Outdoor Ministries

Outdoor Ministries


Our Outdoor Ministries teams offer warm hospitality to our churches, staff, visiting faith communities and to educational and non-profit organizations whose work aligns with the core values of the Southern New England Conference. 

We engage in Outdoor & Retreat Ministry through four sites: 

Edwards House Meetings & Retreats

Irons Homestead

Pilgrim Day Camp

Silver Lake Conference Center 

 


Ryan Gackenheimer
(he-him)

The Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer

Executive for Camps & Retreats - Silver Lake Conference Center
Email: ryang@silverlakect.org   Phone: 860-364-5526

Silver Lake Conference Center is a place where lives are changed and leaders are nurtured. Seeing that this happens is the responsibility of the Executive for Camps and Retreats,  who oversees the invitation to participate, the maintenance of a safe environment, the creation of a nurturing program, and the extravagant welcome offered by staff.

The Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer joined Silver Lake in 2016, coming from several years of ministry as Associate Pastor of the First Congregational Church UCC of Essex, Vermont. He has prior camp experience in Vermont and Idaho, and has served on the Board of the UCC's Outdoor Ministry Association. A graduate of DePauw University and Eden Theological Seminary, he and his wife, Abby, have a young son, Keadyn.

For an introduction to the rest of the Silver Lake staff, visit:  www.silverlakect.org/contact


Jon Kirby (he-him)

Jon Kirby

Executive for Camps & Retreats - Pilgrim Day Camp
Email:
pdc@sneucc.org     Phone: 508-875-8215

Jon Kirby started working at Pilgrim Day Camp in 1975, and has spent 42 summers there – 37 of them as Director. Jon recently retired from Medfield High school after 34 years there, serving as Athletic Director, teacher and coach. He continues coaching in area schools.

For an introduction to the rest of the Pilgrim Day Camp staff, visit: pilgrimdaycamp.org/staff

 


Kate Ostertag (she-her)

Kate Ostertag

Executive for Camps & Retreats – Edwards House and Irons Homestead
Email:
 ostertagk@sneucc.org    Office:  508-875-5233 ext. 271    Cell: 508-810-4564

Kate Ostertag oversees Edwards House in Framingham, MA and Irons Homestead in Glocester, RI. Our Outdoor Ministries teams offer warm hospitality to our churches, staff, visiting faith communities and to educational and non-profit organizations whose work aligns with the core values of the Southern New England Conference.

Contact her to:

  • Share your vision for a program or event that you are planning.
  • Check availability and pricing for an upcoming visit.
  • Learn more about Outdoor Ministries as a resource to you and your ministry.

Kate brings over 20 years of experience in retreat center operations with a passion for program and volunteer development.

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