Bair Lake Bible Camp

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Bair Lake Bible Camp is an independent, evangelical Christian, camp and retreat center located in southwestern Michigan. Founded in 1957, Bair Lake Bible Camp owns 90 acres of land positioned on Bair Lake.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bair Lake Bible Camp
12500 Prang St.
Jones, MI 49061


Phone: 269-244-5193

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 386088246

CEO/President: Drew Gardner

Chairman: John Beaghan

Board size: 12

Founder: Plymouth Brethren churches

Ruling year: 1958

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2000


Bair Lake Bible Camp exists to inspire this generation to encounter God.

Mission statement

Bair Lake Bible Camp provides a safe place for families, churches, groups, and individuals to come and experience the truth and love of God in an authentic community through Christian camps and retreats.

Statement of faith

- We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.

- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

- We believe that God created the universe and everything in it. The culminating work of His creative activity was the creation of human beings, male and female, who are made in His image. Therefore, from the moment of conception until natural death, human life should be cherished and protected.

- We believe the Lord Jesus to be both truly God and truly man. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

- We believe that every person is fallen, sinful and lost. We firmly maintain that no one is saved by an act of his own will alone. The Holy Spirit brings about the new birth and works in the soul of the sinner, convicting him of sin, repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling a Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

- We believe that the Gospel should be proclaimed to every person on earth, and that it is the responsibility of all who hear the Gospel to repent of their sins and rebellion against God, to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and receive justification and the forgiveness of sins.

- We believe that redemption is wholly by the blood of Christ; that salvation is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; and that every true child of God possesses eternal life and will never perish.

- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are in Christ will receive glorified bodies and dwell forever with the Lord in Heaven. Those who are spiritually lost will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment.

- We believe the marital relationship, instituted by God, is between one man and one woman only, and establishes the only proper pattern of sexual relations. Furthermore, we believe that gender is ordained by God and cannot be changed or altered by human will.

- We believe that the universal church, a living organism known as the body of Christ, is composed of all believers of every age since its inception at Pentecost. We believe that Christ is the head of the church and is Himself its Savior. We believe that local churches are composed of believers in any community who assemble in Christ's name.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Camps/Conference Centers

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating710 of 111026 of 36
Fund acquisition rating270 of 11119 of 37
Resource allocation rating779 of 111127 of 37
Asset utilization rating871 of 111030 of 36

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$78,118$43,083$17,598$13,600$18,388
Short-term investments$107,856$100,430$131,231$112,911$113,892
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,228,556$1,043,763$1,213,868$1,144,983$908,079
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$5,149,942$4,609,188$4,082,405$4,017,856$4,145,630
Other long-term assets$0$0$273,459$0$0
Total long-term assets$5,149,942$4,609,188$4,355,864$4,017,856$4,145,630
Total assets$6,378,498$5,652,951$5,569,732$5,162,839$5,053,709
Payables and accrued expenses$68,302$53,192$62,996$28,136$81,731
Other current liabilities$108,792$92,265$70,062$89,703$44,871
Total current liabilities$177,094$145,457$133,058$117,839$126,602
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$390,540$0$0$109,679$115,027
Total liabilities$567,634$145,457$133,058$227,518$241,629
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$5,058,440$4,716,794$4,574,384$4,125,411$4,024,214
With donor restrictions$752,424$790,700$862,290$809,910$787,866
Net assets$5,810,864$5,507,494$5,436,674$4,935,321$4,812,080
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$796,944$580,313$686,534$638,879$363,157
Program service revenue$1,080,320$914,979$759,086$453,583$936,721
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$20,942($19,673)$25,659$100,329$176,076
Other revenue$22,461$21,398$291,531$38,127$14,985
Total other revenue$1,123,723$916,704$1,076,276$592,039$1,127,782
Total revenue$1,920,667$1,497,017$1,762,810$1,230,918$1,490,939
Program services$1,247,724$1,108,476$969,314$853,439$1,043,784
Management and general$344,684$297,020$273,776$238,142$256,348
Total expenses$1,617,297$1,426,197$1,261,457$1,107,677$1,318,318
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$303,370$70,820$501,353$123,241$172,621
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$303,370$70,820$501,353$123,241$172,621


Drew GardnerExecutive Director$70,100

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2023

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/1/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Established in 1957 by the Plymouth Brethren churches, Bair Lake Bible Camp has expanded to incorporate various evangelical groups in its leadership and constituency.

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While one-time gifts are a huge blessing, we also have a need for consistent monthly gifts to help us plan and prioritize our budget. Regular monthly giving provides us with a predictable cash flow to fund future renovations and infrastructure upgrades. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us by joining the Bair Necessities Monthly Giving Club! We offer a variety of different options for your monthly gifts.