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Camp Noel Porter Board
Secretary

The Rev. Todd Bruce

 

Occupation and Employment: I’ve been the rector of Trinity Church in Folsom since 2012.

 

Education: In 2007, I graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in the Washington, DC area.

 

Previous Employment: I was the assistant rector in a parish in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

Episcopalian since: I joined The Episcopal Church as a college student at the University of Georgia; though raised in a nominally Baptist family, I hadn’t been to church in at least ten years before I began attending the local Episcopal parish and then became very involved in the campus ministry.

 

Camp Experience: I was not involved in any church until I went to college, and so I never went to camp. But my ministry since I was ordained has always included youth events and summer camps. For the six summers that I was in Kansas City, I was the chaplain for a weeklong urban mission trip attended by almost 100 teenagers. I have served as a chaplain at Camp Noel Porter every summer since I came to Northern California, for the high school and counselor-in-training weeks.

 

Why I’m excited to serve on the Camp Noel Porter Board: I’m excited to serve on the Board during this time of transition and transformation. I bring to the Board a deep appreciation and affection for the important work with children and youth that has happened at Camp Noel Porter, and a desire for this Diocese to reinvigorate its programming for them. I’m also aware of the challenges faced by churches and church-affiliated organizations. At Trinity Folsom, I have been leading the parish in examining and evaluating everything we do to see if it is faithful, fruitful, and sustainable, and challenging the parish to discern what needs to change and to do the hard work of changing it. By the numbers, our attendance and pledge income have increased by almost 50% since 2012, and we are very excited about our future. I intend to bring this same vision, energy, and excitement to the Camp Noel Porter Board. 

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