Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center

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Located just one hour north of Seattle, Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center offers year-round camp, conference, and retreat rental facilities and also has programs for families and adults. Serving greater Puget Sound since 1956, Warm Beach Camp provides rental facilities and event planning services for church, school, non-profit, and governmental groups throughout the Pacific Northwest and the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada.

Warm Beach Camp offers year-round equestrian programs such as riding and therapeutic lessons, horse camps and equestrian vaulting. Warm Beach is also home of The Lights of Christmas, a family-friendly holiday festival.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center
20800 Marine Drive
Stanwood, WA 98292

Website: warmbeach.com

Phone: 360-652-7575

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 911710210

CEO/President: Ed McDowell

Chairman: David Goodnight

Board size: 17


Ruling year: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2018


Vision: Changing lives and transforming communities, both locally and globally, through Christ-centered hospitality, outreach, and programming.

Core Values: By honoring God first, we seek to align our vision and ministry development with Christ's calling to share the good news of His love and forgiveness. We are a Christ-centered and Bible-based organization, meaning all decisions are grounded in Scripture. Warm Beach Camp is also focused on sustainability, valuing stewardship in the environment, finances, and treatment of employees, volunteers, and guests.

Mission statement

Providing Christ-centered environments, experiences, and resources that draw people to God through camping ministries, conferences, and events.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible is God's written Word, divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit; it is infallible, entirely trustworthy, and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and life.

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death for our sins, in His bodily resurrection, and His personal, visible return to earth to reign in righteousness and glory.

We believe in the Holy Spirit and His work of conviction, regeneration, and sanctification, who indwells every believer, equipping them to live a godly life.

We believe in the necessity of new birth, in salvation by faith in Jesus Christ alone, and the importance of life fully committed to the will of God in Christ.

We believe the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, called to be God's redeemed people.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Camps/Conference Centers

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating972 of 107734 of 36
Fund acquisition rating738 of 107825 of 37
Resource allocation rating867 of 107829 of 37
Asset utilization rating895 of 107732 of 36

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$264,556$253,522$317,011$306,956$350,643
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,700,845$1,673,277$1,600,744$1,917,914$1,628,008
Long-term investments$203,684$287,193$276,028$158,931$151,568
Fixed assets$16,704,191$15,054,779$14,557,022$14,423,380$13,915,153
Other long-term assets$856,409$847,580$1,117,890$779,417$865,972
Total long-term assets$17,764,284$16,189,552$15,950,940$15,361,728$14,932,693
Total assets$20,465,129$17,862,829$17,551,684$17,279,642$16,560,701
Payables and accrued expenses$371,438$523,600$631,426$563,433$528,535
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$371,438$523,600$631,426$563,433$528,535
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$430,561$243,663$261,126$292,606$340,269
Total long-term liabilities$2,158,756$1,314,087$1,434,319$1,617,300$1,876,490
Total liabilities$2,530,194$1,837,687$2,065,745$2,180,733$2,405,025
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$16,934,804$15,231,464$14,473,898$14,469,930$13,579,018
With donor restrictions$1,000,131$793,678$1,012,041$628,979$576,658
Net assets$17,934,935$16,025,142$15,485,939$15,098,909$14,155,676
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Total contributions$3,769,394$1,054,357$1,072,373$1,234,710$902,713
Program service revenue$1,396,093$4,441,615$4,547,725$4,702,746$4,257,275
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($36,254)$35,627$5,514($30,670)$13,719
Other revenue$335,855$19,049$16,382$20,918$16,544
Total other revenue$1,695,694$4,496,291$4,569,621$4,692,994$4,287,538
Total revenue$5,465,088$5,550,648$5,641,994$5,927,704$5,190,251
Program services$2,548,190$4,183,143$4,386,445$4,113,077$3,988,415
Management and general$749,202$547,364$572,683$611,093$550,272
Total expenses$3,564,186$5,011,445$5,254,964$4,984,471$4,770,880
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,900,902$539,203$387,030$943,233$419,371
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,900,902$539,203$387,030$943,233$419,371


Edwin R McDowellExecutive Director$130,563

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/25/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Warm Beach Camp was originally developed in 1956 as a ministry of the Pacific Northwest Free Methodist Church. While remaining an integrated auxiliary of the Free Methodist Church, Warm Beach Camp incorporated as a separate, private 501(c-3) non-profit organization in 1995 and still maintains a corporate mission and values reflective of our heritage.

The Warm Beach Story continues to unfold as today's people find their place of rest, renewal, and reconnection at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center.

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