Doug Giese, Associate Pastor, Marriage & Family Ministries, Unleashing Ministries


Doug Giese, Associate Pastor

Marriage & Family Ministries, Unleashing Ministries

Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies & Christian Ministries: Oak Hills Christian College
Master of Science, Family Life Ministry: Concordia University

Pastor Doug has a heart as big as the great outdoors! In vocational ministry since 1987, he has been with us at The Covenant since 2004, caring and counseling hurting people, teaching, coaching and encouraging for stronger marriages and families, creating a safe place for young and old alike. Many confessions of faith happen on Doug’s couch, and many relationships begin to heal there. Doug’s deep desire is to reflect the love of Christ into the dark places of brokenness that only God’s love can mend. With a twinkle in his eye, and a huge smile on his face, Doug is truly a reflection of that love. Along with his wife, Jan, to whom he accounts all wisdom and patience, they have four children, all married, and 10 wonderful grandchildren, who are, in the eyes of their grandpa, the best, smartest, and funniest grandchildren ever! Oh! And their parents are pretty great, too. Doug’s great escape is in landscaping and gardening, with the most lush green lawn and bright flowers you’ll ever see in Northern Minnesota.




Lori Brama, Manager, Office


Lori Brama, Manager

Office & Finance

Bachelor of Science, Education, Social Studies & German: Bemidji State University

Lori is “She Who Holds It All Together.” She has worked in bookkeeping and business management since 1980, joining The Covenant family in 1995. Office Manager seems like such a simple title for someone who is responsible for keeping the church moving along with her gifts of organization and administration, communications, calendar and facilities scheduling, budget, payroll, and accounting, and many other tasks fall under her purview. Lori manages the church's Operations with excellence and efficiency, no matter what crisis arises. She and her husband Gary have been married since 1976, with two grown daughters, Holly and Nicole, and 5 grandkids who keep her laughing. But her 3 “fur” kids are her favorite playmates – taking part in dog sports like flyball, agility, and obedience many weekends out of the year. Lori is also heavily involved in 4H both locally and in the state, specializing in dog training and poultry. Her dog training and obedience classes are well known in the area, and when she has a spare moment, reading and audio books are how she unwinds. Chocolate and coffee are her weaknesses and she is hands down, queen of the office prank.




Nicholas Jackson, Director, Worship Ministries


Nicholas Jackson, Director

Worship Ministries

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing and Graphic Design: Bemidji State University

Since July, 2012, Nicholas has been our lead Worshipper, drawing together a diverse team of musicians, instrumentalists, and audio/technical skilled people to create intentional opportunities and spaces for worship. A gifted storyteller at heart, Nicholas helps us live into this moment in God's larger Story, drawing our eyes upwards to pour out praise, offer our gratitude, and respond to the truths we've been given. He and his wife, Christina, the love of his life, have three children, Avery, Mary, and Cosette, who are Nicholas's favorite playmates. Nicholas is also a skilled illustrator, creating our memories of childhood and fantasy on paper for the next generation to dream about. A cup of Irish Breakfast tea, good conversation, and long walks are just some of the things that make him smile. (And a good banana cream pie!)


Sarah Holt, Director, Student Ministries


Sarah Holt, Director

Student Ministries

Associate of Arts, Biblical Studies: Oak Hills Christian College
Bachelor of Arts, Christian Ministries (in progress): Crown College

A mom at heart, Sarah is in her element working with our students – 6th -12th grade. Coming out of a background of lay ministry and church planting, Sarah has been with The Covenant since 2009, joining the NextGen Ministries staff in 2011.Though much of what she does is administrative – communications, event planning, facilitating and partnering with parents and lay leaders of the student ministry- her joy is making opportunities happen for ministry, for relationship, and for God to move. Sarah’s passion is helping students find their identity in Christ, and understand how deeply they are loved. She loves spending time with students and hearing their heart. Happily married to her husband Joe since 1991, they have two children in college, Catherine and Marshall. When not hanging out with teens or working in the office, Sarah loves to read classics, watch science fiction, and spend time with family and friends. She loves black tea, Janna’s cheesecake, Disney movies, and still has her own coloring books and a box of 96 crayons she doesn’t share.




Darla Haseltine, Director

Kids Ministries


Terri Bentler, Assistant, Office


Terri Bentler


Secretarial Certification: Northwest Technical College

Terri is the bright welcoming face of our main office. A secretary for over 25 years, she has been with us at The Covenant since 2008, answering the phones, typing the bulletin, and helping Lori with church Operations and keeping all the communications and planning running smoothly. Happily married since 1982, she and her husband Dan have two grown children, Andrew and Heather, and one grandson, Jaxon, the light of Terri’s life. She loves reading, long walks, family time and spending time at church cooking, and assisting with communion, as well as providing intercessory prayer. Terri’s smile is contagious, and her laughter often fills the office. When needed, chocolate is the way to her heart. But Terri is always willing to share.