Lakeview Welcomes Interim CEO/ President

Date Posted: 12/10/2018

Palestine, Texas – Lakeview Methodist Conference Center is pleased to welcome Reverend Dr. Mark H. Young as Interim CEO/President. Young comes to Lakeview after years of service with the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. En Español
“Having known Mark for many years, it is exciting to have him leading Lakeview during this interim period, stated Monroe Walker, Chief Administrative Officer. “In the short time he has been here I have seen the Lakeview staff embrace him with warm and welcoming arms.  I am grateful to the Lakeview Board of Directors for their decision to name Mark as interim President and CEO.”

Young, who resides in Mineola with his wife, Sherri, has a long history with Lakeview.  He participated in various leadership positions at summer camp for over twenty years.  As a Full Elder, Dr. Young has served in several churches and organizations including Russell Memorial UMC, Wills Point, Wesley Memorial UMC, Huntsville, Bellaire UMC (Houston), Klein UMC, Spring, Director of Spiritual Care and Values Integration at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Superintendent for the Beaumont district of the Texas Annual Conference. 
In April 2016, he accepted the position of Pastor at Wallace UMC in Canton. 

 “Lakeview Methodist Conference Center has been a part of our spiritual legacy within the Texas annual Conference of The United Methodist Church for over 70 years,” stated Young.  “As Interim CEO/President, I stand in the shadows of others who preceded me.  We will continue to remember our past, live in the present, and dream dreams of a magnificent future.” 
Dr. Young and Sherri have three grown children, Peter, Paul and Mary (all living in the Houston area) and three grandchildren.   When not at Lakeview and Wallace UMC, the Young’s enjoy spending time on their family land that has been in the family since 1911.    

“My hopes in these days are to not only grow Lakeview, but deepen the faith experience of Christ in our midst for all those who enter these sacred grounds,” said Young.  “We are here to serve you and God.  Let the journey continue!”  

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.