Spiritual Life

Our Goal

As a Christian School, Pinares’ goal is that the students demonstrate respect for God, authority, and others; understand and apply Christian values by displaying character traits of integrity, honesty, service, and sensitivity to others and thoughtfully consider accepting a personal, growing relationship with God. Because of that, we have different Christian Programs to encourage the students to know more about God and have a personal relationship with Him.

Elementary Spiritual Life

Welcome to Elementary Spiritual Life!

I’m Natalie Hoist, I‘m from Michigan and come from a big family whom I love very much! This is my 3rd year working at Pinares but my 1st year in the Spiritual Life role😊. I taught 6th grade for the past 2 years. I love being outdoors, hiking, spending time with my friends and going to coffee shops! I feel so blessed that I get to work with kids and teach them about God’s Word. I look forward to seeing our kids learn and grow!

At ALP we believe that the most crucial and important part of their education here is their relationship with Jesus Christ.

In this challenging and uncertain time, it is so encouraging to know that our God does not change and that we know all His promises hold true! This year will look different for everyone, however we can hold true to God’s word. 

We care most about their hearts and our desire is for each student to know and love Jesus as their personal savior. Through chapels, challenge club, small groups, and personal relationships with these students, we desire to point them to God’s truth in His word. We will be beginning this year holding online chapels and Challenge Club. Through creative elements we will continue to study God’s word virtually and engage students to grow in their personal walks with the Lord. Elementary students will continue to study different themes during this year which will point them to trust in our God and know the depth of His love. We will also be meeting and continuing to disciple students online, encouraging them in their personal relationships with Jesus! We pray God will open their eyes to who He is and draw them close to Him.

Another very important part of this ministry is singing with them in worship and training their hearts to worship God in truth. This will also be done virtually until God calls us to be together in person! Music that proclaims God’s truth during this season is so crucial- and we pray that this truth is written upon the hearts of the students. 

It is a great honour and calling to be able to lead these children in this ministry and pray over their hearts. My prayer for ALP families in this new year comes from Ephesians 3:17b-19a: 

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ”.

Natalie Hoist


Our students meet once a week during their chapel time to worship in song and be taught the scriptures in a creative way. Our desire is to tune these children’s hearts to know, fear and love God.

Challenge Club

Challenge Club is a fun after-school program for our fifth and sixth graders to grow in their personal relationship with God. There is an active game time and a large group worship, followed by a small group bible study to dive deeper into the scriptures.

High School Spiritual Life

Welcome to High School Spiritual Life!

It’s an honor to be part of the spiritual journey God has for the youth at ALP and might I add, what a journey.

Here at ALP, we believe that the most important aspect of their education is their relationship with Jesus Christ. It is at the very top of our priorities to encourage, guide, and walk with every teen to become or continue being disciples of Christ. In an uncertain world, He is our hope, our rock.

This past year shook our lives in ways we could never have imagined and it has challenged us to change. And although change is challenging, in Christ, we face it as an opportunity, or at least that’s what we aim for. We might not always hit the target, which is why spiritual life is also about communion with others. Being there for each other and developing meaningful relationships that go with you along this journey of life.

So, what else have we learned during this challenging time? God has given us the ability to create new ways of growing spiritually. We’ve been having virtual chapels inviting people from different parts of the world, small groups, bible series through our newest platform Right Now Media, and monthly interactive bible study sessions in ALIVE. We constantly pray so that every activity, even those yet to come, reaches out to everyone and gets us closer to Jesus.

My hope and prayer are that we, as a family, move forward, steadfast, looking up to Our Saviour, Jesus.


Manuel Sierra
High School Spiritual Life Coordinator


Always In View of Eternity. This after school spiritual life program is geared towards our 7th-12th grade one Friday every month. On these Fridays our students listen to a special speaker with a devotional and participate in dynamic activities.


Our high school students can choose to participate in teacher led discipleship groups which focus on different areas of spiritual growth. This program is focused on helping those who participate grow their personal relationship with God.


Students can participate in two different types of spiritual retreats during the school year. Each school year students are invited to a one-day retreat to start off the year. Later in the year there is an opportunity for them to participate in a second retreat directed to their age group.


Our 7th-12th grade students are encouraged to serve others while visiting various areas in our community and share the Gospel with all who don’t know the Lord as their personal Savior.