Board of Directors
Michigan Area United Methodist Camping is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation led by a Board of Directors. At least 60% of the board members are elected by the West Michigan and Detroit conferences of the United Methodist Church. The Board selects no more than 40% of its members.
The nonprofit organization owns and manages nine properties that include camps, campgrounds and retreat centers across Michigan. It was created in 2015 by action of the West Michigan and Detroit Conferences of the United Methodist Church to combine their outdoor and retreat ministries in one state-wide entity.
Joel operates a private consulting firm that provide financial and management services to deficit schools and municipalities. He retired from the State of Michigan after 40 years having served as CFO and Sr. Deputy Dir. of the Department of Military Affairs and worked for the Legislative Auditor General.
Joel’s education includes bachelor’s of science in accountancy from Ferris State College and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University and Michigan State University.
He’s a member of Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church and has been active on the local school board and city council. He and his wife Karen have two grown children Jessica and Jeffery. Having been an avid United Methodist camper since since the 1970s, he camps often with his RV at Lakeview and Lake Michigan Camps.
Rev. Paula Timm
Rev. Paula is an Elder in the Detroit Conference, a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in 1990, and currently serves at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Howell. She has been strongly involved in United Methodist camping since she was eight years old; progressing from camper to counselor to staff to Dean to Board. Her personal interests and professional experience blend themselves well to service on the Board of Directors.
Michele has been part of United Methodist camping for most of her life through her home church Jackson First. She previously served on the West Michigan Board of Christian Camping during the long-ange planning that led to the creation of Michigan Area United Methodist Camping.
Rev. Dwayne Bagley, Cabinet Representative
Rev. Sherry Foster
Rev. Sherry is an ordained deacon of the Detroit Conference (serving at Milford UMC) and a retired high school teacher. She attended church camp as a child, served as camp coordinator for two churches, has been a counselor and dean. She previously served on the DAC Board of Outdoor & Retreat Ministry. Youth and Outdoor/Retreat, as well as travel, ministry have always been her passion.
Rev. Corey Simon
Rev. Dave Wichert
Susan attends Rockford UMC and grew up camping at Lake Michigan, Albright and Lakeview camps. She was a camp counselor at Crystal Springs and still camps annually with her family at Lake Michigan. Susan says, “Camping brings out the best in families! Camping is a great way to reconnect and grow spiritually.”