About me…

April 14, 2009

Headshot_Square_2500x2500My name is Carolyn Craig, and this is my very first “blog” experience. 🙂

I live in a rural area near Charleston, IL (home of Eastern Illinois University). My husband, Jim, and I both grew up in this area, moved to Findlay, OH, for 34 years, and then came back home for our retirement years. We are parents of 3 wonderful children (Kyle—Chicago, IL; Gayle—Columbus, OH; & Dan—Dayton, OH). My husband worked his entire career in the offices of Marathon Oil Company. I worked for attorneys (both in Charleston, IL, and Findlay, OH) but have spent more of my time being a wife and mother, and using my “creative juices” to write, scrapbook, and serve in the church and with family camps.

Ah, yes, family camps… that is where my passion is! In 1981, another couple and we (and all our kids!), attended our first family camping event near Dayton, OH. Then, in 1983, when that camp was in jeopardy of closing, we were asked if we would like to try our hand at directing such an event. We had no experience with such things, but one door after another kept opening before us, and next thing we know, our friends and we became Directors of a family camp (for ONE YEAR, we thought!) Guess what, we continued to serve as Directors of that event for 20 years, and are continuing to serve on the staff as Advisors and have not missed a summer family camping event in the 26 years of its existence!!

That being said, I was encouraged by several folks to write a book on the “how-tos” for doing church family camp ministry, and in 2005, my book “Reconnecting Time, Planning Church Family Camps” was published by Discipleship Resources. My heart’s desire is that this resource can be helpful to others who would like to start such a ministry. There is no time like the present—in these difficult economic times–to bring the family “back to the basics” where they can begin to draw closer to God and to each other!

6 Responses to About me…

  1. Dan Craig says:

    I’m glad to know we were wonderful children … at least most of the time. Your blog looks great mom! I pray it becomes another avenue of ministry for you in for family camping!

  2. Norma Trexler says:

    -Wow! I’m impressed! Obviously I received ok.

  3. LOOKS GREAT! Glad you’re still in camping ministry sharing the love of God in unique ways and helping families grow in their relationships with each other and with God.

  4. Beverly Blevins says:

    Yeah Carolyn! Another avenue for you to use to help others with their Family Camps! Our church never could have done it without you. I’ll always be grateful to you for the many hours you took emailing me with your suggestions and ideas. Our family “Windows” retreat is a favorite among members of our church family. You gave us the vision. God is using you in a mighty and powerful way! Rock on!

  5. David Tharp says:

    We never dreamed it would go this far! Right? Thanks for all you’ve done to keep it going. I know God has blessed many because of Family Camp.

  6. Bob Edds says:

    I love it when God’s plan comes together! Carolyn you are THE person to connect others with this wonderful ministry.

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