- Dani Hatfield
Jason Gerdes named Executive Director
The Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Board of Directors has announced Jason Gerdes as its new Executive Director. The appointment comes as Dave Coker, long-standing Executive Director, will retire at year’s end. Gerdes became Executive Director on October 1 and Coker will serve as Consulting Director until he retires at the end of 2018.
The Board-appointed team that led a national search process is confident and proud of where this leaves NLOM. “What an exciting time for NLOM,” says Pr. Tim Koester, Search Committee Chair. “Jason is exactly the right person to lead this vital ministry. He brings significant experiences into every facet of camping and retreat operations including many years of leading NLOM’s Development team. Most importantly, Jason has passion and compelling vision for the ministry of NLOM, centered around the graciousness, sacredness and significance that people experience at its sites. It’s an honor to make this announcement.”
Dave Coker shares that Gerdes has served for 18 years at NLOM in a fundraising capacity. He says, “Jason started as a Development Associate right out of college and quickly demonstrated strong relationship and fundraising skills. He was promoted to Development Director in 2005. Along the way, as he made calls on donors, sought capital gifts and led major projects, he gained incredible knowledge, confidence and leadership skills. Jason is a good friend and I am so very excited for the people of NLOM. This organization is in good hands.”
Gerdes says, “I’m thrilled to be invited to lead this awesome organization as we impact the lives of so many people - campers, retreat guests, volunteers, donors and employees. I love getting to engage with and learn the stories of the people that pass through the gates of Sullivan Hills and Carol Joy Holling Camps.