Jackie Gerken

Office Manager and Registrar

Suzy Affeldt

Food Service Manager

Gabriel Skarphol

Facilities Director

Phyllis Jacobson

Planned Giving Coordinator

Heidi Knauf

Event Coordinator and Housekeeping Manager

Kim Deterding

Interim Executive Director

David Blackstad

Program Director

Sam White

Camp Ambassador and Trading Post Manager

Meet the new staff!

David Blackstad - Director of Programming

I’ve been coming to Mount Carmel with my family since 1997 and have experienced firsthand how amazing the rest, renewal, and recreation of this place are for families. Mount Carmel’s misson to “be a place where people experience Jesus through rest, renewal, and recreation” and it’s values of Joy, Hospitality, Christian Community, and Jesus Only shape who I am and will guide the Biblically-based ministry that I have the honor of overseeing at Mount Carmel.

I graduated from Luther College in spring of 2019 with my BA in Music and Psychology. Within those disciplines I focused on jazz and buisness psychology! Between my years at Luther College I spent my summers serving in various roles at Mount Carmel from high school program leader to worship coordinator and left each summer with a stronger faith and stronger christian community. 

This fall I was at the University of Minnesota Duluth pursuing my master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology when the board of trustees reached out to offer me a position at Mount Carmel. After four summers of serving Jesus Only at Mount Carmel I was incredibly honored to accept the program director position. 

If you have come to know and love the programming over the years you can expect next summer share a lot of similarities. The ministry of Mount Carmel has changed thousands of lives (mine very much included) and I know Jesus will continue working in this place for summer of 2020 and well beyond! 

Board of Trustees

The Mount Carmel Ministries Board of Trustees consists of eleven men and women who are elected by the Proclaimers (voting members of Mount Carmel). Each year at our Annual Meeting, the Board of Trustee candidates are elected, each for a three-year-term.

Call the office for more information (320) 846-2744.

The 2018-2019 Board of Trustees are:
Sally Smith – Alexandria, MN
Nate Bjorge – Little Falls, MN
Stu Wood – Alexandria, MN
Bill Odermann – Austin, MN
David Schmidgall – Hancock, MN
Kim Deterding – Alexandria, MN
Ken Birst – Bismarck, ND
Miriam Kindem – Bemidji, MN
Bryn Knatterud – St. Paul, MN
Eric Ristvedt – Alexandria, MN
Marcella Nelson – Brookfield, WI

David Blackstad - Director of Programming