Our Epworth Chaplain Melody Johnson was born at Epworth and has been a part of the Epworth family her entire life. Her grandparents, her Aunt and Uncle and her parents had cottages at Epworth for their lifetimes. Her brother and sister also have an Epworth cottage, as do Melody and her family. Epworth is truly home for her. Raised in the Midwest she journeyed south to Duke University and Duke Divinity school and was ordained as a United Methodist Minister in 1974. Her ministry has included serving local churches, teaching in colleges, serving as a Pastoral Counselor and for the past 15 years directing Pastoral Care for Communities of Elders in the Grand Rapids area.
Her passion has always been for those attending church at Epworth to recognize the heritage – that “recreation” has a spiritual as well as physical meaning – that we all come to Epworth not only to vacation but to keep in touch with our roots and recharge our batteries.
Becoming the Epworth Chaplain has brought Melody full circle in her life work, and like many of us, she is passionate about this place that is “home.”
She and her husband Rev. Phil Johnson are currently helping to raise a new generation of Epworthians – their grandchildren – at WahWinGa Cottage.
Megan McCain, Director of Activities
Megan McCain’s family has owned Comfort Kit Cottage for over 100 years and she has been visiting Epworth her entire life. She has been involved with the Activities Program in many capacities, as a Pixie Leader, Girls Club Leader and a Peewee Leader.
Megan has bachelors degrees in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Arkansas and is completing two Masters degrees; one in Spanish from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and one in Teaching from the University of Central Arkansas. She was a graduate assistant while attending graduate school until she accepted a full-time teaching position 7 years ago.
Currently, Megan is a Middle School Spanish teacher at the Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas and is the Junior High Pom Sponsor, assisting the cheerleaders and dancers at all sporting events.
Wilson Look, Assistant Director of Activities & Director of Athletic Events
Wilson Look’s family owns The Goff Club Cottage and he has been visiting Epworth his entire life. He grew up in the Activities Program working as a Boys Club Leader, Senior Leader, and Lifeguard.
Wilson has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics for Engineers from The University of Mississippi. He currently works as a Mathematics teacher at W.T. White High School in Dallas, TX. Along with teaching, he coaches linebackers in football, girls soccer and officiates lacrosse, his favorite sport, in Texas as well.
He is very excited to return to the Epworth staff in a leadership role and looks forward to a great summer!
Jaime Lynn Petrie, Pianist
Jaime Lynn Petrie has been playing piano since she was 4 years old, taking lessons from her aunt, throughout her formative years. She graduated from Shelby High School in 2007, having been very involved in music. She attended St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame for a year, before moving home to spend time with family. She has since built her career from the ground up, working for many area schools, including Shelby, Hart, Ludington, Oakridge, Western Michigan Christian, and Manistee High Schools, as well as West Shore Community College and Central Park Players. She now works as the full-time accompanist & secretary for Mona Shores High School’s Choir Program.
Jaime married her best friend, James Petrie and they have one child. Jaime loves performing at Epworth and is looking forward to her fourth summer at the Epworth Church Association in 2019.
Greg Kjolhede, Audio/Visual
Greg Kjolhede will be joining us in 2019 for his 23nd year at Epworth as Audio/Visual Technician. He very involved in the performing arts communities in Ludington and surrounding areas. Greg has assisted with performances at West Shore Community College, the Ramsdell Theatre, the Ludington Area Center for the Arts and various other community productions.