My first introduction to Upper Peninsula Bible Camp came in 2009 when my friend Jeff Martin asked me to help with BEAR Camp as the medical officer and lifeguard. Prior to that time, I hadn’t been aware of UPBC. But after learning about camp, I soon became passionate about the ministry and the people serving within it. My first outdoors adventure was in junior high when my youth leaders took a small group of students backpacking in West Michigan. From that experience, I became interested in serving full-time in camping or a similar form of ministry.
This led me to Northern Michigan University where I pursued a degree in Outdoor Recreational Leadership and Management. I continued to seek the Lord's will for my life and career after finishing my degree at NMU. I felt that God was calling me to stay in the Upper Peninsula as my mission field. This calling led me to acquire a job in the UP, and God opened up a door for me to work at Lowes Home Improvement where I ultimately served as a department manager. While working for Lowes, I prayed for an opportunity to serve year-round at UPBC. By God’s grace, I was offered and accepted the position of Executive Director in May 2015.
I’m overjoyed to be serving in this role and extremely thankful for the team of missionaries and volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that camp’s different ministries continue to thrive. It’s humbling to serve with such a dynamic group of people, and I’m excited to see what God has in store for all of us in the days ahead.
I attend Water's Edge Church in Marquette and reside in Skandia, just 20 minutes from camp. It brings me great joy when I’m able to spend time with my church family and friends, not only in fellowship but in living everyday life together. I also have the opportunity to serve on the Skandia/West Branch volunteer fire department. Other activities I enjoy include camping (winter camping too), taking care of bees, playing pond hockey, and simply being outdoors enjoying God’s beautiful creation.
- Jeremy Wright