Staff & Board

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.



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.

Adventurous Christians



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.

Erin Gabriel

Guest Service Director

Erin started at Adventurous Christians in the winter of 2020. Erin grew up and attended college in Omaha, Nebraska. Having attended Camp Rivercrest (NE) from a young age, Erin has developed a deep love and passion for camping ministry. In recent years, Erin has worked at Forest Springs Camp and Conference Center (WI) and El Porvenir Christian Camp (NM) before accepting this position at AC. Erin is married to her husband, Seth. She enjoys playing soccer, mountain biking, and camping.

Seth Gabriel

Program Director

Seth started at Adventurous Christians in the winter of 2020. Seth grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. Seth’s passion for camp ministry grew in high school and college, as he spent several summers and weekends serving at Camp Rivercrest (NE). Seth has worked at Forest Springs Camp and Conference Center (WI) and El Porvenir Christian Camp (NM) before coming to AC. Seth is married to his wife, Erin. He enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, and any outdoor adventure.



Lina is entering her second year at AC.  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.  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, and being up to help anybody with anything.  She is entering her second year as AC’s Kitchen Supervisor.



After her freshman year at Bethel University, Emma came to AC in summer 2019 as a Wilderness Guide.  During the summer she felt led to stay on to more fully explore AC’s other seasons and see how God would surprise her with new learning experiences while she contributes to the programs and people.  She has an adventurous soul and is willing to do hard things. She grew up at CPBC as a camper and Junior staffer.

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.



Angie joined the full time staff in 2014 as our Guest Service Director after two summers of serving as our Silver Beach 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 Lofgren


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.

Nate Peterson


Nate was first on summer staff at Covenant Pines in the summer of 2005. Since then, he has served 7 total summers on summer staff and has developed a passion for the ministry of Covenant Pines. Nate and his wife, Hannah served as missionaries in Ecuador for three years and he spent two years teaching math in the Mounds View school district. Nate and his wife have one daughter, Eva and another child on the way in December 2019.

Lauren Isaak


Lauren is from the southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities and was introduced to Covenant Pines in 2015 at a Work and Worship Retreat. She then joined  summer staff in 2019 , and after graduating from Liberty University saw an opportunity to stay in the fall of 2019 on ministry staff. Lauren has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and also serves as a Military Police Officer in the  Army National Guard.

Ashley DeWolf


Having grown up as a camper, Ashley served on summer staff in 2011 and 2012. After  years of doing ministry in other capacities, Ashley returned to camp in the summer of 2018 to serve at Silver Beach, and has since joined the CPBC staff on Ministry Staff. It has been her joy to serve at a place that has greatly impacted her faith.

Kate Reding


Kate found out about Covenant Pines doing a google search – and ever since then she has been hooked! Kate was a counselor on summer staff in 2019, and felt God calling her to continue to serve camp. When she is not at camp, Kate is working towards finishing her bachelor’s degree and volunteers with Excelsior Covenant Church.

Erin Burkstrand


Erin has been coming to Covenant Pines since she has a trailblazer with her home church, Maple Grove Covenant. She has been on summer staff since 2017 and joined the ministry staff team the fall of 2019. Erin is a senior at the University of Northwestern studying Camping Ministry, and is excited to use all the knowledge she is learning to serve camp!

Silver Beach Family Camp



Covenant Pines Day Camp



Covenant Pines Ministries Board Members

Board Members

Back Row, from left to right: Dave Cairns, Bill Crandford, Todd Joing Front row, from left to right: Sarah Verdoorn, Rose Lee-Norman, Herman Saul Not Pictured: Sara Sosa

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.