About Us

Since 1940, Covenant Park has been serving youth, families, and church groups on Park Lake in Mahtowa, MN. We are conveniently located just 30 miles south of the Duluth Superior area. Offering summer youth camps, retreats, and rental facilities, the Covenant Park experience provides opportunities for people to encounter Christ, and grow in their relationship with Him. Adventure, relationships, and recreation are core elements of our programs, creating an atmosphere of exploration and relaxation.

Our Mission

Covenant Park seeks to be a place “where friend meets friend and both meet God”. Our aim is to strengthen love for Christ, self, and each other through positive relationships, experiences, and memories.

As an extension of the Evangelical Covenant Church, we reflect the beliefs and affirmations held by the covenant denomination. To learn more about the Covenant's beliefs click the link below.

Year Round Staff

Kaela Strom - Director

I have been on summer staff since 2012. In 2014, I graduated from Crown College with a degree in Discipleship Ministry.

Tim Hafvenstein - Maintenance Director

Tim joined Covenant Park staff as Maintenance Director in the summer of 2013. He has been involved in Christian camp ministry throughout his life having worked at numerous camps in varying roles.

Sheila Butterfield - Office Manager

Sheila has served at camp since 2012. Sheila has a love for Children, Youth, Families, Camp Ministry and a love for the Lord.

Finley - Camp Dog

This will be my first full summer at camp and I am so excited to play with all the kids!

Summer Staff 2017

Theresa Birkedahl - SR. Program Director

I just graduated from the University of Wisconsin Superior this year with a bachelor of Fine Arts. I intend to go to grad school, but am taking a break in the fall. I want to teach post-secondary art eventually! This is my third year on staff and I volunteered for the two years prior. My favorite thing to do at camp is have devotionals with campers, volunteers, and staff, which is when I feel the most connected as the Body of Christ! I'm excited for my new role this summer and to let God work through me as I watch His will come about at camp!

Bruce Linde - JR. Program Director

I will be a freshman this fall and will be studying Psychology at Liberty University. I have been at camp for 5 years now, volunteered 1 year and this will be my second year on staff!. I love everything about camp, but I'd say my favorite thing is getting to meet and get to know all the new faces every week or Leonards cooking, its a toss-up I guess! I'm super excited about this summer because I know God is going to work in amazing ways and I cant wait to be apart of that!

Emma Koski - Worship, Waterfront & Activities Director

I am going to be a sophomore in college next fall, where I am majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Early Childhood. I have been coming to camp since I was a mini/kiddie camper. I have been volunteering for 3 years, and this will be my second year on staff. My favorite activity is the campfire and Uturn night. I am most excited to see all of the campers from last year throughout the summer, and watch them grow with friends and God.

Tyler Ames-Assistant Director and Outpost Adventure Camp Director

Hey I am Tyler! I graduated from Bethel University this year and am now actively searching for a full-time ministry position for after the camping season. I have been coming to camp since I was in second grade, I have volunteered for 2 summers, and have now been on staff for 5 summers. I really enjoy playing ultimate frisbee and fishing here at camp. I am very excited to take up the Adventure Camp Director position again this summer, I am looking forward to some new adventures!

Addie Gerdes - Counselor

I am going into my third year at Lake Superior College for my AA degree and massage therapy diploma which I just completed this year! I have been going to camp ever since elementary school, I volunteered for 2 years and this will be my second year on staff! My favorite part about camp is being able to be closer to God through worship, fellowship and nature. Also the sunsets are gorgeous! This summer I am most excited to see what God has planned for the lives of the campers and for myself!!

Connor Radel - Counselor and Lifeguard

My plan for the fall is to go to into the Army National Guard. I've been going to camp for 10+ years. My favorite activities are all of the night games especially capture the counselor. I am excited to be at camp for a full summer and spend it with such amazing people.

Sarah Coyle- Counselor

Hello friends!
My name is Sarah, I work at an elementary school in Duluth where I work one on one with a student.
This is my first year at CPBC & I'm so excited for this new adventure!
One of my favorite camp activities are group games where you bond & make new friends!
I'm most excited about Jesus & making new friends this summer!
I can't wait to meet you!

Breana Lacambra- Counselor and Lifeguard

This is my second year as a camp counselor and I am most excited for the hope of Christ being presented throughout the week for both campers and camp staff. My favorite camp activity would probably have to be TAG (time alone with God) time, and devotionals with my cabin, further exploring God's character through his word together. I planned on continuing school at Bethel University but Jesus called me to missions with World Race in January where I will be with a team, spreading the Gospel to 11 different countries over the span of 11 months.

Rachael Barnes- Counselor

Hi I'm Rachael Barnes! I have been attending camp as a camper for the past seven years. I have been a volunteer at camp for the past 2 years. My favorite part of camp is worship in the chapel. I love seeing campers connecting with Christ through song and worship. I am most excited to have fun with campers and teach and learn with them. After camp this summer I am going to be a senior at Barnum High School.