Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Oklahoman contributing on national UM camping level


Two directors represent all camping ministries in the denomination’s South Central Jurisdiction. One of them is Andre Stravlo of Edmond, Camps’ administrative assistant for the Oklahoma Conference.

Earlier this year she was elected to the four-year post, which also means service on an even wider scope. She becomes a member of the Board of Directors for the National UM Camp and Retreat Committee.

More than 200 UM camp facilities annually serve almost 1 million people. The Oklahoma Conference operates three camps.

Stravlo joined the Conference Camps staff in January 2008. Her efforts were key in establishing the Single-Parent Family Gatherings; three such camps are planned this summer. Also a single mom, Stravlo has three children.

Her new duties will include retreat planning for the jurisdiction’s Camps leaders—the 2012 event will be at Camp Egan in eastern Oklahoma. In 2009, the national board met at Canyon Camp.

Stravlo said she will work diligently to encourage attendance at these events. Much work is accomplished in virtual meetings, but face-to-face opportunities greatly benefit Camps staff, managers, board members, and others in the field, she attests.

"Bonds get created across the United States," she said. "People share tips and uplift each other. It’s inspiring and makes you think critically in your ministry."


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