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Meet The Counselors

We can't wait for you to get to know the 2017 Teen Leadership Camp staff!


I hope you enjoy getting to know the full 2017 Counselor Team!

Noelle Garnier - Counselor

Noelle Garnier


I'm a 23-year-old graduate from PHC's journalism program, back at PHC Teen Camps for the third time. Some of my favorite activities at PHC were serving as the editor of the student newspaper (The Herald) and representing PHC at the National Model United Nations conference in New York City. You can most often find me out on a run, reading a Steinbeck novel, or meeting with friends over a cappuccino and crepes. Surprising fact about me: my second car had flames on the side. Connecting with teen campers at this exciting and important moment season of their lives never gets old, and I can't wait to meet you and hear your story.

Peter Thompson - Counselor

Peter Thompson


Hi, I’m Peter, and I’m a rising senior majoring in Economics and Business Analytics. My home town is Boxford, Massachusetts but you could also say Purcellville, Virginia because I have been literally stuck here since 2003. In high school I ran track and cross-country and also participated in debate. I’m a part of the Titan Society, which is basically an entrepreneurship club. Other than that, I mostly focus on work and friends; I love bonfires, cooking, or anything that leads to good conversation. I also enjoy cycling, backpacking, making coffee, collecting vinyl records, and skiing. My favorite food is cheese, and my favorite movie is Oh Brother Where Art Thou. An interesting fact about myself is that my favorite palace in the world is Acadia Maine and I want to live there someday. I'm excited for camps because I’ll be meeting new people and spending quality time with them!

Grace Richardson - Counselor

Grace Richardson


Hi, I’m Grace and I just graduated with a degree in journalism. I’m from Lovettsville, VA and I enjoy anything theatre, especially acting; movie-making: editing/shooting; music, especially playing piano; hiking, camping, skiing, running, or anything outdoorsy. While at PHC, I participated in our theater group, Eden Troupe, and was involved in the music department. My favorite food is, well, where to start? I love food! But I’d have to say coffee, chicken alfredo, or enchiladas. Some of my favorite movies are Lord of the Rings, Branaugh's Henry V, and Gettysburg. An interesting fact about me is that I wrote/filmed /forced my family to act in a 20-minute movie based on The Emperor's New Clothes when I was 14. I'm excited to be a part of the fun of camps and to grow spiritually myself along with the teens that are coming.

Josh Webb - Counselor

Josh Webb


Greetings, earthlings. I am Josh Webb, a rising senior studying government and hailing from ye old Birmingham Alabama. Truly a connoisseur of the arts, I'm a big fan of Dominoes Buffalo Chicken Pizza (please buy me one) and the movie Hoodwinked is probably the best film ever made. I spent my time in high school participating in debate competitions, reading, listening to music and watching movies. At PHC I compete in moot court and mock trial, hold biweekly “Walk N’ Talks”, and spend lots of time with my friends. Working as a counselor last summer was the best experience of my life. I saw God more clearly than I ever had before, and that was thanks to you, the people that we hold these camps for. I can't wait to get to know you and we're going to have a fantastic summer!

Sarah Geesaman - Counselor

Sarah Geesaman


Hello future campers! I'm Sarah, and I am a rising senior studying government and history. I don't have a hometown because my family moved around a lot while I was growing up, but Purcellville is probably the closest thing to one I've had. In my free time, I enjoy stabbing people—only in the context of fencing club, I promise!—listening to music, reading Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy and spending long days causing mischief with friends. I keep busy during the semesters at PHC by serving as an RA, a campus safety officer, the captain of a mock trial team, and the head of the fencing club. I love suspenseful movies with some mystery woven through them, so Christopher Nolan films like Interstellar, Inception, and The Prestige are some of my all-time favorites. One interesting thing about me is that a lot of people here at PHC call me Doc, which is short for Dr. Cheeseman, Future Dictator of the World for Life—a humble nickname I adopted for myself at the tender age of 13. I've always thought it would be fun to be a camp counselor, and I’m excited to be a part of Teen Camps this summer because I think it'll help me grow a lot as a person and give me a chance to pour into others. Plus, I mean, it just sounds like an awesome way to spend a summer. Can’t wait to meet you all!

Ian Schmidt - Counselor

Ian Schmidt


Hello everyone! My name is Ian, and I traveled from small town Loganville, GA to PHC to earn a degree in Economics and Business Analytics. A rising senior, I have spent my free time at PHC playing sports, fishing, building close friendships, and dating my best friend. I have been told to share my favorite food but to be honest I find that food is often overrated. An interesting fact about me is that I can quote most of Finding Nemo from start to finish. As a counselor, I am excited to see how God moves in my life and those around me. It is going to be a great summer.

Harvest Prude - Counselor

Harvest Prude


Hello everyone! I’m a rising senior Journalism major. I’m from a small riverfront town in Kentucky, where I grew up in a family of ten. The writer and bookworm of the family, I’m passionate about hearing people’s stories and the word ephemeral, which is the loveliest word in the English language. At PHC, I am a Resident Assistant, have helped plan three dances, and acted as Editor for the school newspaper for a semester. In my free time, I listen to music spanning nearly every genre, enjoy deep conversations with friends, and dream about when I can finally fulfill my dream of being a hermit in a tiny cabin on a mountain-top. I’m excited to grow closer to the campers, counselors, and the Lord during Teen Camps 2017.

Mark Van Matre - Counselor

Mark Van Matre


Hi, everyone! I’m Mark and I come from Erie, Pennsylvania. I'm a senior at Patrick Henry College majoring in History and Classics. While at school, I run the Alexandria Historical Society and am an editor at the historical review. I also teach Latin at a local homeschool co-op. For fun, I like eating beef jerky in the woods, playing obscure instruments, and watching light-hearted movies. I'm incredibly excited for camp and getting to meet everyone coming this year.

Becca Samelson - Counselor

Rebecca Samelson


Hi friends! I’m Becca, an upcoming senior studying journalism and history, and I’m from Pike Road, Alabama– but Purcellville, Virginia has become home for me. In high school I spent all my free time competing in speech and debate, leading worship in my youth group, cooking, reading, and talking to my friends on Facebook messenger. (I was homeschooled, give me a break! ;D) I love all things broadway (especially Hamilton), Miranda Sings, and I’m a wanna-be outdoorsy person. At PHC I participate in mock trial and moot court, I lead a chapel guild, and spend a ton of timing driving around the Farris Wheel blaring loud music. If coffee were a food, it’d be my favorite; besides coffee, I love cheese fries. I love all Disney and Pixar movies. Last summer, being a counselor was the most fun I’ve ever had and it helped me grow so much in my faith. I can’t wait to see all the familiar and new faces this summer!

Pierre du Plessis - Counselor

Pierre du Plessis


Hello everyone, I’m Pierre. I’m from Lovettsville, Virginia and I’m studying History. I enjoy archery, shooting, carpentry, soccer, ultimate frisbee, hunting. At PHC, I’m a member of Student Senate, I play on the soccer team, and I participate in Chapel Guild. My favorite food is orange chicken and my favorite movie is Master and Commander. An interesting fact about me is that I was held by Nelson Mandela when I was a baby. I'm excited for camps because of the opportunity to form new friendships, along with the chance to impact others for the Master and to share my passion for Christian apologetics.

Kara Brown - Counselor

Kara Brown


Hi everyone! I’m Kara, and I’m a rising junior studying government and minoring in journalism. I’m from Frederick, Maryland but you’ll most likely see me zipping across campus on my razor scooter. Besides scooter-ing to class, at PHC you’ll find me hanging with friends or playing basketball on the PHC women’s team. My favorite food is broccoli cheddar soup in a bread bowl from Panera Bread and my favorite movie is Inception. An interesting fact about me is that I’ve been to six countries. And I’m excited for teen camps so I can get to know everyone and meet the campers.

Jacob Beaver - Counselor

Jacob Beaver


Hi all, I'm Jacob Beaver and I'm super excited to get to know all of you this summer. I've lived in Huntsville, Alabama all my life, despite inexplicably escaping a southern accent for unknown reasons. I'm a big music fan and I will go toe to toe with you when it comes to useless facts about the life of Steve Jobs. At PHC, you'll usually find me spending time with friends, reading and spending way too much of my petty cash at Chick-fil-A. One fun fact about me is that saw La La Land in theaters 8 times. I would've gone again, but it went out of theatres. Attending teen camps was one of my favorite memories from high school and I'm looking forward to helping make your teen camps experience just as special.

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