Gretchen Ahrens

Lutheranch Program Director, Summer Camp and Equestrian

Gretchen has over 15 years of experience leading summer camp and equine programs. She holds certification as a PATH International Advanced Level Instructor and has been certified as an American Association for Horsemanship Safety Full Instructor. She has completed Master Equine Manager Programs with Iowa State University Extension and the University of Georgia Extension. She employs the “Secure Seat” riding method to help beginner and intermediate riders stay safe and develop a solid riding foundation. Gretchen is an active volunteer in the equestrian community, frequently volunteering as a ring steward or scribe at Chattahoochee Hills and other local shows. She has served as program staff at camps in Nebraska, South Dakota and Georgia and loves facilitating programs to help kids and adults learn and grow in God’s great creation. In her free time, she enjoys riding her own two thoroughbreds, Nate the Great and Tootsie, writing, cooking, camping, playing outdoors and finding new ways to be creative.

Shane Dathe

Lutheranch Facilities Manager

Shane has a degree in construction management from the University of Florida in Gainesville – Go Gators! After working for a professional builder in Florida for 9 years, he was spending too much time in the office and not enough time in the field, so he decided to go out on his own and spent the next several years doing freelance handyman and carpentry work before finding his way to Lutheranch. What began as volunteer work soon became a fulltime job and he found himself packing his bags and moving to Georgia to manage the Lutheranch property. A resourceful problem solver, Shane can fix or build just about anything needed around the 500+ acre site. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors; fishing, mountain biking, and participating in outdoor motor sports such as motocross racing and snowmobiling.

Darlene Bailey

Lutheranch Head Cook and Dining Staff Manager

Darlene has always enjoyed cooking, even as a child growing up in Woodland, Alabama, the place she stills calls home today. She originally learned to cook by watching her mother and after staying home to raise her two daughters, Darlene worked at a catering company for 12 years and became an expert in managing all kinds of events, from corporate business gatherings to weddings. Looking for a career change and wanting to work for a Christian organization, she spent many months praying to find the right opportunity when she discovered Lutheranch. Upon her initial interview, she knew it was a match made in heaven. Darlene truly enjoys providing meals and hospitality to guests and feels blessed to work with a great staff. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Mike, her daughters and two beloved grandsons.

Debbie Lundell

Lutheranch Hospitality and Outreach Coordinator

Debbie is a retired schoolteacher, wife of Joe and mother of two sons, Jody and Jon Mark. She has been a life-long Lutheran (except when there was not a Lutheran church near where her career Army father was stationed) and active in Women of the ELCA for 25 years. She became involved with Lutheranch soon after the property was purchased, serving first as a volunteer and now as a staff member. Her professional aim is to optimize each person’s experience and provide Christ centered hospitality to guests. She especially enjoys working with children, crafts and camp, and always has creative new ideas to share. Debbie delights in sharing her love of Lutheranch with anyone who is willing to listen.

Christina Yarnold

Lutheranch Executive Site Director

After spending 20 years working under fluorescent lights in corporate offices, Christina feels fortunate to be working with a great team at Lutheranch and pursuing her passion to provide a place where people can find respite from the daily stresses of modern life and reconnect with one another, with nature and with God. She has an MBA from Emory University and experience building a successful technology start-up company. She is now using her expertise in business to grow Lutheranch and strives to provide life changing programs and experiences for guests, volunteers and staff. In her free time, she enjoys all kinds of active outdoor activities, from running, biking, swimming, and gardening, to backpack camping and downhill skiing. Outside in the beauty and wonder of nature is her happy place.