The 2021 Silver Lake Board of Directors


The Silver Lake Board of Directors Charter charges the board to “ensure that the Silver Lake mission is clearly articulated and effectively realized, developing and overseeing the implementation of long term strategic & short term operational plans that result in a vital & viable ministry.” In the spirit of that charge, here’s an update on a few projects the Silver Lake Board is working on, heading into 2021.

Summer Camp:
The Silver Lake Board has enthusiastically endorsed the SLCC year round staff’s plan for summer camp in 2021. We are planning ways to work with the staff to promote and support our unique summer 2021 program. Interested in learning more about summer camp at Silver Lake? We can help!

As with every summer at Silver Lake, we anticipate significant need for summer camp scholarships in 2021. We’re off to a good fundraising start, with money for scholarships donated on Giving Tuesday & at Stephanie Pitman’s virtual retirement party. If the constituents, churches, and/or associations you serve are interested in financially supporting Silver Lake’s ministry, please point them in the direction of our scholarship fund! or call Exec. Director, Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, 860-364-5526. Thank you!

As the transition to a new conference continues with new staff and stakeholders, we are developing materials to get folks up to speed on what Silver Lake’s ministry is all about. The Board is producing a presentation for early 2021, on how Silver Lake makes disciples of Jesus, makes God’s love & justice real, brings new life as agents of change, & forms covenant partnerships.
New Board Members & a New Board Chair:
Speaking of transition, a new year will bring new members and new leadership to the Silver Lake Board of Directors.
Our new members:
Rev. Rhonda Myers
  • Serves as Senior Pastor at United Congregational Church in Torrington, CT
  • Rev. Myers has been a summer dean and chaplain at Silver Lake for several years.
Dan Krhla
  • Member at Church of Christ Congregational in Goshen, CT 
  • Dan is a Silver Lake parent & summer dean.
Rev. Paul Nesbit
  • Associate Pastor at Wilbraham United Church, in Wilbraham, MA 
  • Rev. Nesbit brings decades of experience in secular & Christian education to the Silver Lake Board.
Our new Board Chair:

Jonathan Russell, a member at First Church of Christ in Glastonbury, will be assuming the Chair of the Board. Jonathan is the parent of Silver Lake alumni. He brings decades of experience in engineering & organizational management to the leadership of the SLCC Board.

Outgoing members
Rev. Erick Olsen & Brian Lapis will be leaving the board. While their terms on the board are over, their service to Silver Lake’s ministry will continue in new ways in the new year, and beyond!

Thank you for your continuing support of this vital ministry of the Southern New England Conference.

For the Silver Lake Board of Directors,
Brian Lapis, outgoing Chair

Brian Lapis

Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center

Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center is a ministry of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ.
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