Hannah (von Oeyen) Altman is excited to be joining Massanetta Springs as the Acting Director of Programs. She has attended the Bible Music Conference regularly since she was two years old and it became her gateway to everything else Massanetta. From being a camper and camp counselor to working for the middle school conference and being a founding member of SPYCE, Massanetta Springs has always been her home away from home. Massanetta has had one of the largest impacts on her faith formation and her relationship with God. She is excited to give back what Massanetta gave her.
Hannah grew up with two parents in the ministry, Bob and Sherry von Oeyen, now a retired Pastor and retired Minister of Music. Her parents continue to attend the Bible Music conference. Her family lived in Seoul Korea, where her father was a missionary, for seven years of her childhood before they settled in Staunton Virginia. The Shenandoah valley has always been a special place for her, with family from Staunton to Front Royal, the blue ridge mountains are her home. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington where she met her husband, Scott Altman. They met through music with the help of a mutual friend (whom Hannah had worked with at Camp Massanetta!). Five years later they got married. They continue to do music together when possible in church, choirs, and musical theatre. Hannah and Scott married in Warrenton, Virginia where they are members of Warrenton Presbyterian Church. Through Hannah’s involvement with WPC, directing several of the choirs and leading the young adult group, Hannah felt a call to go to seminary. Her memories of her experiences at Massanetta Springs also played a huge part in her call to seminary.
She began attending Union Presbyterian Seminary in the fall of 2016, where she is enrolled in the Master of Divinity program. She hoped to prepare herself to go into Christian Education, preferably in a camp and conference setting. She has already learned so much from her excellent and understanding professors. When she saw the Acting Director of Programs position at Massanetta open up, she had to apply. Not only did this role match her hopes for ministry, Massanetta was already a place she was extremely invested in. She wished to see it succeed and continue to do God’s work for many years into the future.
Hannah feels extremely blessed and humbled to have been offered the position of Acting Director of Programs. She remembers very fondly, Laura Holbrook, who held the full time position while Hannah was growing up, and who played an integral role in Hannah’s faith journey and life. For Hannah, these are big shoes to fill. Hannah hopes to help the programs at Massanetta Springs continue to grow and to affect the lives of youth and adults just as much as it affected her, both in familiar ways and completely new ways. She looks forward to working with Clayton Rascoe and the whole Massanetta team. Please pray for her at this time as she moves from Richmond to Harrisonburg and begins her journey in this meaningful position at Massanetta Springs.