JOHN MICHAEL SPELMAN
John has a long history with Aldersgate, which spans almost twenty years as a camper, volunteer, and staff member, including Adventure Director and full-time Program Director for two years. He has been leading Aldersgate as Executive Director since December 2017.
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, which equipped HIV+ farmers with skills to generate income. He brought that experience back to Aldersgate to create a global village/social justice emphasis to the summer program.
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. He grew up at Asbury United Methodist in Warwick, RI and is currently an active member of the East Greenwich United Methodist Church. He also serves as the Vice President of the Rhode Island Association of Camps (RIAC) and is directly responsible for organizing state-wide staff professional development and tracking legislation that affects summer camps. John met his wife, Rikki, while they were working on summer staff together in 2010. They were married at Aldersgate in October 2013. While not at camp, they spend their time volunteering, hiking, and traveling.