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 Stano - Director

I was on summer staff 2012-2015. In 2014, I graduated from Crown College with a degree in Discipleship Ministry. Now I enjoy serving as the director, and watching God move in new ways as each season brings new opportunities and challenges for him to reveal his plan and blessings!

I grew up in the Duluth area, and attend Lakeview Covenant Church. Covenant Park has found a special place in my heart during the last seven summers, and I love serving on year round staff.

My favorite part about camp is getting to see the pure and awesome work of God in the lives of everyone around camp and in my own life too. Something unique happens when we take time to get away and just be with God. His transforming work is so obvious at camp. Seeing the joy and freedom that comes to each life as they surrender to Christ, and hurdle new heights in their faith is so special!

Leonard Armstrong - Head Cook

Leonard has continued to bless us with his amazing and abundant cooking for 6 seasons! His biscuits and gravy and wealth of knowledge on pretty much any subject due to his love for reading make him legendary in the camp circle!

Dane Strom - Program Director

I've been working at camp as summer staff since 2016. I've had the privilege of seeing God work through camp in many ways and as I step into the role of Program Director I'm super excited to be a bigger part of what he's doing and the direction he's leading camp.

My favorite thing about camp is watching people grow. Whether it's staff and volunteers over the course of a summer of seeing kids come back to camp year after year shows the value and impact that camp has on people's lives.

I attend church at Hope City in Duluth and when I'm not at camp I work at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge.

Julie Guenard-Bookkeeper

I grew up in Willow River, MN where my childhood memories consist primarily of working in the garden with my Dad and swimming with my Mom, brother and sister.

Though God was always a member of our family, it wasn’t until after high school and just prior to graduating from UW-Superior, that my relationship with God truly flourished for the first time as He became more of a priority. I began to see the real me that God had intended, and the joy in living out that purpose whether it be gardening or cooking, reading or simply spending time with loved ones. 

Soon afterwards, I met and married my patient and loving husband, Kevin. We moved to the Twin Cities for 11 years, and then, through divine intervention, we moved back to the Twin Ports almost three years ago. 

Kevin and I were invited into the Lakeview Covenant congregation through newly-formed friendships, and this is how I came to be a part of the Covenant Park Bible Camp. I am most looking forward to seeing how God will use all of us at camp and in the relationships that are formed. I love to pray for His blessings and guidance in the lives of others and myself and then see how such a tapestry of events unfolds as to reaffirm our faith.

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.

He also has a teaching degree in Industrial Technology Education. During the school year, when not working at camp, he is a substitute teacher in local school districts within Carlton County.

Tim grew up in a Christian family but didn’t receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior until his early teens. He has been involved in various ministries throughout his life.

Tim moved to the Cloquet area in 1996 and lives just down the road from the Big Lake Covenant Church. He and his wife Cindy have been married for 34 years and have three children, two of whom are married. He loves building and fixing things and enjoys working on anything that has a gas engine, especially cars and his 76 Ford F-250.

While not working directly with the campers, Tim sees his role of maintaining the buildings and grounds as crucial to the success of the camp experience. He believes the less the staff has to concern themselves with, the more time and energy they can spend ministering to the spiritual needs of the campers.

Emily Johnson-Adminstrative Assistant and Guest Group Coordinator

Hi! I'm Emily Johnson. I've been working out at camp for a few years during the summer and I am very excited to be transitioning to year round staff! CPBC has always held a very special place in my heart so I am glad to be able to contribute to its continuing ministry and see where God moves this year!

Summer Staff 2022-More Coming Soon!

Justin Orme-Worship Director and Media Specialist

I have been playing music for about 11 years, I have been blessed to play in multiple groups and in other countries. I have also been blessed to be a freelance photographer/videographer/editor for the last couple of years. I hope to use the talents and skills God has given me to help kids have fun and experience God while also capturing those moments. I am the fourth generation in my family to work at CPBC. I am an old soul who loves hymns, sitting in my rocking chair, listening to records, drinking hot tea, and paying $0.27 per gallon for gas.

Maggie Rother-Waterfront Director

Hey ya'all! My name is Maggie, and I have the honor of serving Jesus as the Waterfront Director this summer! I am super excited to see all the ways that the waterfront can help kids and young adults come to know Christ! I love the water! So when Kaela offered to have me lifeguard certified last summer I jumped at the opportunity! Before becoming a lifeguard I was on a swim team for 8 years and grew up pretending to be a mermaid in my bath tub! (so in other words I got this!) This is my second year on staff, before that I volunteered for 3 years, and was a camper for about 8 years! Getting to see the ways in which the campers, volunteers, and staff grow closer to Jesus throughout the summer is truly awe inspiring, and is truly a testament to how much God is moving through camp! I am so blessed and so honored to have the opportunity to keep kids safe, and help them come to know Jesus this summer on and off the waterfront!

Noah Salzer-Maintenance Assistant

Hey all! My name is Noah Salzer, and I am honored to serve at Covenant Park this summer as their Maintenance Assistant! At the time of writing this, I am finishing high school and will be completing my AA degree from Lake Superior College by this summer!! I have been a camper at Covenant Park since I can remember, and I have been a volunteer since 2019. This will be my second summer on staff as well! I look forward to improving the way that the campground runs and for bringing all that I have to serve Christ this summer. See you at camp!

Scarlett Austreng-Kitchen Assistant

Hey everyone! My name is Scarlett Austreng, and I am beyond excited to serve Covenant Park as Kitchen Assistant this year. This is my second year at Covenant Park; I spent 2021 as a volunteer and a camper, and this is my first year on staff! When coming to camp, I was immediately drawn to the devotion and involvement that the staff showed in their faith and their work. I looked up to them all summer, and I feel so blessed to be in that position this year. I am looking forward to being involved in camp and growing with my fellow staff members as brothers and sisters in Christ!

Finley-Camp Dog

This will be my 5th summer on staff. I enjoy living at camp year round, running with the 4-wheeler and snowmobile, swimming, sleeping and lots of attention from all the staff.