Lakeview Methodist Conference Center Names Joshua D. Pulver Chief Executive Officer
Palestine, TX – After a comprehensive search by a Selection Committee and KALEIDOSCOPE inc., Lakeview Methodist Conference Center is pleased to announce that Joshua D. Pulver has been named CEO/President to the camp, conference and retreat center, effective September 16, 2019.
According to Jim McPhail, Lakeview’s Board Chair, “We know Josh will be a great fit for Lakeview as its new leader. There is no doubt that the camping ministry is his calling. He has been a camp director at a Methodist camp in Oklahoma for eight years, he has a strong fundraising background, a high standard for hospitality, and most importantly he knows the United Methodist Church. I believe he will strengthen Lakeview’s relationship with the Texas Annual Conference and will relate very well to the Youth Directors of our churches. We are excited he is coming as our new President/CEO. We believe we have selected someone to move us forward in great ways over the next ten years.”
Pulver has a distinguished career in the camp profession and has a long history and service with the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is currently the Director of Egan Camp & Retreat Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he will fulfill his commitments and direct their summer program before joining Lakeview. Prior to Egan Camp & Retreat Center, Pulver spent over five years with the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association as the Director of Chapter & External Relations. Pulver serves on several boards including the United Methodist Camping & Retreat Ministries National Gathering Design Team and the Pistol Pete Alumni Board of Directors at Oklahoma State University.
In his role as director of Egan Camp & Retreat Center, Pulver turned an inherited 25% annual deficit into a 5% annual surplus, expanded attendance by 37% and increased group revenue by more than 50%. Over the last eight years, Pulver accomplished many goals that consisted of budget management, staff development, fundraising, marketing and upgrades in hospitality and facilities. He also restructured the Site Development Committee which has been very instrumental in building projects, capital campaigns, an annual golf tournament and donor dinners.
“Camping Ministry has played a major role in my life, as I know it has for so many others. It allows God to reach campers of all ages in a powerful way that can only be done when they are removed from their everyday lives. I truly believe that, even when at Lakeview for non church related events, people are able to experience God’s presence,” stated Pulver.
Pulver graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Leisure Studies. Born and raised in Oklahoma and the son of a United Methodist Pastor, Pulver has a long history with the United Methodist Church. As a youth, he spent four years as a member of the Oklahoma Conference Council on the Youth Ministries Board including a year as the Youth Co-Chair. Throughout Pulver’s time in college and post graduation, he held several positions in the local church and also served on the Board of Laity in the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church.
“Being a part of the Lakeview team has intrigued me for many years. Lakeview provides opportunities for ministry that excite me and I pray that I am able to complement the, already strong, history it has while working to take it to the next level. I look forward to continuing our long-standing relationships as well as developing new ones within Palestine and other communities, Texas A&M University, and the Texas Annual Methodist Conference,” said Pulver.
Until Pulver assumes his responsibilities in September, current Interim CEO/President, Mark Young and Board Chair Jim McPhail will serve as spokespersons for Lakeview Methodist Conference Center.
About Lakeview Methodist Conference Center: Lakeview was established in 1947 as the site for a camping ministry of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Lakeview has been hosting life-changing camps for 70 years, including FISH CAMP from Texas A&M University. Lakeview offers retreats, conferences, outdoor education and team building programs, and accommodates over 25,000 visitors and campers each year.