A release from Illinois and Wisconsin District
Randall Westfall has been called as the next camp manager of Camp Emmaus, a camp/outdoor ministry center affiliated with the Church of the Brethren Illinois and Wisconsin District. He will begin in the role in late August.
Westfall has served as camp director of Camp Brethren Heights near Rodney, Mich., for the past 12 years, helping it to grow and add a variety of programs during his tenure. He brings strong gifts in administration, program, spirituality, and ministry with a passion of “connecting people to creation, community, and our Creator.” He also has particular interests in outdoor survival education and wood carving and plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
A licensed minister in the Church of the Brethren, Westfall previously served four years as pastor of West Manchester Church of the Brethren in Indiana and attended Manchester College (now university). He also has studied in the Church of the Brethren’s Training in Ministry (TRIM) program and has wilderness/naturalist certification from the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Wash. He has been actively involved in the denomination and recently served as district moderator in Michigan.
His wife, Brenda, grew up in Freeport (Ill.) Church of the Brethren and has many family members and other connections in the area. Westfall is originally from Ohio.
Westfall will see Camp Brethren Heights through its summer season and finish up some projects there before he and his family make the move to Illinois. Prayers are invited for them during this time of transition.
Located in Mount Morris, Ill., Camp Emmaus was created in 1948 by members of Illinois and Wisconsin District. Covering nearly 100 acres in Ogle County, it offers a variety of summer camp age-group programs, special events and retreats, and facilities for rental groups to find space to connect, reflect, and/or work in an atmosphere of natural beauty and faith-infused community. Find out more at www.campemmaus.org.
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