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Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4
Dean and Lorie have always loved camp. Both of them made life directing decisions at camp in their youth, so it was no surprise when God led them into camp work full time. The wonderful surprise was, though, that God graciously let them meet and fall in love at Red Cliff. Both have been privileged to know and learn from the founder, Phil Tubbs, and his wife Lois, as well as from co-workers, Dick and Deirdre MacGill. Those couples’ choices to live lives of faith and dedication to the calling of God has strongly encouraged Dean and Lorie to do the same at Red Cliff for the past twenty years.
Dean and Lorie have been blessed with four wonderful children: Phillip, Ellie, Gannett, and Isaac. Together the Loftus family enjoys the ministry of Red Cliff, the beauty of the great outdoors (esp. on foot, on skis, or on snow machines), and the friendship of so many people God has brought across their paths. It is truly a privilege to serve at Red Cliff Bible Camp.
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Dick and Deirdre MacGill moved to Pinedale to work with Red Cliff Bible Camp in July 1975, immediately after Dick graduated from Frontier School of the Bible. Dick met Phil Tubbs and helped search for a camp property the year before. Dick worked under the leadership of Phil from that time until Phil’s home-going in 1986. At the request of the Camp Board, Dick became director of the camp for the following four years. In 1992, Dean Loftus stepped up into the position of Director and Dick returned to what he most enjoyed and where he feels his gift is- maintenance (of both buildings and vehicles), construction, and cooking in Dutch ovens for the Red Cliff Chuck Wagon. Deirdre has assisted in various areas as needed. She has done book-keeping for the Camp since 1986 and led the camper registration team for a number of years. Currently she is also working with the Higher Grounds coffee shop.
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After graduating from Bob Jones University, David traveled nationally and internationally as a missionary builder for thirteen years, until 2013. He served in many fundamental ministries and churches. From 2008 to 2013, he ministered mostly at Ironwood, Wolf Mountain and Red Cliff Bible Camps, learning different tools for camp ministry.
David and Wixi met while serving in Antigua, West Indies. In 2004 God brought them from their home countries (USA and Venezuela) to meet on that island. They were married on June 10, 2006. God repeatedly brought them back to serve seasonally at Red Cliff Bible Camp. In 2013, God led them to join the full-time staff. David is involve with building maintenance, projects and IT. Wixi helps with hospitality and home schools her children.
David and Wixi have three children, Anah Grace, Leonard Allen and Joseph David.
The Heyboers’ Bible verse is Psalm 27:14 – “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”