Chris Tarver/Camp Amplify
Chris and Lisa Tarver, the founders of Camp Amplify, have been married since 1985 and have two children and four grandchildren. Lisa grew up attending summer camps and at 16 began working in summer camps. Chris has worked in youth ministries such as Young Life and FCA in high school and college. God had always given them a heart for helping others and for young people.
In 2015, the management team at Camp Grace (who continue to mentor Camp Amplify today) showed them a camp model they were using that had worked for 11 years. A year later on a Sunday morning, God spoke to Chris in a loud voice, “I have children who are depending on you”, and Camp Amplify was born.
Since then Chris and Lisa have been “on mission” for Camp Amplify, speaking, sharing, and raising support as missionaries while building campers, counselors, and partners. After years of planning, Camp Amplify’s first camp was in 2018 with 20 campers. In 2022, 64 campers attended.