Learn about our Team
Our Camp Directors are full-time ministry staff with Chosen People Ministries. Our counselors are recruited from a pool of CPM ministry staff, students at the Feinberg Center, and members of Messianic Congregations and churches in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. A number of our counselors grew up going to Camp Kesher and see the value of serving and pouring into the lives of the next generation of campers. We carefully vet and train all staff with background checks, child safety training, and personal interviews.
All of our camp counselors and leaders undergo a background check against criminal and sex crime databases and come with multiple references from spiritual leaders.
Robert, with his son Judah
Robert and Joanna Walter serve with Chosen People Ministries and have been part of Camp Kesher’s leadership team since 2014. Their service at camp has included teaching, preaching, arts & crafts, scheduling, counseling, and more. They have two young children (both campers!) and live in Brooklyn, New York. Robert completed his seminary studies at the Charles Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies in 2013 and now serves as a congregational leader at Beth Sar Shalom Brooklyn, as the director of Chosen People Ministries Brooklyn Branch, and also teaches first-year Greek at the Feinberg Center seminary.
Some of you may know David from his long-tenured involvement with Camp Kesher. He has been a part of Messianic camps for the better part of two decades, ever since he tagged along with his Mom at age 6 when she was a counselor in the 90’s! He’s been blessed to be a counselor at Camp Kesher since it first started, and is currently involved with Messianic ministry in New York City. He is especially looking forward to the worship music, bible studies, color war, and the amazing friendships that are fostered while at camp.
Zach and Elisabeta Karp
Elisabeta and Zachariah both have a passion and love for kids! Elisabeta grew up attending and serving as a counselor in Romanian Baptist Youth camps across the continental United States, while Zachariah grew up attending Camp Simchat Yeledim (the precursor to Camp Kesher) and Camp Kesher as both a camper and counselor. Currently, Elisabeta and Zachariah live in Alexandria, VA. Fun Fact: Elisabeta and Zachariah have together participated in more than 45 youth camps and programs in the United States and Israel as campers, counselors, junior directors, and as a youth pastor intern.
Toby and Natalie Mann
Toby and Natalie Mann are on staff with Chosen People Ministries, serving in the Washington, D.C. area. Toby will complete his Master of Divinity from the Charles L. Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies in May. They are currently serving at Son of David Congregation in Rockville, Maryland. They have two beautiful daughters and a heart for discipling the next generation.