clearwater forest

Staff

General inquiries about Clearwater Forest, rentals, and more can be sent to office@clearwaterforest.org or call 218-678-2325 and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you are interested in making a contribution (of dollars, time, or used goods) please reach out to us at donate@clearwaterforest.org.

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Executive Director

Erin Anderson

Erin grew up in Wisconsin and Iowa, following her dad’s job as a pastor. She graduated from Emmetsburg (IA) High School and, eventually, from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she studied English, education, and music (piano performance). Erin has continued her education by earning a master's degree in education, CIS certification, and her administrative license. Erin recently completed graduate work in Nonprofit Management and will be taking courses at Luther Seminary this fall as part of a Leadership and Innovative Ministries program.

Erin's career has encompassed teaching (middle school language arts, high school and college-level literature and writing), running her own piano studio, and school administration.

Within the last couple of years, Erin has felt called out of the realm of education and into ministry. She is passionate about the mission of Clearwater Forest, and she is looking forward to dreaming up an exciting future with the whole Clearwater community!

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hostess

Shelley Watson

Shelley joined our Clearwater staff as official hostess earlier this year. She moved into the gate house and loves living at camp, meeting new people and enjoying the wildlife! Shelley grew up in the Brainerd Lakes area and has 4 children and 9 grandchildren. When she is not spending time with family or busy hosting Clearwater guests, she likes to sew and paint watercolors.

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Director of Facilities

lance baumann

Lance Baumann joined Clearwater Forest’s ministry in early 2016 as the maintenance manager with his expertise and experience in carpentry, plumbing and general construction. He is a native of Aitkin, MN where he lives with his wife and three teenagers. Lance is active in the community with 4-H, construction, volunteering, and more. His favorite thing about Clearwater: “I mostly enjoy meeting people and learning everybody’s stories.”

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hostess

Shelley Watson

Shelley joined our Clearwater staff as official hostess earlier this year. She moved into the gate house and loves living at camp, meeting new people and enjoying the wildlife! Shelley grew up in the Brainerd Lakes area and has 4 children and 9 grandchildren. When she is not spending time with family or busy hosting Clearwater guests, she likes to sew and paint watercolors.

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Administrative Assistant

Hannah Steinke

Hannah joined Clearwater Forest in August of 2023. She grew up in Irondale Township and has moved back to the community to build a new house with her husband and four cats. Hannah went to high school in Crosby and graduated from Widener University (Chester, PA) with a B.S. in Political Science. She enjoys feeding the birds, podcasts, shopping, and making TikToks with her nephews. “I loved attending Church Camp as a kid, and now I finally get to work at one!”

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hostess

Shelley Watson

Shelley joined our Clearwater staff as official hostess earlier this year. She moved into the gate house and loves living at camp, meeting new people and enjoying the wildlife! Shelley grew up in the Brainerd Lakes area and has 4 children and 9 grandchildren. When she is not spending time with family or busy hosting Clearwater guests, she likes to sew and paint watercolors.

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Program Coordinators

Madee Luhrs

Madee Luhrs and Anice Lucas will be working part-time throughout the school year to plan and lead several retreats at Clearwater Forest. We are so thankful for their dedication to this place and for their incredible creativity and organizational skills!

Hi Everyone! My name is Madee Luhrs. I'm from South St. Paul, MN, but I currently live in River Falls, WI. I have been coming to camp for 14 years now, and this is my third summer on staff. I go to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where I'm majoring in Social Studies education. My favorite camp activities are worship, dancing, and boating. I'm excited to see everyone again and be back at camp for another summer!

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hostess

Shelley Watson

Shelley joined our Clearwater staff as official hostess earlier this year. She moved into the gate house and loves living at camp, meeting new people and enjoying the wildlife! Shelley grew up in the Brainerd Lakes area and has 4 children and 9 grandchildren. When she is not spending time with family or busy hosting Clearwater guests, she likes to sew and paint watercolors.

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Anice Lucas

Hi all! My name is Anice Lucas. I'm from Roseville, Minnesota, and I'm currently studying Creative Writing at Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN. I attended Clearwater as a camper for as long as I can remember, and this will be my second year working as staff! I love to bike and rock climb, and obviously, I love to write! I'm so excited to get to work on planning some awesome retreats an seeing all the lovely campers in God's beautiful woods and waters!

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hostess

Shelley Watson

Shelley joined our Clearwater staff as official hostess earlier this year. She moved into the gate house and loves living at camp, meeting new people and enjoying the wildlife! Shelley grew up in the Brainerd Lakes area and has 4 children and 9 grandchildren. When she is not spending time with family or busy hosting Clearwater guests, she likes to sew and paint watercolors.

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hostess

Shelley Watson

Shelley joined our Clearwater staff as official hostess earlier this year. She moved into the gate house and loves living at camp, meeting new people and enjoying the wildlife! Shelley grew up in the Brainerd Lakes area and has 4 children and 9 grandchildren. When she is not spending time with family or busy hosting Clearwater guests, she likes to sew and paint watercolors.


employment Opportunities

Current Openings:

We are looking for a few great people to assist with the housekeeping and kitchen departments. These positions are part-time, 15-20 hrs per week for housekeeping, and varied hours for kitchen staff.

Summer 2024 Employment