Meet Our Summer Staff: Michael, Ellis, and Sara

Michael, Ellis, and Sara joined us for another year on staff this summer. These three all were able to experience a new position on staff different than their previous summers here. Their strength, courage, and endurance were vital to the success of this summer at Lakeshore.

Michael McNeely: Recreation Director

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“For we walk by faith, not by sight” -2 Corinthians 5:7

Age: 22
Hometown: Memphis, TN
High School: Overton High School (2010)
College: Bethel University
Major: Physical Education
Why did you choose to work at Lakeshore this summer? It was God’s calling for me. I have worked here for three previous summers and God’s presence has been so evident in so many ways. I was just fortunate enough to be on the summer staff again and have the opportunity to experience and share God’s love at camp.
What does the ministry at Lakeshore mean to you? Lakeshore’s mission statement is, “Offering ways for all to encounter life, love, and the God of Grace.” To me this statement says it all. The ministry at camp is unique. Campers and staff bond into a family over just a week’s time over and over again. The sole thing that brings people so close together is the love that God spreads through everyone we encounter.
What is your experience with Lakeshore in the past? This will be my fourth summer on staff. I have been a Resident Counselor (2010), Lifeguard (2011), Ropes/Nature (2012/now the Adventure Director), and this summer I will be serving as the Recreation Director.

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Dream Job: Collegiate Bowling Coach
Favorite Camp Food: Breakfast Sausage Patties
Favorite Camp Game: Around the World Ping Pong
Fun fact: I will be graduating college in December with a degree in Physical Education.
What makes your activity/position the best? My activity reintroduces the idea of playing outside to a generation that has made the word ‘play’ synonymous with video games.
What is your favorite combo from canteen? French Onion Sun Chips and Mellow Yellow
A moment you have encountered God at camp/where you see him work the most? A time where God was the most obvious to me was on the Giant Swing platform two summers ago. I had a camper who had made their way to the platform, but was scared to swing because of the height of the element. It took a lot of patience, courage, and strength before the camper decided to just go for it. The time we sat on the platform together before the swing was as God filled a moment as I can ever remember.

Ellis Bagley: Program Utility Facilitator (PUF)

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“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”” -James 4:6

Age: 20

Hometown: Parsons, TN

High School: Riverside High School 2012

College: UTC

Major: Religion

Why did you choose to work at Lakeshore this summer? I believe that our ministry is one of a kind. I love being able to give a summer to working in a community of believers to help share the gospel to whoever we come into contact with.

What does the ministry at Lakeshore mean to you? Our mission statement really says it all to me. Camp is a safe haven for me because of how love is given and received.

What is your experience with Lakeshore in the past? I have come to camp all my life as a camper and this is my third year as a summer staff member.

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Dream Job: stay at home mom

Favorite Camp Food: hash brown casserole

Favorite Camp Game: the all camp activity where we play Clue

Fun fact: I love pizza.

What makes your activity/position the best? SMORES

What is your favorite combo from canteen? Dr. Pepper and BBQ baked chips

What are you most looking forward to this summer? Driving the shank

Sara Mischke: Aquatics

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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” -Matthew 6:25-34

Age: 21

Hometown: Trenton, TN

High School (year you graduated): Peabody High School 2011

College: UTC

Major: Psychology

Why did you choose to work at Lakeshore this summer? I wanted to broaden my spiritual leadership skills.

What does the ministry at Lakeshore mean to you? A place to truly be with other Christians to help show the love of God

What is your experience with Lakeshore in the past? As a camper, I followed in my sisters footsteps when she worked at camp

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Dream Job: back-up singer for Michael Bublé

Favorite Camp Food: pudding

Favorite Camp Game: dizzy shoe

What makes your activity/position the best? You get to chill at the lake and experience God’s beautiful creation

What is your favorite combo from canteen? Peanut butter M&Ms and root beer

What are you most looking forward to this summer? Being more involved with worship planning

What is one of your favorite camp memories? Teela and I running each other into a wall for get-to-know-yous

A moment you have encountered God at camp/where you see him work the most? A wilderness worship as a camper, on the way up the hill and it started to rain. We all sang so much louder.

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