Message from Sumatanga Trustees


Camp Sumatanga Board requests formation of Action Team by Bishop

The Board of Trustees of Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center has unanimously requested that the Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church immediately create an Action Team to study, advise and reform the governance and management of the Camp, with the Board giving the Action Team maximum authority to act in the Camp’s best interest.

The team, according to a Resolution adopted by the trustees, is to include no more than two members from the current board of trustees appointed to serve as ex officio.  Once constituted, the Action Team will examine the Camp’s relationship to the North Alabama Conference and Conference Trustees, evaluate current Camp Sumatanga and Conference Center leadership and staffing, assess the mission of the Camp and address pertinent governance issues. Any decisions affecting property, as well as issues potentially impacting guests or employees, will require approval of the Camp’s board of trustees.

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett has invited the following individuals to serve on the Action Team:

Neeysa Biddle
Sandy Brown
Mike Byrne
Tiphanie Gatgens
Terry McElheny
Harlan Prater
Allan Robertson, ex officio
Andy Wolfe, ex officio
Mark Johnston, consultant

The team will also have access to pertinent Camp and Conference staff and leadership as needed resources for their work, which should be completed within one year.

Camp Sumatanga, a 1,700-acre camping and retreat facility located in Gallant, Alabama, strives to provide unique and meaningful opportunities for youth, adults, families and individuals with special needs, in an environment dedicated to Christian transformation.

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