Our staff are well trained to mentor & guide in all aspects of camp life, from developing skills to engaging in conversations about life and faith. We are here to serve you!



Executive Director

Dan Wesson officially takes up the leadership reins on Nov. 1, 2021. For Dan, his wife Stephanie and their daughter, Lily, this new chapter in their life builds on significant history at the Ranch. It started for Dan when he was just a boy and came to the Ranch as a camper. From camper, he transitioned into summer staff, which is also how Stephanie was introduced to the Ranch. Both of them began serving as summer staff when they were 16 and they’ve been involved ever since. Their leadership roles have ranged from caring for campers in cabins to designing high ropes courses to developing and leading staff in all aspects of session programs. As adults, Dan and Stephanie have invested time and resources in caring for and improving the Ranch property and facilities. They are passionate about carrying on the work of previous directors, whom they know well and love.

Year-Round Staff Team

Joe Lanigan


Operations Manager
Joe has been involved with the Ranch since the summer of 2013. After his third summer at the Ranch, Joe enrolled in the very first L.E.A.D. program at Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake (Arden). In the fall of 2017, Joe joined the full-time team as the maintenance manager. He has a heart for the ranch and the ministry that it provides. Alix and Joe have been happily married since 2020

Email Joe: [email protected]


Manager of Admin and Retreats
Alix joined our Ranch family as the Camp Registrar in January 2018. She comes from Inter-Varsity’s campus division, working at both Western and Queens Universities for the previous 4 years. She has a passion for young people knowing God’s love and calling for their life. While not in the office, you can find Alix either running throughout Arden or cooking up her favorite foods in the kitchen. Alix and Joe have been happily married since 2020

Email Alix: [email protected]


Head Cook and Ranch Hand
Ben joined the full-time ranch staff fall of 2022. He is an adventurous, outdoorsy man who loves Jesus. He was raised at a camp and has been involved in many different camps since he was a young boy. Ben carries a heart for deep connection, the joy of the Lord and love for the ranch and its ministry.

Email Ben: [email protected]

Summer Teams


Each year, Circle Square Ranch welcomes many young adults to our Summer Camp programs to teach, guide and support campers and oversee activities. These dedicated youth are the most valuable resource that we have. Positions available vary greatly but the same commitment and hard work is necessary for all.

We look for energetic young people who have a heart for God and who are willing to give of their time and energy to be models and mentors to the many campers who come to Circle Square Ranch Check out Summer Staff & Volunteer opportunities below.


Summer Staff