Our New Executive Director!
Camp Okoboji, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, is pleased to announce that Kirk Warnke has been hired to serve as its new Executive Director. Kirk will begin his duties on February 12, 2018, with official designation at the Camp Okoboji Annual Meeting to be held April 7, 2018 at Camp Okoboji. Kirk will be transitioning into the Executive Director position as Doug Kading will be retiring. Doug has served as the Executive Director for 30 years.
After a thorough hiring process conducted by the Executive Committee of Camp Okoboji’s Board of Directors, Kirk was identified as the successful candidate. The process resulted in a pool of 10 qualified candidates, three finalists were invited to Camp for formal interviews. With information from the formal interviews, the Executive Committee recommended Kirk to the Board of Directors as the new Executive Director. The Board of Directors unanimously approved the recommendation.
Mr. Warnke has previously served as Vice President at Heartland Bank in Somers, Iowa. He has been with Heartland Bank since August 2003. Prior experience includes opportunities to develop a history of management within the banking industry and in private enterprise as controller and CFO.
Mr. Warnke is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pomeroy, Iowa. At Immanuel, he has served as President of the congregation, Board of Directors member, Elder, Finance Committee, Education Committee, Trustee, Sunday School teacher, Usher, Camp Okoboji delegate, and District Convention delegate. He has served on the Board of Directors at Camp Okoboji for 20 years and its Treasurer for 15 years. He is presently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Iowa District West Endowment and Legacy Committee.
Kirk is married to Delaine. They have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. In his free time, Kirk enjoys golf and time with his family. He is excited to be named the next Executive Director and looks forward to meeting the challenges of continuing the growth, development and legacy of Camp Okoboji, and developing relationships throughout Iowa District West and its surrounding area that are and can be served by Camp Okoboji.
Please help us welcome Kirk and his family to Camp Okoboji. He would be very interested in discussing camp Okoboji with anyone. Feel free to contact him at: