Pine Cove’s Forge program exists to develop followers and prepare leaders for a lifetime of good works. Over the course of 8-months, Forge students discover their God-given design through intentional discipleship, adventure, serving our guests, and interactive classroom experiences. Since 2005, The Forge has become one of the most effective learning environments available to young men and women who are interested in spiritual growth, leadership development, and life direction.
Matt is the founding director of the Forge program and has been overseeing its ministry since the fall of 2005. He lives in Tyler with his wife, Darcie, and their three children. Matt has earned a Bachelors degree from Texas Christian University and a Master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. In his free time, Matt enjoys writing, amateur photography, genealogical research, golf, and wrestling with his kids.
Texas-born and raised, Katelyn is glad to call this city home. After graduating from Texas A&M University, Katelyn worked in women's ministry, then married her Alabama sweetheart, Tyler. They served in the heart of Dallas and enjoyed a brief career in finance before returning to East Texas, and are both now on resident staff at Pine Cove. Katelyn is a learner, creator, and celebrator who loves walking alongside others as they understand themselves and their Creator in a way that brings hope and joy.
Born and raised in Denton, Texas, Jake studied Biology and Genetics at The University of Texas A&M before a short tenure in medicine. He now serves as the Associate Director of the Forge and is continuing his graduate studies in Psychology. Jake enjoys the outdoors, football, and is passionate about seeing men realize/actualize their masculine identity as God's men.
In 2003, Pine Cove recognized that the future of its ministry would not be limited by money or opportunity, but by the lack of leadership. Pine Cove wanted to be involved in the developing of leaders not only for its own future, but also for the Kingdom of God. So, the senior leadership formulated a cross-departmental team of employees who began brainstorming what leadership development could look like at Pine Cove.
By 2004, the team decided that a full 8-month program based at Pine Cove should be established and that it should be called the Forge. It was advertised to summer counselors that year and received a tremendous response. So, in the fall of 2005, Pine Cove’s first class of 12 Forge students arrived and began what has now become one of the premier discipleship programs in the United States. Since then, it has more than doubled in size and ministered to almost 300 students over the years.
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