Kristi Youngdahl

Cathedral of the Pines Camp Director

Kristi Youngdahl has spent every summer of her life at Cathedral of the Pines, first as a camper, a counselor, on staff in college, in her role on the Mount Olivet Youth Staff, as Assistant Director, and eventually becoming Camp Director in 2011. Kristi leads with kindness, welcoming 2000+ people a summer to the shores of Lake Caribou. She understands the importance of traditions old and new at camp, with relationship-building being the center of a great camp experience.

She is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College. Kristi was hired to be on the Youth Staff of Mount Olivet in January 1988. She became the Youth Director in the fall of 1991 and served in that role for 23 years.

Kristi enjoys picking agates on Lake Superior and the many rivers along the North Shore, hanging out with her two favorite golden retrievers, Copper and Reuben, and if it were up to her, she would play cards all day, every day.

Kris Ericksen

Camp Coordinator

Kris Ericksen is a born and bred Mount Olivet gal. She grew up loving COP, participating in all facets of Camp as a camper, workstaffer, counselor, camp staff member, volunteer cook, and landed in the role of Camp Coordinator in 1996. Little did she know as a first-time, 3rd grade camper in the early 70’s, that COP would be her life-long vocation.  She is blessed to help guide parents and campers in their COP journey.

Kris and her husband, Brad, have been married for over 30 years and reside in Apple Valley, MN. Their greatest joy is being parents and grandparents to Hannah, Mark, Kaden, Parker, Luke, Rachel, and Anthony. When not at Church or Camp, Kris is an avid Minnesota sports fan, she loves the beaches of Florida, her daily walks and most of all, loves to spend time with family and friends.

Camp Staff

Henry Bastian

Inside Assistant

Maddie Bowers

Workstaff Coordinator

Kate Campion


Mable Dow

Inside Assistant

Connor Fuzzey

Mr. Inside

Jack Glieden

Senior Staff

Bella Hueffmeier

Craft Director

Aaron Illies

Outside Assistant

Alex Illies

Outside Assistant

Kate Keller

Mrs. Inside

Haakon Lien

Mr. Inside

Anna Lucas

Inside Assistant

Kate McHugh

Fun Squad

Kathy Moody

Health Center Coordinator

Sam Mpaulo


Shelley Ohnsorg


Andrew Olson

Inside Assistant

Jack Rapini

Fun Squad

Sam Sanda

Senior Staff

Bishop Schugel


Ellie Teien

Inside Assistant

Kris Whear

Outside Assistant

Luke Youngdahl

Mr. Outside

Olivia Youngdahl

Senior Staff