By: Abby Wyllie
Guy Bratton has been in full-time Camp ministry for the past 20 years, but his journey to becoming the director of the Compass program began when he found himself searching for his calling as a young adult.
Guy grew up in California and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Pepperdine University. He went on to receive a Master’s in Youth Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. After a brief stint in youth and college ministry and a period of discernment, he went into full-time Camp Ministry. He has served in multiple facets of camping ministry; serving as the Program Director at Lake Lundgren Bible Camp, Camp Director at Forest Home Ojai Valley, and most recently at Camp Cho-Yeh as the Director of Retreats.
Guy has seen the transformation that occurs in a camp setting throughout his two decades in ministry. He brings to Compass a passion for life on life discipleship and a desire to walk alongside young people as they discern their calling.
Guy is truly a renaissance man whose interests range from web design to chainsaw carving! His wealth of knowledge and experiences in a variety of disciplines has equipped him to teach life skills to a diverse group of young people within the Compass program.
One of his hobbies is restoring old campers, and he loves the spiritual parallels within this interest. Guy loves taking something that is in disrepair and making it something beautiful once again. His ministry philosophy is one of restoration because he knows that the Lord makes beauty out of ashes. His desire for Compass students is for them to experience the sacred in the ordinary throughout the program, and in their lives.
Guy and his wife, Beth, will have been married for 20 years this October. They have one son, Ben (16). Beth also works at Cho-Yeh, and their ministry here is not merely a job, it is their family ministry. As a couple they are deeply invested in the work of the Lord in young people because they felt a calling from God in the midst of personal turmoil years ago. After Guy and Beth had their son, they struggled with fertility and loss, and as they cried out to the Lord in their pain the message that they received was, “I have other children for you that won’t be biological.” The spiritual children that they have been able to invest in has forever changed them and they are ecstatic about the opportunity to directly disciple and invest in the students in the Compass program.