Otto Hirsch began teaching in 1950 in the Florida Conference. In 1951, he moved to the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference where he spent the remainder of his 36 year teaching career. After Indian Creek Camp (ICC) began, Hirsch would spend his summers working there.
Since his retirement in 1986, he has volunteered his time and talents to the ministry at ICC every summer. He is an expert carpenter, craftsman, and together with his maintenance skills and love for teaching nature, has, without compensation, tirelessly given back to the youth and camp that he loves. At the age of 93, he recently decided to officially retire from his duties at ICC.
Hirsch continues to use his skills for missionary purposes. He designs small cedar crosses with a Bible verse on their base, wooden puzzles, and other Christian mementos. Since 2006, he has made and given away an estimated 7,000 puzzles which make a cross when put together and over 3,800 cedar crosses.
Hirsch is a member at the Ridgetop (Tenn.) Church. He has touched so many lives through the years and is loved by young and old. He will be greatly missed at ICC.
—BY DENISE POPE