Dave Mertz is a man who knew from an early age that he wanted to work with young people. He was on his way to pursue a teaching career, like several generations before him, when he ran into a "Divine Detour."
He was invited to fulfill several roles in a local church summer camp called Camp Harlow, and his path changed directions, leading him down the road of youth ministry. Three decades later, he is still serving at Camp Harlow, as the program director, investing in the lives of kids and emerging youth leaders. Dave knows firsthand just how important summer camp can be for kids in a variety of ways. Dave will be our guest on Chained No More on August 30.
Dave is a "kid magnet" and has a tender heart for hurting children. Kids just love "Dave the Wave" and counselors look up to him as a mentor and friend. His dedication to the Lord, his campers, and staff, shows in all he says and does, as well as in how he leads.
Serving kids and leaders in orphanages in Thailand and Cambodia have afforded some amazing adventures through the past decade. He has also served as a worship leader in a wide variety of settings over the years. On a personal level, "making sawdust" in his woodshop is one of his favorite ways to unwind.
Dave and his high school sweetheart, Carrie, have been married for almost 30 years and have three kids who ... Click the link below to read more.
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