Scenic view of trees at camp

Author: Mario Zandstra

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Mario Zandstra

Former President and CEO of Pine Cove

Mario Zandstra served as President and CEO of Pine Cove from 1998-2015, but he will always tell you his roles as follower of Christ, husband to Lynelle and father to their seven kids are his first priority. As the CEO of Pine Cove, Mario was always quick to point out that “Pine Cove exists to be used by God to transform the lives of people for His purposes and His glory”. Mario is now the President of East-West Ministries International, and he and his wife speak often at Family Life Weekend to Remember conferences.


The Defeat of Death

by Mario ZandstraPosted Apr 17, 2014

Cross at Pine Cove Bluffs

As a high school student, I was not the best in my English classes. That struggle continued with me all the way into my freshman classes in college. My struggle has many elements. English was essentially my third language as I was raised speaking Dutch and grew up in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood in southern California. […]

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Camper Story: Celebrating Salvation

by Mario ZandstraPosted Feb 27, 2014

Cheering at Family Camp

Opening days at Pine Cove are filled with festivities. As families are driving into camp, the college staff are cheering and jumping, welcoming the arriving campers to camp for another exciting week. No matter the circumstance, the enthusiastic staff can put a smile on the most skeptical face. This particular week at the Bluffs Family […]

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Ranch Renovation: We Made it!

by Mario ZandstraPosted Jan 14, 2014

Ranch Cabins with girl campers jumping

It’s a time for celebration! Through God’s faithfulness and the generous donations of so many, we made it! We exceeded the minimum requirement of $1,940,000 in gifts and pledges raised, and the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation has given Pine Cove $485,000 for the Ranch project, and we plan to have 18 new cabins ready […]

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Camper Story: Receiving Your Spouse

by Mario ZandstraPosted Jan 6, 2014

Catching Football

At family camp, adults get to enjoy teaching on parenting, marriage, and the Christian life by excellent Christian speakers. One week, our speaker shared the concept of leaving your mother and father, cleaving to your spouse, and receiving them as a gift from God. The speaker shared the “power” of accepting this realization and the commitment […]

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Why We Need Christmas

by Mario ZandstraPosted Dec 5, 2013

Wood Cross and Wood Nativity

We love to celebrate Christmas at the Zandstra house, do you? If you were to ask your friends and families why we celebrate Christmas, you will no doubt get varying answers ranging from, “It’s a time to celebrate family” to “Santa Claus” to “Jesus’ birth.” But, I want to ask a different question… Why do […]

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