Big Camp 2020 Presenters

Big Camp is Back and for 2020 we have an exciting array of speakers.
Our theme is Jesus in the Heart.
As Ellen White testified in Welfare Ministry, ability alone, the best of skills alone, cannot take the place of love. Until we have Jesus in the Heart, until what we are doing is driven by His love, we will only be skimming the surface. To reach our full potential as His disciples, we must have Jesus in our hearts.

Dick Duerksen

Dick describes himself as a storyteller, from Oregon Conference, USA and will be the main speaker in the Encounter venue. He also describes himself as an itinerant Pollinator of Grace. During 49 years as a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, pastor, and administrator he has carried the Good News of Grace around the world, using narrative-style presentations that bring hope to your heart.
Dick is the author of a new book, STORYCATCHER, which will be available at the camp book centre.
His wife Brenda is a Registered Nurse, Personal Health Consultant and alto musician. Their three children, Jeremy, Julene, and Joy, are married and living in Colorado, New Zealand, and California.
Dick is also a Professional Photographer whose photos help bring calm, peace, and healing into many hospitals and clinical offices.

Lloyd Grolimond

Lloyd will be presenting during the 11.15 am sessions in Encounter.

He is currently in his 30th year of ministry, having worked in Queensland, New Zealand, and Sydney.

Ten of those 30 years were in youth work, the other 20 have been as a local church pastor.

Currently he is the pastor of New Hope Adventist Church in North West Sydney – a church plant.

He is widely known as the Aussie Pastor through his series of broadcast talks.

Lloyd is married to Lizca, and they have two sons and two daughters ranging in age from 21 to 13.

Jeff Parker

Jeff is well known to many and will be presenting in the morning sessions in Encounter. 

He lives in Melbourne where he is the Youth and Young Adult Director for the Australian Union Conference. He is passionate about seeing teens, youth and young adults discover Jesus and have a life that is filled with all the joy and fulfilment that He can bring to them. His real desire is to see the younger generations step up and find their place in God’s service within the church.  

Jeff has been working with teens, youth and young adults in three different conferences as youth director and pastor over the last 25 years.

He is married to Robyn, and has 17-year-old son Lleyton and 10 year old foster daughter Kaylani. He also has 3 married children and 5 grandchildren. 

Simon Gigliotti

The new venue started at last Big Camp, Mosaic, will be even bigger this year! 

Simon will be presenting to the mosaic of people wanting an alternative venue.
He originally comes from North Queensland originally. Before entering full time ministry, he worked as a Plumber.

He has served as a School Chaplain & Church Pastor in Queensland, and is well known here in Victoria, particularly amongst the Youth, as his previous appointment was Associate Youth Director here, before moving to Sydney to head the Youth Department there.


He is married to Brittany and loves to spend his spare time with her, reading, or studying the Bible. He is passionate about discipling young people to follow Jesus and unlocking their potential to serve in God’s Kingdom.


Tacyana Nixon

Pastor Tacyana Nixon hails from Manchester, New Hampshire. She attended Andrews University and in 2013 she accepted the call to minister in New Jersey Conference. She was the first female to serve in New Jersey Conference where she pastored for 4 1/2 years. She is the former Lead Pastor of Princeton SDA Church and also ministered to Princeton University and Westminster Choir College where she worked with the Adventist Christian Fellowship chapters on those campuses.

She is married to Michael Timothy Nixon, who serves as the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Andrews University. Together they have a 5 year old daughter, Noa Elise Nixon. Pastor Nixon is currently pursuing her Masters in Communications.

She is an international facilitator and researcher in the area of culture care and the rebuilding of churches and local communities through discovering/ rediscovering Yahweh. She is passionate about finding new ways to communicate the gospel to a world in need. She currently serves as a Teaching Pastor at One Place in Berrien Springs Michigan. All her hope is in Yahweh and she is blessed to share that hope daily.

Kevin Wilson

Kevin is a youth and young adult pastor in California and will be spending his time at Big Camp with the Highschoolers.


When he’s not at church or hanging out with students, you can find him surfing, playing badminton, or experimenting with a new chai recipe.


As an avid Jesus and culture nerd, he’s passionate about contextualizing the Way of Jesus to emerging adults in a post-Christian context.

He’s happily married to Elynn Wilson and live in San Diego with Leo and Pheobe; their feline fur-children.


Jacob Ugljesa

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Jacob Ugljesa comes from the Sunshine Coast and will be talking to the Junior campers.

While working at KFC as a teenager he became a follower of Jesus and has been telling people about the good news of Jesus ever since. 

He married his wife Dari in 2016 and together they go on many adventures around the world.

He is a big nerd and a kid at heart! 

He is currently the chaplain at Noosa Christian College and pastor of the campus church. 

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