Whispering Pines Retreat was originally the estate of Gustav and Dorothea Strandt. Mr. Strandt's love of God's creation is evident throughout the retreat. In the 30's he planted a 10 acre pine plantation which extends along the west side of the property. The lake and channel on the property were manmade, and are home to several varieties of ducks, geese, otter, and occasionally beaver. Eagles, osprey and kingfisher are regular visitors on the small lake. Fox and deer are seen frequently around the property. The most compelling feature of Whispering Pines Retreat is the deep sense of peace that permeates the property. The 90 acres of woods and water lend themselves to reflection and thoughtfulness.

In 1972, Dr. Norbert Dettman, Mr. Strandt's son-in-law, gave the estate to Concordia College, carrying out the wishes of Mr. Strandt's will. It is now a year-round inter-denominational retreat center. The summer months are ideal for family reunions at Whispering Pines. Our guests also include youth groups, church boards, men's and women's retreats, school groups, professional groups, church family camps, and campus and para-church groups.