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.

HOLLY ABRAMSON

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & OFF SITE MINISTRY

Holly joined the CPM staff in the fall of 2019. Holly is no stranger to Covenant Pines, growing up attending the Bible Camp as a camper, jr. staffer and summer staffer.  Prior to working for CPM, Holly spent five years working as the Program Director at Covenant Pines Bible Camp and two years working at Minnehaha Academy. She and her husband Miles, live in Minneapoils.

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MATT WHITE

CAMP DIRECTOR

Matt White has served in a variety of camp positions covering over 20 years.  A graduate of Honeyrock’s Wilderness Leadership Practicum (Wheaton College), Matt spent 6 years as a facilitator for Inter-Cultural Leadership Initiative in Northern Wisconsin.  He worked two years as Camp Director of Camp Kaskitowa (MI) and Program Director of Camp Nawakwa (WI) for five years.  Stepping out of camping in 2013, Matt spent a year working at Lutsen Resort.  He most recently has been self-employed as a remodeler while providing hospice care for this father as well as serving as a Personal Care Assistant for his nephew.

LINA SWANSON

Guest Service Director

Lina came to AC through her history at Covenant Pines Bible Camp as camper, junior staff and counselor.  After two years of teaching, she joined the AC team fall of 2018 as program staff.  In the last year she has done most everything AC had a need for: leading trips, organizing gear, Retreats, Bobcat driving, training her new boss, running the kitchen and being up to help anybody with anything. She started as the Guest Service Director in September 2020.

Riley Smith

Program Staff

Riley started as AC Program Staff in September 2020. Having graduated from UW Stevens Point with a degree in forestry, he has spent the last few years working in wilderness ministry and environmental education at various camps around the country. An enthusiastic and accomplished outdoor lover, photographer and writer, he is excited to be introducing people to the wonder of outside.

Covenant Pines Bible Camp

MATT BRAUN

CAMP DIRECTOR

Matt joined CPBC in the fall of 2012. He is originally from just outside of Chicago, but has also lived and worked at two different Covenant camps in Michigan. He is a graduate of North Park Theological seminary and a pastor in the Covenant Church. Matt and his wife Beth have three daughters, Malin, Elsa, and Ingrid.

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.

ANGIE SAMPSON

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Angie joined the Covenant Pines Ministries staff full time in the fall of 2014 after spending two summers as the Silver Beach Director. Angie lives at camp with her husband Josh, who teaches Tech Education in McGregor, along with their 3 children, Ethan, Max, and Tessa.

Pam Lofgren

FOODSERVICE DIRECTOR

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 the Foodservice Director. 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.

BRYAN SCHMIDT

FACILITIES DIRECTOR

Bryan joined the Covenant Pines staff at the beginning of 2021. The change for him and his family was an unexpected silver lining of the COVID pandemic and, more importantly, a result of God’s leading. Bryan and his wife, Lisa, both graduated from the University of Northwestern with degrees in ministry. Since then Bryan has worked for Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union in various roles all focused on improving the experience of their members. As the Facilities Director, Bryan oversees the grounds, buildings and maintenance at Covenant Pines Bible Camp. He and his wife Lisa live at camp with their two children.

Erin Burkstrand

Hospitality Director

After spending five years serving at Covenant Pines in many different capacities, Erin joined Covenant Pines as full time staff in the Fall of 2021. She graduated from the University of Northwestern in 2020 with a degree in ministry. She has a big passion for camping ministry, loves the outdoors, and is currently trying to hike at all the state parks in Minnesota.

Lauren Carr

Ministry Staff

Lauren is joining the Ministry Staff team at Covenant Pines Bible Camp for the fall of 2021. Lauren is a recent graduate of the University of Northwestern in St. Paul and spent 2 summers on summer staff at CPBC.

Vince Evans

Ministry Staff

Vince is joining the Ministry Staff team at Covenant Pines Bible Camp for 2021-2022 Retreat Season. Vince is currently a student at Normandale Community College and spent this past summer on summer staff as the Ropes Director.

Bekah Howitz

Ministry Staff

Bekah is joining the Ministry Staff team at Covenant Pines Bible Camp for the 2021-2022 Retreat Season. Bekah is a recent graduate of Bethel University and spent 5 summers on summer staff at CPBC. She is also getting married this fall!

Lilly Klett

Ministry Staff

Lilly is joining the Ministry Staff team at Covenant Pines Bible Camp for 2021-2022 Retreat Season. Lilly is currently a student at Bethel University and spent this past summer on summer staff as the Ropes Director.

Caleb Morse

Ministry Staff

Caleb is joining the Ministry Staff team at Covenant Pines Bible Camp for 2021-2022 Retreat Season. Caleb has served at Hume Lake Christian Camps and was on summer staff this past summer. You’ll notice he has an accent – he is from New Zealand!

David Norby

Ministry Staff

David is joining the Ministry Staff team at Covenant Pines Bible Camp for 2021-2022 Retreat Season. David is a recent graduate of the University of Northwestern in St. Paul and spent 3 summers on staff at CPBC and spent this past summer as a trail guide at AC. David is also getting married this fall!

Jacob Robinson

Ministry Staff

Jacob is joining the Ministry Staff team at Covenant Pines Bible Camp for 2021-2022 Retreat Season. Jacob is from St. Paul, MN and spent this past summer on summer staff on our facilities team.

Silver Beach Family Camp

ANGIE SAMPSON

Operations DIRECTOR

Covenant Pines Off Site

HOLLY ABRAMSON

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND OFF SITE MINISTRY

Board Members

CPM BOARD

Tim Gosen, Excelsior Covenant Church; Tyler Klatt, Community Covenant Church Minneapolis; Sarah Verdoorn, Salem Covenant Church; Todd Joing, Wooddale Church; Sara Sosa, Faith Covenant Church; Whitney Cantrell, Sanctuary Covenant Church; Kendra Dodd, Plymouth Covenant Church; Dave Cairns, CPM Executive Director.

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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