Continuing this tradition of warmth and welcome at CBCC, Heather, retired, often volunteers and spending time with guests, providing what director Jeff Carlsen calls "a sense of history and a personal touch."
Jeff Carlsen, executive director of Cannon Beach Conference Center, is quick to praise the traditions of CBCC.
firmly believes that God has honored the "heritage of faith and prayer" which has been the hallmark of the center since its earliest days.
Carlsen came to Cannon Beach as program director in 1983.
A graduate of the University of Washington
with a background in education, he
had worked at Christian youth camps in Seattle and had become intrigued by the idea of family ministry, thus coming to Cannon Beach
In 1996, he was named executive director.
wife, Jean, is also an educator.
"Our guests receive round white buttons with their names on them," remarks Jeff
"People in the community talk about the 'button people.' Local folks say we have the nicest guests."
From its modest beginnings, Cannon Beach
has grown to feature several dining facilities, family lodgings, dorms, a chapel, a gymnasium, and a deluxe ocean-front motel -14 buildings in all, built debt-free with extensive volunteer help.
In keeping with Mrs. McNeill's original vision for comfortable conferencing, "all our accommodations are motel-type units," states Carlsen
According to Carlsen
, a family of four or five can stay in CBCC's moderate accommodations, with programming and two meals per day, for $1000 - $1500 per week this summer.
has grown dramatically in these areas thanks to Janet," comments Jeff
When asked about his
vision for Cannon Beach
, Jeff Carlsen
comments thoughtfully, "With our society increasingly fragmenting and our lives becoming increasingly frantic, a place like Cannon Beach where people can get away as families to be relaxed, refreshed, spiritually challenged and renewed, will be of increasing value in our society."