Meet The Year Round Team
Woodcrest Retreat is a non-profit, Christian organization located in Ephrata, PA. Our staff is committed to bringing excellent programming for all ages to our local community. Our vision is to see lives impacted for Christ and we feel privileged to be able to do that through our work.
Although I am new to Woodcrest (joining the team in 2019), I have been active in camp ministry since high school when I surrendered my life to Jesus at a Christian camp. I spent many summers at Camp Susque in Trout Run, PA. For eight years I was the full-time program director at Susque where God honed my creative talents. Even while spending 12 years pastoring a church in Towanda, PA, I continued my passion for camp. I started a teen camp at the church and spoke at numerous camps and conference centers during the summer. I am excited to return to camp ministry full-time and to use both my camp skills and pastoring skills to further the mission of Woodcrest as their Executive Director.
I received my Master of Divinity degree at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Mystertown, PA. I love worship–especially music I can sing to in my car. I’m an avid reader and a random trivia buff (although some would say nerd). My life verse is Romans 12:1-2 which motivates me to help others to think biblically and to live radically for Christ.
Joining me in this journey of life is my wife, Heather, and our four children. We spend lots of time in the outdoors together exploring God’s creation and enjoying the many gifts given to us by our Heavenly Father.
I’m back! My heart for Woodcrest began developing at a young age when my grandmother used to pick me up on her way to Woodcrest to teach crafts for day camp in the early 80’s. Over the years, I have been a camper at day camp, a counselor at day camp, volunteered in maintenance and trip leading. I have also worked on summer staff at Black Rock Retreat and Beaver Camp. In 2002, I began volunteering in maintenance one day a week, which lead to joining the Woodcrest Team in a part time maintenance position. That position then lead to full time Maintenance Director. In 2012, God called me away from the ministry to focus on other areas of my life. God called me back to Woodcrest again in 2020. It’s a wild ride when you allow God to guide your journey! I am excited to be back and part of the team again. Being able to witness God’s provision and the growth of Woodcrest over the years has been a true blessing. Phil. 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” is a verse that really speaks to me during this season of my life.
My wife Jennifer has been along for this wild ride and I am so thankful for her as we both grow in the grace of God. We have two teenagers who keep our lives busy with many activities. We enjoy outdoor activities and traveling together as a family.
Adam Fox – Summer Camp Director
I started working at Woodcrest in the summer of 2014 and moved into the full-time position of Summer Camp Director in 2017. In the summer you will find me in colorful bandannas and silly socks. I’m Lancaster county born and raised. I love the ministry at Woodcrest and I’m inspired by the community that exists to support what we do here. My passion is to disciple summer staff as they develop deep faith that results in unconditional love for the campers we serve. I attend Hinkletown Mennonite Church in Ephrata. My favorite verse is John 10:10(b) “But I have come to give life, and life to the full.”
In September, I joined the Woodcrest staff as Office Manager and continue to learn the ins and outs of our busy office. It is truly a privilege to work for a ministry that reaches young people for Christ through summer and other camp programs. When my children were young, they enjoyed attending camp at Woodcrest and I enjoyed dropping them off knowing they were safe, having lots of fun and being encouraged in their relationship with the Lord.
If you call our office or request information by email, I will do my best to answer your questions and help you enjoy our beautiful camp. I appreciate the kind and gracious guests that visit Woodcrest.
A special part of my life is my wonderful husband, Lowell, and our three teenage children.
I first came to Woodcrest in 2012 for a family camping trip. Two years later we ended up moving from New Jersey to Lancaster county and my oldest brother joined Woodcrest as the overnight camp director for the summer of 2014. I started working at Woodcrest in 2016 when I volunteered for three weeks as Nature Shack assistant. I ended up loving it so much I stayed the rest of the summer helping as a Day camp counselor. Every since then I have worked on summer staff as the Nature instructor, Trekkers counselor, Overnight counselor, and support staff. This year I was on staff as the maintenance assistant which eventually turned into a full time position. I am passionate about using the skills God gave me to help maintain the grounds and facilities at Woodcrest. I attend Gospel of Grace Community Church in Gap. When I’m not at camp I enjoy hiking, fishing, biking, and swimming. My favorite bible verse is Revelation 2:10b … “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life.”
All the year round staff are committed Christians who are active in their church and are in agreement with the Woodcrest Retreat faith statement. Please feel free to contact any of them with questions, comments or concerns.