Contact

East Bay Camp - Reservations and Inquiries
Office: 309-365-7531
24248 Ron Smith Memorial Hwy
Hudson, IL 61748
eastbay@igrc.org


Coordinator of Camping and Retreat Ministries

Nancy Folsom Lane

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Rev. Nancy Folsom Lane serves as the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Coordinator of Camping and Retreat Ministries.  In this role, she provides leadership for the IGRC’s exciting and life-changing ministries at our year-round camping facilities at East Bay Camp and Little Grassy Camp and coordinates with our summer seasonal Epworth and Beulah camp programs.

Rev. Lane, is a deacon in full connection from the North Georgia Conference.  She resides with her husband and daughters in Bloomington.  Collectively they love inviting others to experience Jesus through camping and retreat ministries. 

Office Manager

Lea Schuler

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Lea Schuler, the Office Manager, has the distinction of being employed the longest of anyone at East Bay.  She has served the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, East Bay's parent organization, for 29 years, first in the treasurer's office and then at East Bay.  When she took the position at East Bay, her intent was to work for the camp for only a year or two, but a passion for camping ministry wouldn't let her go.

Lea graduated from Lincoln College with an Associate Degree in Business and Sociology. She is certified in "old fashioned short hand" and also is a Notary of Public Service.  In addition to a love for camping ministry she also has a passion for spreadsheets and anything involving numbers. She is valued in the camp office for her pursuit of details, among other things.

At East Bay Lea has found a second family that she loves to be with.  She also enjoys watching the campers and staff grow up and become wonderful, loving Christian adults.  Lea and her husband, Marty, like "all kinds of furry animals (except mice)," but especially dogs.  They have had dogs that earned  certification as therapy dogs that delight the elderly in nursing homes.  Soon their cocker spaniel will have  a certification allowing it to visit and comfort children at St Jude Hospital.  Lea and Marty and have been married for 23 years and share their home with the precious dogs Magic and Wishes.

Operations Assistant

Danny Kuhn

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Danny Kuhn serves as the Operations Assistant at East Bay. Danny comes from Pennsylvania, where he grew up in the United Methodist church and camping, and has been at summer camp every year of his life except for 2020. He has felt called to camping and youth ministry for as long as he can remember. Danny graduated from Eastern University in 2020 with degrees in Youth Ministry and Biblical Studies. He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and even attended the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade as well as many Phillies and Flyers games. 

Danny lives with his wife and three crazy dogs and enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, and volunteering with the youth group at First Presbyterian Church of Normal, where his wife, Juliette, serves as Youth and Young Adult Director. He is very excited to be at East Bay and considers it his “dream job.”

Program Team Leader

Meg Anderson

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Meg Anderson is from Central IL, claiming several towns as home after growing up as a United Methodist pastor’s kid. Meg started working in Camping at age 17 at East Bay and fell in love with the ministry. She received a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2016. After graduation, Meg journeyed out west to serve at camps in Central Nebraska and Western Kansas and has finally “come home” to East Bay.
 
When she is not at camp, Meg enjoys spending time with her siblings, taking her three dogs to the park, and a night of playing card games or Dungeons and Dragons. Her favorite camp memory was dancing in the pews at worship with counselors who were once her very first campers.
 

Associate Coordinator Camping and Youth Ministries

Curt Franklin

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Curt Franklin is an Associate Coordinator of Camping and Youth Ministries. He gives oversight to and provides training for other program staff and volunteers and leads a number of the activities, including team-building, tree-climbing, and archery.

Curt has been immersed in camping ministry since his brother "tricked" him into a summer leadership training event by dangling the prospect of fun in front of him. Curt was surprised to find that camping ministry was actually a good fit, offering him a place and purpose for his talents, including guitar-playing and worship leadership. As time went on, God gave Curt clarity about his call, and he moved into leadership positions in his local congregation and at camp.  In college Curt applied for a position as summer staff at East Bay and the rest, they say, is history.

Curt is married to Kristin, who works at Crossroads UMC as the Director of Children's Ministries. Together they have discovered that God has a purpose and plan for their lives, that they can keep each other on track, and that side-by-side ministry strengthens them and their witness.