In 2012, Steve Patten was asked to temporarily fill a vacancy in the maintenance department at Camp Heritage. Patten agreed, coming out of retirement to do so. Shortly after he began working at camp, the conference asked him to stay longer as a full-time employee. Patten said he was willing to fill the position for 10 years. In February, Patten completed 10 years as camp ranger and is retiring.

During his time at camp, Patten completed many behind-the-scenes duties. In addition to routine maintenance around camp, Patten assisted with many large projects like building the craft center and the tri-plex. With the help of volunteers, Patten also relocated and rebuilt Paradise Point. Patten’s last major project was helping with the construction of the camp’s new implement shed.

“Steve has excelled at maintaining our grounds, keeping our equipment running and helping to improve our facilities,” said Denison Sager, director for Camp Heritage. “Not only did Steve fix and build things on our property, he also helped to build people. We wish Steve and [Steve’s wife] Jean only the best as they begin a new chapter in their lives.”

Conference President Dean Coridan said Patten has done an excellent job at the camp and will be missed.

“Jean and Steve Patten have been a great blessing for Camp Heritage over the last 10 years. He has been one of the best camp rangers by keeping camp neat, clean and up to date,” Coridan said.

Patten said he was blessed serving as the Camp Heritage’s ranger and will miss seeing so many people’s lives change.

“I have seen a lot of testimonies of people who spent time at camp, and it has changed their lives for the better,” Patten said. “I think keeping things functioning for [camp attendees] is probably the biggest satisfaction I received [while working there].”

Patten said he looks forward to spending more time with family during his retirement, especially with his 3-year-old great-granddaughter.

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