Full-Time Program Team

Our Mission Springs ministry team, which has over sixty years of combined experience in youth ministry, come from a diversity of backgrounds with a variety of life experience, but we all share this common goal: to leading youth to Christ in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. It is our privilege and honor to serve in this way and we look forward to getting to know your family, especially your kids. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to address them. We might have been at this a while but are grateful for the input parents offer so please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Christian, James, David, and Karen
Christian Warne
Director of Youth and Adult Camps

Started @ Mission Springs: January of 2014
Favorite camp activity: The skits!
Hometown: Davis, California
Favorite book: Open by Andre Agassi
Education: BA in Organizational Leadership - Fresno Pacific University
Hobbies: Drinking coffee, disc golf, watching movies, listening to podcasts, rugby
Family: My wife Lacy and our daugther Sage. We have 2 dogs and 2 cats

Email Address:

James Besser
Associate Director of Youth

Started @ Mission Springs: February of 2016
Favorite camp activity: Crafts
Hometown: Davis, California
Favorite book: Shantaram by Gregory Roberts
Education: BA in Public Health - Cal Berkley
Hobbies: Photography, Bee Keeping, Coffee Roasting, and anything outside
Family: My wife Elly. We have 1 dog named Banjo

Email Address:

Karen Routley
Youth and Adult Camp Registrar

Started @ Mission Springs: 2007
Favorite camp activity: The zip line & the close of Sunday Check-in
Hometown: many…Schnectady, Cinncinnati, Andover, Los Altos, Redwood City, & Mount Hermon currently
Favorite book: too many
Education: Pacific Lutheran University & UCSB – studio art with a bronze casting emphasis
Hobbies: hiking, reading, gardening, my artwork
Family: Married to Guy Routley with Country Cowboy Church. Family gre from two daughters in college to 5 grown kids and 6 granddaughters! Can't forget the dogs, chickens, guinea pig & fishes!

Email Address:

David Lund
Adventures Coordinator

Favorite camp activity: PRIMETIME!
Hometown: Kingsburg, CA
Favorite book: The Horse and His Boy by C.S.Lewis
Education: BA in Contemporary Christian Ministry - Fresno Pacific University
Hobbies: Surfing, Making Music, Water Coloring, Embroidery, Anything in or around the ocean, Riding/fixing my bikeFamily: Parents and an older brother

Email Address: