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



General Director
Daniel joined the Ranch team to cover Alix’s maternity leave, and he with his wife Addie and son Martin are so happy to be here! He worked with InterVarsity’s University campus ministry for 8 years in Ottawa prior to coming to the Ranch.

Daniel loves seeing kids and youth deepen their understanding of the Gospel of God and watching this impact every part of their lives. Daniel’s favourite hobby is enjoying a walk outdoors, with frequent stops to admire the smallest bugs and the largest trees. He is deeply motivated by the reality of Jesus’s impact on the whole universe: “Through the Son, then, God decided to bring the whole universe back to himself. God made peace through his Son’s blood on the cross and so brought back to himself all things, both on earth and in heaven.” (Colossians 1:20 GNT)

Email Daniel: [email protected]
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]

Abby Stevens

Program Director
Abby joined the Ranch team in February 2024. She has been involved with InterVarsity ministries for several years, starting as a camper then moving to University campus ministry, and is excited to be back at camp. Abby loves seeing campers transformed by God’s love, and strives to foster an environment where the fun and adventure that camp offers is accessible to everyone. Outside of work Abby loves reading, birding, and camping.

Email Abby: [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