With week one of Summer 2017 just a few short weeks away, it is time to introduce our first camp pastor! Ben Sloan will be serving as the Camp Pastor at Asbury Hills for the week of June 4-June 9. Continue reading to get to know him! We are excited to have you, Ben!
Ben comes to us from Albemarle, North Carolina where he has been the Pastor at Bethany UMC for almost two years. Ben worked as a counselor for two summers and then helped out when he could for a third.
We asked Ben what he is looking forward to most for his week at camp and here is what he told us:
“I am really looking forward to seeing how things have changed. I love getting to know the campers and counselors. I also am looking forward to the beauty of the mountains. I can’t wait to share Asbury Hills with my daughter. I can’t pick from all of those!”
Ben tells us that his time as a counselor at Asbury Hills made a huge difference in his life. He is looking forward to to coming back to place that holds such great memories. He’s also excited to give back and help the Asbury Hills ministry.
We asked Ben to share an embarrassing story with us so he shared one that actually happened at Asbury Hills!
“One week I was on support staff and we got a call from Caesar’s Head that a group of hikers got lost near us. They asked if we could go out and help them. Only thing was that it was tacky day at camp so I had my clothes on inside out with nothing matching, and there wasn’t really time to go back and change. I was the one to find the group and I had to lead them back to Caesar’s Head dressed like that. I wonder what was going through their heads as they saw me come running up looking ridiculous.”
Ben told us that his favorite superhero is Daredevil. He didn’t go into why but I can assure you it it would be worth asking him about! If he had to eat one food item for the rest of his life, Ben would eat pizza. Why you ask? He had some great reasons:
- It tastes great.
- You can mix it up so much.
- He heard about a guy in Maryland who has only eaten pizza for the last 30 years and he is doing just fine.
We asked Ben if there was anything he’d like to tell campers and his response was simple yet so important!
“You’re going to have a great time! Soak up every minute of it!”
A week at Asbury Hills seems like a long time but when you’re there, it flies by! We hope that each and every camper coming this summer really takes the time to enjoy everything about camp!