Lane new Coordinator of Camping & Retreat Ministries


Nancy Folsom LaneSPRINGFIELD -- After an extensive search process, Rev. Nancy Folsom Lane has accepted the opportunity to serve as the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Coordinator of Camping and Retreat Ministries.

Rev. Lane will begin her service on September 1st and can be contacted through East Bay Camp after that time. Additional questions can be forwarded through the IGRC Office of Connectional Ministries.

In this role, she will provide leadership for the IGRC’s exciting and life-changing ministries at our year-round camping facilities at East Bay Camp and Little Grassy Camp and coordinate with our summer seasonal Epworth and Beulah camp programs.

Rev. Nancy Folsom Lane grew up in Iowa and has always been at home in the United Methodist Church.   Camping ministry was formative in her spiritual life and calling, both as a camper, and later as staff and in leadership.  Rev. Folsom Lane is a Deacon in Full-Connection in the North Georgia Conference where she most recently served Roswell UMC as an Associate Pastor for 18 years, with primary responsibility for pastoral care and missions.  Beyond the local church, she's served the conference on the Board of Camps and Retreats and the Board of Ordained Ministry. 
Rev. Folsom Lane has a passion for helping connect the needs of the world with the grace and love of Christ.  Nancy and her husband Mike have three daughters, and they reside in Bloomington. 

Following the departure of Patric Newton from this position in June 2021, the IGRC Personnel Committee and Commission on Camping & Retreat Ministries participated in a nation-wide search process under the guidance of Rev. Dr. Curtis Brown, IGRC Director of Connectional Ministries. Dr. Brown reports, “We were pleased with the quality of candidates, but Rev. Lane was clearly the most outstanding applicant. She brings a breadth of experience, deep passion for Christian faith formation, and extraordinary leadership gifts. I am thrilled to have her join our team and look forward to the energy and vision she will bring to our camping and retreat ministries.”