Meet the Staff

AJ Elzinga, Director

AJ Elzinga, Director

Favorite verse: Phil. 1:6 - "Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

Favorite books: A Loving Life; Breaking the King Saul Syndrome; A Praying Life; Money, Possessions, Eternity.

Hobbies: Hiking and being outdoors. I love playing basketball, ultimate frisbee, watching professional sports, and going on dates with my wife.

Secret talent: I can move each eyebrow independently (like Jack Black.)

If you could go back in time to any event in history, what would it be and why? Besides the life of Jesus (a no-brainer), I would go back in time to the Civil War to observe President Abraham Lincoln's faithful leadership in such a divisive and trying time.

About yourself: I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour on August 13th, 1994. Ever since then I have been growing in my faith and learning what it looks like to follow Jesus on a daily basis. Growing up I have always had a particular passion for the persecuted church, especially for the unique country of North Korea. I attended Multnomah University for undergrad where I double majored in Bible/Theology and Communication Studies, and also met my amazing wife, Sabrina! Just two short weeks after our wedding we moved up to Adelphia where I have now had the privilege of serving since 2012. One of my favorite parts of Adelphia is studying the Bible in community and hearing the different insights that are shared. God has blessed Sabrina and I with our daughter Gracie, and our two boys, Samuel and Caleb. I am currently finishing up my Masters of Divinity degree, also from Multnomah.

Lucy LaBrasseur, Director of Student Life

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Favorite verse:

Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O man, what is Good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"

Favorite Books:

The Giving Tree, Villette by Charlotte Bronte, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Missionary Biographies.

Hobbies:

Reading, writing, hiking, learning new things, trying to grow plants, making tacos, drinking coffee.

Secret talent:

I can play a mean game of Scrabble.

If you could go back in time:

I would go back to when Jesus was talking to the two men on the road to Emmaus, and just listen to that.

About yourself: I grew up with five brothers and one sister in a Christian home, and I heard the gospel constantly. I knew about the blood of Jesus, but it wasn't until I was 16 that I understood why I needed it, and then why other people needed to know what I knew. In 2009, I attended Ecola Bible School, a one-year/optional 2nd year Bible program on the Oregon coast. I applied for a second year, wanting to grow more in my maturity as a believer, and through those two years I was provided with an opportunity to serve in ministry alongside Ecola's lead Staff and learn from their faithfulness.

In 2014, I moved to a tiny village in Tanzania to serve and reach the Wataturu tribe with fellow missionary, Alix. The journey was far from easy, my growing pains were just about crippling, but the experience easily beyond what I could have asked or imagined. I now understand better that goodness of God and that the love He has towards all nations is irrepressible. I've learned that a life most worth living is one expended, not reserved.

Two weeks after returning to the states, in 2015, I moved to Lake Retreat Camp as the guest services & kitchen assistant. I started taking students out to coffee to have heart to hearts, and in 2016 they decided to give me a title for that. I was put on the Adelphia staff in 2016.

Melissa Post, Registrar

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Favorite verse: 2 Tim. 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

Favorite Books: Bible, Heaven, Pride and Prejudice, Chronicles of Narnia.

Hobbies: Swimming, looking at Real Estate.

Secret Talent: Multitasking

If you could go back in time: Gettysburg Address, because Abe Lincoln rocks.

About yourself: 1 husband, 4 kids, Guest Services Coordinator at Lake Retreat Camp since 2012, and as Registrar for Adelphia since 2016.

Rob Neumann

What brought you here to Lake Retreat?

After 25 years of camp ministry, God led me back to my childhood camp - Lake Retreat! My wife and I became a couple here back in the 70's and have been serving in various camps in Washington, Minnesota and Texas ever since. We're grateful God has used us to facilitate a season of financial stability and health at the camp.

What is your role?

Executive Director

How do you work with Adelphia students in your job?

I oversee the outstanding staff who run both Lake Retreat Camp and Adelphia Discipleship School. Occasionally I have the opportunity to work with students when they are involved in helping out in the office.

What is your favorite Bible verse? James 1

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Jim Runavich

What brought you here to Lake Retreat?

The continued opportunity to feed into young peoples lives at an amazing Camp with a long and storied history of serving the Lord’s people and advancing the Kingdom.

What is your role?

Food Service Director

How do you work with Adelphia students in your job? I get to work with the students in preparing them with work skills that will allow the show light of Christ in any vocation they choose.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God…….

Benjamin Macsinka

What brought you here to Lake Retreat?

I was at church and heard some Adelphia staff talk about the program and thought it would be a good opportunity for me to grow more in my faith after high school. I was scared at first, but after praying about it and talking it over with my parents I took the leap of faith and never regretted it! I've been here ever since then, first and second year student and then the Men's RA.

What is your role?

Men's Resident Assistant

How do you work with Adelphia students in your job?  

I live life with the guys in the Men's dorm and disciple them and fellowship with them throughout the year. 

What is your favorite Bible verse?

John 15:4-8

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Emily Crabb

What brought you here to Lake Retreat?

My dad came to a men's retreat here when I  was in early high school and heard about adelphia, then years later when I was going through a hard time my parents looked more into the program and encouraged me to take the leap. After a year as a student and I stayed for summer staff and then never left!

What is your role?

Head housekeeper

How do you work with Adelphia students in your job?  

I help to train students in housekeeping, and work alongside them during camp turnovers and project days

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “do not fear, I will help you”

Sara Jorgenson

What brought you to Lake Retreat?  

I came to Lake Retreat as an Adelphia student.

What’s my role?

I’m a kitchen manager and in the summer I’m the lead lifeguard.

How do I work with the students?

I mostly work with the students in the kitchen, teaching them about the kitchen and training them to be good employees.

My favorite verse:

2 Timothy 1:17

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Aaron Daut

What brought you to Lake Retreat?

I came to lake retreat because of the Adelphia’s program and haven’t left since.

What is your role?

I am now a full time maintenance member of the staff.

How do you work with Adelphia students in your job?

I work with the Adelphia’s students on student work days leading them through grounds work or other maintenance projects.

Favorite Bible Verse:

2nd Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

Megan Daut

What Brought you to Lake Retreat?

I was married into the camp family (Aaron Daut!) 🙂

What is your role?

I am the Guest Services Assistant

How do you work with students in your job?

I create the students summer schedule and interact with them on a daily basis.

Favorite Bible verse:

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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Hilary Lindstrom

What brought you here to Lake Retreat?

I grew up going here as a young kid, and worked many years on summer staff. I was offered a job at the camp after serving on a short term mission trip to Africa, after saying I loved praising God and cleaning.

What is your role?

I am the Assistant Guest Service Coordinator and I work directly with our guest groups.

How do you work with Adelphia students in your job?  

Since I work with groups directly I also work around the students and see them in their work rolls every time there is a group in.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

James 1:2-4 "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

Topher Lindstrom

What brought you here to Lake Retreat? Really simply. It just seemed like this is were God wanted me. I get to serve alongside my wife, my co-workers have the same desire to love people and pour into others lives.

What is your role?

Maintenance

How do you work with Adelphia students in your job?  

I get the opportunity to train students about general maintenance and small house projects. While, discipling them to live their life serving the Lord.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Philippians 2:1-18

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Taylor Boyd

What brought you here to Lake Retreat?

I first came to camp at Lake Retreat and found out about the Adelphia program over the summer. I attended Adelphia as a student in 2015-16 then stayed on as the woman's RA the following year. Having worked in the kitchen during both my student and RA years I was able to join lead staff the following year and now work full time in the kitchen.

What is your role?

I am an assistant cook.

How do you work with Adelphia students in your job?  

I get to work alongside the students in the kitchen; this means training them on  everything from dishes to food preparation, organization and deep cleaning. We try to put the focus on learning how to work as well as why we work, for the glory of God.  

What is your favorite Bible verse?

1John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Adelphia Board of Directors:

Mark Downing

Ron Owen

Brookes August

Todd Arrambide

Steve Michiels

Mike Bay

Jim Loewen

Julie Grove