SWO Staff: Katlyn Wyble

What is your role at SWO?

While I don’t have an official job at Snowbird I do have the greatest honor and privilege of getting to take part in the work of the Gospel by serving my husband and family. My husband, James, works full time at SWO as the assistant to the grounds director and SMO site leader.

I’ve been at Snowbird since the summer of 2012. (Summer 2012-2015, Intern 2012-2014)

How did you hear about SWO?

I heard about SWO from my youth pastor, Kelly Hitchcock. He had worked a summer at SWO and shared with us how it impacted his life. He took our youth group to winter SWO retreats, and SWO summer camp! While I absolutely loved my time as a camper, especially the ski retreats, I didn’t see myself working at a wilderness camp. I wasn’t outdoorsy! But God, haha. After encouragement from my mentor Ginger, and my counselor turned friend Sarah, I applied for my 1st summer in 2012. Little did I know then that I would be living here with my husband and three littles in 2020. Glory be to God.  

What is your favorite SWO memory?

Oh man, I don’t have just one. My favorite memories at Snowbird were the moments with my campers. Some of those campers are now graduated and pursuing careers, getting married, and starting a family. What an honor it was to get a glimpse of all that the Lord was doing in their hearts and lives. What a privilege it was to get to be their counselor and talk about who God is together. 

What is your favorite camp meal?

Turkey and dressing during fall retreats. 🙂

What is your favorite rec?

My favorite rec is by far the lake!!! Getting to wakeboard, surrounded by beautiful mountains with friends — what could be better! 

What was the best part about being in the SWO Institute?

I worked as an intern before it was called SWO Institute. The best part to me was the opportunity to serve year-round, growing deeper in relationships with churches that come to SWO, and getting to know the full-time staff. 

What is your salvation story?

In short, I was seeking satisfaction and worth in things of this world: grades, what people thought of me, my boyfriend, how I looked. It was a never-ending cycle, a dark pit that led me to a season of despair. And little did I know that God was using that season to draw me to Himself. By His grace, He saved me. He called me out of the darkness into His marvelous light.

In this season, what is the Lord teaching you?

I’m in the season that I’ve heard called “the trenches”. We have a 4-year-old, 2-year-old, and 4-month-old. So a lot of my days are filled with disciplining and changing diapers, haha. I am daily learning what it means to die to myself and look to others’ needs above my own. Motherhood is sanctifying and the Lord is so graciously using my kids to show me the deep-rooted sin in my own heart as I teach them about their need for Jesus.

What are you currently reading?

Currently I am reading Ecclesiastes, and reading Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen. After Ecclesiastes I’ll be doing an in depth study on Psalm 119 with She Reads Truth. Studying Scripture looks different these days with little kids vying for my attention at all hours of the day, but I’m continually learning the importance of daily renewing my mind with what is good, right, and true. 

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Well, my short-term plans include potty training my 2-year-old, haha. Lord willing, I see myself in the next five years continuing to serve and love my family; what a gift to be a mama. As well as serve and love my church body and community. 

What is one thing you want the person reading this to know?

There will be times in your life that are overwhelming, times that you may not understand. Hardships will come if you aren’t already there – you are not alone. My prayer is that you will use the time you have now to soak up His Word and write it on your heart and that you will meditate on it day and night.  

Psalm 1 says,”Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.” 

Jesus is the only one who fully embodies this. Knowing that we would be like the chaff, God made a way through Jesus! My encouragement and prayer is that you would delight yourself in the Lord, rest and trust in His promises, and be planted in His righteousness alone. 

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving,” Colossians 2:6-7

Listen to Katlyn’s session from SWO15 Summer Camp

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