Jenn Bald
Pinecrest Camper, 2000-2010


My name is Jenn Bald, a Pinecrester from Long Island, NY. I started going to camp in 2000 and attended for 10 years having served as a Cabin Leader, Assistant Cabin Leader, Student Council Member and on the curriculum committee. I came to Pinecrest after hearing about it at an LYO retreat, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Over 15 years later and I can say it has truly been a life changing experience and I can’t imagine my life without it.



This past year I’ve continued working as an Art Therapist. I work full time in an Adult Day Health Care program with a predominately psychiatric population leading art and other recreational activities.  I also have worked with children, tweens, teens and adults diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I get to use my love of art to help others in ways I never imagined.


I am also working with a team of other young people to plan and film a documentary we have titled “Swipe Right for Faith”.  We call ourselves “the lost generation” those of us who are too old for youth group, but don’t have families of our own to bring us back to church.  We hope will bring together young people of various faiths and religious backgrounds and discuss what is it that keeps them involved when we so often seem overlooked and forgotten.


I am also become actively involved as a new member of OLC having joined the choir, reading the lessons and serving on church council. I also stay active with the Pinecrest Alumni association and am looking forward to returning to camp as a faculty member this year.


When I started camp at 15 I was insecure, self-conscious and unsure of who I was as a person.  Camp taught me how to learn to be proud of the person I am. It taught me how to lead by example, to have confidence in myself and my abilities and how I best feel called to serve God


Krista Feierabend
Pinecrest Camper, 1996-2002


My name is Krista Feierabend, a Pinecrester from Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocky Point, NY. I started going to camp in 1996 and served as Assistant Cabin Leader and Member at Large on the Pinecreat Board. I went to Pinecrest with a group of friends from youth group and left with an entire Pinecrest family. 20 years later, I keep myself involved by volunteering my skills as UX/UI & Visual Designer for all things Pincrest. I designed the new logo, this website, assist in the social media management and design all of the Dinner Dance invitations.



This past year I spent my time transitioning from a Graphic Designer to a UX/UI Designer by taking a 10 week Immersive class in UX (User Experience) Design. It was one of the most challenging and rewarding things I've ever done for myself. I recently started a new position at Lead UX/UI & Visual Designer for a company that is basically the "Indoor Google Maps" for hospitals and healthcare systems. I am responsible for the interactive app navigation experience in both iOS and Android mobile apps, website and in hospital kiosks. Pinecrest has given me the Leadership skills to run a team of designers by teaching me the the skills necessary to keep a team motivated in a positive way, communicate clearly and with confidence and maintain a sense of humor when unexpected challenges arise.


Erik Stenswold
Pinecrest Camper, 2011-Present

My name is Erik Stenswold, a Pinecrester from Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Patchogue, NY.
I started going to camp in 2011 and since served as Assistant Cabin Leader and Cabin Leader and have sat on the Student Council. I am the first from my congregation to attend Pinecrest, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

This last May I graduated from Suffolk County Community College with an AS in Music. 
I will be finishing my college education at Concordia College, studying music and religion. 

May has been a busy month for me, as I also interviewed for the position of Youth Director at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasantville, NY after Pastor Paul Egensteiner posted about the opening on our Pinecrest Facebook page. I’m very excited to say that I will be moving to Westchester, NY in August to start at my new school and to serve as Director of Youth at Emanuel to lead and walk with young Lutherans in their journey of faith.

When I started at Pinecrest I was a person who thought, “I think I could do it” or “I might be able to lead” to a person who says, “I can do it, I can lead”. Pincerest has given me the opportunity to learn how to lead, and then taught me to take that confidence and lead in my community, in my school, in my church and wherever else the Holy Spirit might move me. Pinecrest taught me that true leadership is being a servant, to lead in doing God’s work.

Erik Stenswold
Pinecrest Camper, 2011-Present
Jamaal Williams
Pinecrest Camper, 1999-2007

My name is Jamaal Williams and I’m a Pinecrester from New Hope Lutheran Church in Jamaica, NY.
I was a camper for 8 years, serving as a Cabin Leader for 5 of those years, and served as the Student Council Vice-President in 2007. My confirmation class brought me to Pinecrest back in 1999, but my Pinecrest family kept me going back every summer to explore my faith and recharge my leadership.


In June 2013, I moved to Detroit, MI to run Adam Hollier’s campaign for the Detroit City Council –
5th District. Adam is my best friend from college and he reached out to me to help him run his campaign to represent his hometown and neighborhood. Even though we lost the general election,
I gained an amazing perspective on Detroit, community engagement, and economic development. In April 2014, I moved (back) to Boston, MA to join City Year as the National Recruitment Manager for the organization. Now I travel to 10 schools in the southeast to build relationships with high schools, college, and universities to assist in generating applications to City Year’s AmeriCorps program,
where young adults serve as tutors and mentors to struggling students in low-performing schools across the country.


My Pinecrest experience helped me to grow as a leader and grow in my faith, recognizing that servant leadership can truly change the conditions of those around us. I learned how to empathize, how to meet people where they are, how to plan engaging events, and how to have fun (a necessary component of a healthy life). Service has been at the center of my world, both personally and professionally, and Pinecrest gave me the courage to remain true to that.


If you're interested in learning more about City Year please click here or contact Jamaal directly.