Greenwood Ministries Association Contact Info:
703 S. Greenville West Dr.
Suite #7 – 252
Greenville, MI 48838
(616) 754 -7258
Camp Contact Info:
13564 MaClain Ave
Gowen, MI 49326
(616) 754 -7258
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Greenwood Ministries Association Board:
President: Rev. Karen Fitz La Barge
Karen serves as Pastor of the North Kent Presbyterian Church in Rockford, Michigan. She also served at Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, was the Interim Youth Director at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, the Executive Director of WITNESS, a nonprofit at Hope College, and was a Chaplain and Worship Leader at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Karen has worked for the American Red Cross and is on the Board of Directors for Machine Guard & Cover Co., a family-owned plastic thermoforming business. She has a long list of other services to the Presbytery, particularly at Camp Greenwood.
Vice President: Sheri Harris
Sheri Harris is a Camp Greenwood kid starting back in the 1980s. She attended camp every year with her sister and cousins. When she was 16 she came as a junior counselor for a whole summer, fulfilling a childhood dream of hers. As soon as her three sons, Elijah, Noah, and Micah were old enough, they too began attending Camp Greenwood every year- to this day. Later in life, as a second career student, Sheri fulfilled her calling to full-time ministry by attending and graduating from Western Theological Seminary in Holland Michigan with a Masters in Divinity. She is a candidate for ordination in the PCUSA and since her graduation, Sheri has been traveling around and providing pulpit supply as far as Canada. Sheri is proud to be a member of this board as the ministry and ministers of Camp Greenwood is where Sheri feels she really found God at a young age and where God formed her into the Pastor and Preacher she is now.
It’s a family tradition! Sheri’s son, Elijah, continues the tradition as a college student from Holland Michigan, he is back this summer at Camp Greenwood as a counselor and lifeguard, fulfilling his calling to ministry and childhood dream come true too!
Secretary: Donna Paul-Bonham
Donna fell in love with Camp Greenwood during the summer of 1979. She served two summers as a counselor, followed by one summer as program director. God redefined her sense of call while she was at Camp Greenwood. She graduated from Michigan State University and received her master’s degree from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA. As life took her to Arkansas and Indiana she always felt called to seek out and volunteer at the Presbytery Youth Camps. Now she is fortunate to be back living in southwest Michigan. Even before returning to Michigan she and her husband, Scott, also a Camp Greenwood Staff alumni, were seeking out ways to reconnect with this beloved camp where they met. They both thoroughly enjoy and look forward to serving as Camp Chaplains each summer. Donna was honored to be invited to be on the Greenwood Ministry Association Board.
Treasurer: Sally Luidens
I am a graduate of Aquinas College and currently live in Grand Rapids. I have had the privilege of traveling quite a bit, my current favorite destination is Iceland. I am a former Camp Greenwood camper and am looking forward to the time when my two young grandsons can join that tradition.
Assistant Treasurer: Rev. Bill Pinches
Bill serves as the Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Mason, Michigan. He has served as a chaplain at Camp Greenwood for five summers and served on the Leadership Team for the Presbytery of Lake Michigan for five years prior to accepting an invitation to join the Greenwood Ministries Association organizing board at the beginning of 2017. He is a graduate of Bates College and Princeton Theological Seminary. Bill enjoys running, swimming, cycling, and competing in races of various distances, including a full-distance triathlon (140.6 miles) in the summer of 2016. He has a lovely wife and five sons, who are avid Magic: The Gathering players.
Board Member: Annette Shauver
My name is Annette Shauver. I am a middle school English teacher in Lansing, Michigan, and have taught for over thirty years. I am a widow with two adult children. My association with Camp Greenwood is long. I attended family camp with my church in the 70s and 80s. I was the half-time camp director at Greenwood for four summers – 1985 through 1988. I brought eighth-graders to retreats at Greenwood for about fifteen years. My family built the jungle gym at camp in 1999 after my brother’s death. My children attended Greenwood, and I am proud to now serve on the board. I love the camp and have made lifelong friends and unforgettable memories in this beautiful place. I want to see Camp Greenwood continue to grow and thrive offering future generations the blessings it has brought to so many people for the past seventy years.
Board Member: Amy Henson-Bohlen
Hi, my name is Amy Henson-Bohlen, my history with Camp Greenwood started as a CIT (Counselor in Training) in 1985 and continued to a counselor in 1987-88. I am currently a parent of 3 Camp Greenwood Campers. I have served on the Camp Greenwood Agency as a member and president and
continued on as a board member on the Greenwood Ministries Association after the Lake Michigan
Presbytery dissolved the camp agency. I have experience as camp director in Alliance, Ohio, and a director of School-age Child Care programs. I served on the State of Michigan advisory board for all out-of-school time programs and helped revise licensing rules for daycare, school age, and camps.
I live in Sturgis and am a member of the Presbyterian Church there, I also serve as Sturgis’ representative for Lake Michigan Presbytery. My husband, Mark, and I are Alma College graduates. We are both thankful for the relationships we and our children have made at camp with other campers, staff
and most importantly God.
Board Member: Nate Waybrant
Nate Waybrant has been involved at Camp Greenwood for as long as he can remember. He started coming to family camp as a kid in the 80’s, was a regular attendee at 10-day camp in the ’90s, and joined the staff as an SIT (staff in training) the first year he was finally old enough. From then held just about every job you could have at camp over the next few summers. Nate has many wonderful memories with the life-long friends he met at Greenwood and still remembers the scores of campers he grew to love as well. He knows just how well this place can deepen one’s relationship with God, as it is a place that has changed his life. Nate is committed to the hard work needed for Greenwood to continue to remain a thriving ministry for generations to come.
When not volunteering with camp, Nate works as a low voltage electricity distribution designer for Consumer’s Energy. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Natalie, and their three-and-a-half-year-old son, Ryder, who has also fallen in love with Greenwood from their time at family camp and visiting. The Waybrants are members at North Kent Presbyterian Church.
Board Member: Ed Armbruster
Camp Director: Jake Dayringer
Jacob has been involved with Camp Greenwood since 2012 as a counselor, program director, and agency member. He is a graduate of Alma College and is currently working for the Gratiot‑Isabella Regional Education Services District in Ithaca, Michigan in its Tech Department. Jacob is captivated by the ways in which God uses a place as beautiful as Camp Greenwood to do God’s work.
Program Director: Krista Botting
Krista grew up attending Camp Greenwood as a camper for 12 years through both her home churches, Ionia First Presbyterian and Lansing First Presbyterian. She completed her degree in Biology from Alma College in 2018 and has since used her knowledge and skills for seasonal work researching raptor species during spring and fall migration. In the summers of 2018, 2019, and 2020, Krista joined the Greenwood camp staff as a counselor, waterfront director, and virtual staff. As a life-long Gator, she is excited to see how Camp Greenwood will grow and flourish, bringing a sense of belonging, love, and community to children and their families in the coming years.