Staff

Our full-time staff is here to serve you!

 

Marc Eix, Executive Director

Marc is a Michigan native and in many ways is a native of camp. Growing up in Dearborn, he spent two weeks most every summer of his life attending camp at Portage Lake and worked on staff for two summers in the early ‘90s. Camp is the place he gave his life to Jesus, where he heard his call to ministry and where many of his major life decisions happened. Marc was ordained in the Covenant Church in 1999 and has served churches as a pastor in Chicago, IL, Manistee, MI, and most recently in Red Wing, MN. Marc and his wife Sarah have three children, Emily, Nathan, and Laura who all love to hike, camp, run, read, and be together. Marc is excited to return to a place that was so formational in his own life now with the opportunity to shape the lives of others through the ministry of camp.
Contact Marc at marc@portagelake.org

Luci Schweigert, Marketing and Guest Services Director

Luci grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Calvin College where she studied Strategic Communications and French. After graduating in 2017, she worked on summer staff at camp for the first time. Luci recently married long-time camper and staff member, Devin. They love to go camping, watch movies, hang out with the local youth group, play with their dog, Ruby, and eat popcorn. Her favorite thing about working at camp is living out the mission of PLCBC and showing Christ’s love through acts of service.
Contact Luci at luci@portagelake.org

Madison Herfurth, Program Director

Madison is originally from Minnetonka, Minnesota. She first ventured to Michigan in 2017 to attend Hope College in Holland. She graduated from Hope this May with a degree in theology and youth ministry. Madison grew up attending Covenant Pines Bible Camp and worked there her first two summers of college. Summer 2019 she worked on staff here as a counselor. She enjoys hiking in the woods, long conversations with good friends, and spending time with her dog, Macy. Her heart beats for camp ministry and the way camp embodies the love of God. Portage Lake’s mission is special in the way it impacts the lives of campers from youth to adults, building lasting fellowship and loving people in a way that glorifies God.
Contact Madison at madison@portagelake.org

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.
Contact Kathy at ksmith@portagelake.org

Randy Bennetts, Facilities ManagerRandy Bennets

Randy started working at PLCBC in March 2014. He and his wife Pam have three sons and six grandkids. Before working at camp Randy owned a construction company for 25 years. Randy loves camping and spending time with his family. His favorite thing since he’s starting working at camp has been being in a Godly atmosphere every day.
Contact Randy at randy@portagelake.org

Amanda Harju, Food Services Director

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. 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.
Contact Amanda at amanda@portagelake.org