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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.
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.
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 three daughters, Malin, Elsa, and Ingrid. He enjoys basketball, soccer, and running.
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, 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.
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 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.
A senior at Crown College, Jenna has been with Covenant Pines since summer 2016. She came on Ministry staff Fall of 2017, and has continued on in her second year. Jenna studies Christian Ministry and Biblical Studies, applying her schooling with her work into the ministry of Pines. Her hopes are to continue to grow in herself and to impact camp, as she continues her call into ministry.
Micayla has been coming to camp since she was a kids camper. Following her moms foot steps, Micayla joined summer staff in 2014. After her 4th summer on staff, Micayla continued on Ministry Staff in Fall of 2017. Being her second year on Ministry Staff, Micayla strives to continue to grow herself and seek where God is calling her in her next steps of ministry.
Having grown up as a camper, Ashley returned on staff for the summers of ‘11 and ‘12. After returning to camp this past summer serving at Silver Beach, she felt prompted to stay on ministry staff. It has been her joy to serve at a place that has greatly impacted her faith.
Alex is 20 years old, an enneagram type 4 and in his free time enjoys playing his ukulele, watching food documentaries, skateboarding and day dreaming . Alex Started coming to camp when he was in 2nd grade and has been on summer staff the past two summers. Alex is on ministry staff to learn about/experience retreat season at pines and pour back into camp.
Elijah is a 19 year old who spends his free time reading, taking pictures and practicing electric bass and banjo. He found camp in 2015 but did come to work at camp until summer 2017 as maintenance and summer 2018 as a counselor. Elijah is on ministry staff to learn more about camp and to pray about what God has in store for him.
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
Covenant Pines Day Camp
Back Row, from left to right: Scott Joing, Eric Olson, Latoya Taris-James Front row, from left to right: Herman Saul, Rose Lee-Norman, Jake Kerschner Not Pictured: Bill Cranford
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.