Get to Know Us

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Patric Newton

Executive Director

Patric, originally from Indiana, experienced camp for the first time at the age of 4. He began working at his childhood camp at the age of 15 and there discovered that United Methodist camping was one of his great passions. It was at camp where he received his call to ministry and went on to Olivet Nazarene University to obtain a degree in Christian Education. Patric has served at multiple camps in a variety of roles around the country; accumulating 20 years of camp and retreat experience. One of those roles was Program Director at Blue Lake from 2008-2012.

Patric met his wife Brianne here at Blue Lake and they have been married since 2010. Their family also includes their daughter Beatrice and son Pax. For fun they enjoy exploring nature as a family, watching movies, reading books, and playing board games. They are glad to be back at Blue Lake and excited to see what God has in store for the future. 


Jessie Spangler

Program Director

Jessie is from Oviedo, FL where she spent most of her time either with the youth group at the First United Methodist Church or in the Fine Arts department at Oviedo High School, but her summers at camp where what she always looked forward to. Camp was where she committed her life to Christ, as well as discovered her calling and career path. She went on to Florida State University for her B.S. in Recreation, Tourism and Events and spent much of her time at the FSU Wesley Foundation and FSU Campus Recreation. She since then has gained experience in multiple camp and outdoor recreation roles in both Tallahassee and Fort Lauderdale.

Jessie married her husband Jeremy in May of 2018. They have two dogs, Murphy and Hudson, who already love their new home at Blue Lake! Jessie loves spending time outdoors, hiking, biking, crafting, and on road trips!

She is beyond excited to be a part of the Blue Lake family!