Dan Kohns: Camp Director
Martha Kohns: Food Service/Office
Dan and Martha Kohns have been on staff at The Springs since February 2005. They also worked the summer of 2004 as summer camp program director. Dan and Martha have been on staff at Lake Ann Baptist Camp and Skyview Ranch. With over 20 years of experience in the camping ministry, Dan finds The Springs a blessing to be a part of. There is a rich heritage here of many years of God’s blessings. Since taking over in 2005, Dan has faced tremendous challenges in rebuilding a ministry that was all but ready to shut the doors.
Along with the faithfulness of so many supporters, The Springs is today a thriving ministry. The Springs serves over 650 summer campers, 2100 Retreat Center summer guests and year round over 6000 guests. Dan has a passion for ministry and a passion to see people come to know Christ. God has blessed Dan with a vision to see this ministry move forward. Dan, along with his wife Martha, love the camping ministry. He has experience in Maintenance, Fund Raising, Programming, High Adventure, Construction and Consulting to other camps. Martha has worked in the areas of Food Service and Office Management.
Dan and Martha have 4 children. Their son Aaron is married to Brittany. They live in North Carolina. Aaron and Brittany have both served on summer staff at The Springs. Aaron is a gifted professional photographer. They have two sons, Gavin and Everett. Joshua graduated from Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids and has served on summer staff also. He is a songwriter and performer. Rebekah has served on summer staff as counselor and cook, and now works at hall street bakery in Grand Rapids. Elizabeth is married to Zach Sayler and living in Washington.
Petersens joined the staff in April 2009. God’s direction was clear as the Petersen’s left the family farm to spend the summer here. During the summer it was evident that their gifts could be fully used in this ministry. James worked as the program director through the summer and will continue to develop and run the many programs we provide. He also works with guest groups; helping them accomplish their goals during the retreat. Elisheba works the summers in the craft shop and manages the camp store. James and EJ have four boys, Zach, Nate, Ethan, and Titus
Joshua & Braida Decker (JD),
Josh has been at The Springs since 2006 and worked the 2 summers before as well. He was a camper and then volunteer staff and now permanent staff . He has finished his degree at Mid Michigan Community College in law enforcement. He also works for Clare County Sheriffs Department as a Reserve Deputy. Josh and Braida got married June 30, 2012. Braida has graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor in Anthropology and Religion. Josh does a lot of maintenance and also works on most of our media productions. He has been a true asset to the ministry and keeps us all laughing along the way
Nate and Sarah Burgess
2017 Winter/Spring Interns:
2016 Summer Staff
2015 Summer Staff