Staff & Board

Covenant Pines Ministries

DAVE CAIRNS

CPM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dave’s history with Covenant Pines goes back to 1973 when his father was hired as the first year-round employee of CPBC. Since then Dave has worked for Covenant Pines on summer staff, as a Program Director, and as the Camp Director. In the Spring of 2015, Dave was hired as the Executive Director of Covenant Pines Ministries. Dave lives in the Twin Cities with his wife Becky and his three children, Trent, Drew, and Annis.

TATE RANDALL

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Tate started working at CPBC in the fall of 2013. After a year as a member of the Ministry Staff, Tate was on as Marketing Director. Tate grew up attending Excelsior Covenant Church and has memories of coming up to CPBC for youth retreats, family winter retreats, and, of course, summer camp. At camp Tate can often be found dancing, singing show tunes, and getting a little too competitive when playing nerdy board games.

Adventurous Christians

BRAD SHANNON

CAMP DIRECTOR

Brad is an ordained Covenant Pastor. He has previously served on staff at Bloomington Covenant Church, Covenant Pines Bible Camp, and was the Lead Pastor of New Life Covenant Church for 13 years. Brad is no stranger to camping having served on summer staff at Bluewater Covenant Bible Camp, summer and full time staff at Covenant Pines Bible Camp, on the board of Covenant Park Bible Camp, as well as on the Adventurous Christians Commission.

BROOKE SHANNON

GUEST SERVICE DIRECTOR

Brooke has worked alongside Brad as a significant volunteer at New Life Covenant, coordinating the VBS program and Women’s Bible studies. She has been through Tentmakers training, led multiple mission trips and served as a backpack guide in Colorado. Brooke has also worked the past 10 years as Town Clerk. The Shannon’s have three children, J, Ryan, and Katie.

Covenant Pines Bible Camp

MATT BRAUN

CAMP DIRECTOR

Matt Braun started at CPBC in 2012. He grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and spent many summers at Covenant Point Bible Camp as a camper and on staff. After graduating from North Park Seminary in 2007 he spent five years at Portage Lake Covenant Bible Camp in Onekama, MI, before coming to CPBC. Matt is married to Beth and they have two daughters, Malin and Elsa. He enjoys basketball, soccer, and running.

NATALIE SWANSON

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Natalie started the Program Director role in the Fall of 2017. She grew up on a farm near Princeton, IL with her parents, older brother and twin sister. She graduated from North Park University in Spring 2016 with a youth ministry and biblical studies degree. She also served year-round at Covenant Point Bible Camp (Iron River, MI) before coming to Covenant Pines. She served for many summers at Covenant Point and has continued to fall in love with camp and the place it provides for everyone to experience God differently. She loves coffee, any sort of game, and exploring outside. She loves seeing people fall in love with camp and seeing how God uses camp to reveal himself to us.

SCOTT SHOEMAKER

MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR

Scott, along with his wife Cheryl and their children, joined the Covenant Pines Staff on March 1, 2012. The Shoemaker family is well acquainted with Covenant Pines, as Scott and Cheryl served on Summer Staff and Ministry Staff in 2000-2001. Prior to coming to camp, Scott worked for Reclamation Technologies in Blaine and served as a firefighter for the City of Golden Valley. He has also owned and operated his own hardwood flooring business.

ANGIE SAMPSON

GUEST SERVICE DIRECTOR

After her second summer of serving as our Silver Beach Director, Angie joined us full time in 2014 as our Guest Service Director. Angie and her husband Josh, who teaches Tech Education in McGregor, are humbled, honored, and excited to be a part of the Covenant Pines community with their 3 children, Ethan, Max, and Tessa.

Pam Lofgren

KITCHEN MANAGER

Pam was introduced to Covenant Pines the summer of 2012 after feeling called to serve in camping ministry.  Pam served four years on summer staff and two years on ministry staff and is now serving as the on-sight kitchen supervisor. Pam grew up in the Covenant church and went onto Covenant Bible College-Ecuador and North Park University receiving a Psychology BA degree. Pam has spent many years in ministry working with various camps and YWAM in the US and around the world.

Micayla Rollerson

MINISTRY STAFF

Jenna White

MINISTRY STAFF

Grant Gardner

MAINTENANCE STAFF

Brooke Roust

MINISTRY STAFF

Brandon Sebey

MINISTRY STAFF

Annie Melling

MINISTRY STAFF

Amy Lindenberg

KITCHEN STAFF

DENISE WEIMER

HOUSEKEEPING

Denise Weimer has been doing housekeeping work at Covenant Pines Bible Camp and Silver Beach since February 2006. She is originally from Warba, MN. Denise enjoys the outdoors and loves animals, flowers, and gardening. She can often be heard laughing and listening to music while she works.

Silver Beach Family Camp

ANGIE SAMPSON

GUEST SERVICE DIRECTOR

Covenant Pines Day Camp

NATALIE SWANSON

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Covenant Pines Ministries Board Members

Board Members

BACK ROW: MARK PEDERSON, DAVE CAIRNS (Executive Director), ERIC OLSON, BILL CRANFORD, BRAD SHANNON (AC Director) FRONT ROW: HERMAN SAUL, MATT BRAUN (CPBC Director), JAKE KERSCHNER, MARY KATE FRETHEIM, BROOKE SHANNON (AC Director) NOT PICTURED: LATOYA TARIS-JAMES

The Board of Directors consists of seven members. New members are elected at an Annual Meeting held each year in April. Members serve 3 year terms and are able to serve for two consecutive terms. Each owner church is allowed to send delegates at the Annual Meeting to vote on necessary business and elect board Members.

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