Ed McDowell has been the Executive Director of Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center since 1995. He and Bev have been married over 30 years. They are the proud parents of 9 children and 15 grandchildren and are very passionate about adoption, with five adopted children and six adopted grandchildren. Family time ranks high on Ed’s list of favorite activities. Ed is an ordained elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Free Methodist Church. He has served as a Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, Dean of Students, and board consultant for organizations across the country. Ed currently serves as Board Chair for the Christian Camp and Conference Association and serves on the teaching faculty of the Murdock Charitable Trust Board Leadership Initiative. Ed believes that Christian Camping is an ideal way to bless people with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Orin came to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1971. At that time, he was working with the United States Forest Service on the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon. From the very outset of his new faith in Christ, there was a strong desire to serve the Lord cross-culturally. In order to prepare for cross-cultural ministry, Orin attended Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada, from 1972 to 1976.
In 1977, following graduation from Prairie and linguistic training at the University of Washington, Orin and his family left for Irian Jaya, Indonesia, (now West Papua) where they spent 22 years working with the Kimyal tribe in the Eastern Highlands. Orin spent most of those years in church planting, discipleship, and leadership development. He also served as the West Papua, Field Director from 1995-2000.
After returning to the States, Orin was appointed Director of a new ministry arm of World Team called ChurchLink (2000-2005). The focus of that ministry was serving local churches through building relationships, casting vision and providing resources for strategic impact locally and globally among unreached people groups.
After 30 years with World Team, Orin and Rosa resigned from the Mission (2005), to begin a new ministry role as the Pastor of Global Outreach at Grace Bible Fellowship where he served as a staff Pastor for 11 years. During that time, he also served as an Adjunct Professor at Corban University for 5 years, teaching a mission class.
After Orin and Rosa’s return to the States in 2000, they continued to make yearly visits back to Papua, and it was in 2009 that Rosa and her Kimyal translation team completed the Kimyal New Testament, which was dedicated in March 2010.
In 2017, Orin resigned from his staff position at GBF and Corban, so he and Rosa could give more time to the Kimyal tribe in West Papua. Orin has been married to Rosa for 53 years. They have two sons, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.