Scenic view of trees at camp

Remembering Our Founder Bill McKenzie

by Pine Cove


Bill “Red Baron” McKenzie

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” –Ephesians 3:20

It is with great sadness that Pine Cove shares today that its founder, William T. (Bill) McKenzie went to be with the Lord this morning. He was a man full of vision and action, and his personal faith in Jesus Christ was the cornerstone of his life.

Bill was the visionary behind Pine Cove. In 1963 while standing on his father’s land that would become Pine Cove, he heard the Lord say to him, “I’m going to make this a showplace for my glory.” God took what began as two 20-bed cabins on seven acres of land and grew it into 12 camps in Texas and South Carolina, proclaiming the Gospel to more than one and a half million people over the last six decades.

“Red Baron” remained active his entire life in the ministry of Pine Cove, serving as president of the board, board member emeritus, and as a long-time advisor. He was a frequent visitor and familiar face at Pine Cove, attending this summer’s closing ceremonies just a few weeks ago.

We will miss this humble and mighty servant for God and pray for Bill’s wife, Sharon, along with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His impact on the Kingdom will be felt for generations because of his willingness to listen to God’s calling.

Bill McKenzie has run the good race and now is truly home.

“You’re not ready to die until you have lived for something that will outlive you long after you are gone.” —Bill McKenzie


The Pine Cove family is invited to attend the memorial service and visitation for Bill McKenzie. The visitation will be at Stewart Family Funeral Home (7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, Tyler, Texas 75703) on Monday, Sept. 2 from 4 – 6 p.m. The service will be held in the chapel at Green Acres Baptist Church (1607 Troup Highway, Tyler, Texas 75701) on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m.

At the family’s request, if desired, donations in honor of Bill McKenzie can be made to Pine Cove, Green Acres Baptist Church’s music department or Hospice of East Texas.

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Posted Aug 27, 2019

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