May 22, 2018

The 2018 Contenders team is nearly ready for action!  In a little less than a week, the five-member team from Faith will make its way up to the Iowa Regular Baptist Camp on the shores of Clear Lake where they will minister to campers of all ages throughout the summer.

This year’s team is led by five energetic and fun students from Faith Baptist Bible College (pictured above, left to right): Sawyer Gogerty, Lyndi Shepard, Alicia Smith, Abby Zollinger, and Cole Glanzer.

After months of training and practicing, The Contenders are excited to teach, counsel, work with camp staff on various projects, and perform a wide variety of skits they have been diligently learning.

The skits range from humorous to serious, emphasizing themes of courage, evangelism, the brevity of life, and grace, to name a few.  Here is a short list of some of the skits The Contenders will be performing at various camps this summer:

  • Fellowship of the Unashamed
  • Love your Neighbor
  • Restaurant of Life
  • Radio Broadcast
  • Grandma Tildy (the group favorite)
  • Gift Exchange

Work will begin for The Contenders the week of May 28 with Training Week, followed by Water and Work Week.  The summer officially kicks off with Special Camp June 4-8 and the schedule keeps on rolling all the way through Family Camp #5 August 4-10.  Remember to keep The Contenders in your prayers throughout the summer months as they minister to thousands of campers over a demanding three-month span!

Meet the Contenders:

Lyndi Shepard:
Lyndi just finished her freshman year at Faith.
She is from Lapeer, Michigan, and stars on the Faith women’s basketball and soccer teams.
Lyndi is known for her funny northern accents and pronunciations.



Alicia Smith:

Alicia just finished her freshman year at Faith.
She is from Owatonna, Minnesota and plays on Faith’s volleyball and basketball teams.
Alicia is known as the fiercest competitor of the group.


Abby Zollinger
Abby just finished her freshman year at Faith.
She is from Williamsburg, Iowa and was a Team Captain on the Faith soccer team last fall.
Abby’s trademark for The Contenders is her extreme sarcasm and sense of humor.


Cole Glanzer:

Cole just finished his junior year at Faith.
He is from Wolsey, South Dakota, and plays on Faith’s soccer and basketball teams.
Cole is known for his jovial, down-home sense of humor and personality.


Sawyer Gogerty:

Sawyer just finished his freshman year at Faith.
He is from Huxley, Iowa, and plays on the Faith men’s soccer team.
He has equal amounts of sarcasm and competitiveness, with a sportive sense of humor.