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Agapé † Kure Beach Ministries
In fulfillment of our Christ-centered mission we:
We are a partner in ministry with the churches of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Our Seven Major Goals for Summer Camp:
Randy grew up in Minnesota. He has a BA in Religion & Business Administration from Augustana College and has served full-time in Outdoor Ministries since 1983. In 1993 he finished his Associate in Ministry Program. In 1994 he completed the American Camp Association Certified Camp Director training. Randy joined our ministry in the fall of 1996.
Environmental Education Director
Mir has been at Agape since 1996 “playing in the woods with kids” of all ages. Originally from Minnesota, she brings a lot of camp and naturalist experience from MN, WI, and PA. She has a passion for helping guests appreciate the wonders of God’s Creation at Agape and at Kure Beach.
We are excited to welcome Ava Whitehead as our new Program Director. Ava has been serving as program associate at Lutherdale, Elkhorn, WI for the past year and a half.
Registrar, Guest Services Coordinator, Program Assistant
Melissa grew up all along the east coast and for the past ten years has been just across the river in Broadway, North Carolina. She worked for the past six years at our state telecommunications association until it dissolved at the end of 2013, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it led her to Agapé. She loves working with people, as well as gardening, cooking, playing sports, and traveling with family. She is very happy to be at Agapé where she can blend her two passions—people and the outdoors!
Marketing, Office Manager
Penny got her start at Agapé hiking the woods as an ACE educator. In 2007 she was hired to work in the office as the Capital Campaign Coordinator. Since then she has taken on some of Agapé's marketing responsibilities. Penny lives in Fuquay with her husband Bob, their two college-aged children (whenever they are home on breaks) and their dog Taffy.
Kure Beach Registrar
Meredith is the new registrar at the Kure Beach Faith Center. She and her husband and their 2 girls moved to Carolina Beach in 2015. Meredith became the registrar for the Kure Beach Faith Center in 2017. She can register your group at the Faith Center where they can experience the peace and power of God through our unique ocean front facilities.
Pastor Dan Keck
My family and I enthusiastically joined the Kure Memorial and Agape † Kure Beach families in October of 2012 after serving as Associate Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton, Ohio and Mission Developer at St. John @ The Bay Lutheran Mission at Put-In-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio.
I have a passion for people of all ages, especially children and youth, community outreach, inspirational worship, outdoor ministry and youth and adult mission trips. Keep your eyes open when you are in Kure Beach, as you will probably run into me around town spending time with my family, walking on the beach and trying to fish! (I'm open to any advice!)
My wife Chris, who is a teacher by profession, loves kids and walking on the beach. She embraces the challenge of trying to organize our family! One of our family goals is to "explore" all the ice cream shops around Pleasure Island! We have four incredible children! Lindsey is a student at New York University in New York City (she's our city girl!). Colleen, a student at Ashley High School, is on the swim team and has a passion for music. Heather, also a student at Ashley High School and on the swim team, enjoys pole vaulting. Andro, a student at Murray Middle School, loves fishing, golf and most other sports that involve a ball! We are excited about being a part of how God is working in the outdoor ministries of Agape + Kure Beach!
Maureen is the new registrar at the Kure Beach Faith Center. She and her husband moved to Charlotte in 1997 from the Niagara Falls, NY area. Hoping for a slower pace of life, they moved to Wilmington in 2005. Maureen became the secretary at Kure Memorial Lutheran Church in 2011 and registrar for the Kure Beach Faith Center in 2012. She can register your group at the Faith Center where they can experience the peace and power of God through our unique ocean front facilities.