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Founded in 1936, Camp Findley has a storied history as a place where groups and individuals can get away from their regular lives to a place of fun and excitement, relaxation and renewal.  A part of the Findley Lake community, the camp is situated in the village on 150 acres of forest and waterfront with lodge style housing and facilities for indoor activities and gatherings.  

In March 2018, the Camp Findley property was sold to new ownership, a local nonprofit.  The new leadership team of The Camp at Findley, The Board of Directors, purchased the property with plans to continue to provide it as a destination for camps, retreats, weddings, and other gatherings.  We had a vested interest in ensuring that Camp Findley continued its Christian ministry in Western New York and Western PA.  

Since that time, the board has been developing the camp grounds and programming to be a place where people can experience a positive impact on their well-being: mind, body, and soul.  

Mind: we are a place where guests may disconnect from their day-to-day lives and slow down.

Body: we serve healthful, whole foods, with an emphasis on local produce, and provide many recreational opportunities.

Spirit: we encourage and facilitate prayer and meditation in a natural setting

Our setting intentionally creates accessible spaces where guests can be immersed in the natural world, from our waterfront to our woodland trails, allowing our small slice of Creation to facilitate Christ's peace and renewal.  

We are a place for fun, family, and friends. We are a place for rest and renewal.  


The Board of Directors of The Camp at Findley is comprised of members from different denominations, several local communities,  and two generations. We have One vision: Spiritual transformation of lives through Christ’s love for every man, woman, and child.  Our mission is to develop the camp to be a safe and inviting place for the community, with programming that encourages mental, physical, and spiritual growth in every individual.


To be a safe and inviting community that makes and grows disciples through Bible based, Christ centered, Holy Spirit led camping, as well as, personal, group, and family retreat experiences.


Holy Spirit led spiritual transformation for every man, woman, and child through Christ's love.


About Our Camp: Inner_about


As The Camp at Findley grows, so does our year-round staff!  These are the leaders that keep all things at camp running!


JAmie altsman

Camp Administrator

Jamie was hired as our Camp Administrator in Summer 2023. She comes to us with an accounting background along with strong events/fundraising experience. She has sat on many boards in the community and Erie area. She loves to spend time with family and friends, enjoys the peace in nature and has a passion for horses.


Jamie fell in love with The Camp At Findley through her daughter’s enjoyment at summer camps and the fellowship here. She is committed to helping to grow the camp and ensuring it will be here for generations to come!


Samantha Brooks

Kitchen Director

Samantha has joined our team in summer of 2023 with her passion to create new menu options, her love of cooking top notch meals, and wanting to uplift and serve others.  With her years of experience in the food industry and managing kitchens, we are truly blessed to add her to our team.

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Board of Directors


All board members are unpaid and serve as volunteers. 

Interested in joining the board of directors? Start by serving on a committee!

To learn more about committees click here:


Don Blakeslee

Chairman of the Board
Chair of Facilities Committee

Don resides in Findley Lake, NY and served as the Camp Findley Director and Maintenance Manager for over 30 years.  He provides a wealth of knowledge concerning the management of a camp facility and programs.  Don not only lends his experience to the strategic planning process, but also aids in day-to-day operations and decisions to ensure smooth operations.


Dr Roger Brumagin

Chair of Safety Committee

A former Research Associate with Hammermill Paper Company and faculty member of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Roger is now semi-retired. 


He resides in Erie, PA, with his wife Debbie and serves as the organist of the Glenwood United Methodist Church.  Roger first attended the former Camp Findley as a camper in 1964 and over the years has been, among other things, a camper, a counselor, a weekend retreat host, a board member of the former Camp Findley – and now as a board member of The Camp at Findley.

These grounds hold special significance in Roger’s life, for it was here that he accepted Christ as his Savior, was baptized, and where he proposed to Debbie.


Barb Cooper

Member of Marketing & Outreach Committee

Barbara Cooper has lived in the Findley Lake area since 1996. For many years she has led and continues to serve in many capacities at the Findley Lake Church, the SCS PTO, and the Findley Lake Rec Committee to name a few. 

Barb has owned and operated Village Photography since 1987 and Cooper Rentals since 2009. Her quiet time with the Lord comes from serving at The Camp by mowing, light maintenance, cleaning, working in the kitchen, fundraising, etc.. "It doesn't seem like work when it's for our Lord". 

Psalm 100:2   Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!



Chair of Legal Committee

Gordon is the Owner & President of Post Apple Scientific, Inc.  Gordon has been involved in leadership at Findley Lake United Methodist Church, where he has served for over 20 years as Lay Leader and has been the Lay Member to Annual Conference since 1993.  Gordon has been intimately involved with Camp Findley, serving on the Board of Directors from 2007-2010, and volunteering at the camp for many years.

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Al Gernovich

Member of Facilities Committee

Al Gernovich is a pastor at the Salt Church, a non-denominational church in Corry, PA.  He has been married to Christine for 35 years, his high school sweetheart, and has four adult children and eight grandchildren, whom he adores more than anything.  He has a mantle of joy in his life and has been teaching the Word of God with a fervor, in order to see others freed from the strains of this world and be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.  Life is an adventure to be lived in connection with the One Who created us to live it to the fullest. 


Korinda Messenger

Board Member

 Korinda resides in Findley Lake with her husband and younger children.  Between them they have nine children. She loves her career as a mid-wife and her many mission trips to Africa. Her heart is in Africa helping women and children.


Korinda and her husband, Rob, currently serve on the board at Sherman Community Church. Prior to that, they served on the board at New Beginnings Fellowship in Mina.She attended Camp Findley as a youth and has many fond memories here.


David Cooke

Chair of Programming Committee


Dave is in his eighth year serving as pastor of Findley Lake United Methodist Church. He is a homeowner in the community, where he also serves as the Chaplain of the Findley Lake Fire Department.


As a lifelong camper at Findley, Dave has a passion to help lead the ministry into a new future. He has attended Family Bible Camp (FBC) all of his life and currently serves on the FBC Board. In previous years, he has served in a variety of roles at FBC including Director of the Middle School, Senior High and Young Adult programs.


mark gillings

Chair of Volunteers Committee
Member of Facilities Committee

Mark resides in Findley Lake, NY and served on the steering committee for Friends of Findley, an all volunteer support group for the camp when it was still under the ownership of the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Mark worked in construction management for 43 years and has volunteered on recovery and rebuild missions for five years including team leadership roles.  Mark has also served on administrative boards, board of trustees, and maintenance and grounds committees for churches in the past.

Mark will lend his construction management experience, volunteer leadership, and church administration experience to the board and daily operation/maintenance of the camp. 

All Mark’s children attended camp at Camp Findley and his vision is to keep The Camp at Findley actively expanding God”s kingdom as it serves the surrounding area through retreats, summer camps and other creative programming and to see Christ transform the lives of future generations of children that will attend the camp.


Eric (Buddy)

Vice-Chairman of the Board

Eric (Buddy) recently retired from the Mfg Engineering world, but is still keeping himself very busy! Buddy resides in Findley Lake area with his wife Debbie who he married in 1982. In his spare time he serves as an Elder, Sunday School & Discipleship teacher, and occasionally sings with the Worship Team at the North East Christian & Missionary Alliance Church.

Eric's heart for camp is one that started a long time ago. As a child Buddy attended Camp Findley as a camper where he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord in 1970. He was baptized at the Lake during Bible Conference, served on Summer Staff for seven summers during his High School and College years, and directed 4th-6th grade camps where he met his wife.

Facilities Committee

The Facilities Committee is responsible for grounds keeping, facilities maintenance, and interior and exterior project planning, renovations and execution.  For those interested in getting involved contact 


Don Blakeslee


Committee Members

Mark Gillings

Al Gernovich


Marketing & Outreach Committee

The Marketing & Outreach Committee is the face of the Camp to the community. Responsible for newsletters, mailings, advertising and promoting events, and designing camp swag! If you are a creative person with a heart for ministry please contact to volunteer!


Amy Allen


Committee Members

Barb Cooper

Jen Heiser

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Programming Committee

The Spiritual Formation and Program Committee seeks to develop, resource, and support retreats, activities, and events that enable participants to experience “a peace of heaven” while on the grounds at The Camp at Findley.  If interested in volunteering contact


Dave Cooke

Committee Members

Korinda Messenger

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Administration & finance committee

The Administration & Finance Committee keeps the day to day operations of the non-profit going.  Admin and Finance is responsible for taxes, payroll,  human resources, and financial reporting.  If interested in volunteering contact

Committee Members

Dave Cooke

Don Blakeslee


Volunteers Committee

The Volunteers Committee is responsible for organizing and deploying all of our generous volunteers! Work weekends and other friends of findley events are organized by the Volunteers committee.  Contact if you'd like to help out!


Mark Gillings

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Legal Committee

The Legal Committee assists with making sure the camp is operating and adhering to the state and county regulations and laws. They also serve point on other legal matters with camp leases and property. 


Gordon Post


The Camp at Findley is a registered name of Fit For Life Ministries, Inc, a NYS 501(c)3.

The Camp at Findley / Fit For Life Ministry is a Christian organization, run by a volunteer board of directors with the shared vision of the camp as:

  • Continuing in its ministry to Christian groups, as a place to gather for worship, learning, and fellowship

  • Providing programming to enrich the lives of those in and around our community

  • Being available to all groups and people as a place to host a retreat, a family gathering, or a a personal getaway.

LEGAL Structure and Ownership

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