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Mark Boyd will be managing director at Pilgrim Firs

anAs Mark Boyd’s position as managing director of N-Sid-Sen Camp and Retreat Center near Harrison, Idaho, ends Nov. 15, he was anticipating moving to be associate director at Pilgrim Firs in Port Orchard.

Julie and Mark Boyd at farewell barbecue at N-Sid-Sen.

Then Wade Zick, managing director of Pilgrim Firs, announced his plan to leave that position and move to Uruguay.

Mark has been named as the new managing director of Pilgrim Firs to succeed Wade.

“We are grateful for Mark’s decades of leadership in our conference. He will be returning to Lake Flora after nearly 10 years at N-Sid-Sen on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, said Alice Ling, Eric Johnson, Nicole Ballard, Leah Atkinson Bilinski and Courtney Stange-Tregear.

“Although we will miss his beautiful pictures and reflections from the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, we look forward to seeing the gifts he will bring to Pilgrim Fir, “they said.

Mark previously served as Pilgrim Firs’ facilities manager, as well as directing the PNC Confirmation Camps and Junior High Camps there.

Mark also serves on the UCC Outdoor Ministries Association (OMA), connecting OMA and other northwest camps as well as participating in and leading national camp events.

Mark was raised in the Puget Sound area, and served as youth minister for the United Churches of Olympia, as well as managing plumbing distribution facilities in Tacoma and Tumwater. 

Bringing deep faith, humor and humility to what he does, Mark “has a profound gift for hospitality, extending radical welcome to all. His love of the outdoors and his nature-inspired poetry is an inspiration to many of us,” said Alice.

Search team forms for N-Sid-Sen managing director

With Mark leaving Nov. 15, there is limited time to find someone well-suited to taking the position. So the present plan is to find a candidate willing to fill the position on a short-term basis, followed by a candidate who might serve for a greater length of time.

Courtney has formed a search committee with Alice, Eric, Nicole, and Leah.

“We have some leads, and we’re hopeful for possibilities ahead,” said Alice.

Because of the immediacy of finding someone to fill the managing director role in about a month, and because of the short-term nature of that role, they will conduct a fast-paced search process. They are not yet receiving recommendations for anyone to fill the longer-term role.

They request that candidates for the short-term position send a resume with three phone references to by Oct. 15.




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