Our Mission & Vision
To communicate the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to the youth and families of Sheboygan County.
Create environments and opportunities where everyone can know, grow and experience life in Christ.
Our first goal is for participants to understand, live, and share their faith.
Understand, accept, profess and explain the plan of salvation
Write out their testimony and be able to share it verbally.
Enter into a discipleship relationship with a more mature Christian.
Our second goal is for participants to be discipled, and to find a balance between being a ministry consumer and a ministry producer.
Explain the concepts of sin, grace, faith, heaven, hell, redemption, etc.
Explain the role of God the Father, His son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian.
Know and be able to share the basic storyline of the Bible: Creation, Fall, Old Covenant, Prophets, Christ, Church, Christ’s return.
Take on a leadership role in a Campus Life ministry program (club program, Bible study, outreach group).
Become a mentor and disciple a younger Christian.
Our third goal is for participants be actively involved in local ministry.
Attend weekly church services with their family or friends.
Participate in a small group or youth group.
Participate in a church ministry.
Participate in at least one service project per year.
Our goals are based on the following ministry model:
Christ is Heard – Outreach/Evangelism
Christ is Accepted –Evangelism/Discipleship
Christ is Followed – Discipleship/Church
Christ is Shared – Church/Outreach
Meet the Team
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." – Matthew 6:33
Jim Green and his wife Denise are a ministry team. Jim is a 1985 graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Superior and has been involved in ministry and business for more than 20 years. Formerly of Superior, Wis., Jim has served in leadership of church and para-church ministries, as well as short-term ministry projects. In the summer of 2006 Jim and Denise felt God's calling and accepted the opportunity to serve with Campus Life. They reside in Oostburg, WI.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." – Philippians 4:8
Denise and her husband Jim are a ministry team. A 1986 graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Superior and a 2007 graduate of A.T. Stills University, she has been involved in ministry and academics for more than 20 years. Formerly of Chicago via Superior, Wis., Denise has served in leadership of church ministries, as well as short-term missions work. Since their marriage in 1986, Denise and Jim have been partners in the ministry working on outreach, evangelism and discipleship projects. They have two adult children, James and Alexandra (Lexi)
"For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died." – 2 Corinthians 5:14
A Sheboygan Falls native, Sara-Jean became a Christian at a Campus Life event. She graduated from Moody in 2008 with a degree in Biblical Studies. After interning at Campus Life, she worked with a Chicago youth group before starting at Campus Life full-time in 2009. Sara-Jean is primarily responsible for overseeing our outreach into the juvenile jail system in Sheboygan County.
Children's Ministries Intern
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who needeth not be ashamed, who rightly handles the Word of Truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
Raised in Sheboygan, Anna has attended and volunteered at Campus Life all throughout high school. Anna is a senior in high school and has been homeschooled for all of her school years. After graduation, Anna plans to attend college locally and major in elementary education or youth ministry.
At Campus Life, Anna will be working with the preschool program by reading Biblical story books, creating fun and interesting craft ideas, and teaching simple games. She is also in charge of the elementary school program on Thursday nights where she writes and presents lessons, leads small group discussions, and equips other volunteers to lead.
Student Ministry Director
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." – Colossians 3:23
A native of Sheboygan, Jenna has been a staple of Campus Life since Day Camps her sixth-grade year. Eventually, she left to attend Judson University graduating in 2020 with an Exercise and Sport Science degree. She is also pursuing a Master of Leadership in Ministry degree through Judson while working at Campus Life.
Jenna’s role is to oversee middle and high school students, as well as family ministry. Growing up in a Christian family, she knows how easy it is to simply accept your parents' faith without question; she challenges students to have a genuine heart for Christ that affects every part of their lives.
Jacob Wittneben is a native of the Sheboygan area and has been involved with Campus Life since his freshman year in high school. Since then, he has acted as student, volunteer, intern, and now full-time staff, growing in the ministry throughout the years. Jacob graduated in 2018 with his degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University.
Jacob is primarily responsible for overseeing the high school, middle school, and elementary school programs at Campus Life and is passionate about helping students in their relationship with Christ despite the many challenges they face in life.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
Administrative Assistant &
Senior Engagement Coordinator
"I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord." – Psalm 40:1-3
Rachel Roethel was born and raised in Florida and transplanted to Wisconsin after marrying her husband, Grant. She got her degree in Youth and Social Ministry and is passionate about the administrative side of ministry. She relishes in making people feel connected and cared for, which is why she is the first and last person that you will encounter at Campus Life. You will be greeted with a vibrant hello and will be missed until the next time that you come back. In addition to her role as the Administrative Assistant, Rachel is also passionate about working alongside our senior adults in her role as Senior Engagement Coordinator. Outside of work you can find Rachel enjoying the outdoors with her husband and their daughter.
Social Media Manager
"Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you." – Hosea 10:12
Brought into the faith as a child and raised in a Christian home, Joelle has been involved in youth groups, worship groups, adult and outreach ministries in a variety of capacities throughout her life. She attended Atlanta Christian College before graduating with a degree in Mass Communications from the University of Georgia in 2004. Since then, she has worked in journalism and marketing, eventually owning a pizzeria with her husband before coming to Campus Life. In all her work, Joelle has understood that God has placed her there to be salt and light and to point the way to Him.
"Everything is possible with God." – Matthew 10:27
Sue was born & raised in Sheboygan County, grew up in Gibbsville & graduated from Oostburg High School. Afterwards, she went on to Lakeshore Technical College for Dental Assisting and worked as an assistant for almost 25 years before working for Piggly Wiggly. In May of 2003, former Campus Life Director Dave Justice called Sue to see if she wanted to work as bookkeeper for Campus Life. She has been here ever since, becoming the most long-term staff member at Campus Life, and enjoying every minute. She had also helped out with Campus Life activities before getting married in 1987. She has two boys & a beloved daughter-in-law.
Board of Directors
Campus Life is governed by a board of directors made up of men and women from a variety of church and denominational backgrounds. They are committed to the mission and vision of Campus Life and serve in a variety of capacities and terms.
Pictured from left to right: Lynn Reimes, Don DeMaster, Lee Voskuil, Vicki Kreisa, Connie Mulder, Steve VanderPloeg, Earl Lilyquist. Not pictured: Eric Glewen and Kay Depagter.
Serving Sheboygan County since the 1950s
The vision of winning young people to Christ in Sheboygan County burned deeply in the heart of Rev. Ellis Mooney, Pastor of the local Evangelical Free Church. As a result, in 1950 he began Saturday Night youth rallies in which young people from across the city and county were involved. Hundreds of young people met Christ as Savior and scores accepted God’s call to the ministry.
During the mid 1950’s, this local youth ministry became affiliated with Youth for Christ International, and in the late 1960’s the local Board of Directors adjusted to include men from other churches. This was done in an attempt to make the ministry truly non-denominational and to be more acceptable as an independent youth organization.
The Campus Life Board of Directors in the summer of 1970 made a monumental step of faith in opening the Upper Room over the old Badger Paint Store on North 8th Street in downtown Sheboygan. This weekend coffee house was staffed by volunteers and a Lakeland College student, Sam Walker, who was hired part time. Scores of Christian teens and their friends found the Upper Room an excellent place for food, fellowship, and entertainment.
The 1970’s was a time of transition as Campus Life, Inc. of Sheboygan County was formed, and the Board of Directors called Dave Justice to become the first Executive Director. The Campus Life office was located in the Upper Room facility until later that year when the coffee house was closed and the office relocated to 607 Center Ave., adjacent to the Sheboygan Glass Company.
Property was purchased in October of 1973 for a Campus Life Teen Center to be built housing offices and facilities for youth activities. After nearly 10 months of volunteer help, a gas explosion at the Sheboygan Glass Company necessitated moving into an uncompleted Teen Center. Carpenters were hired to complete nearly two months of work prior to the September 1974 dedication of the facility. For 26 years this facility served the organization well.
In 2000, property was purchased for the new Campus Life Family Center at 6426 S. Business Drive on the south side of Sheboygan. In 2001 the new facility was dedicated. Along with expanded inside ministry and office space, extensive outside activity areas were also added. This included a picnic pavilion, soccer & baseball fields, and a fishing pond.
After 37 years of service Dave Justice retired in June of 2007 as the Executive Director. Since that time Jim & Denise Green have led the ministry together as a ministry team.
The ministry has continued to grow as God has opened new doors of opportunity. Expanding ministries to families has been a primary focus including an annual Father Daughter Ball event which hundreds of dads and daughters participate in each year. Expanding ministries to children as young as 2 years old through senior adults, multiple sessions of men’s and women’s Bible studies, as well as outreaches to juvenile jail and assisted living facilities have all become part of the Campus Life ministry to young and old.
Campus Life stands as a testimony to the hard work, prayers, and support of many friends who love the Lord and people in this community. To God be the Glory, great things he has done and continues to do through the ministry of Campus Life.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal return to power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.