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.

MICHAEL AND ALYSSA CHMIELEWSKI

RETREAT STAFF

Michael and Alyssa Chmielewski are from Duluth, MN. They were high school sweethearts and got married in January 2016. They recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas with degrees in Biochemistry (Michael) and Exercise Science (Alyssa). They plan to move to Vermont next year, where Michael will be attending medical school. They have had much involvement at Adventurous Christians over the past 8 years, and Alyssa was a guide in 2014. They both have a passion for Jesus, adventure, and all things outdoors.

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.

HOLLY LARSON

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Holly began working at CPBC in the fall of 2012. Prior to working at Covenant Pines, Holly spent many summers on summer staff and graduated from Bethel University with education and history degrees. She loves her job, and is especially passionate about creating connections for students that link camp and church together. In her spare time Holly enjoys cooking, reading Harry Potter books and planning her upcoming wedding! She is excited to marry Miles this April – they even met at Covenant Pines!

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.

PAM COBB

OFFICE MANAGER

Pam Cobb began working at Covenant Pines in June 2011. When you speak with her you will instantly realize she has lived in the south (Texas and Kentucky) for much of her life. She has extensive experience as a Director of Missions and Office Manager. She enjoys nature (especially living out in the Northwoods), traveling, and entertaining. Pam earned a Masters in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Seminary and has two daughters Elizabeth and Audrey.

ANGIE SAMPSON

GUEST SERVICE DIRECTOR

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.

CHAR MALIN

KITCHEN MANAGER

Char Malin has been the kitchen manager and cook at Covenant Pines Bible Camp since August of 2011. Char has been cooking at various restaurants since she was 16 years old.  She feels that coming to Covenant Pines has been a true calling from God to use her talents in the kitchen. She lives in the McGregor area and is a member of the Amazing Grace Church in McGregor, MN.

Pam Lofgren

Kitchen Supervisor

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.

SADEE EASTLICK

MINISTRY STAFF

Sadee is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and is jazzed about at CPBC this year! She has worked on summer staff for 4 summers in a variety of roles. This is her 2nd full year with us and she couldn’t be more excited. In no particular order, some of her favorite things include laughter, the color brown, the love of Jesus, and anything having to do with Middle Earth.

JULIE LJUNG

MINISTRY STAFF

Julie has spent 3 summers serving the Lord at Covenant Pines Bible Camp. She was a counselor for 2 summers and served as our Junior Staff Director this past summer. She is stoked to be working up here a little longer on Ministry Staff! She’s a fresh grad of Concordia University Wisconsin’s Athletic Training Program. She enjoys Harry Potter, gazebos, and pulling socks.

DANIEL GARCIA

MINISTRY STAFF

Daniel has been a camper at CPBC, a Leader in Training, a member of the Maintenance team, and a lifeguard on summer staff. He also “volunteered” for 3 months in the fall of 2015. Now he’s part of the Year-Round staff this season. Daniel is aspiring to be the man of many talents around camp! And he’s exited to continue this as Ministry 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 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 JENSRUD

HOUSEKEEPING

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 Area

ANGIE SAMPSON

GUEST SERVICE DIRECTOR

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 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

Covenant Pines Day Camp

HOLLY LARSON

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Holly began working at CPBC in the fall of 2012. Prior to working at Covenant Pines, Holly spent many summers on summer staff and graduated from Bethel University with education and history degrees. She loves her job, and is especially passionate about creating connections for students that link camp and church together. In her spare time Holly enjoys cooking, reading Harry Potter books and planning her upcoming wedding! She is excited to marry Miles this April – they even met at Covenant Pines!

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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