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Meet The Counselors

We can't wait for you to get to know the 2018 Teen Leadership Camp staff!

Jacob Beaver

Jacob Beaver

Counselor
 
Manus Churchill

Manus Churchill

Counselor
Pierre du Plessis

Pierre du Plessis

Counselor

I was born in South Africa and came to the States along with my family when I was 3. As a result, I am the only Camp Counselor who is a non-U.S. citizen, having citizenship in South Africa. My parents moved us from the city to the countryside when I was around 8, where I grew up raising chickens, chasing sheep, shooting varmints, and cultivating a homegrown work ethic. When I'm not pursuing my degree in National Security at Patrick Henry College, I enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping. People are a big part of my life, and being able to have an impact on others for Christ is essential for me. This is my second summer serving at Camps, and I look forward to being blessed while blessing.

Daniel Fierer

Daniel Fierer

Counselor

Hello! I’m a senior from western Maryland, graduating in May and studying Economics and Business Analytics. Here at PHC, I stay involved by playing guitar in a chapel guild group and co-hosting coffee shop concerts. For fun, I love learning mathematics (yes, this can be fun!) as well as listening to and playing music (especially jazz!). Also, when the restlessness hits during long days of studying, I’ll head out to my car and go exploring through all the awesome backroads here in Loudoun County. I’m a level above thrilled to be a counselor this summer! Back in the years of yore, I attended TeenCamps and remember my time as full of challenges, growth, and abundant laughter! I am eagerly awaiting all the ways God will be working here at PHC this summer!

Cooper Millhouse

Cooper Millhouse

Counselor

Hi everybody! You can call me Cooper, Coop, or whatever creative name you can invent during our time together. I enjoyed living in Purcellville so much that I decided to stay here to go to Patrick Henry. I’m currently a rising senior studying Strategic Intelligence. In my free time, I enjoy playing football and on PHC's basketball team. I also love going to the gym and listening to music. Additionally, I spend a lot of time competing for PHC’s moot court and mock trial teams. You’ll most likely find me working for the government or going to law school later on in life. I’m looking forward to this summer and can’t wait to meet you!

Mark Van Matre

Mark Van Matre

Counselor

Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, I moved down to Virginia because I heard they have better coffee. I’m graduating this spring with a degree in History and Classics: I love old things and old languages. This fall, I’m likely attending UCLA to study Classical Linguistics and to try those West Coast tacos. Ultimately, I’d like to teach Latin at a collegiate level. In my free time, I like flying stunt kites or hammocking. You’ll definitely find me out in a field on a windy day or in the trees when it’s calm. I am thrilled to be here for another year of Teen Camps and cannot wait to meet everyone!

Mikael Good

Mikael Good

Counselor

My name is Mikael, which rhymes with Michelle. I’m a political philosophy major from beautiful little Harrisonburg, VA. After college I want to be a writer and eventually I'd like to be a professor of philosophy or theology. Sometimes if you’re a political philosophy major, people think that literally all you care about is philosophy but this is not true: I also like to play violin, do forensics, read books, romp around outside, utilize my woman’s touch by baking and doing art, and have lots of deep conversations. I’m so excited to see how God manifests His goodness and faithfulness this summer at Teen Camps (as I’m positive He will) and I’m honored to be a part of it. 

Vienna Jacobson

Vienna Jacobson

Counselor

Hey, Friends! My name is Vienna Jacobson, and I am from Central Oregon. I am planning on finishing school at PHC in December of this year with a degree in Political Journalism. While I am not 100% sure where God is leading me after college, I hope to practice journalism.

Some of my favorite things are talking (especially over hot cups of tea or coffee), hiking, and reading (anything by Charles Dickens or Gerald Durrell). If I am not working or studying, you will probably find me snuggled up on one of my friend's beds, talking with them about our futures, travel plans, and God's goodness.

Erin Kondak

Erin Kondak

Counselor

Hey guys! I just finished my junior year here at PHC. I am originally from rural Pennsylvania, where I grew up working in my family's grocery store and catering business. At school, I am studying Economics & Business Analytics, which I absolutely love (sometimes I make spreadsheets and write business plans for fun)! Besides doing school, I spend my time working in the library, co-hosting comedy shows, playing my ukulele, and drinking lots of coffee and tea! I also like to hike, kayak, ski, snowboard, or do anything else outside! Fun fact: ice cream is my favorite food and my all-time favorite brand is Perry’s – it’s the brand in my family’s store and I was basically raised on it!

Going to various summer camps was my favorite part of middle and high school, and I’ve always wanted to be a camp counselor! I am so excited to have some crazy adventures, laughs, and time with Jesus this summer!

Marina Moreira

Marina Moreira

Counselor

I'm a Government major from Macon, Georgia, and an upcoming senior who is involved in mock trial and various other clubs and activities at Patrick Henry College. I enjoy public speaking, eating pickles and pineapples, and spending time with friends. During the school year, you can find me studying in cozy coffee shops; during the summer, I'm probably sleeping and reading books in the sunlight. After college, I’d like to work in D.C. for a time or do mission work oversees before attending law school. I am so excited to spend my summer serving and making memories with teen campers!

Becca Samelson

Becca Samelson

Counselor

Hi friends! I’m Becca, and I’m so excited to be spending my third summer as a Teen Camp counselor! I grew up in and around Montgomery, Alabama, which has given me a deep appreciation of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and, of course, sweet tea. Hopefully by this summer I’ll be a PHC journalism graduate, and I want to pursue a career in the D.C. area. While at PHC I’ve participated in chapel guild, Eden Troupe, mock trial, and British Parliamentary debate. My Myers Brigg types fluctuate between ESFP, ISFP, and INFJ depending on my mood. My favorite color is mint blue/green and I love all things Broadway. For the last two summers, God has used Teen Camps to show me so much about His love, grace, and forgiveness. I’m so excited to grow closer to Him this summer and to share what He’s teaching me with all of you!

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