LT Alumni Spotlight - Leeanne Griffin
By Kara Witherow
For more than 30 years, children, youth and young adults have been ministered to through the South Georgia Conference’s summer camping ministry.
Through their camp experiences – whether as a camper or counselor – all have said their faith was strengthened and encouraged.
To celebrate the Conference’s camping ministry and the impact it has had on generations of students, we asked former counselors (Leadership Team alumni) to share with us how their camping experience(s) shaped and grew their faith and impacted their futures.
We’ll spotlight one former Leadership Team member in each of our upcoming issues.
Seeing a friend’s spiritual growth and hearing about his Leadership Team experiences motivated Leeanne Griffin to apply to be a counselor during the 2009 summer.
Being a part of the Leadership Team helped develop and cultivate Griffin’s desire to serve others. Serving children and youth at a critical stage in their lives and faith is so important to Griffin that she travels to St. Simons Island from her home in Macon to help with the Conference’s Confirmation and KidzQuest retreats.
“The ministry means reaching kids at a really impressionable age,” she said. “I grew up in church and saw so many kids and teenagers get jaded. They were missing the fun that Jesus brings to life because they were stuck in the tedium of it all. Coming to camp helps rejuvenate and reminds us all how much God gives us.”
The spiritual growth Griffin saw in many of the campers made her Leadership Team experience special and memorable.
“I remember the week I had the youngest group of girls possible, and how many great and deep questions they had about faith,” she said. “We had a devotional one night that lasted for more than two hours because of all their curiosity. I feel like as a society people discount young minds so much, but they have so many great questions and ideas when it comes to faith and God.”
Griffin, a 2012 Mercer University graduate, developed deep relationships and lasting friendships during the summer she spent at Epworth By The Sea.
“Being on the team gave me many friends that I have kept in touch with over the past few years. They've helped to give me a solid accountability in what I'm doing in my faith and life.”
Are you or is someone you know interested in serving on the Conference's summer Leadership Team? Click here to learn more about the ministry and how to apply. Applications are due no later than Jan. 31, 2014.