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Executive Director Hired

Interim Exec, New Board Leadership Installed

Rev. George Ayoub at a camping ministry conference in January 2017.

Following a national search, the Michigan Area United Methodist Camping Board of Directors hired the Rev. George H. Ayoub as its executive director. Rev. Ayoub had been serving as interim executive director since 2015.

“George was selected based on the leadership and experience he’s shown, and the board expects him to continue leading the organization for the betterment of all the camps and the ministry,” said newly elected Board President Joel Wortley.

In addition to Wortley, the board elected its new executive leadership: the Rev. Paula Timm, vice president; Michele Hills, secretary; Bill Polzin, treasurer.

“I’m happy to be able to continue the work for this ministry that I’ve been doing,” Rev. Ayoub said. “God is blessing us in many ways, and we are working hard to make sure all of our camps are equipped for making disciples of Jesus Christ.”

Rev. Ayoub is an ordained elder in the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church having served as an elder for 34 years. Prior to his current post, he served as a pastor in Philadelphia, the Director of Camping Ministries for the Eastern PA Conference of the UM Church, Executive Director of Camping Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in MI and Chaplain for Masonic Pathways Senior Living Services in Alma, MI.

Connecting Campers to Christ All Over Michigan

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.

“The Board and staff have worked hard behind the scenes on everything from business and banking processes, to creating policies for programs, personnel and facilities,” Wortley explained. “Everyone involved comes at this task with a love of camping, these properties and the mission of connecting with God in these beautiful, natural spaces. Fortunately, we also have a great staff on the ‘front lines’ who love what they do and want our campers and visitors to have amazing, life-changing experiences at camp.”

The mission of the Michigan Area United Methodist Camping Board of Directors is to extend, enhance and enable our congregations in the task of making disciples of Jesus Christ. Its focus is providing quality year-round programs with relevant camp and retreat facilities that offer and promote Christian faith for people of diverse backgrounds and ages.

The board is looking to expand its membership to include those who could share their talents in the areas of business/accounting, marketing, personnel/HR, and facilities management. Please contact Rev. Ayoub for more information.

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