INDIANAPOLIS – Bishop Mike Coyner announced Aug. 25 the hiring of Nick Yarde as the Indiana Conference Associate Director of Camping and of Ian Hall as Associate Director of Financial Services-Camping.
Yarde was the director of the Camping Program for the former North Indiana Conference since 2001. Likewise, Hall served as director of Outdoor Ministries for the former South Indiana Conference since 2005. Both positions become effective on Sept. 1.
Upon their hiring, Coyner said, “I am glad that these two positions have been filled, and I believe that together they give us a strong team to continue and expand our excellent camping ministries in the Indiana Conference.”
The conference camping program, a part of Connectional Ministries, is based at the Indiana Conference Center in Indianapolis and serves the conference’s seven camp and retreat center sites. Camping has more than 4,000 children, youth and adult participants each annual camping season. Visit www.beacamper.com.
According to the Rev. James Bushfield, conference director of Connectional Ministries, “The Indiana Conference has one of the best camping programs in the country. It has taken time for the new camping board to organize and develop a plan for joining the two programs into one comprehensive venture. The board worked with a national consultant to identify the kind of executive leadership we needed for the state-wide program. They did a national search for top leadership and affirmed that we have the top leadership already working in Indiana.”
Yarde is a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Outdoor Recreation and a master’s degree in Natural Resource Agency Management. He also holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the IU Center on Philanthropy. He will serve in the area of the conference’s Connectional Ministries under the direction of Bushfield.
Yarde first came to camping at Camp Rivervale near Mitchell where he served from 1990 to 1993. He moved to Camp Indi-Co-So near Springville for a season (1993-94), before settling at Camp Lakewood near Wolcottville (1994-2001). At Lakewood, he oversaw a period of construction that culminated in the raising of the new, timber-framed dining hall while seeing the site through growth in retreats and summer program, which increased more than 50 percent in the number of campers.
Yarde and his wife, Nanette, reside in Huntington County where they are members of Mt. Etna United Methodist Church. They have three children: Zach, a sophomore at Huntington University; Jonathon, a freshman at Purdue University; and Leslie, a home schooled sophomore in high school.
Upon his selection to lead in conference camping, Yarde said, “This is the opportunity to continue to ‘make disciples for the transformation of the World’ that is really exciting to me. I don’t know of any tool of the church that holds more promise and delivers more current impact than camp ministry. Together, we now have more resources and a shared geography to really push forward.
“We have a new powerful and skilled camping board, a broader geography and variety of sites, probably the single best collection of camp staff in the country, a very deep and strong history, a very effective current program. We have just started construction on new facilities at Epworth Forest (Conference Center in North Webster), and we have 1,200 supporting churches whom we are anxious to serve. What an amazing opportunity for Kingdom impact. I am blessed to have this opportunity.”
Hall will work under the direction of Jennifer Gallagher, director of Indiana Conference Financial Services, and will be responsible for the financial management of the conference’s camping ministries.
Upon his hiring, Gallagher said, “Ian will be the perfect addition to our Financial Services team in his new capacity. He brings very strong business sense and understands the importance of accountability to the Annual Conference. More importantly, he has a true passion for the camping program and wants to be a part of its success in our mission of making disciples.”
Hall is a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University in South Yorkshire, England, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Outdoor Recreation Management.
A native of England, Hall’s first exposure to Indiana was through a pastoral exchange program in 1995. Ian’s father, exchanged pulpits with Pastor Aaron Wheaton, and the Hall family spent the summer at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Terre Haute. Hall returned to Indiana in 1997 to volunteer as a counselor at the Camp Mone’to and Retreat Center near Nashville, Ind., in Brown County. Throughout his college years, Hall returned to Mone’to each summer to fulfill the role of program coordinator.
He moved to Indiana in the winter of 2001 to serve as the marketing director of the former South Indiana Conference Outdoor Ministries program, where in 2005 he was named as the new director of the conference’s Outdoor Ministries. He served in that capacity until the creation of a new Indiana Conference.
Hall and his wife, Laura, live in Bloomington, where they are members of St. Paul United Methodist Church. They have a 2-year-old son named Elliot.
Upon this announcement, Hall said, “I am excited to continue to be a part of the new Indiana Conference and look forward to working with the Impact 2818 Outdoor Ministries team as we do everything it takes to reach the next generation for Jesus Christ.”