Jonathan (Jonny) Tice is the Assistant Site Director at Spruce Lake. He graduated from Nyack College with a degree in Music Education. Jonny first served at Spruce Lake as a counselor on summer staff where he met his wife, Nikah. They have three kids: Cadence, Coda, and Dorian. Jonny has been serving year round at Spruce Lake since 2019.
Prior to working year-round at Spruce Lake, he taught middle and high school music at a bilingual Christian School in Honduras for three years. Outside of his work at camp, Jonny enjoys spending time with his family, being in the outdoors, and listening to and singing Broadway musicals at the top of his lungs.
Moraya has been serving with Spruce Lake in many different capacities since 2015. She has taught in Spruce Lake’s outdoor education program, leadership training program, and day camp.
Moraya went to college in Virginia at Liberty University and graduated with a degree in Education in 2018. She worked in the public school system for two years prior to working year-round at Spruce Lake. Outside of work, she loves to read, explore outdoors, and paint happy little trees with Bob Ross.
Your tuition covers room and board (all meals covered, linens and laundry facilities provided), college classes (24 credits), textbooks and course materials, all costs for the 10-day missions trip (excluding passport costs and any spending money students may want to bring), trainings and conferences, individual coaching and discipleship, and day trips.
Our program is designed with experiential learning at the forefront. While there will be approximately 2 class days a week, much of the learning will take place outside of the classroom. In addition, most class assignments will be integrated into a hands-on ministry experience.
Yes, you will need to provide proof of insurance in order to be accepted into the program. If you do not currently have health insurance, we may be able to work with you to find an affordable plan that covers you through your time in Renew.
There is no minimum age. However, to be eligible for our program, you must have your high school diploma or GED. If you are under the age of 18 during the application process, a parent or legal guardian must co-sign your documents.
No, Renew students are not eligible for federal/state financial aid or student loans.
There are currently 3 payment plans available:
You may also choose to use some or all of your wages earned during the program to pay for your tuition.
Yes, any hours worked in Pinebrook or Spruce Lake’s ministries will be compensated at or above minimum wage.
Because all your meals and housing needs will be covered by tuition, your only need for spending money would be to cover personal hygiene items, clothing purchases, or bills such as car insurance. However, you may choose to bring spending money for activities in your free time, extra snacks, or souvenirs on the international/day trips.
Fall Semester 2023: Tuesday, Sept. 5th – Friday, Dec. 22nd
Spring Semester 2024: Monday, Jan. 15th – Wednesday, May 15th
Summer Work Experience 2024: Thursday, May 23rd – Friday, Aug. 9th
Yes! You will get 3 weeks off for Christmas. In addition, there will be a 2-day break (Thursday & Friday) for Thanksgiving, a week off for Easter, as well as a week off between spring semester and summer work experience.
You will need a valid U.S. passport (or documents to get one) as well as other things such as toiletries, school supplies, and your Bible. For a detailed packing list, please see the resources section below.
Your family is welcome to book a room(s) at the staff rate at either our Pinebrook or Spruce Lake location. Because every aspect of our program is thoughtfully planned to maximize the time you’re studying, serving, or engaging in community, it’s important to plan their visit around any required activities.
A vehicle is not necessary to participate in the program as Pinebrook and Spruce Lake will provide all necessary transportation to Renew activities and events. If you would like to bring a vehicle to use in your free time, you may.