We want to say a very heartfelt THANK YOU to Celine “Zia” Newman for her past 14 years of ministry at Lutherhaven. She has been a key member of the Lutherhaven team, directing fourteen adventurous summers, hundreds of outdoor education school groups, and scores of Spirit-filled, year-round youth retreats. She is a faithful, gifted leader who has invested in Lutherhaven’s mission both personally and professionally. We will miss her (& Takoda) and are excited for where God is leading her to serve next!
For the next couple of months, Celine plans to remain in the area. From there, if you find yourself in northwest New Mexico, on the beaches of southern California, hiking the mountains out west, living up life in Ft. Wayne, walking down Main Street USA, or on a mission trip in Nepal or South America, you may just find her there! If you have a ministry opportunity in one of those places, she would probably love to talk with you about it.
To celebrate Celine’s ministry at Lutherhaven, we have a couple things planned and invite you to join us!
We are having a Card Shower! Send a card or note to Celine Newman at 1596 S 150 W, Albion, IN 46701 to let her know how much you have appreciated her service at Lutherhaven these past many years.
A Celebration Video is being created for Celine featuring all the years she has worked at Camp! If you have a great photo or video of Celine at Lutherhaven to add or you would like to be a part of the video, please email email@example.com for more information by April 1st.
We are grateful for Celine’s ministry and pray God’s blessings over her as she seeks what the Lord has for her next! God be with you, Celine!
Camp Lutherhaven is excited to introduce Keith Peters as our next Director of Summer & Youth Ministry! We welcome Keith, his wife Jana, and their three daughters to the Lutherhaven family.
Keith was born and raised in Oklahoma. He spent six memorable summers on staff at Camp Lutherhoma during high school and college. Continuing his passion for Outdoors Ministry he was part of Walcamp Outdoor Ministries, IL as the Program Director from 2003-2008.
Keith met his wife Jana at Walcamp, where they partnered to run Walcamp’s Special Needs Camps. Though passionate about camp ministry, God arranged for him to join the staff at Fellowship of Faith Church (LCMS) as a Spiritual Formation Guide and contributed to the areas of adult studies, new members, leadership of small group ministries and music/curriculum for Sunday School. During this time at FOF Keith and Jana started their family expansion and have three lovely daughters – each unique and amazing in their own ways. Keith also received his Masters in Religion through Concordia Chicago while at FOF. Feeling the pull back to camp ministry, Keith took a position at Lake Geneva Camps and Conferences as the Assistant Program Director in 2016.
Jana is a Deaconess with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and has worked in disability ministry most of her career. She is a loving mother and a very patient wife.
Rose just started high school and is a reader and a runner.
Emily is in 5thgrade and loves art, creativity and being the center of attention!
Autumn is in Kindergarten, loves silly songs with Larry, really loves her family and has a sweet tooth.
Keith loves the Bible – everything about it. He devours commentaries and loves teaching and learning scripture. He also runs every day, loves blue grass music and good coffee. A combination that his family finds both a little weird and a lot of crazy, but he is okay with that.
Grateful for this wealth of experience in both camp and parish ministry, Keith and his family are ecstatic to be joining the Lutherhaven community the beginning of March.
Here are some ways you, your congregation, or community can help Camp Lutherhaven during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spread the Word
In Person: Share with your friends and family about Camp Lutherhaven and encourage them to join you in supporting Camp.
At Church: Be an advocate for Lutherhaven in your church. Share with your pastor, youth leader, or small group about Camp Lutherhaven and how they can support this ministry. Click the links below for some resources you can share with your church today!
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Commit Long Term
TheTrue North Relief Fundhas been created in response to help meet Lutherhaven’s immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, we do not know how long this pandemic or it’s effects will last. Donors who give monthly and yearly make a huge difference in Lutherhaven’s ability to carry out the mission and ministry. Would you consider becoming a monthly supporter today?
Give online or for more information, please call our office at 260.636.7101 and we will be glad to talk with you about a plan for giving.
We believe God hears our prayers and answers them. Please join us in praying for Camp Lutherhaven during this time.
Pray that people would respond to the needs of Camp.
Pray for wisdom and strength for the Lutherhaven staff.
Pray for continued safety and health for all the guests who come to Lutherhaven and the staff who serve them.
Pray for the transition of staff members during this time.
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume via mail or Email to:
Attn: Tim Jank
1595 S. 150 W.
Albion, IN 46701-9695 firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Lutherhaven is actively seeking to fill its Director of Summer and Youth Ministry position with a person who is excited to invest in the lives of children, youth, and young adults with Christ’s love in an outdoor Camp setting. This position is a key part of Lutherhaven’s staff leadership team.
Oversee and direct Lutherhaven’s year-round youth and summer camp programs including program/spiritual development, administration, personnel, supervision, and evaluation. (For more information see the full job description)
A strong Christian faith; A member of a Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod congregation
Demonstrates support and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Camp Lutherhaven
A college education with at least a bachelor’s degree
Experience serving in children/youth/family and outdoors ministry
Experience in a leadership position
Ability to work several consecutive, 20,000+ step days and several 75 hour weeks in a row
Experience in, and an appreciation for, being in God’s creation
Committed to a team ministry with other workers centered around Jesus Christ
Strong organizational and decision making skills
Flexible, proactive, resourceful, resilient and efficient
Good written and verbal communication skills
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint – and Internet use.
Warm and friendly personality, ability to relate well with a diversity of other people
Motivated spiritually, with a strong sense of Christian servanthood, stewardship, and outreach
A life-long learner, pursuing excellence, and valuing personal holistic health
Musical leadership abilities including voice and guitar/piano
Certifications and/or skill set: CPR, First Aid(physical and mental), Lifeguard, Low Ropes Course Facilitator, Boating, Archery
Why work at Camp Lutherhaven?
Camp Lutherhaven is a year-round outdoor ministry center that has been helping create adventurous, faith-building experiences for children, youth, adults, and families for over 70 years! A beautiful setting, comfortable facilities, a supportive ministry team, and a Camp community that stands behind its mission combine for a great recipe to make a real difference for Christ.
It’s with a heart full of emotions that I share the news that Celine Newman, Camp’s Director of Summer and Youth Ministry for almost 14 years, has made the difficult decision to step down from the Lutherhaven staff team.
My heart is thankful because Celine has been a key member of Camp’s staff, directing fourteen adventurous summers, hundreds of outdoor education school groups, and scores of Spirit-filled, year-round youth retreats. She is a faithful, gifted leader who has invested in Lutherhaven’s mission both personally and professionally. We will miss her profoundly!
My heart is also excited because God is doing a new thing! Both for Celine and for Lutherhaven’s ministry. Celine is not sure what exactly that new adventure looks like yet, and we don’t know who God would have fill this important position at Camp. However, we do know that God is faithful and is always working His good amidst all things. What better hands could our futures be in?!
Celine has graciously offered to be flexible and assist with this transition as needed. Watch our website and Facebook for details on filling the Director of Summer and Youth Ministry position in the months to come. In the meantime, please lift up Celine and Camp Lutherhaven in prayer as we look to our Heavenly Father to direct our paths as we put our trust in Him.
In Christ, our True North,
Camp Lutherhaven invites your family to come out for a Family Getaway!
Families are welcome to visit Lutherhaven for a day or overnight to explore the trails, splash in Lake Muncie or take a boat out, play on the playground, and have a picnic! If staying overnight, sleep in one of Lutherhaven’s cabins or bring your own tent, cook dinner over a fire, enjoy seeing the sunset, and watch the stars come out!
At this time, Lutherhaven is offering these Family Getaways free of charge and asking families to consider making a free will donation.
Personal retreats also continue to be available for individuals to spend time with God in His creation at Lutherhaven.
If you are interested in setting up a Family Getaway for your family or a personal retreat, please contact Bethany at email@example.com or 260-636-7101 for more information. We look forward to seeing you and your family at Lutherhaven this fall!
Camp Lutherhaven is on a journey, just like you, as we continue to face significant challenges and make far-reaching decisions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through it all, God daily provides for us and calls each of us to love, support, and encourage one another. At the heart of Camp Lutherhaven is not only spiritual health and growth, but also a commitment to the physical well-being and safety of our guests, campers, and staff. That commitment continues through these unique times. Please review the information below on how Camp Lutherhaven is responding.
The Lutherhaven Team
(December 22, 2020) True North Relief Fund Update
It is with a humble and joyful heart, Lutherhaven shares that the $25,000 matching gift has been met through the generosity of so many individuals and families in less than a month’s time! Wow! What a tremendous blessing to the ministry of Lutherhaven. Though we are uncertain of what the future holds, we know that God who holds it is bigger. Please continue to keep Camp Lutherhaven in your prayers, and stay tuned for updates as we head into 2021.
(November 5, 2020) True North Relief Fund Update
Lutherhaven is celebrating the generosity and partnership of so many individuals, families, and organizations that helped support Lutherhaven during this challenging time of Covid-19. We’ve reached the $50,000 match amount as set forth by The Lutheran Foundation. Another donor has boldly stepped forward with an additional matching gift of $25,000. Every gift to Camp Lutherhaven’s True North Relief Fund is a treasure and can still be matched! Thank YOU for continuing to support Lutherhaven through your financial gifts and prayers!
(September 2, 2020) True North Relief Fund
Camp Lutherhaven launched it’s True North Relief Fund. This past summer, Lutherhaven had 1,000 less campers compared to Summer 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This loss combined with the loss of about 2/3rds of outside groups since March 2020 has lead to a very real need to raise funds and support.
Currently, Camp Lutherhaven has received a matching grant from the Lutheran Foundation that will match up to $50,000 of gifts received from July 1, 2020-December 31, 2020. This means with your help $100,000 could be received by Lutherhaven!
We invite you to partner with Lutherhaven through this relief fund, as you are able to give. Thank you for your continued prayers, financial contributions, and support!
(July 24, 2020) Summer Camp 2020 Update
It’s with a heavy heart that the Lutherhaven staff and board of directors have decided to cancel the remaining Summer 2020 programs. With the new statewide mask mandate that goes into effect Monday July 27th, campers would be required to wear masks significantly more than they already do with the current guidelines – even when outside. We believe with our current program, this would be detrimental to the camp community, comradery, and care that is such a signature part of a summer camp experience, especially in each cabin group.
It breaks our heart to have to cancel any camp session. However, the health and safety of our campers and staff are a top priority as well as following the guidelines and mandates put forth by our local and state authorities to slow the spread of Covid-19.
We know this is so disappointing to the many campers and families that were still planning to attend yet this summer. We are devastated alongside you with the missed memories and ministry moments we would have shared.
We’re so thankful for you and your continued partnership and support of Camp Lutherhaven! We are praying for you and your family during this crazy time. However, we have faith that our Father in Heaven still works good through it all – even through the crazy.
If you were registered for a camp program during the next 2 weeks, check your email for more information on what happens next. We will also be sharing more information in the days to come.
(July 1, 2020) Summer Camp 2020 Update
Today, the Indiana state governor made an announcement stating Indiana will move to Stage 4.5 in its plan to reopen Indiana. This is a change from the previous plan to move to Stage 5 on July 4. However, Overnight Youth Camps are allowed to open under Stage 4.5. Camp Lutherhaven still plans to open as scheduled on Sunday, July 5th! Bring on the campers!!
(June 27, 2020) NEW Parent Handbooks for Summer 2020
If your child or family is planning to come to Camp this summer, make sure to check out the newly updated Parent Handbooks for their camp. These include the NEW Pre-Screening Health Questionnaire. If you have any questions, contact the Camp Office at 260-636-7101.
(June 16, 2020) Summer Camp 2020 Update
We are excited to share with you that Summer Camp Programming is still set to start on July 5th, as long as Indiana moves to Stage 5 on schedule. If you’ve been waiting, now is the time to sign up for Summer Camp at www.lutherhaven.org! We are looking forward to seeing you at Lutherhaven this summer!
On May 22nd, Indiana entered into Stage 3 of the Governor’s “Back on Track” plan for reopening Indiana. With this announcement, there was also updated information released for Stage 3, 4, and 5, including new guidelines for overnight youth camps. According to these regulations, overnight youth camps are to remain closed until Stage 5, currently set to begin July 4. Because of this new information, Lutherhaven plans to begin summer programming on July 5…
Our highest priority continues to be keeping our guests, staff, volunteers and families safe and healthy as we navigate through the impact of the coronavirus and the repercussions to our health, communities, families, and economy…
(April 16, 2020) Camp Lutherhaven Outdoor Ministry Center COVID-19 Response
A message from Camp Lutherhaven’s Executive Director, Tim Jank, on how the COVID-19 pandemic is currently effecting Lutherhaven and how you can help.
As Camp Lutherhaven navigates with you and our entire world through this coronavirus pandemic, we want to not only create a spirit of encouragement and sensibility among our staff team and our guests, but we also want to be a part of the public health solution, working together with all those around us to reduce transmission.
In order to be part of that solution, we have cancelled all Camp and retreat guest groups and programs through April 12th (Easter). Our highest priority is keeping our guests, staff, volunteers and families safe and healthy…
The Annual meeting of the Lutheran Camp Association (which is the legal name for Camp Lutherhaven) is scheduled for 2:00 pm on September 13th, 2020 at Camp Lutherhaven. Join with other friends and supporters of Camp Lutherhaven’s year round ministry to share information, ideas, and find out the latest on where Camp is headed, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Camp’s ministry. We will also be electing several new board members. Partners, Congregational Representatives, and visitors are invited to attend.
This year the meeting will take place in the Pavilion, so participants will be able to spread out in an outdoor setting. We look forward to seeing you!
Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Tim Jank at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260.636.7101.
Lutherhaven is partnering with Run Hard. Rest Well. to help people rewrite their personal stories of overload by re-introducing people to Biblical, transformative rhythms of work and rest.
Vantage Point 1/2-day retreats spotlight hope, help and four biblical rhythms of rest – Sabbath, Sleep, Stillness (personal prayer) and Solitude (personal retreat) set in the context of life in the 21st century. Why? So that people of all ages and walks of life are equipped to know the race we are to run and the rest that refuels.