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Meet our Year-Round Staff

Meet the Camp Lebanon year-round staff members, a dedicated team of individuals who love the Lord and are committed to Camp Lebanon’s varied summer camp and year-round retreat ministries. We welcome you to connect via email or stop by when you are driving near Upsala, Minnesota!

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"Bobber Bill" Abeler
Executive Director
“Bobber Bill" started his time as Camp Director in 1986. His favorite assignments include welcoming summer youth campers, hosting family and senior adult events, and taking kids fishing.
On April Fool’s Day of 1986 Bill came “home” to Camp Lebanon, returning to lead the ministry that meant the world to him and his family in his growing up years going back to 1966. Raised in Anoka, MN, Bill graduated from Northwestern College (St. Paul) and then earned his Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL). In addition to developing and communicating Camp’s vision, Bill overseas the program ministries for families, men, and senior adults. “Bobber Bill’s” favorite assignments include welcoming summer youth campers, hosting family and senior adult events, and taking kids fishing. Bill is married to Lisa, his best friend and Camp partner. God blessed them with three amazing children: Monte, Marie, and Matthew. Bill’s hobbies start with fishing, teaching Bible to grade schoolers, and organizing other people’s fun. His favorite verse: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called ‘children of God’ – and that is what we are!” (I John 3:1)
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Lisa Abeler
Director of Women's Ministries
Lisa began serving at Camp in 1986, alongside her husband, "Bobber Bill." Famous for her "woo-hooing", she loves connecting with women and inspiring others to follow Christ.
Lisa (aka Mrs. Bobber Bill!) grew up on a dairy farm in South Dakota. A graduate of Northwestern College (UNW-SP), Lisa has been serving together with Bill at Camp since 1986. Lisa
 coordinates fall and winter women’s retreats, quilting & scrapbooking events, and the Mother/Daughter Retreat. She also dreams of starting “language exploration and exchange” camps in Spanish and Chinese. She loves “connections” and is passionate about missions and inspiring women to find a deep and satisfying love for God’s Word. Lisa and Bill have three grown children: Monte, Marie & Matthew. Lisa enjoys “woo-hooing” at ball games, fishing, hiking, music, and a good book. She also loves “speed scrabble” and getting snowed in with her family
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Rich Olson
Director of Youth Ministries
Rich has a long history with Camp, but started his current role in 2014. As a "WOO", he's the perfect guy for his job!
In a nutshell, Rich would say he is a guy who loves Jesus, coffee, talking about Jesus over coffee, music, people, and ultimate Frisbee. Rich’s history with Camp Lebanon is a long one. He first visited camp as a toddler and has not stopped coming back. He worked through the entire Junior Staff program and worked six summers on Senior Staff before becoming the Director of Youth Ministries. Rich married Anna Olson in May of 2015. Rich has a degree in Theology from Ottawa University. As well as having a passion for youth and for camping ministry, he has a deep passion for music and worshiping God through song. He is excited to see the progression of God’s sovereign plan for his life!
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Jim Flaa
Food Service Manager
Better known as "Chef Jim, he began his full time work at Camp in 2004.
Jim has a long history at Camp Lebanon, first as a camper in the 1960’s and then as summer staff in 1972-73. Jim came to work at camp as full time food service manager in 2004, bringing with him over 35 years of food service experience. Jim and his wife, Sylvia, live in Grey Eagle and they have three children: Anna, Sam, and Ruthie.
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Marc Nelson
Business & Technology Manager
Marc began his time at Camp in 1999 and plays a key role in managing Camp's financials and technology.
For Marc, ministry is all about impacting and changing lives for Christ. His first ministry, since signing on at Camp in 1999 to help organize its books and harness technology, has been to serve Christ with the gifts he’s been given. His overriding vision is to bring focus and clarity to Camp’s financial position. His passion is to research the tools and technologies that will best serve to enhance God’s Ministry. “For me, the many ways in which lives are impacted and changed is confirmation that God is at work here!” Marc said. “And knowing that I somehow have had a small part in all of this brings joy to my heart!”
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Monte Abeler
Director of Guest Ministries & Marketing
Monte, "Marketing Guy," grew up at Camp, but officially joined the full-time staff team in 2016. Stationed in the Twin Cities, his mission is connect with churches and get the word out about Camp.
Born and raised in Upsala (MN), Monte is a 2012 graduate of the University of Northwestern – St. Paul where he earned his degree in Marketing while minoring in Accounting and Bible. Prior to being hired at Camp, he worked as an Account Executive for Ewald Consulting in St. Paul for four years where he served as the Executive Director of four professional associations providing leadership in budgeting, marketing, member engagement, event planning, and board administration. These experiences prepared him well for his new position at Camp Lebanon, which focuses on church and donor connections, marketing, social media, and program ministries. “I’m excited to use my God-given skills to improve the reach of Camp Lebanon as it looks to form life-giving partnerships with churches, ministries, and guests as a whole.” Monte resides in the metro area, giving Camp Lebanon its first ever full-time presence in the Twin Cities.
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Linda Langner
Housekeeping Supervisor
Linda has helped Camp stay clean since 2000 and has an amazing ability of making Camp a wonderful experience for all.
Married to Andy, Linda has three grown children (Jennifer, Stacey and Jacob) and two precious grandchildren. They live about 3.5 miles from Upsala on a farm in the country. “I love working at Camp Lebanon because it’s a peaceful place to work and I love making our guests feel welcomed with the clean rooms available to them,” she said.
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Sylvia Flaa
Housekeeping / Food Service
Sylvia helps Camp in many areas throughout the year!
Tony Cluka
Food Service Assistant
When Tony isn't cooking, he's singing for all to hear in the kitchen.
Craig Knudtson
Facilities Assistant
Craig start working at Camp in 2013 and has thought about being a Camp caretaker since he was in high school.
Craig enjoys being back in the Christian camp setting, which God used to make a huge impact in his life. As a ninth grader he encountered the truth and love of Christ at his church camp. Looking back on that experience, he said, “It was during those high school and early young adult years I often thought of being a camp caretaker, and now 35 years later it’s a dream fulfilled.” Craig is a husband to one and father to six. His family moved from the Twin Cities to the Upsala area in 2001, and they love it! He also enjoys singing bluegrass gospel music with the family, milking a few cows, and riding motorcycle!
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Vern Frericks
Facilities / Grounds
Vern plays a significant role in helping Camp's facilities and grounds look clean and fresh.
Anna Olson
Ministry & Marketing Assistant
Anna started on at Camp in 2014 and loves helping out at her favorite place in the world.
Anna is so excited to be working at her favorite place in the world. Camp Lebanon has been on Anna’s heart since she was a shy little Super Kid. Her dream was always to be on Sr. Staff and to take part in the fellowship of a close-knit community serving together. She worked on Jr. Staff throughout high school, and she was a part of the summer staff team from 2008 to 2012. Even after that, she kept coming back to her home away from home. Though she seems quiet and reserved at first, she loves to sit down and talk about books and movies and Jesus—especially if those discussions can take place over coffee or tea! She graduated from Northwestern College (UNW-SP) with a degree in English, part of her quest to write children’s novels someday. She married her best friend, Rich Olson, in May 2015 and can’t wait to see where God will take them next!
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