The Rockfish Team


Camp Director

Jim has been involved in camp and retreat ministries for over 30 years as a director, leader, visionary, planner, supporter, and participant. He's a preacher, teacher, writer, disciple maker, carpenter, backpacker, husband, father, and grandfather with decades of conference-level events, as well as local and international mission leadership under his belt. He has a powerful love for the Wesleyan tradition and what can be accomplished in camp and retreat ministry for the Kingdom of God through the Holy Spirit and willing hearts.


Jim and his wife Terri look forward to working with the fantastic staff and leadership of Rockfish as we move forward into an exciting era of ministry, outreach, and growth. 



Assistant Camp Director

Nick was born in Buffalo, NY, but grew up in Kentucky. At a young age Nick showed interest in the outdoors he spent summers with his grandmother in Buffalo hiking, swimming, and doing all things outdoors. What really put him on the path of outdoor education was a trip to Robert Treman State Park. He saw people in green suits that asked if they could play with him in the creek, and he was quick to ask "You can get paid to play in the creek?" from that moment on he knew he wanted to be a naturalist. 

He graduated from Hocking College in a degree in Natural in Historical Interpretation and Unity College in Maine in a degree in Parks and Recreation and Eco-tourism. Nick loves to do anything outdoors to include primitive skills, hiking, fishing, and golfing. He moved from Chicago where he worked as the Outdoor Environmental Education Program Specialist for Chicago Parks District to the Fayetteville area due to his wife's relocation, and has found a home at Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center.


Matthew Balte

 Program Director

Matthew Balte or just “Balte” as he is known in camp circles, grew up in Carrollton, GA and attended camp in the north Georgia mountains throughout his childhood. Balte has always credited his spiritual, mental, and emotional growth to his time at camp and it is even where he first felt a call to leadership and Christian ministry. Balte lives to create those spaces and opportunities for others to discover their gifts, abilities, and calls. He met his wife, Emily, at Georgia Southern where they both served as interns at the Wesley Foundation. They have served on summer staffs at camps in the Peach State and look forward to what God is doing here at Camp Rockfish! 


When not at camp, you can find him on a run, maybe at the golf course, lamenting about Atlanta sports, or sharing one of his great puns!


Office and Reservation Manager

Jessie began working at Rockfish during the summer of 2011 as a college student and continued working summers through 2013. In August 2017, Jessie joined the Rockfish team full-time. With a background in both theatre and education, Jessie has a passion for serving others and creating memorable experiences. She is excited to use her gifts to guide guests to an amazing experience during their stay at Rockfish. 


In her time away from camp, Jessie enjoys spending time with her husband, Joel, and their three dogs, Jax, Lexi, and Guinness. She also enjoys singing in her church's praise band, cooking, acting, and any activity that takes her outdoors.


Jess Sanders

Children's program Director

Jess was born in Georgia and grew up moving around the world as part of an Air Force family. She lived in three states and two foreign countries by the time she was ten. While her house kept changing, her home was always found at camp and in the great outdoors. Jess is a graduate of The University of Colorado Psychology program and utilizes that background to build group dynamics and communication. Her professional camp journey began in 2012 in Southern Illinois and has most recently brought her to Camp Rockfish where she is excited to bring children closer to God through Nature. 


When not at Rockfish, you can find Jess hiking, camping, cooking, or catching a hockey game with her adventure sidekick- her beagle, Jasper.


Madi Atwood

Retreat and Campus Use Coordinator

Madi grew up on the coast of South Carolina where she attended camp as a child and learned about the Christian faith. She attended College of Charleston where she studied Communications. Through her own youth group experience and volunteering with a youth group in Charleston, Madi experienced a call to ministry. Following her time in Charleston, Madi attended Duke Divinity School where she was introduced to Camp Rockfish. Once stepping foot on our property in 2019, she knew she found her home away from home! She loves that camp allows individuals to experience God in a fun, free environment and is excited to help guests grow in their faith while at Rockfish!


When she’s not at camp, Madi loves hiking, rooting for Duke basketball, and exploring new places!




Cynthia joined the Rockfish team in April of 2019 as an After School Counselor and has grown in her role and is now in charge of coordinating the marketing of Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center. She is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University's Graphic Design and Media Arts program. Cynthia was born in Alaska and has traveled the world most of her life she has visited Germany, Holland, Japan, Malaysia, Bahrain, Dubai, and Taiwan to name a few places. She grew up for the most part in Hoke County North Carolina and joined the Navy in 2007 to 2012. She attended Camp Rockfish as a child in the mid 1990's for summer camp and took various scouting adventures here as a child.

Cynthia enjoys spending her time with her husband, daughter, and zoo of animals. Cynthia is a mixed media artist and likes to work with anything art related and messy. She is very active within her church. She is also a Girl Scout Leader for her daughter's troop.




Sonya is in charge of coordinating the kitchen team and serving up some awesome hospitality. Sonya is a culinary school graduate from Seneca Valley in Maryland who has worked as a professional chef for over a decade. She brings so many different styles of cooking into the Rockfish kitchen and goes out of her way to leave a smile on the face of every guest. 

When Sonya is not working at Rockfish, she enjoys spending time at home, working in her yard, and hanging out with her dog, a lovable Cane Corso. 


Facilities Manager

Also, known as "Moose", Frank grew up in the Garden State (New Jersey) on a small farm and was active in 4-H & FFA. Moose married and moved to western North Carolina where he and his wife 4 children and built a small farm. Moose started out his career building homes; foundation to framing, drywall,  and grading. After he built hundreds of homes in the Mooresville area, he moved into industrial maintenance and installation of new machines. With over 20 years experience in servicing, maintaining, inspecting, trouble shooting, repairing, refurbishing, & upgrading, this gave Moose an opportunity to travel the US and work with professionals from all over the world. 


Moose and his wife have three grandchildren that they love to spoil, and he loves to travel and meet new people! He has been on several mission trips, including an international mission to Brazil. He has an extensive collection of stories that he can't wait to share with you! His love for youth ministries and experience of construction makes him right at home here at Rockfish!