Our Staff

Agapé † Kure Beach Ministries calls and gathers all people to experience the Spirit through unique, small-group encounters with Christ, in Creation and Community.

Camper Resources

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 (Deacon) Program. In 1994 he completed the American Camp Association Certified Camp Director training. Randy joined our ministry in the fall of 1996.

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 blessed to have Christa Hassler as our Program Director. Christa served on our summer staff for three years. After Agapé she spent a year on an internship at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in Colorado and the next two years at Koinonia in New York state.

Kyle joined the Agapé staff in 2017, after six years of working at Lutheran camps in PA & upstate NY. He loves working with all sorts of Retreat groups and campers - planning events, leading music, running the zipline, facilitating group building, & more!

Dr. Tom Colley began his new ministry with us on September 2019 and has been busy learning about our ministry, meeting donors and working on developing some new connections with local foundations. Tom has a rich history with A†KB as he served on the board of directors years ago and even did a turn as board chair. We are excited to have Tom on our staff team full-time. We look forward to each of you meeting and getting to know Tom.

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.

As Regional Gift Planner for the Carolinas with the ELCA Foundation, Stephanie meets with people to help ensure their Estate and Legacy Plans reflect their wishes for their loved ones and charitable goals. If you'd like to include Agape Kure Beach and/or other ministries or charities in your plan, please just give her a call at 704-293-9436 or email at Stephanie.Burke@elca.org.

All of her gift planning services are made available to individuals without obligation. It is her ministry to be of service.

Part Time Staff

Pastor Dan Keck Ministry Partner

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.

Lynn Galindo Registrar

Meet Lynn, our new registrar at the Kure Beach Faith Center. She will register your group at the Faith Center where they can experience the peace and power of God through our unique ocean front facilities.

Frank Dodson Site Maintenance

We are thrilled to introduce Frank Dodson as our new Site Manager as of September 1st, 2019. Frank comes to us with a campus ministry background and lives on Carolina Beach.

Nicholas Stephanos Housekeeper

Nicholas is a member at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wilmington and brings a wealth of housekeeping experience to us in his new role. In his part-time position, Nicholas will also be the one checking rental groups out at the end of their stay with us at the Faith Center.

Board of Directors

Charles Harris

Burlington, NC


Richard Rohrbaugh

Cary, NC


Karen Muse

Cary, NC


Melina Menz

Elon, NC

Devin Buell

Durham, NC

Rev. Dan Burris

Greenville, NC

Madeline Dassow

Greensboro, NC

Jeff Fike

Apex, NC

Wayne Nelson

Salisbury, NC

Katie Neuhauser

Cary, NC

Debbie Simerly

Fuquay-Varina, NC

Andy Smith

Raleigh, NC

Tom Wood

Greensboro, NC

Rev. Phil Tonneson

Salisbury, NC

Rev. Charlie Zimmerman

Greensboro, NC

Emeritus: Rev. David Huddle

Lexington, NC