Victory Ministries of Alaska

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From the VBC campus in Sutton to Camp Li-Wa in Fairbanks, Victory Ministries of Alaska has something for everyone year round! Our waterfront and horseback riding are popular warm weather activities but ice skating and snow tubing are just as fun in the winter. From children through adults all will find a unique adventure that creates lasting memories! If hosting a retreat of your own fits your needs, join the many churches, youth groups and other organizations that use our facilities to enhance their program and provide a get-away experience for their guests.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Victory Ministries of Alaska
PO Box 875392
Wasilla, AK 99687-5392


Phone: 907-745-4203

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 920143034

CEO/President: Ward Hurlburt IV

Chairman: Ben Gerwig

Board size: 7


Ruling year: 1993

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2020


Victory in Christ through Christian camping in Alaska.

Mission statement

Victory Ministries exists to evangelize and disciple children, youth and adults in Alaska for Jesus Christ through Christian camping.

Statement of faith

We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word, revelation of God, inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed. It shall be our guide in all matters of faith and conduct. (Ps. 19:7-11, I Tim 1:16-17, I Peter 1:19-21, Matt. 5:18)

We believe in the triune Godhead, composed of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, coexistent, eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. (Deut. 6:4, I Peter 1:2, John 1:1, Acts 5:34)

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth and sinless life, that He is the incarnation of the Father, very God of very God, and whom and by whom all things were created, and that He is the head of His body, the true church. (John 1:1-14, I Cor. 5:21, Col. 1:18)

We believe that man was created in the image of God. Man chose to sin and thus became totally lost and absolutely incapable of saving himself by his own works. Therefore, apart from Jesus Christ all human beings incur physical, spiritual, and everlasting death. (Gen. 1:26, Gen. 3, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 5:12,19, Eph. 2:1;8-9, Romans 6:23)

We believe that because of the very nature of the gift of eternal life, because of the present intercessory ministry of Jesus Christ, and because of the sealing of the Holy Spirit, all true believers once saved, will be kept saved by the power of God forever. (John 5:24, 10:28, Romans 8:29, Eph. 4:30, Heb. 7:25, Jude 24)

We believe that the true Church is one body composed of all believers with Jesus Christ as the Head. We further believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are scriptural ordinances and are to be observed by the Church today. (Eph. 5:23, Acts 2:41, Matt. 28:19;26-29, I Cor. 11:17-34)

We believe in the personality and reality of Satan as well as his present and ultimate judgment. (Rev 12:9, Rev 20:10, Matt. 4:2-11, Isaiah 14:12-17, John 8:44 & 16:11)

We believe that all followers of the Lord Jesus Christ have eternal life and are expected to maintain good works. This involves separation from the sinful pleasures of the world system (John 2:15-17, Titus 2:1-15, John 10:27-29, Romans 5:10, John 3:16)

We believe in the great Evangelistic Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost." (Matt. 28:16-20, Acts 1:8)

We believe in the personal, premillenial coming of our Lord Jesus Christ for His saints and with His saints to reign a thousand years over this earth. We believe in the bodily resurrection of believers and unbelievers. Those who accepted Christ as Savior and Lord will be with Him in Heaven forever and those who have rejected him will be separated from Him in the lake of fire forever. (I Thess. 4:13-18, I Cor. 15:50-59, Rev. 19:19-20 & 20:1-6, Matt. 25:41)

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, and was fully God and fully man. We believe in His sinless life, His miracles, His death for sin, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His ministry on the behalf of true believers, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matt. 1:18, Luke 1:27, Phil. 2:5-7, Heb. 4:15, John 19:30, Matt 28:6, Luke 24:6, Col. 3:1, Heb 7:25, I Thess. 4:16 & 17, Rev 19:11-16)

We believe that Christ died for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who receive Him as personal Savior and Lord are declared righteous by faith on the basis of His shed blood. (Isaiah 53:6, Heb 10:14, Eph. 5:2, John 1:12, Romans 5:1;18;19, Eph 1:7)

We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to give unbelievers a new life in Christ. The Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ and permanently indwells them at the time of salvation. The filling of the Spirit enables believers to live a godly life and empowers them for service. (Titus 3:5-6, I Cor 12:13; 6:19-20, Eph 5:18)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Camps/Conference Centers

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating102 of 11135 of 36
Fund acquisition rating23 of 11143 of 37
Resource allocation rating119 of 11146 of 37
Asset utilization rating595 of 111318 of 36

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$94,832$104,415$49,647$92,596$135,213
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,658,903$1,434,079$802,493$752,042$695,502
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,951,476$3,987,002$4,097,061$4,165,209$4,136,147
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$3,951,476$3,987,002$4,097,061$4,165,209$4,136,147
Total assets$5,610,379$5,421,081$4,899,554$4,917,251$4,831,649
Payables and accrued expenses$203,820$160,976$143,692$121,098$132,334
Other current liabilities$0$0$3,784$32,389$6,744
Total current liabilities$203,820$160,976$147,476$153,487$139,078
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$19,654
Total liabilities$203,820$160,976$147,476$153,487$158,732
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$4,700,966$4,705,264$4,381,453$4,494,342$4,513,361
With donor restrictions$705,593$554,841$370,625$269,422$159,556
Net assets$5,406,559$5,260,105$4,752,078$4,763,764$4,672,917
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$994,509$1,219,356$926,232$842,638$850,156
Program service revenue$1,039,289$897,777$603,990$919,475$978,095
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($30,595)$23,934$3,509$2,582$7,493
Other revenue$39,165$49,913$23,684$25,012$35,454
Total other revenue$1,047,859$971,624$631,183$947,069$1,021,042
Total revenue$2,042,368$2,190,980$1,557,415$1,789,707$1,871,198
Program services$1,701,350$1,533,069$1,409,577$1,519,071$1,282,220
Management and general$194,564$346,096$187,214$179,794$337,840
Total expenses$1,895,914$1,879,165$1,596,791$1,698,865$1,624,246
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$146,454$311,815($39,376)$90,842$246,952
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$146,454$311,815($39,376)$90,842$246,952


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Victory Ministries of Alaska is the largest Christian camp and conference ministry in the State of Alaska, with the mission to "evangelize and disciple children and youth in Alaska for Jesus Christ through Christian camping." Victory Ministries consists of two campuses: Victory Bible Camps, located 95 miles northeast of Anchorage, and Camp Li-Wa, located 5 miles northeast of Fairbanks. Both campuses offer camping programs year-round which include: family camps, missionary conferences, weekend retreats, educational programs and summer camps for all ages.

Victory Ministries of Alaska, as an organization, was officially founded until 1992. Prior to that time, Victory Bible Camp and Camp Li-Wa were both part of the international mission organization, InterAct Ministries.

Victory Bible Camp was started in 1947 by John and Nadine Gillespie. It began with just 40 acres, granted by the US Congress before Alaska was even a state. The beautiful campus, which is near the Matanuska Glacier, now includes over 400 acres and is able to host groups of 300 people.

Camp Li-Wa was started in 1959 and was operated by Denali Bible Chapel for 25 years. It came under InterAct Ministries in 1985. It was founded as a summer camp, but now has a year-round ministry. Camp Li-Wa's facilities include one of the Alaska's largest heated indoor riding arenas and building is currently underway on a dining and retreat center.

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