Gathering As One

A Virtual Outdoor Ministry Conference

November 17th-19th, 2020

Live Zoom Workshop #3

Your Two Choices for 11:30am-12:15pm EDT on Thursday, November 19

Intergenerational Camp and Conference Ministry: When, Where, Who, What, and How

Dovetailing from Thursday's keynote presentation, Melissa Cooper will explore the “nuts and bolts” of making your camp and conference ministry more effectively intergenerational. Drawn from hands-on experiences and actual camping ministry, Cooper will help connect the dots between the theory of intergenerationality and it’s practice in your ministry context.


Rev. Melissa Cooper serves as the Minister of Worship and Arts at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Orlando, FL. She is also an Associate with Vibrant Faith, providing coaching and consulting services to help support congregations in leadership development and intergenerational ministry. Melissa once served as the Faith Formation and Retreat Ministries Coordinator for Camp Don Lee and as Program Coordinator for the Life Enrichment Center and Warren Willis Camp. Melissa is married to Will, and they are the parents to the cutest poodle and sassiest cats you’ll ever meet. When there's not a global pandemic, you can often find them frolicking around Disney World.

Maintaining Relationships with Campers and Their Families

This workshop will present the successful ways that sites have stayed connected with campers and their families, whether they ran face-to-face programs this past summer or not. Our panelists will share what they have done, what seems to be working, and what are their plans to help keep campers and their families engaged between now and next summer.

Panelists include:
Lindsey Feltis, Camp Director at Pearce Williams Summer Camp & Retreat Facility (Fingal, ON)
Ryan Gackenheimer, Executive Director at Silver Lake Conference Center (Sharon, CT)
Emily Hooker,  Associate Director at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center (Little Rock, AR)
Betsy Kuecker, Camp Director at Camp Pine Lake (Eldora, IA)