November 11, 2017
NEW DIRECTOR HIRED FOR CAMP/RETREAT AND DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Salsgiver, Director of Connectional Ministries is very pleased to announce that Rev. Kevin Witt has been chosen as the Director of Camp/Retreat and Discipleship Ministries for the Susquehanna Conference.
For more than 20 years, Kevin has been on staff with Discipleship Ministries (formerly General Board of Discipleship) as the Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries. Kevin's ministry includes consultation, training, networking and strengthening the missional effectiveness of staff, volunteers and boards who led camping and retreat ministries throughout the United Methodist Church.
Kevin has written numerous articles as well as co-authoring two books, "Twists of Faith: Ministry with Youth at the Turning Points of Their Lives" and "The Retreat Leader's Manual." Kevin has also helped to develop the UM Camp and Retreat Certification program in collaboration with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Kevin serves as part of the faculty for this certification.
In addition to his responsibilities with camping Kevin, along with the other Discipleship Ministries staff, has been developing resources for leadership development and ways to encourage and equip transformational spiritual leaders. The focus of Discipleship Ministries is to connect local church, district, and conference leaders with needed resourcing, training, consulting, and networking that support spiritual formation, new church development, revitalization of local churches, and equip world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ.
As part of the re-organization in the Susquehanna Conference Connectional Ministries staff, this position will, for now, include camping and discipleship ministries. As the conference leadership continues to realign all our resources to accomplish our three main goals of growing effective leaders, equipping local congregations, and connecting to the world, this position will change.
With Kevin's gifts and past ministries strongly connected to leadership development, Kevin will work collaboratively to develop ways to strengthen and nurture leaders in our local churches and throughout our conference.
Prior to working at Discipleship Ministries, Kevin was Associate Director in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. In addition, Kevin has served as a manager of a UM Camp and as pastor.
Kevin is an ordained elder with his membership in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. Kevin will, for now, be on loan to the Susquehanna Conference and his appointment will be Extension Ministries.
Kevin earned an M.DIV degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and a BS degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV.
Kevin will officially begin his ministry with the Susquehanna Conference on Monday, January 1, 2018.