around him. Shanon's desire is to support people in the mission they feel called to, and being a part of changing lives through Christian Venues.
Shanon feels blessed to work in an industry that he passionate about and being an active part of this community within the VIC Committee provides another extension to come alongside co-workers, friends and family in the Christian camping community.
He is actively involved in his local Church and feels blessed to be part of the CVA family.
Committee Member: Greg Thomas
Previously Chair of the Victorian Regional Commitee, Greg has been involved with Christian Camping since the 1980s, initially working at Shiloh Ranch and then on their Board.
Since 2002, Greg has been looking after the insurance needs of Christian Camping Ministries as a Corporate Member of CVA. He has a passion for Christian Camping and is eager to continue developing relationships between members, and to see more opportunities for members to come together in social and training environments where they can help each other grow in their unique ministries and as a community of camping professionals.