MEET OUR STAFF

Chip has been involved in United Methodist and YMCA Camps for the past 30 years. He is looking forward to seeing you at Wesley Woods and sharing all that Wesley Woods has to offer: a place to retreat, relax and renew as well awesome summer camp experiences. He enjoys the beauty of God’s creation and spending time hiking, biking and photography. Chip lives at Wesley Woods with his wife Laura and their chocolate lab Abby.


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CHIP HUTLER, Site Director

Gracie is an Iowa native who is passionate about the Iowa United Methodist Camping Program and is excited to help grow and oversee the summer and year around youth programs at Wesley Woods. She spent many of her high school and college summers at Wesley Woods and loves working alongside the summer and year around staff to ensure campers and guests have wonderful experience.


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GRACIE GIBLER, Program Coordinator

John has been full time staff at Wesley Woods for more than 30 years. He has served on Summer Staff, Volunteer Ministry Assistant and Ranch Manager before taking over as Building and Grounds Manager. John is originally from northeast Missouri and is married to Lora Appenzeller. John and Lora are blessed with four children: Andreas, Annaliese, Angelika and Anson.


JOHN MILLER, Maintenance

Full time staff since 1995, performing bookkeeping, keeping track of the staff, and providing hospitality services. Married to Eldon Appenzeller, with four adult children: Lora, Traci, Jennifer, and Brian. Grandmother to 11+ grandchildren. Hometown: Indianola, Iowa.


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JOANNE APPENZELLER, Office Manager

Peggy is a native Iowan who has also lived in California and Illinois. Peggy has been fortunate to have traveled to Spain, Africa and 35 states in the United States. She is blessed to have 3 step-daughters and 2 grandchildren. Peggy loves working with people and brings that heart to all the projects she has a hand in at Wesley Woods.

 


PEGGY MCINTYRE, Maintenance Assistant

After spending years serving at-risk populations from Omaha, NE to Greece Molly is excited to be part of the Wesley Woods team. She looks forward to helping you plan your next stay at Wesley Woods. She is committed to ensuring each guest has a positive experience filled with hospitality and the love of Jesus Christ from start to finish. When she isn’t assisting Wesley Woods guests and staff, Molly enjoys baking and listening to history and Harry Potter podcasts.
 


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Laura’s passion for life-long learning driven by thirty years of experience creating engaging outdoor and adventure programs for dynamic populations. She coaches solid natural horsemanship skills and foundations for healthy relationships, in and out, of the saddle. Laura is a CHA and PATH certified instructor.


LAURA HUTLER, Barn Team Leader
After 30 plus years managing in the foodservice industry Rick felt called to return to his roots in the camp kitchen. With experience at three previous camps and several other foodservice operations Rick brings a passion for tasty food and superior service. He is excited to be working with the camp staff team to make Wesley Woods the number one choice for camping and retreats in Central Iowa


RICK PEAKE, Food Service Coordinator

He has been serving as a full time volunteer since 1991 and specializes in handyman and woodworking tasks. Married to Eileen and is a retired UMC Pastor. Resides in Indianola.


BILL TOMLINSON, Full Time Volunteer