Saltvine Ministries was envisioned by our Executive Director Shawn Young in 2008, and officially created in 2016. Its purpose is to create opportunities for youth and young adult spiritual growth through the use of media, the arts, and creative problem solving. Saltvine is a 501(C)(3) registered non-profit and operates in the state of Ohio. For questions or more info, please fill out the contact form, or find us through social media. 


The mission of Saltvine Ministries is building a community of youth and young adults, equipping them to creatively be their own expressors of the Gospel through out-of-box thoughts and actions.


Shawn Young

Executive Director

Shawn is originally from Sardinia, Ohio and graduated from Kentucky Christian University. He currently lives in Williamsburg, OH with his wife Leslie and his two children, Owen and Nora. Shawn created and led the first year of Be Creative Camp in 2006, and subsequently created Saltvine Ministries in 2016. He is currently the dean of the Camp Northward week of Be Creative.

Hunter Ellis

Director of Be Creative

From the moment he was old enough to go, Hunter would attend church camp every summer. He was a camper for eight weeks of BeCre before taking his role as the Director of Be Creative. Recently graduating from Xavier University, Hunter lives in the Sardinia area and is involved in media production at his home church, Pricetown Church of Christ. He is the dean of the Woodland Lakes and Butler Springs weeks of Be Creative.

Rachel Stadler

Director of HugPunch

Mary Alice Hamilton

Director of Big Acronym

Mary Alice Hamilton first got involved with Be Creative as a camper starting in 2007. After high school, she has since enjoyed assisting with BeCre weeks every year since 2012 as a camp counselor and textile arts expert. Mary Alice is currently the director of Big Acronym. She graduated from Bowling Green State University and currently resides in Westerville, OH, where she teaches high school science, sews historical garments, and attends Vineyard Columbus with her husband Nick.

Stephanie Montiel


Leslie Young


Hannah Troutman

At-Large Board Member