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

Chandler is an ordained Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He comes to A†KB Ministries from working with ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response. Chandler served as Vice President for Program and Engagement and Interim Lutheridge Program Director at NovusWay Ministries, Associate Director for Outreach and Engagement at Lutheran World Relief, and Director of Theological Education with Youth at United Lutheran Seminary.

A native of Wilmington, he is the spouse of the Rev. Naomi Sease Carriker, and the father of Jonathan. When he's not at camp, Chandler gets creative through songwriting and fired up cheering on his San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Cubs.

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!

While earning his Bachelor in Psychology and Music at Syracuse University (Go Orange!), David worked summers at Agapé. After graduation, David spent 6 months in Colorado
at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in their Program Assistant internship learning the ins and outs of Outdoor Ministry. David is ecstatic to be back at Agapé, the place that sparked his love for camping ministry! He strongly believes in teaching every camper that they are a unique, loved child of God, perfectly made, exactly as they are. Because of this, Agapé’s small group, affirmation-focused ministry is the perfect place for him to share his talents!

Nancy grew up in rural upstate New York. She moved to North Carolina in 2016 and got her start at Agapé in 2017 as an ACE Educator. She has since taken on the position of camp Office/Donor Relations Manager. In addition to her office duties, Nancy enjoys occasionally working with school field trips as an ACE Educator.

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.

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


Melinda Menz

Elon, NC

Devin Buell

Durham, NC

Rev. Dan Burris

Greenville, NC

Madeline Dassow

Greensboro, NC

Jeff Fike

Apex, NC

Ray Prill

Raleigh, NC

Katie Neuhauser

Cary, NC

Debbie Simerly

Fuquay-Varina, NC

Andy Smith

Raleigh, NC

Lelia Moore

Cary, NC

Andrew Chamberlin

Greensboro, NC

Rev. Charlie Zimmerman

Greensboro, NC

Rev. Phil Tonnesen

Salisbury, NC