Ben Mudge comes to the Director role at Aldersgate after years of leadership, staff and camper experience. Ben indicates some of his earliest memories include his family setting up a camper on site, and walking around the trails with his grandfather. He is looking forward to sharing his love for Aldersgate with his own children – Nathaniel (8), Sydney (6), Mallory (4), and Camille (1). His wife, Danielle, is a RN at Rome Health, and has also experienced Aldersgate as both a camper and staff member.
Ben hopes that those who visit Aldersgate, especially summer campers, are able to leave camp knowing one thing –
“I want them to know that it’s real simple: God is real, God loves you very much.”
William Bradseth returns to Aldersgate after serving as a counselor in 2021. He spent three previous summers with Village Creek, where he met fellow co-program director, Nick Schauer. William says that camp changed his life; it made him realize the importance of building a relationship with God. Now, William is a student at Northeastern Seminary, pursuing a Masters in Ministry Practice. Looking forward to this summer, William hopes kids having a great time while also experiencing God in the little ways that can be fully explored at camp.
Nick Schauer is currently a student at University of Wisconsin – Platteville. Nick has previously provided program leadership as well as counseling at Village Creek Bible Camp in Iowa. This will be his 6th summer at camp, and first at Aldersgate. He is particularly looking forward to working at Aldersgate to help establish the return of full summer programming. This year, Nick is hoping that kids experience a community of Christians, and experience God in a new way together.
Justin Pietruch began his own camping journey at Aldersgate in 2006 as a counselor and lifeguard. Following two summers on staff, he served three summers at Vanderkamp in Cleveland, NY. Justin is currently a music teacher in southern Maine and is looking forward to returning to Aldersgate as Waterfront Director this year. Justin is hoping that children this summer are able to build their self-confidence and awareness; knowing themselves better as they head home for the coming year.