NORTH WEBSTER, Ind. – More than 200 guests were present Sunday, Oct. 23, for the Fenstermacher Lodge Opening Ceremony at the Indiana Conference Epworth Forest Conference Center.

Fenstermacher Lodge is the second waterfront lodge to be built at Epworth Forest through The Right Future Campaign.

The lodge was named in honor of the Fenstermacher family and their three generations of ministry in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. More than 30 Fenstermacher family members were able to join together for the celebration, which they said was their largest family gathering in years.

Two of Anita Fenstermacher’s recipes are hung in Peterson Kitchen thanks to the 1965 Muncie High Street UMC Cook Book.

Major donors to the Fenstermacher Lodge construction include:

  • Fenstermacher Lodge – Craig and Connie Fulmer of Elkhart Trinity UMC
  • Allen Bedroom – Dr. David and Linda Allen of Fort Wayne First Wayne Street UMC
  • Johnson Bedroom – Judy and Gordon Johnson of Fort Wayne Good Shepherd UMC
  • Peterson Kitchen – Gary and Alice Peters of Fort Wayne St. Joseph UMC
  • Sonrise Porch – Fort Wayne Sonrise UMC
  • Fireplace – Mishawaka First UMC
  • The Fenstermacher Family Room – Mark and Sharon Fenstermacher of Bloomington First UMC, Dr. Robert Fenstermacher, Ed and Marlene Fenstermacher of Fort Wayne Covenant UMC

The ceremony highlighted video and photos may be viewed at

Fenstermacher Lodge is already booked for all four weeks of That Thing 2012. The lodge housed its first guests Nov. 4-6 from Erin’s House for Grieving Children in Fort Wayne. More than 75 guests stayed in Fenstermacher Lodge, Duecker Lodge and Freeland House. Fenstermacher Lodge has two handicap accessible bedrooms with a total capacity of 28 beds. Both Fenstermacher and Duecker Lodges are now open for online reservations at Reservations begin as low as $24 per person each night, with all linens provided to retreat guests.

With more than $2 million raised to date, The Right Future Campaign continues efforts to reach the future generations for Jesus Christ.

The next step is a new entrance road to allow construction of the next four lodges, including a pair of two-story lodges, each with a capacity of 64 beds. Visit to learn more about The Right Future Campaign and join the campaign for our youth!

Alexis Hyndman serves as the Development Manager for Impact 2818 Outdoor Ministries. She holds a B.S. in Public and Nonprofit Management and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University.

Photo courtesy of Epworth Forest

Cutting the ribbon to open Fenstermacher Lodge are (left to right) the Rev. Mark and Sharon Fenstermacher of Bloomington and Connie and Craig Fulmer, lead donors of the lodge and friends of the Fenstermacher family.