David Keyes - Ministry Director
David is the founder of Valley Haven Camp and Retreat Center and has been the Director for nearly 30 years. In the late 1980s, David began construction on the current site, which was comprised of corn fields and trees at that time. His heart and passion were to provide a peaceful place for others to retreat and be renewed in Jesus. Utilizing his passion and gifting in building and construction, David has shaped the camp and retreat center over the years, building a number of facilities for groups to rest and enjoy community as they retreat together. David has been married to Finley for 39 years. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, relaxing with friends and playing with his grandsons, Zachary and Jonathan.
Nate Horne - Ministry Coordinator & Director of Pastoral Care
Nate is passionate about building relationships centered around the Gospel and grace of Jesus Christ. He has a background in pastoral care and teaching and received a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 2010. Nate is passionate about authentic relationships and has a heart for those who are broken, burned out, or feel they don't belong. He has served on the Board of Directors for Valley Haven since 2006 and moved onto the property in 2015 to serve as the Ministry Coordinator and Director of Pastoral Care. He is available to listen, pray and provide pastoral care for those in their journey with Christ. He also loves to help with retreats through teaching and care ministry. He has been married to Joni Keyes Horne for 12 years and has two little boys that he treasures - Zach and Jon.
Joni Horne - Accounting & Hospitality
Joni has a passion for authentic, Jesus-filled relationships and enjoys creating warm, hospitable spaces where people can truly rest, embrace grace and be themselves. You'll frequently find her listening to others share their hearts over a warm cup of coffee or a home cooked meal. Joni served as the Assistant Director of Registration at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary for many years where she provided a listening ear, a heart of compassion and administrative guidance to hundreds of men and women struggling through the realities of life while trying to pursue their callings in life and ministry. When Joni isn't crunching numbers, she loves cultivating restful places for prayer and reflection at the camp. She and Nate have been married 12 years and enjoy local festivals, bluegrass, and daily adventures with their 2 boys.
Valley Haven is a Christian Camp and Retreat Center located in the mountains of North Carolina. Just outside of Hickory, NC, Valley Haven Camp and Retreat Center is a short drive from most major cities in NC, including Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston Salem, Boone, Chapel Hill and Raleigh. The camp is just over an hour north of South Carolina as well.