Who We Are

About Us

Five Pines Ministries is a non-denominational summer day camp, retreat center, and Christian discipleship ministry, motivated by the mission, "Reaching Out, Challenging Youth, Changing Lives through Jesus Christ."

Five Pines Ministries exists to provide our guests—especially youth—with the experience of the abundant life through experiential education, discipleship, evangelistic outreach opportunities, and Christian hospitality.

Meet The Team

Four full-time, year round staff make up the core of our team. We are also joined by many hourly and volunteer staff who make our mission and ministry possible. If you are interested in joining our team, please Click Here!

Nate Parsons

Nate is our Executive Director. He has been with the ministry since September of 2017.

Michelle Lemanski

Michelle is our Office Coordinator. She grew up involved with the ministry and joined full-time in September of 2019.

Jim & Judy Scofield

Jim and Judy founded Five Pines Ministries and continue to be involved in crafts, on the board, groundskeeping, and much more!

Joel Swanson

Joel serves as our high adventure coordinator and program associate. He has been on the team since September 2017.

Diane Fisher

Diane is our food service manager and oversees all of our kitchen operations. She joined our team in May of 2020.

Vision Statement

Be an innovative camping facility, specializing in equipping Christians, assisting the church, and reaching the lost by striving for excellence in the areas of experiential education, discipleship, evangelistic outreach opportunities, and Christian hospitalitydriven by the integrity, teamwork and creativity of our staff, with the goal of impacting our community and beyond.

Ministry Goals

Ministry Objectives

  • Challenge people to develop a meaningful relationship with Christ

  • Challenge people to develop a meaningful relationship with each other

  • Challenge people to see themselves as God sees them; no more and no less

  • Challenge individuals to explore their physical limits

  • Make available to the local church and community the use of the facilities of Five Pines

  • Organized camping opportunities for youth ages 5 through 17

  • Programs for high school and college-age youth, including weekly meetings focused on discipleship, and monthly evangelistic outreaches

  • An adventure program for area schools and churches for personal development and enrichment through challenge confrontation in a supportive environment

  • Retreat opportunities for families and individuals by renting the facilities of Five Pines to churches, schools, and other organizations

Core Values

  • God's Word

    • We have a passion to share Christ, equip believers, and live our lives according to the Biblical principles. "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10b

  • Prayer

    • We are called to be a people of prayer, intimately seeking God's heart. "This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it - the LORD is his name; Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Jeremiah 33:2-3

  • Accountability

    • We are committed to regularly evaluating all aspects of our ministry to maintain an environment of responsibility. "Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you." Hebrews13:17

  • Christ-like character

    • We strive to exhibit the characteristics of Christ. "Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4

  • Community

    • We desire to build an environment that connects people to our mission. "So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another." Romans 12:5

  • Servanthood

    • We endeavor to serve with love through Christian hospitality. "But Jesus called them to Himself and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.'" Matthew 20:25-28

  • Stewardship

    • We are dedicated to responsibly manage the Lord's resources. "The one who had received five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'" Matthew 25:20-21

  • Excellence

    • We are committed to accomplishing our mission with excellence, using innovative and compelling approaches. "Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in your love for us—see that you excel in this gracious work also." 2 Corinthians 8:7

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