Okontoe Fellowship has provided a place of rest, refuge and Christian discipleship since 1971. Our homes, cabins and campground are located on 80 acres of northwoods forest on a private, non-motorized lake.
Bill and Willie Barr, who had served in India as missionaries, bought the property. It already had the campground and the “lake” house—where the Selin family lives now.
Mark Patten became Okontoe’s director in the late 70s and held that role until his death in 2019. He and his wife, Nancy—daughter of Bill and Willie—raised their family here.
In the 70s and 80s dozens of teens came through Discipleship Camp (DC) and Advanced Discipleship Camp (ADC). Boundary Waters canoe trips were a primary tool in DC and outreach into Native American villages of Canada were a primary tool in ADC.
Also in those years Okontoe established a Mission House in the Native village of Fort Hope, Ontario. The missionary families that lived there established strong relationships with the little church there that continue to this day.
For many years you could hear the howling and activity of a couple dozen sled dogs from the Patten yard. Then from 1995-2015, the Patten family and Okontoe staff ran a very successful sleigh ride business that saw guests from every state in the US and several countries.
Throughout the years, various young adults, older adults, married couples and families have spent a season at Okontoe for “live-in” discipleship. Some stayed a week or two, others a year or more. And many, many people have been blessed by the beautiful campground and cabins, the natural beauty of the area, the quiet lake and the Christian fellowship.
This is the short version 🙂