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Meet the Leadership

Charlie Goeke

Program Manager of the Vanguard Gap Year

  • B.A. Secondary Education and Social Studies, Wheaton College, 2008
  • M.A. Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College, 2013 

As the Vanguard Program Manager, I am blessed with the opportunity to develop students in a context where they have a year to experience the wonders of Creation, the authenticity of community, and a unlimited service and experiential learning opportunities. I have had similar experiences here at HoneyRock and cannot wait to walk alongside others in their spiritual and developmental journeys.

I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota before attending Wheaton College for my undergraduate degree. It was at Wheaton that I learned about HoneyRock. I decided to begin my HoneyRock experience by becoming a Wrangler at the Barn. Seven summers later, I had worked in a variety of roles (Barn, Operations, Activity Staff), met and married my wife Laura (in Chrouser Dining Hall), earned my Masters in Intercultural studies from Wheaton, and learned that working in an outdoor educational environment was the ideal fit for me. After graduating, I spent two years as a Resident Director for the University of Northwestern in the Twin Cities. Most recently, we lived in the Twin Cities where I was a Resident Director for the University of Northwestern.

Today, my wife and I are blessed with two daughters, Greta and Lucie. We love living in small-town Wisconsin, where I happily root for the Vikings, much to the dismay of my neighbors and coworkers. 

HoneyRock Fellows

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Each year, we invite recent college graduates to serve as "Fellows". Similar to a Resident Assistant at Wheaton College, these mentors guide and disciple Vanguards over the course of the program. They live on the same floor, eat all meals together, plan events, attend seminars and trips, and are a guiding presence in the larger HoneyRock community. In hiring each Fellow, we look for college graduates who display a depth of character, commitment to the Christian faith, and a desire to get fully involved in day to day life with Vanguards. You can learn more about the HoneyRock Fellows program here.