Tree of Life daycare and preschool is an outreach ministry of West Pines Baptist Church designed to reach the local community on both a practical and spiritual level. Christ has made His purpose for Christians very clear with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), that we should strive to share our knowledge of God and His love. Tree of Life Child Care is one way the members of West Pines and the staff of Tree of Life can fulfill this awesome command.


At Tree of Life Child Care Ministry, we desire for the children in our care to not only be surrounded by loving, caring people, but also for them to grow and learn. We have chosen to incorporate A Beka Book® curriculum into our classrooms. Colors, numbers, and letters will be explored using stories, worksheets, and flashcards.

Mission Statement

Our mission at Tree of Life Child Care Ministry is to provide a loving and safe environment where the gospel of Jesus Christ is lived out and where children can grow and learn. We desire for Tree of Life to be a professional place with a loving, Christian atmosphere where parents/guardians feel confident and comfortable leaving their children.



Annalisa Porter, wife of Pastor Rick Porter, Director of Highland Lake Baptist Camp attend Gasburg Baptist Church.  They were blessed with one son.  She has over 30 years of experience in Case Management for State vouchers, various children ministries, as director or head of departments. She has worked in Supervisor capacity in a 4 Star Licensed Daycare and Ministry Daycare establishments.  Annalisa earned a CDA and has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.


Assistant Director

Tracy Joiner graduated from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio with a bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She taught at Bethesda Christian School in Brownsburg IN for over 15 years in various classes including PreK, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade.  Tracy and her husband have 3 grown children including one daughter who followed in Tracy’s footsteps and is a public school teacher.


Assistant Director

Patricia Gray has been with Tree of Life Child Care Ministry since 2017

Kitchen Manager

Elizabeth Pierce is the Kitchen Manager and provides morning snack, hot lunches, and afternoon snack.   The meals are nutritious and meet state guidelines for balanced nutrition.  Breakfast is also an option at Tree of Life for a small fee.