JOHN MICHAEL SPELMAN, Executive Director
John has a long history with Aldersgate, which spans over fifteen years as a camper, volunteer and staff member, including being the Program Director for two years. He has been working with staff and volunteers for a seamless transition of leadership to be well prepared for the winter retreats and 2018 camp season.
John earned his Bachelor Degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island with a minor in International Development. As part of his collegiate experience, he spent time working for a non-profit in Kenya and brought that experience back to Aldersgate to create a global village/social justice emphasis to the summer program. As Program Director, John was directly involved in two accreditation processes and will be taking leadership to ensure Aldersgate maintains its American Camping Association (ACA) accreditation.
John has a passion for adventure/outdoor education and social justice programming; “Aldersgate provides opportunities for campers to unplug, reconnect with nature, and understand the way human rights are manifested every day in both big and small ways. The cornerstone of the Aldersgate experience is creating a sacred, safe place for people to grow in their faith and their relationships with others.”
John is a lifelong resident of Rhode Island and grew up in Asbury United Methodist in Warwick, RI. As an active member of the East Greenwich United Methodist Church, John leads the Methodist Youth Fellowship and looks forward to continuing and strengthening partnerships between the New England Conference, churches, and Aldersgate. John is married to Rikki Spelman, who also has a long history with Aldersgate as a camper, volunteer, and staff member. They were married at Aldersgate in October 2013. While not at camp, they spend their time volunteering, hiking, and traveling.
BUD GEARY, Maintenance Director
Bud joined Aldersgate’s team in 2012 and became our full-time maintenance director in January 2013.
CHRISTINE ENOS, Guest Services Director
Usually the voice on the other end of the phone, Christine’s main role is as our Guest Services Director, also excelling as our Summer Camp Registrar, Accounts Payable & Receivable Clerk and our Donations and Campaign Administrator. Christine has been part of Aldersgate family going on three years.
Christine has a deep passion for camping. With over fifteen years of camp experience, both as a camper and staff member at numerous camps in Rhode Island, she believes all children should have the opportunity to experience camp.
Christine loves gardening, photography, and just being out in nature hiking the Aldersgate trails with her daughter Isabella and tiny dog Hazel.