Outback Full Time Staff
Pat "Michelangelo" Preston Director
Pat first got involved with Pine Cove in the summer of 2006 where he served as a Counselor and Senior Counselor at the Bluffs Family Camp through the summer of 2007. After his summers at Pine Cove he took time to go to Seminary for a year in Louisville, KY, before returning in 2008 to work full time at the Shores. In 2009 he transitioned down to Columbus, TX where he served as the Associate Director. Pat is originally from Mobile, AL (Roll Tide!) and graduated from University of Mobile with a degree in Biblical Theology. Pat met his wife Meghan at Mobile and after graduation in December of 2007 was blessed to marry her. They have three children: Aaden, Ellie, and Adley. Pat has a passion for God’s truth, and a desire to intentionally shepherd people in God’s grace and for God’s Glory.
Philip "Lo Siento" Coleman Associate Director
Philip recently graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in Christian Ministry. He first heard of Pine Cove during his freshman year of college and decided to apply. After working the summers of 2010- 2012 as a Counselor, Assistant Program Director, and Program Director, he joined the full-time staff as the Outback Associate Director. Philip was born and grew up in Longview, TX before moving to Dallas to attend DBU. He is engaged to marry his best friend, and both are excited to start their new lives in Columbus, TX. Philip is serious about making disciples and having fun, and couldn't be more excited to take part in what God is doing in and through the ministry of Pine Cove.
Barbara "Squeel Chair" Thalman Guest Services
Barbara serves as the Guest Services Coordinator at Pine Cove Outback. She grew up in Spring, Texas and attended college at the University of Arkansas. Woo Pig Sooie! While in college she studied Communication and served on a ministry team to high school students. She was introduced to Pine Cove as a student of the 2013 Forge class, a leadership and discipleship training program. She joined resident staff at Outback in May of 2013 and is passionate about teaching others to walk by faith by receiving the Lord's daily gifts of grace!
Outback Summer Staff
Around here we have a saying that "Our staff is our program." By this we mean that we place a high standard on whom we hire for our summer staff position. The activities at camp are fun, the skits will make you laugh, and the music is loud, but it is the staff that will encourage, invest in, and model Jesus for your child. We interview thousands of college students to hire just a few hundred. Our screening process is intense and long, but worth it! We are committed to making sure your child is cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually.