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Camping + Outdoor Team

Nick Yarde
Nick YardeExecutive Director
Nick Yarde has a deep connection to the Camping Ministry. It was at Junior High camp that he solidified his faith. While finishing his Master’s degree in Natural Resources Agency Management at Purdue University, Nick served as a youth pastor at Battleground UMC. After brief stays at Lincoln and Turkey Run State Park, Nick returned to full-time ministry as the Director/Manager of Camp Rivervale. Prior to becoming the Association Director of Camp in the North Indiana Conference, Nick and his family were hosted at Camp Indicoso and Camp Lakewood. Currently, Nick serves as the Associate Director of Camps and Retreats Ministries. His wife, Nanette, has served along of him in each role at the various UMC camps while raising their three children.
Emily Burkhart
Emily BurkhartFinancial Assistant & Camp Registrar
Emily grew up in New Albany, IN, where she attended Main Street UMC. After high school, she attended Indiana University in Bloomington where she majored in Non-Profit Management in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. While there Emily completed an internship with Outdoor Ministries in the South Indiana Conference. Post graduation, Emily worked for the March of Dimes in Lexington, KY. In 2010 she moved to Indianapolis and began work with the Indiana Conference, moving into the role of Camp Registrar in 2011. As Camp Registrar and Finance Assistant, she strives to make camp registration a smooth process for everyone and to help people find the site that best suits the needs of their camper or retreat group. She is passionate about advancing camp attendance and has been since her days as a camper when she invited friends to attend with her. Emily and her husband, Chris, were married in 2006. They have a four-year-old son and a dog who thinks she’s a person. In her free time, Emily enjoys watching the Indianapolis Colts and “NerdyTV”. She co-hosts a Bible study in her home and is a part of the mom’s group at Center UMC where she attends church. Emily has volunteered as a counselor for a week of senior high camp at Indicoso since 2005 and a few years later became one of the co-directors for that event.
Grant Crumbaugh
Grant CrumbaughCamp Manager - Pine Creek Camp
Zach Dorrel
Zach DorrelProgram Team Leader - Camp Indicoso
Ryan Gernand
Ryan GernandSenior Manager of Student and Special Needs Ministries
Ryan Gernand has been a systems developer and program innovator for the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church camping ministry since the early 2000’s. Gern, as most people know him, grew up at Yorktown United Methodist Church. His spiritual journey was heavily influenced by the Conference’s camp programs where he gave his life to Jesus in middle school at Camp Adventure, responded to his call to ministry at Epworth’s Sr. High Institute, and developed leadership skills serving as a counselor, director, and eventually year-round camp staff.
Gern lives in Yorktown, Indiana with his wife and three children where his children are growing up on the same stomping grounds where he was raised. He and his wife aim to raise their children to become counter-cultural reflections of Jesus Christ. They also lead an after-school ministry called Yorktown Connect which serves numerous fourth and fifth graders each year. He also loves running, biking, swimming, photography, and anything technology related.
Karen Hand
Karen HandCamp Manager - Camp Lakewood
Karen’s passion for ministry in a camp setting can be traced back to her childhood in Michigan. She spent significant time following her pastor father around, helping as he served as a regular volunteer at Hastings Camp. She attended kids camp, family camp, teen camp and any other camp that was being offered as she grew up. Her first paid camp job, cleaning bathrooms at night, came at the age of 14. This, then, gave her the opportunity to serve as a camp counselor each summer during high school. She continued to gain experience working at a YMCA day camp and resident camps in Michigan and Illinois. In addition, she worked for 12 years with at-risk children and teens for an agency in the Chicago area, managing the day camp, resident camp, and after-school and weekend recreational programming for their 200+ kids. In 2006, she followed God’s call for her to serve in camp ministry for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. Her current ministry location is Camp Lakewood where, for the past eight years, she has been blessed to see over 900 elementary-aged children choose Jesus as their forever friend. When she is not busy with camp, you can find her with a camera in hand capturing the beauty of life and it’s everyday joys.
Shane Hartman
Shane HartmanSenior Manager of Operations
Shane Hartman is an experienced ministry leader. Driven by results, he takes pride in providing the best outcomes possible. As a Senior Manager of Impact 2818, the camping ministry of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, his goal is that all will know the love of Jesus personally. In addition to his primary leadership responsibilities to 7 campsites, Shane lives and sees to all aspects of operations at Camp Moneto. Shane’s passion for sharing the love of Jesus can be traced back to his own camping experiences. He attended camp as a child and in his junior year of high school, accepted a call into ministry. Serving as a youth pastor, he realized that getting students out of their normal environment was key to having them see the love of Jesus. Camp was the answer. Shane has worked in the camping ministry for 20 years, gaining experience in leadership, property management, guest services, and development. As a seasoned ministry leader, he is passionate about connecting people to Jesus. In addition to serving in the camping ministry, he also loves snow skiing, mountain biking, and hiking – basically anything outdoors. Shane is blessed with a partner in life, wife Shannon. They have four children to care for and one more in God’s care. They love serving together at camps and consider themselves missionaries to God’s call. Just crazy enough to home school their children, they now have more grey hair then they should for their age.
Stacy Hartman
Stacy HartmanProgram Manager - Epworth Forest Conference Center
Stacy Hartman is an experienced Program Manager. Driven by her calling from the Lord to steward this ministry well and make disciples of Jesus Christ, she humbly plans and executes intentional spaces and events so students and adults can encounter Jesus. As she enters into her fifth season full-time at Epworth Forest Conference Center, she’s excited about the plans God has for this ministry. Her desire is for all people who visit EFCC to come to know the Father’s heart a little more before leaving.
Angie McClurg
Angie McClurgSenior Manager of Children and Family Ministries
Angie McClurg began her career with Impact 2818 as a volunteer camp counselor. Over the years, she has worked in various roles from camp cook to Program Manager. She currently serves as the Senior Manager of Children and Family Ministries, working primarily with the teams at Camp Lakewood, Pine Creek Camp, and Camp Rivervale. Her career accomplishments include creating and running a variety of camp programs for children and youth, dynamic training events for camp staff, writing standards and practices for camp programs that create consistent quality, and coordinating the administrative work for Epworth Forest Conference Center’s Discipleship Center building project. She is very involved in her home church, leading Student Ministries, volunteering with the Children’s Ministry, and leading a Women’s Small Group. Except for her college years at Valparaiso University, Angie has spent her life in the Ft. Wayne Area, where she enjoys spending time with her family, husband Matt, and their children Claire and Jake. While Angie enjoys cooking, baking, cake decorating, reading and planning and hosting parties, most of her spare time is spent watching Jake play soccer, and Claire swim and play trombone.
Rebekah Stayton
Rebekah StaytonProgram Team Leader - Camp Adventure
Rebekah Stayton is the Program Manager at Camp Adventure and loves helping students experience God in new ways and take ownership of their faith while at camp. A recent Bethel College graduate, Rebekah gained experience in collegiate coaching, elementary education, and customer service before pursuing God’s leading to full-time camp ministry with Impact 2818 in 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys training for marathons, watching “The Office,” and eating ice cream.
Pam Tedrow
Pam TedrowCamp Manager - Camp Rivervale
Pamela Tedrow brings seventeen years of youth ministry, thirteen years of social service experience, and over twelve years in property management to her position at Camp Rivervale. Driven by a sense of urgency to bring children and youth to Christ, Pam has dedicated much of her life to children and youth ministries in southern Indiana. As a camp manager, alongside her husband Steve, Pam’s goals include providing a safe, nurturing place for children to hear the Gospel message, finding and mentoring leaders for the future, and building relationships with the local church. Pam has committed this season of her life to maintaining the facilities, grounds, and programs at Camp Rivervale. In addition to her primary job functions, Pam serves on the children’s ministry team at her church, directs a Royal Family Kids Camp for children in the foster care system, and is continuing her education through Bethel Seminary in Family and Children Ministry. Pam considers her most important discipleship efforts to be those used while raising three children and now impacting the lives of her four grandchildren.
Beth True
Beth TrueGuest Services Team Leader - Camp Indicoso
Beth True started in the camping ministry in June 2013. Her first duty was at Camp Indicoso, where she was the medic for summer camp. Then, she became Assistant Program Manager and now serves as Program Manager. Beth loves knowing that middle and high school students are surrounded by the beauty and loving atmosphere of Indicoso. As a program manager, Beth finds great satisfaction in providing a safe and nurturing environment for students while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition to her responsibilities with Impact 2818 Outdoor Ministries, Beth received a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Liberty University in 2017. She now serves as Pastor at Simpson Chapel UMC in Bloomington, Indiana. She is also involved in women’s ministry with Hearts In Service, serves on the Hoosier Hills Chrysalis Board, and is active in the Hoosier Hills Emmaus Community. Beth feels her greatest accomplishment has been raising her two children, Griffan and Wyatt, as a single mother for the past 9 years. Now, she has the great pleasure of watching them as young adults. She looks forward to continuing to serve and is optimistic that Camp Indicoso will grow and thrive in the years to come.