Marian lives in West Liberty, Iowa, with her husband Arnie. Their adult children Carrie and Richard both attended and loved Camp when they were younger. Carrie even worked on staff for a few summers. Marian and Arnie also have a Beagle named Tucker, who Marian says is her walking buddy! In 2004, Marian completed her certificate of training for Commissioned Ruling Elder through the Presbytery of East Iowa and Dubuque distance learning. In her free time, Marian likes to read, write, play pickle ball and other board and card games, and spend time in nature. She especially enjoys watching the river that flows by her cabin.
Marian worked for ten years as the director of Cracker Box Kids, a before and after school program in the Durant schools. For several years, she also directed Campus for Kids, a daycare in Durant. In 2005, she began as the Christian Education Director for First Church United in West Liberty, became pulpit supply when the pastor answered another call, and then was asked to complete requirements to become a licensed minister in the Disciples of Christ denomination so that she could be called as the pastor of First Church United. Marian was installed in that role in May of 2009 and has been a pastor ever since.
Marian describes her own spirituality as being very nature/outdoor/creation-centered, which was why she wanted to serve on the board at Camp Wyoming. Personally, she spends a lot of time at Camp Wyoming attending and leading retreats. She loves to walk to the swinging bridge and meditate as well as walk the labyrinth. She thinks it is beneficial for people to experience a variety of worship settings and styles, and camp is a great place to do that. “Youth need to know worship happens everywhere not just in a church building.” She also acknowledges that camp is a great way to reach out to young people. Marian says, “Camp can help us all learn that our faith journey can be fun, exciting, relevant, and serious all at the same time.”
Marian encourages her church to financially support Camp Wyoming, and she herself loves coming out during the summer to serve as a chaplain for TTT Camp. She says, “I’m convinced that camp provides a unique opportunity for accelerated growth for body, mind, soul, relationships. It is fun, challenging, and rewarding to kids, counselors, staff, visitors, adults.” She challenges other churches to pray about how they can also support this vital ministry.
Her favorite Bible passage is Romans 8:37-39, although she admits she can’t truly choose just one – “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”