We Welcome Our New OMA-UCC Board Members
You voted, we counted, and we now welcome Mariah Newell (appointed to a vacant position), Mark Boyd (elected), and Ted Wilson (elected) to the Board of Directors!
Mark is the current Managing Director at N-Sid-Sen Camp & Retreat Center, Idaho. He has been involved with Outdoor Ministry in the Pacific Northwest Conference for 10 years as staff, and 15 years as a volunteer. Mark was also the Minister of Youth at The United Churches of Olympia for 12 years, and as such led multiple youth and adult camps at both Pilgrim Firs and N-Sid-Sen. Mark's background includes 22 years in the construction industry, ending that career as a regional operations manager. He is part of the leadership team for the Focus Event, the program designed for folks who are considering a call to outdoor ministry.
Mariah Newell is a life-long camper beginning as a ‘Tenderfoot’ camper at Slumber Falls in New Braunfels, Texas. After graduating as a camper, Mariah became a Texas Christian University Horned Frog where she graduated with a double major in Political Science and English. She was always involved at Slumber Falls and returned to work as full time summer staff, a counselor, and later a session director. Mariah spent time working in youth ministry as well at Cypress Creek Christian Church in Spring, Texas before heading up to Missouri where Mariah is now the Program Director at Camp MoVal. Mariah is very excited to serve on the Board of the Outdoor Ministries Association and lend her skills to the OMA community in any way that she can.
Ted Wilson is from the Blowing Rock Conference Center in Blowing Rock, NC. He has spent all of his adult life in the nonprofit world, working as a summer camp counselor, various stints in outdoor ministry, and for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. For the past eight years, Ted has worked in various capacities at the Blowing Rock Conference Center, beginning in housekeeping and food service, he now serves as the Assistant Director. Ted has a great appreciation for the role that outdoor ministries can play in the spiritual development of people of all ages.