Thursday, October 22, 2015

Celebrating our camp leaders

By Anne Horton, Director of Camp & Retreat Ministry

The year 2015 has been an exciting ministry year for Camp Penn, Greene Hills, Mount Asbury, and Wesley Forest. We thank all the volunteer deans, counselors, nurses, and program coordinators for their time and energy. We thank the site directors and staffs at each of the sites for the gifts and graces they have brought to their jobs. All of these folks have helped to provide an outstanding and awesome experience for the children, youth, and adults that participated in a summer camp ministry.

We want to recognize three people who have worked tirelessly with the camping ministry for many years. These folks will be stepping away from camping ministry and we want to recognize their time and commitment to making a difference in young people’s lives.

Jay Jones has been involved in Camp & Retreat Ministry continuously for 36 years. Jay began as a counselor at Central Oak Heights with Music Camp. He moved to Wesley Forest with Music Camp and Elementary Camp, and in recent years has been at Greene Hills with an Elementary and Junior High camp.

Alan Strock has been involved at Camp Penn for 31 years. He has worked diligently in providing guidance, direction, and spiritual nurture to an Elementary Camp during these years.

Kathy Smyers has been involved at Camp Penn with Elementary Camp for 18 years. From counselor, camp nurse, to camp dean, Kathy has shown care and compassion for all of the children who have come to that particular week of summer camp.

The impact of their ministry is immeasurable, yet they are only a few of the countless volunteers who are making a difference in the lives of people of all ages. We humbly thank Jay, Alan, and Kathy for giving of themselves, and are grateful also for all the volunteers they have brought into the camping ministry.
We say THANK YOU and wish each of them well in the journey ahead.

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