About Okontoe

Okontoe Fellowship has provided a place of rest, refuge and Christian discipleship and ministry 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.

Ben Selin is Okontoe’s current Executive Director. He lives on the property with his wife, Jody, and their four children (when their oldest two aren’t away at college!).

Okontoe celebrated its 50th Anniversary in August of 2022 with a campout on-site, hosting almost 200 long-time friends and former staff!

To learn all about our rich history, please see Okontoe’s History page.

Meet Okontoe’s Staff and Board of Directors