January 25, 2024

Executive Director Transition

With thanks to God for 18 years of service, dedication, and a vision for a renewed camping ministry in the lower peninsula of Michigan, the Board of Directors announces the resignation of Mr. C.J. Clark as Executive Director of Living Water Ministries effective March 1, 2024. C.J. has accepted the position of Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Evangelical Mission for the Southeast Michigan Synod, starting March 4.

At a meeting held January 23, members of the Board expressed their thanks for C.J.’s leadership, and wished him well as he begins a new chapter of ministry. C.J’s time at LWM was marked by the sale of Michi-Lu-Ca and the subsequent re-investment in camp programs at Stony Lake, including the implementation of our award winning Bridge Builders program, completion of the new cabin, high-ropes course, diversity of staff, and the development of the annual Run the Race event that has become both a significant point of connection and major fundraiser for LWM.

Additionally, as we moved into the post-pandemic season, C.J. helped position LWM to offer no- and low-cost opportunities for campers to experience a week of Christian community at Stony Lake. The commitment to an inclusive welcome for every camper (along with an innovative pricing structure and the resources to make it sustainable) have given LWM a national profile among Christian camping ministries. C.J.’s leadership was essential to get us to this point.

As we look forward to a new season of camping ministry, the Board has invited Ms. Nicole McCarthy, LWM Director of Operations, to serve as Interim Director. We are grateful for her leadership and service, and look forward to beginning a search for a new Executive Director in the coming months. In the meanwhile, the Board gives thanks to God for the ministry we have done together with C.J., and will keep him, his family and our LWM partners in our prayers as we move ahead.