Rev. Beth Hilkerbaumer
Beth was born in Iowa but grew up in Urbana, Ohio. Even though she hasn’t lived in Ohio since graduating from college, she still thinks of it as home. She lives in Marion, Iowa where she is the Associate Pastor at Marion First Presbyterian Church. She shares a condo with two cats whom Beth describes as “fun and energetic.”
Beth comes from a family of pastors. Both her mom and dad are ordained pastors in the Presbyterian Church, so she grew up as a “preacher’s kid.” Her older brother is about to finish his first year studying to become a commissioned ruling elder or lay pastor, so it is definitely a profession that runs in the family.
Beth’s involvement with Camp Wyoming started soon after she arrived in Marion. She brought a group of kids to the annual Confirmation Retreat and was reminded how important a church camping experience is to the spiritual formation of children. She enjoyed the atmosphere and the staff, so when she was invited to be a Pastor-in-Residence during the summer, she gladly accepted, and had a wonderful time.
Because she grew up going to church camp, Beth was able to understand how important ministries like Camp Wyoming’s can be. She says that church camp was always the best part of her summer. As Beth was discerning her call, she knew that youth was going to be an important aspect of her ministry, and recognized that church camp can be an important part of anyone’s faith journey. Beth made the decision to join the Board at Camp Wyoming because she wanted to be part of offering to other children the same kinds of experiences she had, both in camping and youth ministry.
Her favorite part of being on the Camp Wyoming Board? Beth loves watching the children have fun learning about God and themselves.