Moving Up and Forward

We are thrilled to share the promotion of Trevor Brock to Guest Services Director!

You know Trevor because you’ve probably spoken to him on the phone at Asbury Hills or were greeted by him when you walked into the office. Trevor has served as our Reservations Specialist for over two years.

He will continue fulfilling the duties of his former role. He will also be overseeing and supervising all aspects of the retreat experience.

Trevor is a long time camp family member. He grew up attending Asbury Hills as a camper, spent his summers in college serving as a summer staffer and is now serving full time with Asbury Hills.

Trevor and his wife, Claire, will be moving onsite soon to better serve guests and the ministry.

Join us in celebrating this exciting news for Trevor and the Asbury Hills ministry!

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Change is in the Air

Please join us in celebrating with Paige Helms as she moves on to work with Engenius in Greenville as a Content Strategist.

From Paige:

I was given the gift of shaping my professional career with SC Camps & Retreat Ministries. I was able to find my passion for marketing and the art of story telling through content. While it is bittersweet, I am really looking forward to moving on to a work alongside likeminded people and for a business with an incredible impact on the community here in Greenville.

As a summer camper and staff alumnus, I will always hold this ministry close to my heart. It has not only shaped me professionally but personally, too. A mentor once told me that just because I leave camp, camp will never leave me. I am really looking forward to watching this ministry continue to touch so many lives.

Paige has worked as the Director of Marketing & Communications for over 6 years. You likely have connected with her through our Asbury Hills social media, visiting your church to share camp, or with a camera in her hands on opening and closing of every summer camp session. While we are sad to see Paige move on, we know that our God has incredible plans for her!

If you are interested or know someone who would be interested in the Director of Marketing & Communications role with SC Camps & Retreat Ministries, please visit our website for more details and to apply.

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A Promotion for Chris

We are thrilled to announce that Chris Hulme has been promoted to Director of Program and Operations for Asbury Hills and SC Camps & Retreat Ministries!

Chris has been a part of the ministry with Asbury Hills and SC Camps & Retreat Ministries for 17 years and on full time staff for 14 years. He and his family are such a major part of Asbury Hills and we are so excited for this next chapter.

Chris and his wife, Frances, met at Asbury Hills while serving on summer staff. He has served as the Facilities Director, Retreat & Recreation Director and now will continue to serve the ministry in the role of Director of Program and Operations.

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Farewell to Travis

Travis and his family will be moving on to serve a camp in Alabama. We are excited for what is next for the Johnson family, but we are sad to see them go!

Travis has served as the Food Service Director at Asbury Hills for four years. If you’ve spent any time at camp, you know how hard Travis worked to ensure the food service and dining hall experience was the best of the best.

If Travis wasn’t busy in the dining hall, you would find him anywhere else on property offering to help in any way he could. Not only does Travis have amazing food service skills but he is also a photographer and helped tremendously with capturing moments and memories at Asbury Hills.

While we are sad to see Travis and his family move on from Asbury Hills, we know the Lord has amazing plans for them. Alabama is truly blessed to get such an amazing family. As we alway say, this is not a “goodbye”, but more of a “see you later!”

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Giving Tuesday 2022 | November 29

It is that time of year! Giving Tuesday is coming up and SC Camps & Retreat Ministries will be participating in this global day of giving. We hope you are planning to take part, too.

Our ministry is possible because of people like you who share your stories and memories, invite your friends to our events, enroll your campers and their friends in camp and book retreat events. We want to keep this ministry going and by taking part in things like Giving Tuesday, you can be a part of it!

SC Camps & Retreat Ministries encompasses three properties: Asbury Hills, Camp Providence, and Sea Islands. All three of these properties serve guests in different ways. There is more than just one way you can participate in Giving Tuesday and help fuel the ministry at all of these properties.

What is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to giving to your favorite non-profit organizations. This is something much bigger than just an event in the US. Giving Tuesday is a worldwide event! Giving Tuesday officially started in 2012 with the intention to encourage folks to do good. Just in the US, billions of dollars are raised every Giving Tuesday. How amazing?!

When is Giving Tuesday? Traditionally, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving is known as ‘Giving Tuesday’. This year, Giving Tuesday is November 29th. We hope you’ll plan to keep SC Camps & Retreat Ministries in mind as you plan out your end of year giving.

How can you participate in Giving Tuesday? This is simple! First and foremost, share with others. Share with your friends and family about this day. Sometimes, all it takes is telling someone the opportunity is there to give. If you are able, we hope you’ll consider giving to SC Camps & Retreat Ministries. No gift, small or large, will go unnoticed. We appreciate anything you are able to give! If you are unable to give, encourage the people you know to give!

What impact does Giving Tuesday have on SC Camps & Retreat Ministries? Giving in general impacts SC Camps & Retreat Ministries significantly. Giving Tuesday is a well known day of giving so it helps that the idea of giving is already encouraged. We work to steward every dollar as effectively as possible so we truly appreciate your generosity.

So what is next? Here are a few steps you can take to prepare for Giving Tuesday 2022.

  1. Save the date. Write it in your planner and add it to your Google Calendar. Mark November 29th as Giving Tuesday.
  2. Plan to take action. Whether you plan to share with others or plan to give, have a plan. Consider setting a reminder in your phone.
  3. Give if you can. Any gift of any size is an incredibly sacrificial gift and we are always thankful for it!
  4. Share. Sharing with your friends and family about Giving Tuesday is important! The more people that know, the greater the impact.

There you have it! This has been a full rundown of Giving Tuesday 2022. Thank you for your support, your prayers, and your generosity. We are so thankful for our camp family. Without you, our ministry would not be possible.

You can go ahead and save the website to give! If it isn’t updated yet, it will be ready in time for Giving Tuesday!

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Saying Farewell

Bob Kahle is moving on to serve as the Director of Camping Services for The Great Plains Camps. We are sad to see Bob move on from Asbury Hills and Camps & Retreat Ministries but we know that his next adventure is in God’s hands.

The Great Plains Camps in Kansas and Nebraska are so blessed to welcome their new Director of Camping Services but SC Camps and Retreat Ministries and Asbury Hills are sad to say goodbye to our Director of Programs and Operations. Bob has a way of making folks feel welcome regardless of if he was welcoming summer staffers to Asbury Hills, campers to Camp Providence or visitors to Sea Islands. Bob played such an important role in our ministry here in South Carolina and he will be dearly missed.

Bob and his wife, Tina, will be moving to Kansas later this month.

Bob shared that he “will miss the daily interaction with everyone from SCCARM and specifically Asbury Hills, but [he] knows God has a great plan and [he] trusts his will to be done through the people he calls here.”

We wish nothing but good things for Bob and Tina and their family moving forward! Please join us in praying for their move and transition.  

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Do You Miss Us?!

You’ve heard of being homesick but have you heard of being campsick!? Chances are your camper might be missing Asbury Hills a little. We are missing your campers!

Summer 2022 ended just a few days ago and we know that campers must be missing camp as much as we are missing them. We put together a few things you can do as a family to help with the campsickness!

For starters, if you haven’t already, download our Asbury Hills app! YES–our very own app! Download this in either the Apple App store or Google play by searching ‘Asbury Hills’. All the photos from the summer are loaded in by session. You and your camper can take time and scroll through photos. Maybe these photos will spark memories and stories they can share with the family!

The app is also where we will post and notify camper families about Summer 2023 early registration. We will be sharing in the app first to give those who attended camp this summer first dibs. Be sure your notifications are turned on–we don’t send out many notifications out of respect for you and your family but we will send one out with details about registration for Summer 2023 very soon.

If you have the app then you know that all of our highlight videos are available there. If you don’t have the app, you can watch all of the highlight videos from Summer 2022 on Vimeo! Click here to visit our channel and get to watching.

Did your camper enjoy worship?! If so, our worship team has put together almost 4 hours of songs from the summer! You can listen on Spotify or Apple Music. This playlist is made for you to just press shuffle and listen.

Ready for another playlist?! Check out our Dance Party playlist on Apple Music and Spotify! This playlist, curated by our summer staff, is full of the songs played during our weekly dance party for campers.

Lastly, SAVE THE DATE for our annual Fall Festival in October. Plan to spend Saturday, October 15th at Asbury Hills from 10am-5pm. We will have a few activities open (weather permitting), the camp store will be open and some summer staff will be back ready to say hey.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family as school starts back, the seasons change and you all continue forward. We hope to see you soon!

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2022 Camp Pastors

It is time to share our 2022 Camp Pastor line up for summer camp at Asbury Hills!! We’ve got some names you’ll recognize and we’ve got some new folks, too. Are you excited about the pastor there for your camper’s week of camp?!

WEEK 1 (June 5-10): Chad Deetz

WEEK 2 (June 12-17): Jana Clack

WEEK 3 (June 19-24): Laura-Allen Kerlin

WEEK 4 (July 10-15): Surprise!

FAMILY CAMP (July 15-17): Martha Timmons

WEEK 5 (July 17-22): Andrew Wolfe

WEEK 6 (July 24-29): Steve Simaneaux

WEEK 7 (July 31-Aug 5): Katherine Haselden Crimm

We are really looking forward to Summer 2022 with these amazing pastors! Some spaces are still available so if you haven’t registered your camper, click here!

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In Memory of Wes Voigt

The hearts of the Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center family are hurting with loss but celebrating the life of Wes Voigt, the first director of Asbury Hills.

Wes Voigt passed peacefully under hospice care on Wednesday, May 25th at the age of 89. A memorial service to remember and celebrate the life of Wes will be held Sunday, June 5th at the chapel at First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, NC at 2pm. A reception in the Getman Room will follow immediately after the interment. Memorials may be made to the Asbury Hills Scholarship Fund or The Lenten Challenge Fund of the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville.

Wes shared his love for Christ and spent his entire working life at Asbury Hills after serving in the Air Force. He made a lasting impact on many children and adults whose paths crossed the beautiful, and even spiritual, foothills of God’s great creation. If you ever spent time at the camp in his day, you will recall hearing the rattle of the red Jeep that let you know Wes was near, the wisdom of his Monday night Lake Chapel devotions, or that quite, but firm, “lights out” coming from the darkness outside the cabin if bedtime was not being observed. Wes was a faithful steward of this special place and its mission for 37 years.

He was particularly interested in working with the American Camping Association and spent countless hours helping to write and promote standards for camps across the country. He served as Chairperson of the ACA National Convention held in Atlanta, GA in 1985. Wes was also honored with the Southern Region Honor Award form ACA.

Please join us as we lift Dolly, his wife, and the rest of the family in prayer.

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Staff Training — We are STILL HIRING

Summer 2022 Staff Training has begun! Our hills are alive with laughter, singing and cheering voices. These voices are our 2022 Summer Staffers preparing to pour into over 1000 campers this summer at Asbury Hills. While we are so confident in the folks we have, we are looking to hire more counselors for Summer 2022. YES–Staff training has already started BUT there is room for more.

college ages people who will be working at Asbury Hills as counselors, lifeguards, recreation staff, photographers, videographers and kitchen service people. The entire group is smiling in front of mountains and a main road.

You read that right, we are still hiring for Summer 2022. Yes, staff training has already started BUT we are still in need of counselors and a few other positions. If you know anyone who would make a great counselor (male or female) at Asbury Hills, we would so appreciate you sending them our way. 

What makes a great counselor? A great counselor enjoys spending time with children, likes pouring into campers, encouraging them to try new things and encouraging them in their faith. A great counselor also enjoys being with others, connecting with likeminded others, likes trying new things and enjoys the outdoors. 

Why Asbury Hills? We work hard to provide a life changing experience for our summer staffers. We spend the entire year prior to summer preparing, praying and planning for each and every staffer that steps foot on our property. We believe in the power of camp for our campers but also for our staff. A summer at Asbury Hills could be exactly what someone doesn’t realize they need.

Maybe not a counselor? That is OK! We have a few other positions that are open for folks who are wanting to serve at Asbury Hills but maybe not as a counselor. We encourage all who are interested to apply.

Was there a college aged person you thought of while reading this blog post? Click here for more details and our application. If you have any questions, feel free to reply back to send us an email.

Thank you!

The Asbury Hills Family

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