A Tribute to Pastor Ken Blank
A Tribute to Ken Blank, a Family Camp Attender and Pastoral Supporter of Northland Camp for over 40 years
Northland lost a great friend when Ken Blank (1938-2017) recently left this Earth to Heaven. It was our privilege to know him and his family. Here is a family tribute.
Jeff Kahl, Executive Director Northland Camp & Conference Center
My Dad’s work on earth is over. If you knew my Dad, you knew he worked. He worked as a boy and a young man on the family farm in southern Wisconsin. He studied agriculture at UW Madison. My Dad was in emotional pain as a student at UW Madison. He had thoughts of ending his life. He talked about a time he was walking near the UW campus and a large bus went by. He wished it would hit him. It would all be over. His pain would be gone.
My Dad had a roommate who read his Bible. My dad started to read his Bible. It was at this time an older sister sent him a book. After reading the book, he realized that he was a sinner. He also realized that without Christ, God would punish him for his sin. In the closet of his dormitory room, my Dad got down on his knees, repented of his sin, and placed his faith in Jesus Christ.
His life was changed. He married my mother and attended a Gospel preaching church. He soon realized that God wanted him to preach the Gospel. My Dad, Mom, and a couple kids moved to Minnesota until he graduated from Bible College. After Bible College, he moved back to Wisconsin.
My Dad started a church in Green Bay. He told people about Jesus and invited people to church. He started a Christian school, and the congregation purchased a building. After a few years, the building sold. My Dad worked untold hours on the planning and construction of the little brown church.
My Dad worked as a pastor, teacher, and often as the janitor. He did this because he had chosen to serve God. My Dad’s desire was that everyone in his congregation learn and live God’s Word. After a number of years of growth at the little brown church, my Dad went through a time of depression. The church struggled. My Dad took it upon himself to make something happen to try to ignite the church again. As a result, he made some misguided decisions.
My Dad retired as the pastor a few years ago. He told me several times that he never cared if he had a legacy. He just wanted to follow God and do whatever God wanted him to do. Some may say that his legacy is the little brown church.
However, I say his legacy is his decision to place his faith in Jesus Christ. The church he attended as a child failed to teach the necessity of personal repentance of sin. It also failed to teach the necessity of placing one’s faith in Christ’s death on the cross to cover the sin debt that everyone has with a holy God. When my Dad understood the message of repentance and faith, he chose Christ.
Everyone has sinned. God commands everyone to repent of sin, to accept Christ’s death on the cross as payment for one’s sin debt, and to place one’s faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life.” Eternal salvation only comes to those who repent of sin and place their faith in Jesus.
My Dad did this many years ago. It changed his life. He spent the majority of his life working for God, not for himself. I truly believe that when he arrived in heaven, God said to him, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” I can handle my Dad’s departure. I will miss him. I would love to see him at church again and be Grandpa to my kids. The thought of not being able to speak with him again saddens my soul. However, I know he is with God. What about you? Do you know my Dad’s Savior? Do you know the God my Dad loved? Do you know the God my Dad served? If not, choose Jesus today.
An Urgent Appeal
RE: An Urgent Appeal to Northland Friends
Northland has launched the “Partners Pressing Forward Initiative” where we are asking our committed, friendly, and appreciative alumni, campers, and friends to help take care of a $220,000 debt that continues to put untimely pressure on our recovery and rebuilding efforts. This obligation is a carry-over amount from the former ministry leadership.
Over the last 12 months, our current board of directors, along with generous friends, have helped bring it down from $497,000 to the current amount listed. We praise the Lord for faithful partners who have already stepped up to reduce the total amount so quickly and significantly. But we have a little more work to do.
With the daily operational expenses under control and the future increase in camper enrollment, we believe there is a growing confidence that Northland can be stabilized. With campers returning to Northland Camp; churches providing monthly gifts again to support the gospel ministry; international students making plans to attend camp and school at the Northland International Academy; and the reopening of Northland Leadership Institute for ministry-minded and gap year students, the board of directors is confident Northland can move forward.
If you, your family, your church, or your business can help with a special gift at this time, you can help Northland do something many didn’t think possible—to survive another day to serve the Lord by providing a great camp experience, a great education, and a great vision for the future to multitudes more who have never yet been to the campus even once.
Can you help? Would you pray about it? The “Partners Pressing Forward Initiative” brochure can be viewed here. Partners Pressing Forward
For God’s glory alone,
Dear Alumni/Friend of Northland,
Northland is a special place, which has filled our hearts with fond memories, many friends, building blocks for life, career, and ministry, not to mention an environment where we have been able to see God work not only in our own life, but in the lives of so many.
Like you, when opportunities allow us to meet friends from college, former faculty and staff, fellow Christian families, and so many others, including colleagues and campers, it is comforting to know we all share a common bond---an appreciation for Northland. Northland was that ‘out of the way’ place, which for reasons that perhaps differ from person to person, drew us in, kept us serving, and sent us out. And we all benefited from the time that we spent here. Those were great days. Those were the days that we can never change, but will always cherish. Sure, we could have gone elsewhere but we didn’t. We chose Northland. And the time on that campus, in that classroom, with those roommates, at that event, and with our friends, is etched in our minds.
Northland emphasized serving others and loving God with all their hearts. Sure, all of us have changed since our Northland days, but Northland has the same heartbeat. Northland was never meant to be your spiritual parent, but a spiritual place that gave you encouragement on your journey, some stability in your thinking, and a challenge for your future. Regardless of where you live and where you have gone since your last time at Northland, Northland remains committed to our alumni and former students, and each of our many friends, for a lifetime.
But, Northland has never asked much before, until now. Northland has always been a giving organization because of the gracious and generous donors of the past, including our founding family, and our beloved founder, Dr. Paul Patz. But we need you to consider helping us at this time.
We have four family camps with Les Ollila and/or Marty Herron in 2017. Plus, some supplemental speakers so these men can spend more time with you. Why not make 2017 a place where you can reinvest in the future of Northland, so another generation of Northland campers and students can enjoy what we did.
There are 400 family camp spots available. I am asking our faculty, staff, board members, family campers, pastors, alumni, and all those who know Northland so intimately and have been impacted by Northland in their collegiate years and time as campers, to make plans to come to family camp in 2017. With Northland’s steady decline over the years in camper attendance, Northland needs to grow a little faster to ensure stability and a faster, stronger future. The summer of 2017 will be the first formal chance to do our part on behalf of Northland’s future.
We have been able to stabilize Northland but we need to utilize Northland to keep it stabilized. While many have already made commitments to visit, I wanted to make a personal appeal and/or a personal, formal invitation to a group of people who loved Northland perhaps more than most, simply because of the impact it had in your life and the great memories in your heart.
On behalf of a founder and the founding family, along with the hundreds that stood with Northland over the years, let’s shower Northland with the gift of our return. When someone stood by faith, like Paul Patz did, it should be our desire to take our place next to him and stand in a long line of people who have given, served, and sacrificed for the purpose of advancing a mission we all believed in. One more week at Northland is all we ask our alumni, staff, faculty, and friends to give back. Will you join us for Northland family camp? Go to northlandcamp.org for more information on family camp and other programs.
In Christ Alone,
The Board of Directors, Northland Ministries
Dear Pastors and Friends,
From the beautiful Northland Campus, there is an active camping ministry and a lot of hard working people securing a bright future for Northland’s many friends. For the multitude of former and current pastors, parents, alumni, students, campers, and staff who desire to see Northland thrive, I want you to know that the Northland leadership team and many supporters are serving with great eagerness to do ministry at this location once again.
There have been many important periods of time in Northland’s history; none bigger than when it all started in 1958 when a generous and ministry-minded founder, named Paul Patz, stepped out by faith and started Northland. He went at it year after year and kept tackling bigger opportunities and God blessed.
But another important date happened. Northland, while on the verge of closing its doors for good just about a year ago, never closed. By hard work, faithful prayer, and constant encouragement, Northland remains open till this day still striving, still working, and still encouraging. We are thankful for the numerous people who stepped up to make this happen.
On behalf of the Northland team, which includes everyone that loves Northland and desires to see it move forward, we are asking one big request. Will you join us at Northland with your family and with your young people this summer? Your decision concerning this invitation is as big as our founder’s decision in 1958 to start Northland. It requires a decision, it requires sacrifice, and it requires faith.
Because we are in a rebuilding year, our need for people to come together is bigger today than at any other time in our history. A few of us thought that Northland was possible again; now we need Northland’s friends and supporters to believe it must happen again. We believe that former and current supporters of Northland, including pastors, churches, campers, families, and alumni are excited to see active camp and academic programs at the Northland Campus once again. But this time we all get to participate. Northland always believed it was about the team. We are asking the Northland team to come back and help us do something to the glory of God, in honor of our founder and the many staff who served, and productively use this beautiful campus to serve campers, students, and the world again.
We need you more than ever. We need your prayer. Yes, we need some finances. But we need action. Bring your families, send your kids, and help Northland grow once again.
On behalf of Northland friends and supporters,
Jeff Kahl, Camp Director
Summer 2016 Update
Dear friends of Northland,
It’s hard to believe our first summer here at Northland is over! Our last family camp ended about 6 weeks ago. We have enjoyed seeing the Lord work in the hearts and lives of both our staff and our campers. This summer we ran 3 weeks of junior camp, 4 weeks of teen camp and 3 weeks of family camp. Many of you were praying with us for the Lord to bring in the staff we needed for the summer. We are so thankful for the willingness, flexibility, diligence, excitement, and Christ-like spirit of the 30 summer staff and a host of other volunteers who served with us at camp.
Throughout the summer we continually heard great comments from the family campers and youth sponsors. One ‘family’ at family camp included two sisters, all of their kids, all of their grandkids, and even some of their kid’s spouses parents. So some kids had both sets of grandparents at camp! I have always thought of family camp as strengthening the immediate family, but it was neat to see the impact that having three generations of family at camp can have. I also enjoyed hearing about Abraham accepting Christ as his Savior at Teen camp. He had grown up in church and knew all the right answers, but had never made it personal in his life. It is so exciting to see Christ at work!
We thank the Lord for a number of things – safety in the games and activities, great weather, a unified, servant-minded staff team, and the privilege of serving almost 800 campers. The Lord also blessed us with some amazing speakers who did a great job preaching and teaching His Word. By His grace we saw 14 campers trust Christ, 8 settle doubts about their salvation, 11 dedicate themselves to full-time ministry (including several specifically called to missions), and a number of other life-changing decisions.
Our Freedom Celebration went very well during Family Camp 2! The gates opened to the public at 8pm for activities and the Lord stopped the rain around 7:45 and kept it away the rest of the night! Jeff Kahl gave a clear presentation of the gospel and we were thankful for the opportunity to share the seed of truth with folks from our community.
We are greatly burdened for many campers who were challenged to forsake all and follow Christ, but were unwilling to stand up against the pull of this world to serve their Savior. Please pray that the Lord would break these young people over their love for this world with its comforts and pleasures and that they would surrender all to follow Christ and advance His kingdom.
What's happening at Northland now?
Marty Bladine joined us last month as our new office manager. Nate, Seth, and Abby are serving as camp interns this fall. They have great attitudes and are willing to jump in and help wherever needed. Already they have made a good dent in the list of projects around camp! All three interns are in the process of raising missions support during their time here and we are asking the Lord to burden individuals to support them financially. If you'd be interested in supporting an intern, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 715.324.4200.
Our team continues to maintain and improve the facility. Our "To Do" list is a mile long! This is fall retreat season with our Women's Retreat and Couple's Retreat coming up soon (more details below). We are also serving several church and school groups in the next 2 months. Recruiting for next summer has begun in earnest and we have folks traveling to different colleges to talk with young people. Please pray that the Lord would provide a great staff for summer 2017. If you know anyone who would be interested in serving with us, they can fill out an application at northlandcamp.org.
Thank you so much for praying for us. Please continue to pray for the Lord's hand of provision for us financially as we are getting the camp back up off the ground and that He would do a great work in the lives of our campers this fall.
For His glory,
Jon Bladine | Program Director
Women's Retreat - Oct. 14-15 Speaker: Jackie Nagengast
($20 early bird discount if registered by Saturday, Oct. 1st)
Couple's Retreat - Nov. 4-5 Speaker Matt DeCleene
($20 early bird discount if registered by Saturday, Oct. 22nd)
Winter Youth Camps - Feb. 2-4, 9-11, 17-18
($15 early bird discount if registered by Thursday, Dec. 15th)
Camp Testimonial: Sue Hoijer
I was thankful to have the opportunity to spend several days working at camp this summer. After coming to Northland for work days this past winter and spring, it was exciting to come in the summer and see some of the results of the planning and preparation on the part of so many. One thing that impacted me was seeing how God had worked to put together the staff for the summer. It was neat to see people come from across the United States and even around the world, and to see the unique characteristics and backgrounds and experiences God had given them to fill specific places on the camp team. I loved seeing how people came to spend what time they had—some just coming for a day each week, some for a week or two, or some for a month and longer.
Last summer, when we learned that Northland would be reopening, my youngest daughter began looking forward to being a first-time camper. Eleven others from our church were also able to attend a week of junior camp for the first time, all helped in part by Northland Camp scholarships offered by our church. I’m so thankful for the opportunity that was given to our kids, for the staff members who invested so much in them, and for the spiritual impact and eternal results the week had for them.
The highlight of my time at Northland was definitely the Friday night testimony service. I wish everyone who had prayed for Northland and given to make the camps possible could have heard the testimonies that I heard from those junior campers. Many shared how they had accepted Christ as their Savior that week; many said they had made decisions to take spiritual steps and spoke of the counsel they had received to help them continue in those steps at home; and several told of surrendering their lives for whatever God might want them to do, including full-time ministry someday. I’m so thankful that Northland was available as a tool for God to use this summer to bring these campers into a relationship with Him and to grow them spiritually.
Fall and Winter Retreats
Our brochures for Fall and Winter Retreats have arrived. You can check them out at the links below. We'd love to see you here!
Summer Camp Update
It is exciting to see Northland Camp continue ministering to young people and families alike this summer. With nearly 1,000 guests scheduled throughout the summer, we have been privileged to see the Lord work in gracious ways in our midst. We rejoice in what the Lord is doing in the rebuilding of camp interest. So many former friends have visited and given encouraging words, and many spiritual decisions have been made by campers.
We are grateful for the multitudes who have chosen to volunteer a portion of their summer to serve in various areas of the ministry. Our Food Services Director, Augie Magestro, co-owns a restaurant in Watertown, Wisconsin, and a catering company. This summer he gave his skills to Northland just because he felt the Lord wanted him to make sure the kitchen was run with efficiency and excellence. Without him and many other volunteers, Northland Camp would not have been possible this summer. The Lord certainly brought these people to Northland. Perhaps you, your family, or your church have been burdened to come help during this time of regrowth. It doesn’t matter your skill or skill level; we welcome all volunteers and their efforts to minister for the Lord.
We believe the Lord would use Northland Camp to present an aggressive ministry vision for the future, so we will outline this vision in the coming weeks. A small core of key staff members have literally been working night and day to plan Northland’s future. We believe God has given insights and provisions to accomplish more things for Him on this campus. Please pray with us as we seek His will.
That said, we still need financial resources which would give us a stable program for next summer. A more succinct fundraising appeal will be provided when we lay out our vision more clearly. The good news is that many people with resources have visited Northland in recent days to find out how the Lord would want them to participate at Northland.
On a separate note, the Fourth of July community fireworks returned after several years, and for those who came, they were thoroughly satisfied. Perhaps you haven’t thought about how you can help Northland Camp recently; let me give a couple of tangible suggestions:
We covet the ongoing support of God’s people through prayer and personal encouragement.
Perhaps the most personal thing you can do is make plans to bring your family and other families with you to Family Camp next summer. Future investors want to know that there is a constituency that desires to see Northland continue. Early registrations and full summer camps demonstrate there is a ministry worth supporting. If Northland ever needs support, it is now. Make your reservations for next summer soon.
We need churches to bring their teens and juniors to camp to show that churches support us. We have secured an outstanding group of speakers for 2017. Furthermore, we have secured an exceptional program leadership team in anticipation of a full record-breaking summer camp in 2017.
Give what you can. Many former supporters of Northland do not realize that Northland is continuing; please help spread the word. We need everyone’s support. Although we have enough cash reserves to get us to the first part of the winter season, it will be tight if we do not have some financial resources to prepare us for the home stretch.
The good news is that the Lord continues to lead us and provide for our daily concerns. We believe God is able and mighty to move us forward, and we praise Him for all He is doing in our lives. The spirit at Northland is absolutely fantastic; returning friends and first time visitors are continuously noting the wonderful and gracious spirit they sense on campus. If we can help you, please let us know how we can serve you. Northland eagerly desires to give you great hospitality when you visit us next.
For God’s glory alone,
Northland Ventriloquist Show this Friday at 7pm!
On Friday, July 15, the community is invited to a Northland fundraiser with famous guest ventriloquist Rob Watkins.
Gates open at 6:00 pm. Admission is $10 a person or $20 for a family of 3 or more.
The snack shop, coffee shop, and mini-golf will be open before and after the 7:00 program. Free hay rides will also be offered. Activities close at 10:00 pm.
Campers are Coming Soon!
May 23, 2016
The snow is now gone, the leaves have slowly broken free from the cold winter, and the greenery at Northland is starting to usher in the summer season once again. We are excited for the summer camping season as we see the details coming together and we anticipate the arrival of campers.
We rejoice in the great miracles that God has wrought in keeping Northland Camp open to serve campers another summer. We look forward to ministering to the needs of campers and showing them the life they can live in Christ Jesus, the hope they can have due to the promises in His Word, and the victory they can experience due to His resurrection power. Please pray for another profitable year, for spiritual needs to be met, and for the safety of each on-campus guest.
If you are driving by Northland this summer, please stop in and visit us. Let us be an encouragement to you. Come and enjoy a meal in the dining hall, or savor a complimentary cup of coffee at our coffee shop. We want to see you again.
We are thankful for the work groups who came this spring and volunteered their time. Several families are also volunteering a week at Northland to meet some need at camp. We invite more to do likewise. If interested in helping, please contact Jon Bladine at email@example.com.
In addition, we encourage you to join us for teen camp, junior camp, or family camp this summer. For more information or to register for camp, go to northlandcamp.org. We hope to see you here.
Your prayers and support for Northland are appreciated. Please continue to pray that Northland will see steady growth and that we can continue to build on our successes to see a strong and stable Northland Ministries long into the future.
We welcome Northland back, and we welcome all the churches and campers back to Northland. May God give us a great summer!
A Letter from our Board Members
For decades the ministries of Northland have existed to glorify God by supporting local churches through helping people walk with Jesus Christ. Over the last fifty-eight years Northland Camp has impacted the hearts of many young people, and we are excited to see it happen again this summer.
As pastors, we recognize the distractions of this world are growing; and, therefore, the need for Christ-honoring camps is apparent more than ever. The value of being immersed for one week in the truth of God’s Word, free from the distractions of daily life, can have a profound and lasting impact upon a child’s or teenager’s spiritual growth. This passion to help others grow in Christ through serving has been a defining element of Northland. In fact, it is this “Northland heart” that has been the leading characteristic of its campers and staff over the decades. Just recently the newly formed board of directors met. We, as the pastoral members of the board, know the importance of selecting a Christ-honoring camp, as many families in your church trust your decision as their spiritual leader. We are asking that you do three things to help us advance in building the next generation of Christian adults.
• Please check out our website northlandcamp.org to see the encouraging news, schedule, core values, and doctrinal statement of Northland. • Please contact one of us, or the camp, about any questions you have. • Please pray about your future partnership with Northland as we endeavor to follow the pattern of our Savior.
We trust it will encourage you to know that Northland is recommitting to the traditional doctrine and values upon which it was established. Thank you for your time, and please be assured that our heart’s desire is to serve together in building the next generation of disciplemakers.
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Letter from Alumnus Kevin Holland
“There is no place like Northland!” This may sound like a simple statement to many, but it is so true to those of us who have experienced the blessings of attending Northland. Yes, the location is far off the beaten path for first-time arrivals. We all remember turning off Highway 41 after driving forever and wondering where or when the campus entrance would be found. But once we stepped onto the campus, we immediately noticed the difference in the atmosphere and attitudes of the people we would meet. Northland has a truly rare and treasured atmosphere where you will encounter tranquility and personal life transformations that many committed Christians seek. God is good to have given us the Northland experience.
This year marks the 58th year of continued ministry on Northland’s campus. God has used a Northland “alum” with a heart burden and a life calling to lead this comeback. So many are thankful for Jeff Kahl, a former student, camp director, teacher, and administrator. God has used Jeff to put a team together for this comeback. This leadership team is praying, leading, and directing this renewal and revitalization of Northland. This is a return to the core values, servant philosophy, and fundamental doctrine upon which Northland was founded. Glorifying God and meeting the spiritual needs of every camper to take the next step spiritually is a reality once again. Northland does not exist for the praise of men, but to the praise of the only sovereign Lord God, Almighty.
We are happy to inform our campers, alumni, churches, and all supporters that Northland is back! What we once were, we are again. In the last few years, many have been praying earnestly for a return to the founding principles. And I see it happening! The Lord is restoring the place we all were blessed and encouraged by in our days there.
The comeback is a process of continual prayer and participation. As things stand, it is almost like starting over. The benefits are: a well-cared for campus and a once well-established reputation to build upon in the coming years. What Northland needs now is YOU. Northland needs you to pray, to support, and to attend its camps and upcoming retreats. Pray for God’s richest blessings and power to be demonstrated this first summer of revitalization. Pray for hearts to be moved by the power of the Holy Spirit in the camps and conferences. Pray for divine wisdom and protection upon the leadership team. Come and sacrifice your time and talents. Be an instrument God uses to strengthen and rebuild. Come to Northland again and see for yourself what is happening—what God is doing here.
Note: Pastor Kevin Holland and his wife Regina have taken a sabbatical from their ministry to volunteer their time and give of themselves to be part of this God-directed comeback. Please consider how God would want to use your life in this effort.
Founder's Day: "Let's Do It Again!"
by Terri Templin
Northland Mission, Inc., celebrated its 58th year through a program and luncheon honoring its founder, Paul “Papa” Patz, on Friday, April 15th. Fifty-plus alumni, former faculty/staff, former campers, friends, and family joined together for a time of singing, testimonies, and celebration of both what God has done in the past and what He has yet to do through the ministry of Northland. Howard Patz spoke of his father’s burden to start a Christian camp in Wisconsin’s north woods and of his determination and sacrifice to see that dream fulfilled. Those attending were privileged to once again hear a recording of Papa Patz telling in his own words about his early days on the farm and of God’s laying the Christian camping ministry upon his heart. His words “I’m thankful to God He’s using me, and He can use every one of you” encouraged each listener.
Other speakers included Larry Gross (ministry and travel advisor), Dr. Les Ollila (former NBBC president), and Jeff Kahl (current director and chairman of the board). Fred Barribeau (Northland alumnus, local businessman, pastor, and board member), Sergio Duarte (Northland’s first foreign student and current missionary to Uruguay), and Matt DeCleene (Northland alumnus and pastor) brought personal testimonies. Each speaker’s emphasis included not only a tribute to Papa Patz, but also a challenge to move ahead in support of the ministry. Papa Patz’s humility, ingenuity, hard work, prayer life, sacrificial investment, and love for the Lord and His work were highlighted again and again. Doc O reminded, “The sun never sets on what Paul Patz felt burdened to do.” What a legacy!
Finally, Jeff Kahl presented a challenge, stating, “Paul Patz was Northland’s first pioneer, but by God’s grace, he’s not God’s last pioneer. . . . What God wants from Northland is vision!” Much work has yet to be done. God continues to look for people who are willing to work hard, willing to sacrifice, willing to pray, willing to be part of Northland’s 58th year, willing to continue into the future with a fresh vision!
Introducing the Northland Board
Jeff and Carol Kahl graduated from Northland Baptist Bible College in 1987 (Carol) and 1989 (Jeff). They served at Northland Camp & Conference Center and Northland Baptist Bible College in various positions until 2003. After twelve years of serving ministries in Michigan and North Carolina, they are assisting Northland to reestablish a stable and impacting Bible camp and institute ministry.
Pastor Daniel Minton has been senior pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Westfield, Indiana, since 2015. Daniel and his wife, Joy, spent four years on the mission field in Africa as church planters. While they were in Mozambique, a sixteen-foot crocodile attacked Daniel. Through many providential helps from God, Daniel not only escaped death but also found God’s grace more than sufficient. The crocodile attack resulted in drawing people to Christ and in transforming Daniel’s passion for service. He wants to serve Northland so he can see God bring young people to Northland again.
Rick Barnett opened his financial firm, Barnett Financial & Tax, Inc., in 1990. Since then he has consulted with over one thousand families and individuals in the areas of biblically based budgeting, tax and retirement planning, pensions, investments, and estate planning. Since 1990 Rick has conducted financial education workshops at churches, Christian schools, hospitals, associations, and businesses throughout Michigan and North Carolina. He has also been featured on many television and radio shows, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and his own radio show. He has been a featured columnist in many publications on a local, regional, and national level. Rick and his wife, Leah, have four children. His first book, True North, will be available at Amazon.com in June 2016.
Fred Barribeau, a pastor and businessman, graduated from Northland Baptist Bible College in 1988 with a degree in pastoral studies. He became a pastor in 1990 and has been preaching ever since, most recently at Northwoods Chapel in Pembine, Wisconsin. He became a certified lumber inspector and moved on to begin his own business. From his experience in the lumber industry, he started Precision Lumber Company, a hardwood sawmill specializing in contract sawing. He currently resides in Dunbar, Wisconsin, and lives a half mile from campus.
Jack Kaetterhenry accepted Christ as his Savior at five years of age during a Good News Club his mother hosted in their neighborhood. However, he drifted from the Lord during his teen years. When he was twenty-three, he submitted to God and surrendered his life to serve the Lord. While attending Northland’s Heart Conference in 1987, he sensed the Lord’s calling to full-time ministry. He enrolled at Northland that fall and graduated in 1992. Jack returned to West Bend, Wisconsin, where he pastored for twelve years. He currently pastors the Wild Rose Baptist Church in Wild Rose, Wisconsin. Jack and his wife, Lynne, have four grown children.
Camp Testimonial: The Debbie Schmit Family
We love coming up to Northland for camp each year. We brought our children when they were growing up. Now we all go--our grown kids bring their young families, and we all enjoy the week together. It's our first vacation each summer. We always come home refreshed and blessed.
Announcing New Ministry and Travel Advisor
Pastor Larry Gross graduated from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (’70) and Central Seminary (’74). He and his wife, Jolean, have four children and fourteen grandchildren. While in college and seminary, Pastor Gross worked with young people at Woodcrest Baptist; Fourth Baptist in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and First Baptist in Barron, Wisconsin. In 1976 he accepted the call to First Baptist Church of Waupaca, Wisconsin, where he served as assistant to Dr. Leon for eleven years. Pastor Gross served as youth pastor and high school principal at First Baptist School. In spring 1987, he became the interim pastor, and then in the fall he became the pastor until fall 2013. The twenty-seven years as pastor at First Baptist gave him much insight into the work of a pastor.
Currently Pastor Gross and Jolean have committed themselves to the revitalization of Northland Camp. They are expecting great things from God in the forward ministry of Northland.
Camp Testimonial: The Joaquin Pena Family
Northland has had a profound impact on my family. My wife grew up at Northland and came down with her dad to minister in my home church in the Dominican Republic. I surrendered to full-time ministry in 1997 through the preaching of Dr. Marty Herron, Dr. Sam Horn, and a number of college guys. I later attended college at Northland from 2002-2006 and worked as a camp counselor with my future wife (Megan Herron) during the summer of 2004.
God taught us so many lessons and guided our hearts of ministry through those years by the influence of so many godly and caring Northland staff. With Northland as my ministry home and my wife's physical home, we are truly excited for the opportunity to attend Family Camp with our three young children during the fourth week of July. We look forward to the teaching and preaching from Dr. Ollila and Dr. Herron, which we have always loved and learned from. We cannot wait to get up there and be part of what the Lord is doing and will continue to do through Northland. "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, SO WALK ye in Him!" (Col. 2:6).
Dear Northland Friends:
We continue to thank the Lord for His wonderful provision as it relates to the advancement of Northland Camp and Conference Center for summer camp and future events. We are grateful for God’s people who have offered themselves to serve in various areas of the ministry with the sole purpose of just being a blessing. We covet your continued support, and we trust the Lord will strengthen Northland Camp in the days ahead in order to minister to scores of young people and families once again.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: With a growing camp, our greatest need at this time is for summer volunteers who would sacrificially offer their services whether for the entire summer or just for a week or two in the following areas: (1) kitchen or other operational areas, (2) two people for our program team, and (3) a nurse or an EMT for the month of July. Northland has given so much for many years to guests, campers, and alumni. This would be a practical way in which we can return something back to Northland. Any interested persons in any of these areas are encouraged to contact the office (715-324-4200) at their convenience.
FOUNDER’S DAY: On April 15, Northland will celebrate Founder’s Day to emphasize the founder, Paul Patz, and the founding principles that governed Northland in its early days. The program starts at 10:30am with lunch at Noon in Northland’s dining hall. If you cannot attend, we would appreciate it if you would write a letter for Founder’s Day about Papa Patz and/or about Northland. All alumni, friends, community neighbors, and anyone else are invited to come to Founder’s Day. To send your letter and RSVP for the luncheon, please email Debbie Shook at 1DebbieShook@gmail.com by April 7.
BOARD MEETING: We will be having a very important executive board meeting on April 18-20, at Northland, with the new board of directors that God has brought together. We continue to pray for this group of people who have been given an opportunity to continue Northland’s ministry into the future. With wise counsel and strategic vision, Northland’s future certainly looks bright.
SUMMER CAMP: We have three weeks of family camp this summer and are asking alumni families to consider coming to one of these family camps for two reasons: (1) Primarily to provide a fun and relaxing vacation for their family that will build their lives, and (2) to support Northland by showing the region that Northland Camp is still attractive to many people. Of course, we encourage young people to register for teen camp or junior camp. To register or for more information, go to northlandcamp.org .
We continue to ask for your prayers and support for Northland. God bless you. We hope to see you soon.
Camp Testimonial: The Luetke Family
I (Jackie) have been coming to Northland Camp for quite a few years. My husband came with me for several years. Now my daughter and grandson come with me. I have enjoyed the Bible teaching, which has helped me grow in the Lord. I also enjoy the singing and other activities. The relaxed and warm, friendly atmosphere has meant much to me and my family. Each summer we enjoy connecting with others we have met at camp in years past.