Heather Withrow is the new president of Jumonville, a Christian camp and retreat center in North Union Township.

“It’s been great. The staff is wonderful and they make my job easy,’’ said Withrow, who moved to Jumonville in February with her husband Shawn, a graphic designer.

A native of Elkins, West Virginia, Withrow earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation and parks management with an emphasis on therapeutic recreation from West Virginia University.

She has more than 20 years experience in camping and retreat ministry. Her last position was as executive director of Glacier Camp in Lakeside Montana.

Withrow is a member of the American Camp Association and National Conference Committee of the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministry.

Jumonville is moving into its busy season, giving Withrow an opportunity to know the many campers and visitors who pour into the camp annually.

“We get over 800 campers in our programs and another 300 in other groups, including sports camps, band camps and private churches,’’ reported Withrow.

The camp also welcomes members of the community, who enjoy making trips up the mountain to see the Great Cross of Christ, a Fayette County landmark. Withrow said the local community has been very welcoming to her.

And Withrow is enjoying life at Jumonville, mentioning its rich history and that the camp is always changing and growing.

“Jumonville is beautiful,’’ said Withrow, “and it’s a place where God works in wonderful ways.’’

More information can be found at www.jumonville.org.

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