Bryan Johnson, Site Director of Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp, has accepted the position of Leadership Development Minister for Camping and Christian Formation for the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He will begin on September 12, 2016.
Bryan graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a degree in business and marketing. Camping has long been an important part of his life; he has fifteen years’ experience in camping and outdoor education.
At Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp, he has had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer Junior Staff, Summer Staff and Program Coordinator before becoming the Site Director in 2012. During his time as site director, Lake Okoboji UM Camp has seen significant growth in camper participation, donor relations and numerous capital improvements to the site as a whole.
As he looks ahead, Bryan says, “I am honored and excited to begin this position. As my wife and I prepare to move into this new role in a new place, we want to thank you for your support, advocacy and encouragement. While camping as an industry continues to change and adapt to meet the evolving needs of youth and adults, the core of what makes camping such a special experience remains: I want youth and adults who experience United Methodist camping in Iowa to feel safe, secure and loved while making new friends and learning about faith through Jesus Christ. I can’t wait to begin!”