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Our Director, Russell Casteel, originally hails from Mississippi. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University as well as Candler School of Theology at Emory University. As a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, he has over 14 years of experience in camping ministry and is certified in Camp/Retreat Ministry in the United Methodist Church. He is passionate about helping to create places where others can experience God, grow in their faith, and connect with God’s creation. Russell is married to Callie, who is awesome. Callie is a graduate of The University of the South (Sewanee) and has a Master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. Callie is the Southeast Farm and Market Outreach Coordinator For Animal Welfare Approved.  Wendell is their dog, and has perfected the art of being a Labrador Retriever. They are glad to call Tennessee home!

931-670-3025 (office) / 662-816-2900 (cell)


Morgan Tubbs is Cedar Crest’s Program Director. Morgan is a 2013 graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She has been working with children and youth for nearly a decade in areas such as child care, development, and creative expression. She has an extensive background in both missions and camp and retreat ministry in the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church. She received her master’s degree in social justice & ethics in 2016 from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. She is also pursuing a call towards Ordained Ministry as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. Morgan loves music, the arts, animals, and all people.

931-670-3025 (office) / 662-641-0733 (cell)




Davis Winstead is the Grounds Director at Cedar Crest. Davis joined Cedar Crest after a 6-month hike from Maine to Georgia down the Appalachian Trail. Davis can usually be found walking our grounds spending time in creation. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2013 with a degree in economics and has nearly a decade of experience in outdoor ministry and direction as well as challenge course facilitation. Davis enjoys working with his hands, bicycle racing, and a good play on words.

931-670-3025 (office) / 601-951-4154 (cell)