Little Grassy Camp - Reservations and Inquiries

Office: 618-457-6030
1 Methodist Camp Road
Makanda, IL 62958

Coordinator of Camping and Retreat Ministries

Nancy Folsom Lane

(309) 365-7531
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Rev. Nancy Folsom Lane serves as the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Coordinator of Camping and Retreat Ministries.  In this role, she provides leadership for the IGRC’s exciting and life-changing ministries at our year-round camping facilities at East Bay Camp and Little Grassy Camp and coordinates with our summer seasonal Epworth and Beulah camp programs.

Rev. Lane, is a deacon in full connection from the North Georgia Conference.  She resides with her husband and daughters in Bloomington.  Collectively they love inviting others to experience Jesus through camping and retreat ministries. 

Site Manager

Cassie Leitzen

(618) 457-6030
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Cassie comes to Little Grassy by way of east central Iowa.  She received her B.S.S in Kinesiology and Secondary Education from Cornell College in 2008.  After spending time substitute teaching, she was encouraged to consider working at a local summer camp, which is where she found her passion in camping ministry.  She spent several years at Pictured Rocks United Methodist Camp in Iowa while also serving as Youth Leader at her church.  In her free time Cassie enjoys rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, and reading in her hammock.  She is joined by her cat, Storm, bearded dragon, Toothless Rex, and newest addition adventure dog, Skye.

Associate Coordinator Camping and Youth Ministries

Curt Franklin

(217) 494-0417
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Curt Franklin is an Associate Coordinator of Camping and Youth Ministries. He gives oversight to and provides training for other program staff and volunteers and leads a number of the activities, including team-building, tree-climbing, and archery.

Curt has been immersed in camping ministry since his brother "tricked" him into a summer leadership training event by dangling the prospect of fun in front of him. Curt was surprised to find that camping ministry was actually a good fit, offering him a place and purpose for his talents, including guitar-playing and worship leadership. As time went on, God gave Curt clarity about his call, and he moved into leadership positions in his local congregation and at camp.  In college Curt applied for a position as summer staff at East Bay and the rest, they say, is history.

Curt is married to Kristin, who works at Crossroads UMC as the Director of Children's Ministries. Together they have discovered that God has a purpose and plan for their lives, that they can keep each other on track, and that side-by-side ministry strengthens them and their witness.