Aaron Ziebarth


Aaron Ziebarth 2023

Aaron Ziebarth is excited about igniting a generation that seeks God. Aaron has served as Chief Executive Officer of Joy El Camps & Retreats and Joy El Generation since 2003. Prior to Joy El, Aaron served in ministry in North Dakota, Michigan and Minnesota. Aaron’s undergraduate degree is in youth ministry and psychology, and he has a master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also gained experience leading church boards and within two family businesses. After serving in presidential roles in two Christian Camp and Conference Association (www.ccca.org) sections, he was elected to serve as chair of the national board.

Aaron is involved with CCI Worldwide (http://www.cciworldwide.org/) as a Coach, serving leaders in Christian camping associations around the world. He is a frequent speaker for leadership training, retreats and churches, and regularly enjoys memorizing God’s Word. Aaron’s wife Stephanie serves as Joy El’s Barnabas mentor coordinator and their three adult children benefited from Joy El as well. With their children marrying and one grandson so far, Aaron and Stephanie look forward to a third generation participating in Joy El programs. You may find Aaron spending a week on the Appalachian Trail or reading good books for refreshment. Some of Aaron’s favorite verses include 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us,” and Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”