Wesley Woods Promises “Amazing Experiences” for Youth and Adults

Wesley Woods Promises “Amazing Experiences” for Youth and Adults

September 25, 2017

Coming off of a life-changing 62nd summer of ministry, Wesley Woods United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center is growing in new and exciting ways to meet the ministry needs of the Iowa United Methodist Church. To help usher in growth and new experiences, Wesley Woods is excited to welcome new Site Director Chip Hutler to Iowa.

“We are thrilled to have Chip here in Iowa,” says Bryan Johnson, LDM for Camping and Christian Formation. “We think you are going to love getting to know him and will appreciate his heart for ministry.”

Chip and his wife, Laura, have spent years working with the Wisconsin United Methodist Church in a variety of camping roles. Most recently, Chip has been serving as an Executive Director for a Y Camp in Tucson, Arizona. Chip couldn’t be more excited to move to Iowa and begin his new role.

Helping Chip create a community of faith in Indianola are a number of new staff serving in key areas. 

Michael Curtis has been hired to manage and care for the Equestrian Program at Wesley Woods. Michael has an extensive history working with horses and she is excited to continue to offer lessons, therapeutic riding opportunities, and amazing summer camp programs.

Matt Dahlin has been hired as the new Retreats Coordinator. Matt has most recently served at the Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp as Ministry Assistant. He is looking forward to helping grow the retreat ministry at Wesley Woods by providing excellent customer service, inviting facilities and one of a kind experiences.

Gracie Gibler will continue serving in the role of Program Coordinator. Gracie will help grow and oversee the summer and year-round youth programs at Wesley Woods. She is well-liked, organized and committed to providing wonderful camping experience for youth and adults of all ages. 

Rick Peake has been hired as the new Food Service Coordinator. Rick has years of experience in the food service industry and is committed to continuing to grow the food service program at Wesley Woods. Wesley Woods serves tens of thousands of meals on an annual basis. Campers and guests will appreciate his culinary expertise!

While the campsite remains busy throughout the year, the 2018 camping season promises to be full of new adventures with a revamped schedule and enhanced offerings. Summer events at Wesley Woods have been streamlined and include over 80 events that will encourage new friendships and powerful faith experiences.

“I’m beyond excited for the 2018 camping season at Wesley Woods,” says Gracie Gibler. “The entire Wesley Woods staff are excited to show Christ’s love through various camp adventures while looking forward to new opportunities for guests.”

Watch your mailboxes, registration for summer events at Wesley Woods, Pictured Rocks and Okoboji United Methodist Camps will begin shortly!

To find out more about the Iowa United Methodist Camping Ministry please visit www.iaumc.org/camps.