November 2023 Newsletter

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One thing I appreciate about previous camps I worked at was the chance to gather together for a day or two and have all-staff retreats. It’s hard to imagine working at a place that puts on retreats over and over and being on the other side of it, but it’s something I envisioned when I began as Executive Director. I had the opportunity to take most of our staff to such a retreat a few weeks ago at one of our sister camps, Adventurous Christians, off the Gunflint Trail near Grand Marais. We took a few days to retreat and respite, get to know one another’s stories, and dive deeper into five questions, “What is our mission?, Who are our customers?, What do our customers value?, What are our plans?, and What are our results?” Looking into these, from various angles and department perspectives, really allowed us to move from such a ‘season of transition’ to a ‘season of unity.’ 

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The beginning of November marks 6 months for me as the Program Director out here at Lake Beauty. When I first accepted the job, Phil made sure to let me know that this is a year-long on-boarding process and, in my experience, that is certainly true. It has been exciting and affirming to me that, though I am encountering many things for the first time, there have also been routines and habits that remain even in the newness...

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Food Service Manager

Properties Associate

Guest Services Director

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Name: Ben Smith

Position at camp: Bookkeeping and Maintenance

Favorite Food: Chicken

Favorite camp memory: MW-13

Favorite summer activity: Biking

What drew you to LBBC: Location and my experience in camping ministry.

What is one thing that you have done on your bucket list? Saw Tim Tebow in person

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest  of your life, what would it be? Raising Cane's Box Combo No Slaw Extra Toast

Executive Director

Phil Tolbert

Camp Director

Grant Wennerberg

Guest Services Director

Leland Sheneberger

Guest Services Associate

Julie Matheson

Store Manager

Jenna Tolbert


Maxine Leibsch

Program Director

Jodi Bertrand


Ministry Staff

Sam Haverninen

Thor Anderson

Properties Manager

Josh Kampa

Properties Associate


Ben Smith

Life Discipleship Director

Teirrah Wennerberg

Interim Food Service Manager

Josh Miller

Food Service Assistant

Angela Allex

Josh Miller


Vern and Judy Matheson

Rudy and Nancy King

Quick Links

CCCA (Christian Camp and Conference Association)

The Evangelical Covenant Church

Northwest Conference

Covenant Trust

25766 Hummingbird Trail Long Prairie, MN 56347

(320) 732-3218

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