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Blessings to Youth Ministry Leader on Next Chapter

Colleen Earp

Colleen Earp, who has been the presbytery’s associate for youth ministry since the fall of 2014, concluded her service on June 30.

During her time in Presbytery of the James, Earp also served as an associate director at Camp Hanover. With the two positions, Earp ran youth programming, managed service projects, and created environmental programs. During summer camp, Earp focused on nature education and raising and caring for Camp Hanover’s chickens, ducks, and goats.

“She strove to empower kids of all ages and make us feel capable and valued and worthy,” commented Youth Council member Virginia Adams.

"Colleen has left an indelible mark on Camp Hanover,” shared Doug Walters, executive director. “We are forever changed and improved by her service.”

Through the pandemic, Earp organized and connected friends and staff of Camp Hanover by leading weekly virtual Vespers. She also read bedtime stories to the camp’s chickens and children at home, watching via Facebook.

In 2019, Earp earned a Master of Divinity at Union Presbyterian Seminary and recently completed a yearlong chaplain residency at UVA Medical Center.

In September, Earp will begin work as director of programs at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center in Harrisonburg.