DLBC Staff

Zach Zirbel, Managing Director

Zach Zirbel officially became the Managing Director at Dickey Lake Bible Camping February of 2020. Zach, his wife Natasha, and their three young sons Emet (6) Elijah (4) and Everett (2) are absolutely thrilled to be here. Zach believes this position is not only a dream fulfilled, but a culmination of grace and all his past experiences.

Zach grew up in mid-west Minnesota and Natasha in NW Montana (Troy). After graduating college with a degree in communications, Zach met Natasha in middle Tennessee at a youth ministry where they served for 5 years, eventually helping lead the mentorship program. Their focus was spiritual formation, team building/leading, and working with students in crisis. Then, for 7 years, Zach worked in places like Las Vegas and Philadelphia as a service coordinator and manager in the hospitality industry. Since then he’s held positions including Assistant Pastor, children and youth ministry, and working with adults with disabilities.

A guiding verse over the years for Zach has been Proverbs 16:9, “A man makes plans in his heart but the LORD directs his steps.” Someone said, “Life is lived forward but only understood looking back. “As we embark on this adventure with DLBC, we know how true this is, believing God’s Holy Spirit has been guiding us and DLBC, even when we didn’t understand all that was transpiring. Grace, time and experience have shaped and prepared all of us to walk in God’s purposes at DLBC today.


DAVE THOMAS- Director of Camp Ministries

Pastor David Thomas, Vice-Chair of DLBC Board and Director of Camp Ministry

Follower of Jesus, husband to the love of my life, father to two amazing kids. From an early age as a missionary kid in Africa I have thoroughly enjoyed “Cuppa”: good coffee and great fellowship. Born in France, raised in Africa and America, college at Toccoa Falls College as well as the school of hard knocks. As I grew to know Jesus as Savior and continue to learn more about Him, my love for Him and my desire for others to know Him grew as well. Jesus’ pursuit of me, His grace and mercy toward me, His salvation through His death and resurrection and His adoption of me as one of His own now shape and define my day to day as well as my eternity. He can bring the same transformation to your life. Bethany and I, along with our kids, are excited to be here and to be part of the DLBC family. We look forward to what God has planned for our time here in NW Montana.

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