May 2024 Newsletter

Volunteer Extraordinaireas

Looking for volunteers to help serve over our weekend retreats in 2024. Hear more about this in the video above from our Executive Director Phil Tolbert.

2024 Summer Camp Registration Is Open!

Food & housing provided!

Come for the day or the whole weekend!

Call office to register.

Registration opens May 7th!

Call office to register.

I attended our conference's annual meeting this past week with many other pastoral staff, church delegates, and camp directors. It felt much less chaotic than last year when I was heavily involved due to my steps for ordination within the ECC community. Last year, I was going into the meeting ready to share my story of how Jesus changed my life, listen to others do the same, and give reports on the ECC camps of the Northwest Conference (funny they would have the new guy do it), and take a moment from the busy life (at the time) of being both Executive and Program Directors of Lake Beauty Bible Camp...

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Welcome to May 2024! This past month has been one filled with continued ministry for different groups out here at Lake Beauty and preparation for the coming summer. 

We began the month with Phil on the second half of his sabbatical. I, personally, found great comfort in this time in the ways that I have been prepared to take on this role -on my own, as a member of the greater ministry of Lake Beauty, and as a member of the body of Christ. It was very affirming to our staff as a whole to see that we are all learning and growing, in and through our roles, even as Phil was in a much deserved season of refreshment. And, we eagerly and joyfully welcomed him back midway through the month...

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Lake Beauty Bible camp is pleased to announce our participation in the Power of Camp Study, in summer 2024. We are part of a group of camps across the country who are part of this project. This ground-breaking study will reveal the strengths and growing areas of Lake Beauty. The Power of Camp Study is based on the methodology of the Effective Camp Project developed by Dr. Jacob Sorenson of Sacred Playgrounds.

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Paul Ripplinger

Position: Properties Associate

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite camp memory: When I took the staff for an off trail horse back ride through the woods in 2018.

Favorite summer activity: Fishing for multiple species around the state and lake days with my wife.

What drew you to LBBC: I was actually cornered in church to come and work on summer staff at LBBC.

What is one thing on your bucket list: My life long goal is to hunt every species of waterfowl in North America. 

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, it would be: Tomahawk steak with a side of lobster Mac and cheese.  

Pathfinders Internship

Aug. 2024- Aug. 2025

For more information visit

Executive Director

Phil Tolbert

Camp Director

Grant Wennerberg

Guest Services Director

Moriah Ripplinger

Guest Services Associate

Julie Matheson

Retail Manager

Jenna Tolbert

Program Director

Jodi Bertrand


Ministry Staff

Sam Haverninen

Thor Anderson

Properties Manager

Josh Kampa

Properties Associate

Paul Ripplinger Jr.


Ben Smith

Life Discipleship Director

Teirrah Wennerberg

Food Service Manager

Hunter Peterson

Food Service Assistant

Josh Miller


Vern and Judy Matheson

Rudy and Nancy King


Mariah Peterson

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