The United Methodist Foundation of Western PA honored longtime Jumonville President Larry Beatty and his wife Jaye Beatty with its Founders' Day Award at a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 15. The Beattys retired in the Spring of 2019 after 37 years of service at the camp and retreat center, recognizable to many for the Great Cross of Christ which sits atop the mountain and can be seen from miles away.
"Larry and Jaye have had a significant impact upon the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference through their 37 years of devoted leadership and service to the ministry of Jumonville," said the Rev. Ed Bailey, executive director of the Foundation. "They have exemplified Christian stewardship and helped ensure that Jumonville will continue to touch the lives of campers and others seeking retreat in nature for generations to come."
As President of Jumonville, Larry shepherded its growth from a popular summer camp to a year-round camping and retreat center for people of all ages. Jaye filled many roles that aided that growth, including public relations coordinator.
"Larry and Jaye have also done much to provide for the future of Jumonville, from the introduction of new technoogy and innovative curriculum to establishing a solid financial foundation through planned giving programs, donor cultivation and multiple capital campaigns," said Bailey, who served as a Jumonville camp dean in his younger days. "Because of Larry and Jaye's stewardship, generations of campers to come will continue to learn, play and worship at Jumonville."
The Beattys were honored in June at Jumonville's annual dinner.