Timber Bay

About

Timber Bay History

Timber Bay, a ministry of Youth Investment Foundation, is an organization of dedicated youth workers committed to personal, ongoing mentorship with young people.

Since 1970, Timber Bay has accomplished this through a combination of camping retreats and personal ongoing follow-up in communities throughout the upper Midwest.

From the beginning, our unified focus has been to help teens discover the emotional and spiritual healing that Christ can bring to their lives.

You’ll agree real impact takes time and balanced growth for a teen happens when well-developed support systems are in place. One-time events and mountaintop experiences are not nearly as effective as having a safe, healthy community, where long-term mentors walk with teens through everyday life.

Without strong support systems like Timber Bay, youth are more likely to make poor choices, fall into destructive behaviors, and perpetuate negative cycles. Without someone to guide them they struggle to overcome the obstacles in their lives.

Timber Bay Leadership

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Jon Ring

President
Jon has been a part of Timber Bay since 1982 when he started as an intern. In 1984, he became our Brainerd Area Director. Jon now serves as Timber Bay’s President. Jon’s vision is to build Timber Bay’s capacity for serving more youth through long-term mentoring relationships.

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Mark Ritchie

Chief Operating Officer
Mark is the operational brain behind the organization. He has been with us helping to run our camp in Onamia, MN since 1982 and has been Camp Director since 1998. He also serves as our Chief Operating Officer.

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Timber Bay Board of Directors

Reverend Paul D. Johnson
Jean Johnson
John Prichard
Lisa Richards

Jon Ring
Reverend Kevin Sharpe
Wayne Thyren (Staff Representative)
Joanne Zeidler

Timber Bay Ministries is a part of the Youth Investment Foundation. A volunteer Board of Directors governs YIF and an annual audit is conducted.

Financial statements and letters of reference are available upon request.

Timber Bay Central Services Staff

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Jeff Grams
Ministry Partnership Development Director

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Brad Lien
Chaplain

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Dick Plaep
Chief of Stuff

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Jann Rhubee
Comptroller

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Mick Thielen
IT Director

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Mark Thyren
Director of Advancement

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Laura Tolifson
Corporate Secretary

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Anna Whiteis
Donor Services

Timber Bay Community Group Staff

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Rachel Abele
Minnetonka Area

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Bill Agens
Pequot Lakes Area Director

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Christina Apikelis
Brooklyn Center Area

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Dave Bennett
Brainerd Area Director

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Paul Bishop
Youth Mentor

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Eric Boal
Minnetonka Area Director

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Troy Bondy
Elk River Area Director

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Mark Busse
Waconia Area Director

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Rosie Elizondo
Elk River Area

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Ellie Felber
Minnetonka Area

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Leah Freichels
Buffalo Area Outreach Staff

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Katrina Gallagher
Minnetonka Area Youth Outreach

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Steve Hanson
Bemidji Area Director

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Michael Joneson
Elk River Area

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Sue Jostad
Birchwood Area Volunteer

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Dustin Kleinenberg
Bemidji Volunteer

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Charity Knauff
Birchwood Area Director

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Kenny Kraft
Work Crew Coordinator - Minnetonka

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Erica Koch
Brooklyn Center Area

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Bruce Kratky
Buffalo Area Outreach Staff

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Todd McQuown
Spirit Lake Area Director

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Dan Miles
Monticello Area Director

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Paul Miller
Emerge Director

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Jeanne Oelrich
Waconia Area

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Nathan Schlatter
Brooklyn Center Area

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Ashley Smith
Pequot Lakes Area

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Joel Svenson
Elk River Area

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Paul Thyren
Brooklyn Center Area

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Wayne Thyren
Brooklyn Center Area Director

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Fes Trimble
Waconia Area

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Paul Vorderbruggen
Buffalo Area Director

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Renee Wixon
Brooklyn Center Volunteer

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Olivia Whitaker
Buffalo Area Outreach Staff

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Timber Bay Camp Staff

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Rachael Hanson
Camp Staff - Rae's Hope Horse Ministry

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Bill Lewis
Camp Staff

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Mitch Theis
Camp Staff

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