The Montreat College Outdoor Education Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Ben Fortson as the Director of Backcountry Programs. Fortson has a long history with the outdoor programs at Montreat College and a proven track record. He was one of the four founders of Backcountry along with Brad Daniel, Jay Guffey, and Jeff Knight. As such, he is well acquainted with the clientele, the natural area, and the purpose of these outdoor programs. Fortson also taught Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Education courses at the college from 1984-1996. In addition to this, Fortson directed the Discovery Wilderness program and the Durham Academy trips from 1985-1996. Fortson has a great deal of camp and conference experience. He has worked at two of the larger Christian camps/conference centers in the nation: Forest Home and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s residential camp on Catalina Island. Fortson has a heart for ministry and for mentoring students. He and his wife Nancy have been involved with ministry to college students for over 25 years. They have three children.