Northern Pines is governed by a Board of Directors that meet monthly and work on behalf of the Northern Pines ministry througout the year. If you see a board member at camp, please say hi! We'd love to talk to you and hear your story.
Aaron and his family first attended Northern Pines in 2012 when they were invited by close friends Brian and Kris Baker. The first time they came to camp, all four children stayed with them in the Lodge. Northern Pines quickly became an integral part of the family’s spiritual growth and refreshment as well as the highlight of their summers. For years, Aaron and his wife Dawn would offer alternatives to Northern Pines, including Disney World and International travel. Their four children always declined such offers because Northern Pines was the only option in their hearts. Over the years, their children have been a part of every program. In 2016, Aaron was honored to join and serve on the Board of Directors from 2016 to 2022. A few years ago, Aaron started getting involved annually with the Men’s Work Retreat. As the incoming Board Chair, Aaron feels tremendously grateful to be able to serve in this capacity. Outside of Northern Pines, Aaron, a Chemical Engineer, stays busy in the manufacturing sector as a Plant Manager for Ardagh Glass Packaging. Aaron has a passion for seeing things continually improve and made better each day.
Chris is a husband to Carol, father to three grown children, Ryan, Heidi (Married to Alex Ondercin) and Josh (engaged to Riah Martin). He lives in Greenfield Minnesota and has one grandson from Alex and Heidi named Brandt. Having been an attendee at Northern Pines for over 30 years, Chris always has such great memories of past years and has great anticipation of each summer to come at Northern Pines. This ministry has been such a valuable part of Chris’s journey of faith. As a father and husband, seeing the impact of Northern Pines on those he loves most is priceless. When not at Northern Pines, he manages a small storage business and loves to travel with Carol. He also enjoys cross country and downhill skiing and playing tennis.
Kris has been attending Northern Pines since she was in high school in the late 80s. Since that first week of camp, Northern Pines held a special place in her heart and she knew she wanted to return someday with a family of her own. Since then, Kris has attended Northern Pines with her husband Brian and their two children Hanna and Eli who have attended all of the different children and youth programs. If you ask anyone in their family, they would all say that Northern Pines is an integral part of their walk with the Lord and instrumental in their spiritual growth and understanding. Kris works as the Special Education Coordinator for Shelbyville Central Schools and believes Northern Pines is the perfect spiritual reset before beginning each school year. This is Kris’ first year on the board and is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the ministry that has meant so much to her and her family.
Sue has been married to her high school sweetheart, Glen for 34 years. She has three grown children that grew up at Northern Pines, Rachel (husband Tyler), Scott and Ashley. She is grandma to two brilliant grandchildren. Sue first attended Northern Pines in the 70s as a teenager, coming to faith in the junior high program. Sue and Glen have served as part of the transition team in between camps and is glad to be giving back to a place that has shaped her families faith in Jesus. When not at Northern Pines, Sue has worked in the health insurance industry for HealthPartners for over 20 years. She loves to travel with her husband, Glen loving anywhere close to the ocean. Fishing, biking and quilting are past times and as a new grandma, she is perfectly content sitting on the floor with her brilliant grandchildren.
Mackenzie and her husband Matt have been attending Northern Pines since 2015 with their 5 kids (Norse, Finn, Soren, Gunnar and Elin). They decided to try Northern Pines after hearing about another family with older children who chose to go to Northern Pines instead of a trip to Mexico. The idea of someone watching their 5 children at night was a huge factor! After that first week at camp they decided Northern Pines was home for their family. The following year, two of their children made decisions to follow Jesus while at camp! Mackenzie's passion is to help to foster and build community. To do this she runs her own event company, Mackenzie Events and Consulting, since 2013. Prior to that, she planned fundraising events for orphan homes in Latin America and the Caribbean and for other corporations as well. For the Anderson’s, Northern Pines is a community like no other, and Mackenzie is humbled to serve on the board and help the Northern Pines’ community however she can.
Heather first attended Northern Pines in 1978 and grew up going through all the programs. She served for 12 years as a counselor in both the Junior and Senior High programs and recently served as the CCA director for five years with her husband, Kevin. She also had an opportunity to be a teacher in the Children's Program this past summer. This will be her third term serving on the Board. When not at Northern Pines, Heather teaches 6th grade Language Arts in Wheaton, IL. She and Kevin keep busy following the schedules of their two children, Megan and Matthew. Northern Pines is an annual highlight for the entire Gordon family!
Julie has been attending Northern Pines with her husband Kurt and three kids (Audrey, Kaleb and John) since 2006. At the end of their first week of attending, Julie’s husband told her “This is an investment into our family”. It has been! Northern Pines has been instrumental in each of Kirschlings’ relationship with Christ. Her kids have grown up in all the programs and now Julie and her children have been serving in various programs for the past several years. They feel it is important to give back to the ministry that has been so impactful in their lives. Northern Pines is Julie’s favorite two weeks of the year! When Julie is not at Northern Pines, she is a school counselor at a high school in White Bear Lake, MN. She and her husband stay busy throughout the year with their kids' athletics and activities.
Martha has been attending Northern Pines since she was in Indian Village as a 4th grader in 1984. It has been the highlight of her summer every year. Growing up at camp has allowed her to grow closer to Jesus through the pivotal teen years & continues to shape their family today. Serving at camp as a CCA, Counselor and Children’s teacher has allowed her to give back to Northern Pines & the Lord. Martha is married to Dan, who also loves Northern Pines. They have three children who all have attended since birth and they too, enjoy both serving & attending camp. Northern Pines, and the amazing counselors & staff, has helped strengthen their marriage, family & personal relationships with the Lord.
In 2002, a friend once told Michael that “the best thing we ever did for our marriage was go to Northern Pines”. Convinced to give it a try, the rest is history. Since then, the Proebstle family (including wife Cathy, sons Robbie and David, and an occasional dog) have not missed a year. Their children have grown in their faith through experiencing each program, Michael and Cathy love their annual opportunity to assess and focus on improving their marriage, and the incredible teachings through speakers have consistently enriched their own personal faith journeys and relationships with God. Michael and Cathy have formed close relationships with their “Camping Friends” in the campground and are always welcoming others to their nightly campfires. God has done miraculous things in their marriage and family through their rich experiences at Northern Pines, and each August they eagerly look forward to the blessings of next year’s camp as they are driving away from Green Lake. Michael is blessed to work as a therapist in private practice in Minnesota. He has a B.S. degree in Christian Ministries and a M.A. in Counseling. In his spare time, Michael enjoys participating in a Rotary club, driving to random places (without a GPS), flying drones, photography, and traveling.
Lynn has been attending Northern Pines since the first year when she was a high-school camper. She has served in most of the programs through the years. She married her high school sweetheart Scott. They have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. Mark Alan (& Jill), Paul (& Liza) and Amy. Most of them attend now with their families. They have had 4 generations together at camp. NP has been very instrumental in her walk with the Lord; in the good times and hard times. It is an honor and blessing to give back by serving on the board. When not at camp she enjoys gardening, traveling, Gateway prayer ministry, sewing, doing therapy visits with dog Penni and spending time with their grandkids and family.
The Cheeseman family has attended Northern Pines since 2002. Bill attended that first year with some trepidation as he ‘wasn’t sure he wanted to do church for a whole week’. That anxiety was quickly permanently erased and now the family can’t imagine a year without Northern Pines! The annual respite that is Northern Pines has had a tremendous positive impact on the faith, mental health, and life of the entire family. It is without a doubt the most favored week of the year for the entire family. Our two older children, Alise and Garrett, have graduated and now serve as Jr. High and Senior High counselors and our third child, Nathan, is in the Senior High and serves as a Wilderness counselor. Beyond the teaching, worship, and growth, we look forward every year to spending precious time with the many friends and family that also attend. In addition, Bill is also a huge fan of the annual Men’s retreat. For the other 51 weeks of the year Bill works for Procter and Gamble and Judith is an Area Team Leader for Bible Study Fellowship.
Matt and his wife Kristi first attended Northern Pines in 2014 after being invited by neighbors. They were immediately impressed with how camp was able to be uplifting, relaxing and hands-down their kid's favorite week of the year. Matt and Kristi and their four kids (Ryland, Annalise, Kinsley, and Hawkin) have been coming to “family camp” every year since that first year. Back at home Matt is a critical care physician and works in the ICU at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, MN. Outside of work Matt enjoys traveling, running, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, and soccer.
Shawn and his wife Heidi were originally invited to attend Northern Pines in 2009 and after persistent asking they made it in 2010 and they have returned every year since (with the exception of the whole covid thing). The first year they brought their oldest son, Graham, who was two at the time and Matthew followed the next year. Eventually they were also joined by Claire and Emma. Northern Pines has been a second home to the Gardner family, a place where they have all grown closer in their relationship to one another and more importantly to Jesus. Their adult children make every effort each year to return to serve at the camp that they all look to as being foundational in their faith journeys. Heidi and Shawn both look forward to the day when they welcome the next generation to the Northern Pines family. When not at camp Shawn works as a Commercial Banker with Minnwest Bank in Minnetonka MN and in his spare time loves to spend as much time possible outdoors camping, hiking, running, biking and playing pickelball.
Andy married his high school sweetheart, Sheila (Otness), in 2007. In doing so, he also married into the Northern Pines family. Sheila was no stranger to the Northern Pines experience, having grown up through the children’s program all the way thru Senior High, holding many volunteer positions as CCA and Counselor. Andy has joined Sheila as a Children’s program teacher on occasion. Finalizing an adoption in 2019 permanently added four more children to their family for a total of six: Connor, Emma, Nathan, Kai, Nova and Maya. During the work week, Andy is an Aerospace Engineer for AirCorps Aviation, an historic aircraft restoration company in Minnesota. When not busy working or shuttling kids around, he is a private pilot and amateur runner. Andy is honored to be serving on the Northern Pines Board of Directors.
Kacia first attended Northern Pines in 1990 in the Children's Program and continued attending through all the programs. She served several years as a CCA then and counselor in the youth programs. She now attends with her husband and three kids as well as several members of her extended family.
Historian — Life Board
Iris is a wife, mom, and gramma. Her history with Northern Pines began in 1984 when she and her family attended their first Northern Pines' conference at the urging and with the help of her mom. She has been on the Northern Pines board for many years and has served in many roles. Her daughters, Joette and Leah, participated in the programs, and also served on staff as CCAs, teachers, and as counselors in the youth programs. They now attend with their husbands and children. Northern Pines has become a legacy for Iris and her husband, Doug, as the whole family finds spiritual refreshment and relaxation at Northern Pines.