The United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries Association (UMCRM) is a membership organization open to all who share our mission:
Committed to the mission of the United Methodist Church, UMCRM resources, advocates, inspires, and networks to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of camp and retreat ministries.

Formerly the National Camp & Retreat Committee (NCRC), the UMCRM Association was formed in 2013 with the vote of confidence and pioneering spirit of our Charter Members. As a member Association we intend to be a more agile and creative organization to respond to the changing needs of our ministries, our denomination, and the world in which we serve.

UMCRM Board of Directors

The majority of our United Methodist camps and retreat centers relate to an Annual Conference. Annual Conferences are grouped into 5 regional Jurisdictions. UMCRM Directors are elected by camp & retreat ministry peers from their Jurisdiction for 4-year terms, renewable once.

Apply for the Board of Directors- Jurisdictional Rep application

Western Jurisdiction:

Lisa Jean Hoefner (2015-19) Development Chair


North Central:

Sarah Ratz (2015-19) Member Services Chair

Jeff Parsons (2018-22)

South Central:

Joel Wilke (2015-19)

Kim Carter (2016-21) Executive Secretary


Jessica Gamache (2015-19) Vice Chair

Samuel Richardson (2016-21)


Russell Davis (2013-21) Board Chair

Gary Lawson (2011-19), Education Chair

At-Large: Five (5) At-Large Directors are appointed for diversity and expertise, plus two Youth At-Large Directors.

Apply as an At-Large Board Member

Sharon Godbolt (2014-22)

Cat Holbert (2011-19) Event Chair

Arthur Spriggs (2015-19)

Abigail Fuesler (2016-20)

Genée Morrison (2016-20)

Ex-Officio: Kelly Peterson Cruse is the UMC Discipleship Ministries staff person relating to Camp and Retreat Ministry.


Committees are chaired by members of the UMCRM Board of Directors and made up of Association members and others with relevant expertise. Please contact a committee chair if you are interested in serving.

Member Services – Chair:  Sarah Ratz 
The Member Services Committee creates valuable services for Association members, communicates that value to and recruits prospective members, and provides for Association member care.

Education – Chair:  Gary Lawson
The Education Committee provides direction and input for the full spectrum of educational needs of Association members including the UMCRM Certification program, Sustainable Pathways, webinars in collaboration with Discipleship Ministries, National Gathering workshops, partnership with Compass Points, professional coaching and internships/apprenticeships.

Event Design Team – Chair:  Cat Holbert
The Event Design Team creates and implements the National Gathering, the primary education, training, professional and spiritual development, worship, fellowship, renewal event for all involved in United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministry.

Development – Chair:  Lisa Jean Hoefner
The Development Committee coordinates and ensures implementation of the fundraising activities of the Association. Members of this committee must have an understanding of best practices of development and have experience fundraising in the camp and retreat ministry context, including branding, case statements, annual fund, endowments, and evaluation.


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Jen Burch

Since 2013 Jen Burch has served as Association Administrator on a part-time contract basis. Jen brings experience as a former United Methodist Camp Director and other youth-serving nonprofits. She holds an M.Div. from the Iliff School of Theology. She works from her home office near Denver, Colorado, where she edits weekly S’more Mail and the UMCRM blog, assists the Board of Directors, serves as Registrar for UMCRM events and memberships, and more.

Communications Team

This volunteer team was recruited for their expertise in communications, graphics, and social media. They are asked to contribute 2-4 hours per month and to serve 2-year renewable terms. Those interested in volunteering in Communications should contact Jen Burch.

Cameron Jones

Mark Walz

Lu Harding

Whitney Winston

Michaela Dotsch

David Riddell


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