Summertime is the primary season for the ministries of Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center, so this winter is a good time for completing a transition in leadership there.
Bryan Johnson had served as the site director until joining the Iowa Conference staff last September as the new Leadership Development Minister for Camping and Christian Formation. Starting at the end of February, Derek Bergman will assume the role of site director at Okoboji.
The camp strives “to provide sacred space where Jesus Christ transforms lives, persons grow in Christian discipleship and leaders are developed to empower their local churches in the world; and to facilitate this mission through Christian hospitality.”
A four-seasons retreat center makes ministry possible throughout the year at Lake Okoboji. The options range from personal days away for a quiet weekend to family reunions and large-group retreats. Food service and group programming opportunities along with warm Christian hospitality are available in comfortable accommodations at affordable rates.
The operating budget for our three United Methodist camp and retreat centers, which also include Pictured Rocks near Monticello and Wesley Woods near Indianola, is $1.9 million. The United Methodist churches of Iowa are investing $731,316 in apportionment gifts in 2017 to help underwrite these ministries.