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Carley Named Director of Camps, Retreats and Next-Gen Engagement

The Rev. Ann Marie Carley has been named West Ohio’s director of Camps, Retreats and Next-Gen Engagement. She begins her new role on July 6.

“Camp changed my life,” Carley said. “The skills and relationships I formed during my camp experiences fueled my passion for helping the next generation of leaders build community, confidence and faith-filled purpose in their own lives. I am humbled to serve the people of West Ohio in this role.”

The director is ultimately responsible for all operations, maintenance and fund development for West Ohio camps and retreat ministries. Reaching the next generation is imperative. In addition to her new responsibilities with West Ohio ‘s camping program, Carley will cultivate congregational capacity to engage next generations. She will be a member of the Connectional Ministries Team.

Carley, an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church, holds a degree in theological studies from United Theological Seminary and a Master of Education from the University of Rio Grande. Most recently, Carley served as the executive pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chillicothe, having held various roles in other ministry settings. Before answering the call to ministry, Carley was a professional educator, first as a teacher and then as a school administrator. She has vast experience in staff recruitment, leadership development training, grant writing and curriculum development.

“Building on our current success in camps and retreats, Ann Marie will bring innovative energy, together with strong strategic and proven administrative leadership to ensure that West Ohio camps continue changing lives,” said the Rev. Dee Stickley-Miner, director of Connectional Ministries.

Carley will replace Ken Overholser, who is retiring after more than eight years of service.

“I look forward to partnering with all of West Ohio as we join God in the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, now and for generations to come,” Carley said.