Meet the Staff


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Sammy Hudson - Executive Director

 It has been such an amazing journey to watch God develop The Refuge alongside my wife and ministry partner, Desta. We have two beautiful girls, Kearston, and Addie. In 2007, we stepped out in faith in hopes that God would provide the necessary resources to sustain our family, and also build The Refuge. We are so blessed to have an army of folks praying for us, encouraging us, and helping to support us financially. We are certainly grateful and stand in awe of what God can do through His people. I think the one thing I have learned the most as the Executive Director is that I really don't know very much at all. I have been humbled time and time again by this process and have begun to think that God may be building this place to impact my life most of all. I graduated from Methodist College in 1996 with a degree in business administration. After a short stint as a golf professional I was called into full time ministry. I spent three years as an assistant camp director at Camp Don Lee, and then seven  years as the Youth Director at Queen Street UMC where I was introduced to a host of folks who were praying to develop a Christian camp in the heart of eastern NC. Desta, has been my greatest support and prayer warrior ever since we walked into this together. She is a graduate of UNCW with a degree in Marine Biology, and is the heart behind one of our most successful programs, the "Connecting The Dots" mission program for elementary students. We are both grateful to be a part of this ministry and would love to meet you on one of our front porches to pray with you and encourage you with the hope that can only be found in Jesus!





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Lennie Furlough - Program Director

The Furlough's say hello!  Let me start with my amazing wife, partner & friend Danielle!  Danielle is a 6th grade math & science teacher at Christ Covenant School. Our kids: Trey attends PCC, Joshua (11th grade), Nate (9th grade) & Elizabeth (6th grade) & Joseph (JK) are attending Christ Covenant School.    Our family is excited to be back in the Greenville area connecting with old friends & meeting new ones.  We look forward to what God is doing in our family, at the Refuge and in the community we live in.





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Terry Barnes – Camp & Financial Administrator 

Married to a great husband William Harold Barnes, Jr. we have two wonderful grown children April and Stephen and son-in-law Jonathan, three grandchildren, God’s greatest blessings, William Lee, Maylee and Natalee. We live in Snow Hill and William and I own and operate W.H. Barnes Electric in Kinston, NC. I am a graduate of Mount Olive College and hold a BS in Accounting. Serving God by being a part of The Refuge has truly been a blessing.





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Chris Elks - Director of Maintenance and Grounds

I consider it a privilege and blessing to be part of the staff here at The Refuge. I am a Greene County native, born and raised just a few miles from The Refuge itself. In fact, some of the land, that now is part of the camp, used to be my great grandfather's! God has truly instilled in me the love of His creation. I have paddled up and down the Contentnea Creek all my life, enjoying fishing, canoeing and hunting. Between spending leisure time on the creek or in the woods, and my love for scouting, I developed a respect and love for the outdoors. I worked on my daddy's hog farm for many years, learning to fix just about anything that broke on the farm. I have spent the last ten years working in commercial construction as a superintendent with Farrior and Son's. I am married to my best friend, Kirsten. She graduated from ECU with degrees in both Geography and Special Education. Together, we have 7 beautiful children and are blessed to be able to homeschool them in the same house that I grew up in. God has blessed this 'ole country boy beyond measure and I want Him to use me here however He sees fit. Kirsten and I see The Refuge as part of our family and we hope to use each of our talents and gifts to serve Him in this ministry. We would love to meet you, so come on down and allow us to show you around. You will be amazed at what God has done and continues to do.



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