Jason Bontke named Director
of Camp Crucis Retreat and Conference Center


January 3, 2005

Bishop Iker is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of the Camp Crucis Retreat and Conference Center. Jason Bontke, a parishioner of St. Peter & St. Paul in Arlington, has been selected to fill the position; he will take up his duties at camp on February 1, 2005. The Bishop extends his thanks to the members of the Camp Crucis Board for the many hours they put into the search process, which drew applicants from several states.

As Director, Jason will have charge of the year-round operation of Camp Crucis, including programs, facilities, and personnel. The camp is an important diocesan ministry, helping to “equip the saints” of all ages through retreats, conferences, recreation, and a summer camp that has been a tradition among North Texas Episcopalians for decades. Jason brings diverse qualifications to this demanding job, including a degree in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington and experience in the finance and aerospace industries. As a boy and young man, he and his brother raised and sold livestock. Jason and his wife, Sara, intend to take up residence at the camp and are excited about the opportunity to raise their six children in a rural environment.

In accepting the appointment, Jason reflects,

“In a land of plenty where adults and children alike seek to be entertained to fill the emptiness in their lives, the Lord has called us to remain faithful to His Word and Sacraments. My vision for Camp Crucis is that it should become the gathering ground of the diocese and a peaceful garden retreat center for all to enjoy. Camp Crucis will be a place where young and old can have fellowship together in the light of our Lord as we worship and experience our Creator.

“The Lord has blessed my family and me with charge over His garden in Granbury. I would like to invite everyone to come and visit the new Camp Crucis, where we will be praying as if it is all up to the Lord and working like it is all up to us. We invite you to walk in the garden with your Lord and Savior. We will strive for both adults and children to be equipped with God’s Word, His love, and His peace. Allow your emptiness to be filled with the presence of God. Come, watch, and be a part of the beginning of the Lord’s transformation of Camp Crucis in 2005.”

In his first official act as Director, Jason says he intends to “walk the fences” of the 140-acre camp.