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Camp Hanover Announces New Executive Director

Doug Walters

MECHANICSVILLE, VA - July 8, 2012 - The Camp Hanover Ministries Board of the Presbytery of the James is pleased to announce the hiring of Doug Walters as the camp's new Executive Director. After many months of prayerful work, the search committee invited Walters to lead Camp Hanover, confident that his efforts will continue to strengthen its ministry and honor its rich tradition of small group Christian camping and retreat ministry.

Walters is passionate about Presbyterian camp ministry and brings with him a wealth of experience and creativity, having served for over a decade in a variety of leadership roles at various Presbyterian Church (USA) summer camps and retreat centers. These sites include Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center in northern New Jersey, Chesapeake Center in northeast Maryland, Dogwood Acres in the Florida panhandle, and most recently Ferncliff Camp & Conference Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has also served multiple terms on the Board of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association.

Originally from New Jersey, Walters grew up in the Presbyterian Church. He is a communications graduate of Ithaca College, whose career path tended toward broadcast journalism and video production before following a call into full-time camp ministry within the Presbyterian Church in 1998.

Walters is currently finishing up his second stint as the Interim Director of Youth Ministry at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, where he, his wife Lynn, and their three children -- eight year-old David, 6 year-old Joshua, and 2 year-old Kate -- are active members. The family plans to move to Virginia in time for the children to begin the school year at their new home, and Walters will officially assume his position at Camp Hanover on October 1, 2012. Walters will be only the third Executive Director in the Camp's 55-year history, succeeding Robert H. "Bob" Pryor who is retiring this summer after more than 22 years of service.

The Camp Hanover Ministries Board and staff appreciate your continued prayers and support for the ministry of the Camp and for Doug Walters and his family as they follow God's call to serve in this sacred place. With a deep history of life-changing ministry to build upon, Camp Hanover's future is full of hope and excitement for all that God will continue to accomplish here.


Camp Hanover, the outdoor ministry center of the Presbytery of the James, Presbyterian Church (USA), was founded in 1957 under the leadership of the Reverend John E. Ensign, who served as its director for 33 years until his retirement in 1989. Over Labor Day weekend, it will celebrate 55 years of ministry and honor retiring director, Bob Pryor, at the conclusion of the summer camp season.

The mission of Camp Hanover is to provide a place apart for renewal and growth in an environment of Christian hospitality.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 July 2012 16:40