Forest Home

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For almost 85 years, Forest Home has been a movement of God, seeing the winds of revival blow throughout Southern California and into the farthest reaches of our world.

Since 1938, He has moved in countless hearts as each guest faces life-changing decisions. Our chapel is filled with thousands of pages of personal history where campers write out their decisions, prayers, and cries to God.

Our summer camps are united under one vision - provide opportunities for all to explore the Word of God, pursue God's personal calling for their life, engage in Christ-centered relationships and connect with God through His extraordinary creation.

We do this by:

Partnership with churches Revolutionary Christ-centered experiences Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with people of all ages We are one team, led by our core values and our King.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Forest Home
40000 Valley of the Falls Drive
Forest Falls, CA 92339


Phone: 909.389.2300

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 951855659

CEO/President: Gary Wingerd

Chairman: Ron Sciarro

Board size: 12

Founder: Henrietta Mears

Ruling year: 1939

Tax deductible: Yes

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Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


Forest Home Ministries will partner with the Church to create a revolutionary Christ-centered experience in which people of all ages hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, explore the Word of God, pursue God's call for their life, engage in Christ-centered relationships, and connect with God through His creation.

Mission statement

Forest Home exists for people to: Encounter Jesus. Experience Transformation. Engage the World.

Statement of faith

We believe in the plenary inspiration of Old and New Testaments and hold them to be the very Word of God.

We believe in the Deity of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, his substitutionary atonement for sin, His bodily resurrection, and His personal, visible return to earth to reign in righteousness and glory.

We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit and His work of conviction, regeneration and sanctification, Who indwells every Believer.

We believe in the necessity of the new birth, in Salvation by faith in Jesus Christ alone, and in the importance of a life committed to the Will of God, in Christ.

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Sector: Camps/Conference Centers

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/16/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In 1937, our founder Henrietta Mears visited Forest Home-then a privately owned resort in the San Bernardino Mountains. She declared, "Don't bother to stop ... we can't afford all of this."

The property was appraised at $350,000 in 1937. Where would that kind of money come from?

God was overlooking Forest Home Valley. He saw an auditorium filled and a chapel where children kneeled in prayer.

God said, "I want this place for My glory to dwell." Hushed suspense fell.

Then His voice shook boulders from their beds and caused towering pines to bend to the ground in worship. Lightning crashed, and torrents fell into a gigantic wall of water.

Cabins were washed away. Yet, the rest of the campsite remained unharmed.

In the silence after the storm, the shrill telephone was heard. Bill Irwin called Henrietta Mears and offered to sell Forest Home for $30,000!*

Since that amazing start, God has granted Forest Home unprecedented impact for His Kingdom. Many have been a part of His purpose and plan here. Will you join us?

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