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 was on summer staff 2012-2015. In 2014, I graduated from Crown College with a degree in Discipleship Ministry.

Tyler Ames-Program Director

Hey I am Tyler! I graduated from Bethel University in 2015 with a degree in Missional Ministries. Now I enjoy working seasonally at CPBC and working for other camps during the winter.

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!

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.

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. 

Summer Staff 2019

JJ Sayler-Program Assistant

I was on staff a few years ago as Activities Director. I enjoy frisbee, night games and chapel at camp.

Finley-Camp Dog

This will be my 3rd summer on staff with Kaela. I enjoy fetching frisbees, swimming, and lots of attention from all the staff.

Kendall Gould-Counselor

Hey, my name is Kendall Gould and I am a counselor this year! I'm super excited about gagaball, food, and getting to know my fellow staff, volunteers, and campers. I'm currently working on finished my AA at LSC and then pursuing a career in Elementary Education.

Noah Stano-Counselor

I'm a firefighter in Solon Springs WI. I was homeschooled and played baseball, basketball, softball and hockey. This is my first summer counseling and also helping with lifeguarding and ropes. I was a camper for 13 years and am excited to help campers know Christ.

Emma Koski- Director of Volunteer Ministry

I am going into my last year of school at the University of Wisconsin Superior where I study in Elementary Education and minor in Early Childhood and Special Education. During the school year I work at a foster care group home, where I stay busy between work and school. I am excited to be apart of camp again this summer and seeing how God has worked in each camper. My favorite part of camp is seeing everyone worshiping during chapel, and seeing how much each camper has grown throughout the years.

Layne Johnson- Maintenance Assistant

I graduated this year with a diploma in commercial and residential wiring from Lake Superior College. I am excited to see how God works in my life and the lives of other campers and staff this summer, as well as working to make camp as functional and safe as possible. My favorite part about camp is the Christ centered community is provides.

Lilyanna Obey- Counselor

Hi my name is Lilyanna and I am super excited to be a counselor this summer! I am almost done with my AA degree at LSC and will be starting a natural health degree next spring! One of my favorite parts of camp is getting to play games and make camp and the climbing wall/ woods area an awesome experience for my campers.

Josiah Eide- Counselor

My name is Josiah. This is my second year counseling at Covenant Park. I am currently a student at Weber State University in Utah, and I am working on my Bachelor's in Paramedic Medicine. I love to rock climb, mountain bike, run and snowboard in my free time. I'm most excited to be at camp to share my love for Christ and the outdoors.

Jesse Degerstrom- Ropes and Waterfront Director

Hey I’m Jesse I am a full time student at Lake Superior College trying to become a professional pilot. I worked at camp from 2009-2012 and last summer (2018). Looking forward to another great year out at camp and playing night games again.

Emily Erickson- Kitchen Assistant

I’m Emily Erickson. I am just finishing my first year at Lake Superior College. Covenant Park has been like a home to me since I was little. I have absolutely loved being a camper and a volunteer and am so excited to be on staff again this year. I would say one of my favorite memories as a camper was during the first chapel of the week. Just getting that amazing feeling that comes with the silliness, excitement and love of God that surrounds you. One of the reasons I chose to apply for kitchen staff specifically is because I really enjoy getting to see and interact with every camper every day when serving meals. Can’t wait for summer to start!

Lizzy Erickson- Counselor

Hi my name is Lizzy Erickson. This will be my second year on staff. I am currently a student at LSC, studying to become a nurse. This year at camp I am most excited for the camp fires and getting to know the kids.

Ian DeVaney- Counselor

My name is Ian DeVaney and I live in Duluth with my beautiful wife, Bridget. I graduated from North Central University with a degree in Music Business and minor in Biblical Studies.

I love music, art, reading and writing, and the outdoors. The things that I am most excited about for the summer are worship, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and getting to know all of the campers.

Dane Strom- Media and Marketing Specialist

This spring I graduated from LSC's manufacturing program. I have been Media Specialist, Maintenance Assistant and Outpost Director during the past 3 years of being on staff. This year I am excited to focus on Media and Marketing and further camp's ministry in that way!

Ashley Barnes-Summer Registrar

Hey! My name is Ashley, but people usually call me Splash! This is my fourth year on staff and second year working in the office! During the fall/winter months I work at a school as a Paraprofessional. In my free time I love being out in God’s creation exploring. I also love hiking and kayaking.

Sarah Coyle- Counselor and Lifeguard

Hi Friends! I am currently working as a Special Education Paraprofessional at Stowe Elementary. I am very passionate about nurturing the growth of children and can't wait to continue this summer at camp. This will be my third year on staff as a counselor. I can't believe I get paid to have as much fun as I do! I am most excited about creating friendships with campers and helping young ladies find their true identity in Jesus. There is no greater feeling than the freedom you have from being completely yourself in such a great community of Jesus followers. At camp, you will find lots of joy learning more about Jesus, making new friends, playing games, and being super silly singing and dancing for Jesus! I can't wait to meet you! with love, Silly Sarah 🙂

Connor Garvey-Counselor

My name is Connor, and this is my second year as a counselor here at CPBC! I look forward to following Jesus and making new friends this summer, as well as a smooth transition into nursing school this fall!