Springfield-Patric Newton has announced his resignation as the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Coordinator of Camping, Retreat, and Youth Ministries effective June 18, 2021. Newton has served in this role since 2017 and has led a strategic renewal of the IGRC camping programs, consolidation into two improved year-round sites, recruitment of new program and site staff, and implementation of new fiscal management and accountability practices. Newton will continue to work in church camping and has accepted a new position outside of Illinois. He and his family will be relocating this summer.
Curtis Brown, IGRC Director of Connectional Ministries writes about Newton: “Patric has been a blessing to our camps, our churches, our team, and to the young people who participate in our camping, retreat, and youth ministries. He has led calmly through multiple transitions with confidence, patience, and faithfulness. Patric has kept us focused on our goal of helping young people grow in their faith and discipleship. We will miss him and his family but know that they will continue to be blessed and to be a blessing through their next steps in ministry.”
Working with the current camping staff and Conference Commission on Camping and Retreat Ministries, Brown will develop an interim management plan to ensure a smooth transition and search for a new Coordinator during this summer camping season. All scheduled camps and summer camping program will still happen as planned, and campers are still encouraged to register for available day and overnight camps through www.igrcamps.com.