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

Development Director

Holly joined the CPM staff in the fall of 2019 as the Director of Marketing and Off Site Ministry and transitioned to her Development role in early 2024. Holly is no stranger to Covenant Pines, growing up attending the Bible Camp as a camper, 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 Minneapolis with their son and have a daughter on the way.

Adventurous Christians

MATT WHITE

CAMP DIRECTOR

Matt White joined the AC staff in early 2019, after serving 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.

LINA SWANSON

Guest Service Director

Lina started her role as Guest Service Director in fall 2020. She 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.  Lina 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.

Trisha Haugen

Program Director

Trisha started as the Program Director at AC in June 2023. Trisha grew up at Roseville Covenant Church and attended CPBC as a camper. She spent two summers as a guide at AC and recently finished up her bachelor’s degree in Tech Education from UW Stout.

Ian O'Donnell

Ministry Staff

Ian is on Ministry Staff at Adventurous Christians for the 2023-2024 retreat season. Ian is from Worthington, MN. Prior to AC, Ian completed the Solid Rock Discipleship Program and was on Ministry Staff at Lake Beauty Bible Camp.

Naomi Lane

Ministry Staff

Naomi is on Ministry Staff at AC for the 2023-2024 Retreat Season. Naomi is from Aitkin, MN. Prior to AC, Naomi spent many summers as a camper and staff at Trout Lake Camps and has most recently served on staff at the Coldwater Foundation here in Grand Marais.

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.

Pam Lofgren

FOODSERVICE DIRECTOR

Pam joined CPBC as Foodservice Director in early 2017. 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. 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.

Jared Jensen

Operations Director

Jared joined CPBC as the Operations Director in the spring of 2023. He grew up outside of Forest Lake, MN, and graduated from North Central University with a degree in ministry. He’s worked with youth in a variety of different camping, church, and after-school settings. He and his wife Kelsi met at a camp and they love camping ministry.

Vince Evans

Media Director

Vince joined the CPBC full time staff in the fall of 2023. Vince grew up in Apple Valley, MN and spent three summers on summer staff and one year on Ministry Staff at camp. He just finished his Associates of Arts degree last spring. Vince will also be helping out on our facilities team.

Lexi Schafer

Guest Group + Program Director

Lexi joined the year round staff in fall of 2023 after two summers on summer staff and a half year on Ministry Staff. Lexi grew up in Sherburn, MN and attended Lake Beauty Bible Camp. She is recent graduate of Bethel University with degrees in Ministry and Music.

Lilly Klett

Kitchen Assistant + Hospitality Lead

Lilly joined the year round staff in fall 2023 after three summers on summer staff and one year of ministry staff. Lilly is currently a remote student pursuing degrees in Business Marketing and Ministry.

Logan Rhodes

Office Manager

Logan joined the year round staff spring of 2024 after serving a year on Ministry Staff. Logan is from Buffalo, MN and spent the past summer on summer staff as a counselor. She and her, soon to be, husband JJ met at a camp as counselors and love all things camping ministry! She recently graduated from Crown College with a degree in Children and Youth Ministry.

Miakoda Schaller

Ministry Staff

Mia is at Covenant Pines for her second year of Ministry Staff. Over the summer, Mia was on summer staff as a counselor and the SWEAT Director. Mia is from Armstrong Creek, WI. She is also a YoungLife leader with McGregor Young Life.

Sydney O'Connor

Ministry Staff

Sydney is joining the CPBC team on Ministry Staff this year. She grew up in Rosemount, MN and attended Covenant Pines most of her life. She was on summer staff this past summer as a counselor, and prior to working at Covenant Pines worked at a preschool.

Austin Ranweiler

Ministry Staff

Austin is joining the ministry staff team at CPBC this fall. Austin is from St. Paul, MN and was on summer staff this past summer at the Worship Director.

Katie Ridge

Ministry Staff

Katie is joining the Ministry Staff team this year. Katie is from St. Francis, MN and spent this past summer on summer staff working in the kitchen. Prior to working at Covenant Pines, Katie worked at a Day Care…she loves working with kids!

Silver Beach Family Camp

Logan Rhodes

Office Manager

Covenant Pines Off Site

HOLLY ABRAMSON

Development Director

Board Members

CPM BOARD

Top Row: Tyler Klatt, Community Covenant Church

Middle Row: Patrick Stolz, Excelsior Covenant Church; Tim Gosen, Excelsior Covenant Church; Dave Cairns, CPM Executive Director; Kendra Dodd, Plymouth Covenant Church.

Bottom Row: Sarah Verdoorn, Salem Covenant Church; Sara Sosa, Faith Covenant Church

Not Pictured: Whitney Cantrell, Sanctuary Covenant Church

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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