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Covenant Pines Ministries
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 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.
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 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 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 started the Program Director role in the Fall of 2017. She 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 as much as I love it and seeing how God uses camp to reveal himself to us.
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’s husband Josh is a teacher, allowing her family to move up to camp and serve two summers as our Silver Beach Director. After her second summer, Angie joined us full time in 2014 as our Guest Service Director. Angie is humbled, honored, and excited to join the staff here at Covenant Pines. God provided a Tech Education teaching job for Josh in McGregor. They have 3 children, Ethan, Max, and Tessa.
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.
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 has been married for thirteen years and has a ten-year-old daughter and a seventeen-year-old son. She enjoys the outdoors and loves animals, flowers, and gardening. She can often be heard laughing and listening to music while she works.
Janelle has been a part of the Covenant Pines Ministry team since 2012. She works alongside Denise making sure all of our facilities are clean and welcoming for guests of all ages. Janelle is a jack of all traits and is often helping staff with all sorts of issues: car trouble, dog training, stain removal, gardening, you name it! She has two kids, Kira and Brogen who both have enjoyed CPBC programming in the past.
Silver Beach Family Camp
Covenant Pines Day Camp
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.