Our full-time staff is here to serve you!


Dave Nesburg, Executive Director

Dave is from Apple Valley, Minnesota.  He is married to Kristen.  Their kids, Meghan, Jonathan and Lindsay have been raised at Portage Lake since 1995, when Dave began his job here.  Dave & Kristen also have two grandsons, Calvin and Levi! Dave is into competitive mountain bike racing, road cycling, skiing, soccer and just about anything else he can do outdoors.  He is a huge Vikings fan and although he cheers for all Minnesota teams, he has become a Red Wings hockey fan during his Michigan years.  Dave is blessed by watching the Holy Spirit work in the lives of youth and adults at camp.
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Peter Ek,  Interim Associate Director

Hailing from Galesburg, Illinois, Peter graduated from North Park University with a degree in Communication Arts in 2013. After spending his early years as a Family Camp One ‘lifer,’ Peter worked on summer staff from 2008-2014 before becoming full time. An avid cultivator of beards, Peter also enjoys watching and playing many team sports, board games, and wearing Crocs. Peter’s favorite things about Portage Lake include Canteen time, the old “three-pines” logo, and late night hang-outs in the Dining Hall.
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Nick Loubert, Program Director

Nick is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He grew up attending Thornapple Covenant Church and went to Forest Hills Central High School. Last May, he graduated from Hope College with a Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Nick enjoy most competitive sports, although hockey is his favorite. A die hard Red Wings fan, Nick is also very into the TV show Survivor. Nick loves working at camp, and having the opportunity to work to grow and deepen the Kingdom.
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Kathy Smith, Office Manager

Kathy has worked at camp since 2001.  She likes to say, “Every day is a beautiful day at Portage Lake, in every season and all kinds of weather!”  She was raised in Detroit suburbia and has enjoyed living in the Manistee area since 1987.  She is married to Craig. They have two sons, one lives in North Carolina and the other lives with his family in Seattle. Kathy likes art quilting, cooking, entertaining and reading.
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Randy Bennetts, Facilities ManagerRandy Bennets

Randy started working at PLCBC in March 2014. He and his wife Pam (of 42 years!) live in Wellston and have 3 sons. Randy and Pam also have six grandkids. Before working at camp Randy owned a construction company for 25 years. Randy loves camping and is a deacon at Faith Covenant Church in Manistee. His favorite thing since he’s starting working at camp has been being in a Godly atmosphere every day.

Amanda Harju-Mason, Head Cook

Born and raised in Kaleva, Michigan. Amanda has lived in northern Michigan her whole life, except for three years in Arizona.  She has a daughter, Naomi, who is 20. Amanda also works at KND Schools, where she has been an employee for almost 20 years.  Amanda enjoys fishing, reading, entertaining and of course cooking and baking.  Her favorite part of working at camp is serving God by serving others – taking away the everyday tasks of grocery shopping, planning meals, cooking and clean up – so they can completely focus on God and their families.

Exciting things are on their way! Check back soon to see the new full time staff.