Presbytery of Florida
Presbytery of Florida

Ben Powell, Director

Director Ben Powell exudes a deep-seated passion for the outdoor ministry at Dogwood Acres (DWA).  A former DWA Ministry Team Chair, Ben brings to his work extensive experience with the inner workings of the camp, many years of business and financial expertise, and a deep sense of call.  He's drawing out the very best of Dogwood Acres in all respects, with improvements in programs, management, communication, financial transparency and accountability, involvement from all quarters of the Presbytery, and important new partnerships.  Under Ben's leadership, use of this "well-set gem"--through which guests and campers are invited to experience peace, renewal, fellowship, personal growth, and opportunities for strengthening their faith--has increased considerably for the enjoyment of all. We're very excited to have Ben Powell as Director of the Dogwood Acres Retreat Center and  Summer Camp!


Contact Info: (850) 528-3575 or

Emma Hodges, Program Director

Newly-hired Program Director is hardly new to Dogwood Acres. Emma served as a Summer Camp counselor at DWA for two years and served as Summer Camp Assistant Director in 2018. She has created programming for Dogwood Youth Conference and led numerous conferences and retreats at Dogwood.  Emma served as a member of the Committee on Dogwood Acres for two years, serving as Lead for the Children and Youth Team for one year.


Emma is a Tallahassee native and graduated from Florida State University in 2019 with a degree in Religion and Public Administration. While she was a student, Emma served as a member on the UKirk Tallahassee board and was a Youth Ministry Assistant for Faith Presbyterian Tallahassee.


Emma has always loved working with children and youth and is excited to be able to give back to this important ministry of the Presbytery of Florida. 


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3320 Harmony Rd, Chipley, FL 32428 (850) 535-2695