Green Pastures celebrates new director family

Green Pastures celebrates new director family

Green Pastures Christian Retreat Center has announced a new Camp Director/Host will soon be in place. Lydia Darden and her husband JD will be moving to the host house and taking the reins of all activities at the camp.

The Darden’s are taking over management from Rick Barger who has, for the last 12 months, performed much needed maintenance and repairs to the camp. Camp President Travis Deaver said ”the board of Directors will be forever grateful to Mr. Barger for his time and efforts in bringing the camp up to the standards our patrons expect from our facilities.”

Green Pastures is a non-denominational, not-for profit camp on US Route 67 east of Jacksonville. It features a large seminar building and numerous apartments and overnight facilities for groups and families. It is funded by usage fees of the camp and private donations.

The Dardens and their four children Quinn, Jude, Lindy, and Teddy will be on campus to accommodate guests, assist in running day and overnight camps, as well as caring for the property and facilities.

The Dardens bring with them a wealth of experience in community and Christian service. Lydia, originally from Williamsville, has for many years organized and planned many activities for both children and adults. The couple also have a strong technology background to help the camp keep up with today’s world.

Mrs. Darden says “our family is excited to make the move from Springfield to Meredosia and serve at Green Pastures. Early on in our marriage, we knew God was calling us to serve together, but God has been pruning and growing us together these last several years especially. It is amazing when you stop fighting your will and align yourself into His will and find His plan is more than you envisioned for yourself. God has been moving our hearts to move to the rural countryside eventually and to love where we live and live there with a purpose. We are bringing that mission and purpose with us to GP, and excited to be a part of what God is and what He has already been doing at Green Pastures.”

If you have interest in or have questions about the camp or you wish to volunteer or donate call 217-584-1374 or write 1936 US 67 Meredosia IL 62665 or go to

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