Meet the Leadership Team
Walker is passionate about serving students at TLC; after all, he’s been a part of the life-changing conference for more than 30 years! An experienced university administrator and educator, he is also the co-founder of Vision For Youth, an international network of youth ministries. Walker, a former youth pastor and editor of church youth materials, is a frequent speaker at youth, family, church leadership and parenting conferences. He is the author of seven books, most recently “Inter-Generational Youth Ministry: Why a Balanced View of Connecting the Generations is Essential for the Church.”
He and his wife, Peggy, have three grown children (all of whom are in vocational ministry) and seven grandchildren. With a heart for youth they lead the college-age ministry at Heritage Baptist Church in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.
Defendorf is a 2003 graduate of Clarks Summit University. He served for five years at Skyview Ranch in Millersburg, Ohio and became CSU’s campus life coordinator in 2013. Defendorf works closely with the Student Leadership Council, planning student events and fostering their leadership development. He and his wife, Hannah, have four children, Clark, Bryce, Gage and Hudson.
Boykin enjoys his many roles at CSU. He has completed more than 20 years of teaching in the Bible department as well as several years in the counseling department. He and his wife, Sherry, also enjoy a very full ministry of being the resident hall director for more than 50 male undergraduate students in Loescher Hall. Their daughter Katherine, known as Kaki, enjoys having lots of older brothers to spoil her. Boykin has seen God work in amazing ways in the lives of teens at TLC. He loves being part of impacting young lives for Christ and discipleship!
Charity is the Senior Admissions Counselor for Clarks Summit University. She loves people and coffee (put them together, and her day is made). She is thankful for God’s work in her life and counts it a privilege to watch Him ignite teens’ passions to glorify their God and Savior. One of her favorite things about her job and role with TLC is the interaction with students as they ask questions and dive into the Word of God on their own.
The more she spends time in the Word, the more she recognizes the power of Hebrews 4:12. “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
TLC secretary, academic administrative assistant, tea enthusiast, book hoarder, inventor of teleportation (Just kidding on the last one, but maybe someday!)—Miller has plenty of roles to fill at CSU.
This is her second year working with TLC, and she’s delighted to interact with high school students who are passionate about serving the Lord. She graduated from CSU with a Business degree in 2016 and works for the Vice President for Academics (he’s a pretty cool guy). Miller loves helping others be more efficient with the resources God has given them, so they can be more effective in their ministries.
Other Important TLC Roles
Clarks Summit University students serve as our TLC Counselors. They are energetic and fun, and they desire to counsel teens towards pursuing Christ in their daily walk.
The TLC band seeks to bring gospel-centered worship to our daily sessions. The team is made up of students of Clarks Summit University.
RiSE worship band
Child Care Workers
Our TLC child care workers seek to provide quality care and fun for children of youth workers attending TLC. The team is made up of students and alumni of Clarks Summit University.
The TLC Nurse is available each day from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
At TLC, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our students. Our Safety and Security Department serves the campus by maintaining a safe and peaceful environment. The director, Ken Morris, brings over 25 years of experience to his role as Clarks Summit University’s director of safety and security.