Provide a comfortable, safe and nonjudgmental environment for all to
Come to know God as Creator and Sustainer
Develop knowledge of the Bible and an appreciation for the Church
Grow in Discipleship
Create new and long lasting relationships in a christian community
Stimulate a desire to share God's love with others
Abbey Beck Brunk // Camp Director
Abbey is our new Camp Director. She grew up in Holland, Iowa and graduated from Grundy Center High School. She then attended and graduated from Iowa Central Community College with a Business A.A. taking classes in Accounting and Event Management. Abbey's connection to Camp Pine Lake comes through her husband, Aaron Beck Brunk who has been part of Camp Pine Lake’s family for most of his life. Abbey has been working for her Mary Kay director as an office assistant and continues to work for her in Ames once a week. She has also been the director of Vacation Bible School at her family church for the past three years and continues to serve as director there with a huge heart for working with kids, especially through ministries.
Barbara Wise Lewczak // COB Program Director
Barbara has served as the Program Director at CPL with great care and passion since 2007. She has also served as the pastor of the Stover Memorial Church of the Brethren in Des Moines for the past 8 years. Barbara was ordained after completing the Training in Ministry Program through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership in 2011.
Barbara's connections with the Church of the Brethren and Iowa go deep. She was introduced to Camp Pine Lake as a camper during her own childhood. After some time living on the East coast as a young adult, Barbara returned to Iowa to live on her family farm with her husband Ed. Alongside camp and congregation, Barbara has also been called to many district leadership roles, including serving as moderator of the 2015 District Conference.
Barbara brings a wealth of experience with children and youth within the church and far beyond. As she continues to coordinate, plan, and lead fantastic camps, Barbara strives to cultivate a culture of sanctuary at Camp Pine Lake that enables each camper to recognize that they are a beautiful child of God.
Matt Kuecker // Property Manager
Matt has served as the Property Manager since 2012, and shared the role of Camp Administrator with his wife, Betsy, for four years prior. Matt has helped guide CPL through a significant renovation of Friendship Lodge and significant work all over camp after a massive hail storm in 2009. He continues to keep camp looking its best through his own efforts and his leadership of the many volunteers that help him. When Matt isn't fixing something or finding amazing deals on Craigslist for camp, he is getting into delightful mayhem with his two young sons.
Aaron Beck Brunk // Chef
Aaron has worked in CPL's kitchen since 2016. Aaron attended and graduated from Iowa Central Community College with an associates degree in culinary and a baking diploma. After graduation Aaron worked at camp for the summer then moved with his wife to Ames where he worked at the well known restaurant, The Cafe. In his short time at The Cafe, Aaron was able to learn many new skills and he worked his way up quickly. He has been a part of the camp family for most all of his life and attended camps every year. Aaron has had great feedback on his wonderful homemade meals at camp and we are so excited to have him back as Camp Chef.