Olen Johnsen

I am the Executive Director at Phantom Ranch Bible Camp, which is located in Mukwonago Wisconsin. I have enjoyed this role for the past 5 years, however, I started working at the camp in 1989. When I finishing college, I was hoping to find a good, fun way to serve kids and families. What better way than a youth camp! Back then I was our Adventure Trips Director and I took kids and youth groups on rock climbing, rafting, canoe, and biking trips around the state of Wisconsin. As the years went by I took on new roles at the camp, and in 2016 I I transitioned into the Executive Director role.
I lead a weekly men's Bible study at the East Troy Bible Church. I enjoy web app development and improving business efficiency. I still look forward to taking kids rock climbing, rafting or a canoe trip down a river.
 

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
I am married, with four married children. My wife and I are celebrating our 32 anniversary this year. I will become a grandfather this year (2021).

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I love that Phantom Ranch provides great camping experiences for people from all parts of the community. My favorite times are when kids from the city come out to camp. They can try new activities like horse rides or archery, riding the banana boat, or tubing on the lake.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
I enjoy Fork in the Road and David Allen Allen's.

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
I have lived and worked in the community since 1989.

Q: Who is the most interesting person you've met here in our community?
Josh Peterson

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Hawaii. I have been able to travel to Maui one time, and enjoyed snorkeling on the reefs. I would like to do that again.

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Shawshank Redemption

Q: What advice would you give to people?
Create a habit of thankfulness.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
See ancient sites in Greece, Turkey, and Israel.

Q: What is your go to band when you can't decide what to listen to?
Talk radio bumper music.

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
When I was younger, the camp purchased most of our lumber from Fickau's lumber yard. I knew the ladies by name, and they knew me.

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y'all meet for this lunch?
My friends who are directors at other camps in the area. We would meet at cafe 2894 on Main in East Troy. It is a great place for conversations.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
Fireworks in December

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
In my current role at the camp.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don't know about you?
I have ridden a bike more than 100 miles in one day.

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Besides Phantom Ranch, I would say the Yellowstone Park

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
July when camp is in full swing.

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
My wife.

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My employees

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Vanilla

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Peace, comfort, happiness