About Us
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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. 



Forge Director - Jared "Shock N Awww" Schuler

Jared joined the staff of Pine Cove in 2012. He earned a Bachelors degree from Anderson University in Indiana and a M.Div. from Southern Seminary. He and his wife Heather or "Heart and Sew" have four children, Avery, Hannah, Lily and Hudson. In his free time, Jared enjoys spending time with his family, building things, reading good books and all things sporty, especially watching the Oklahoma Sooners play football.

Women's Director - Katelyn "Mando" Sullins

Katelyn is passionate about life change happening within the context of relationship, and considers it a privilege to serve in this discipleship role. After graduating from Texas A&M University, she met her husband, Tyler, while on summer staff at Pine Cove. In the in-between, Katelyn enjoys spending time with friends, trying new things, and going on adventures with their crazy dog, River.

Men's Director - Jake "Dr. Shakel" Collins

Before coming onto staff at Pine Cove, Jake studied Biology and Genetics at Texas A&M University and enjoyed a short tenure in medicine. He is now continuing his graduate studies at New Orleans Seminary and familiarizing himself with backcountry exploration in his spare time. Jake enjoys mountaineering, story telling, writing, photography, college 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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