Year Round Staff



Joe Fahlman “Little Joe”

Executive Director

Joe’s first summer on the volunteer staff at Trout Creek was in 1980 as a work crew member. Joe continued to serve on the volunteer summer staff until 1987, working through the ranks as Crew, Counselor-in-Training, Counselor, Crew Leader, and Program Director, and meeting his wife, Angela, also a summer staff member. In 1988, Joe began working full-time as Program Director. In 1991, Joe was hired as Executive Director, serving in that position ever since. Joe and Angela have three children, Taylor, Alyssa, and Jordan.

Angela Fahlman “Swish”

Food Service Director

Angela followed in the footsteps of her brothers and joined the summer staff at Trout Creek in 1985 as a Crew member where she met her husband, Joe. After they married in 1990, she joined Joe on year-round staff. Along with raising their three children, Taylor, Alyssa, and Jordan, Angela has served in various positions at camp from secretary to bookkeeper to registrar to her current job as Food Service Director.

Nancy Johnson “Nancy”

Registrar & Admin. Assistant

Nancy has been a part of Trout Creek for her entire life as it was her grandfather, Charles Wecks, who started the camp. She worked on summer staff starting in 1975 until 1982, when she married another summer staff member, Kelly Johnson, and joined him on year-round staff until 1984. After leaving staff to raise kids and work at a church, Nancy returned to Trout Creek in 2004 and has been a part of the year-round staff ever since. Kelly and Nancy’s son, Andrew, daughter, Annette, and son-in-law, Jim, have all served on summer staff.

Evan Schrenk “Evan”

Facilities Manager

Evan first served as Camp Manager at Trout Creek in 1981 with his wife, Ginia, and their two boys, Dan and David. He served in this position until 1984. After taking a break, Evan returned to camp in 1998 where he has been living and serving as Facilities Manager ever since. Evan’s sons and one daughter-in-law also served on summer staff.

Kelly Jo Cox “Jamaica”

Marketing & Development Coordinator

Kelly Jo went to Trout Creek for nine years as a camper and then served as a Counselor-In-Training in 2004. She has had experience working at other camps as a camp counselor in Washington, California, and even in Jamaica!! But still, Trout Creek was always the camp she wanted to return to one day. The day came when she was asked to be the Interim Program Director & Guest Group Coordinator during Shazam’s maternity leaves in 2015 and 2017. She then transitioned to be the Marketing & Development Coordinator in the Spring of 2018.

Kelly Jo holds a Bachelors degree in Bible/Theology and Psychology, as well as a Masters in Counseling from Multnomah University. She is delighted to share her education, talents, and love for the ministry of Trout Creek with everyone who come in contact with her!

Ben Tissell “Fidgit”

Program Director & Groups

Ben began attending Trout Creek as a camper in 1998 and began serving on volunteer Summer Staff for the first time in 2005. Since then, Ben has been serving the camp in a variety of positions including: CIT, counselor, counselor dean, chapel speaker, worship leader, LEAD, and also had a previous stint as Program Director. Ben also served on the board of directors from 2016 until 2019, when he transitioned to full-time staff as Program Director.

Before rejoining the Trout Creek staff, Ben worked as a youth pastor and preacher at Eastridge Church in Clackamas, and more recently made his living as a full-time actor and musician in Portland and beyond. Ben studied music and theater and George Fox University, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies at Western Seminary.


Part Time Staff

Tom Kelly


Kennedy Chose “Canada”

Facilities Assistant

Rachel Frentress “Scuttle”