Christian Berets, Inc.

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Christian Berets was founded to serve mentally and physically disabled persons and their families by helping to meet their emotional, physical and spiritual needs.

Christian Berets has been providing retreats for the developmentally disabled since 1970. Average guest-counselor ratio is 2 to 1. Pick up points are located in Fresno, Merced, Modesto, Stockton, Bay area and Sonora (CA).

Christian Berets exist to enhance the lives of disabled persons, by offering programs to help alleviate feelings of monotony, isolation and frustration that many disabled people experience. Families receive a valuable time of respite. Christian Berets provides activities such as campfires, singing, fishing, boating, archery, gold panning, field trips, swimming and chapel in camp settings for children ages 6 and up. One of Christian Berets recent accomplishments was constructing a new Conference Center for persons with all types of disabilities in Sierra Village, California.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Christian Berets, Inc.
2508 Oakdale Rd
Suite 10
Modesto, CA 95355


Phone: (209) 524-7993


Organization details

EIN: 237094560

CEO/President: Kevin Van Donselaar

Chairman: Mark Burns

Board size: 12

Founder: Mr. Don Crooker

Year founded: 1970

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Our Vision

Our passion is to care for and serve people with special needs.

We are dedicated to helping our guests enjoy the camping experience, allowing them to discover and enjoy new adventures.

We promote physical wellness, foster social interaction and teach wholesome values based on Biblical principles.

Our guests enjoy building friendships with a caring staff and other campers.

Together, they experience indoor and outdoor activities that encourage and engage them.

Mission statement

Motivated by compassion and love, Christian Berets reaches out and cares for those with Special needs and their families by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through camping, retreats and varied activities.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible, the Old Testament and the New Testament, to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative word of God. (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21; Heb. 4:12)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God was born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, shedding his blood for the remission of sins; was buried, rose bodily from the grave the third day, ascended on high where at the right hand of the Father, He is our high priest and advocate. We believe in His personal return to power and glory. We are looking for His imminent return. (John 1:11; I Cor. 15:3-4; Heb. 1:8; John 1:17-18; John 14:3; I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:51-53; Rev. 19; Acts 1:9; I John 2:11; Heb.4:14-16; Matt. 1:23; Heb.9:22)

We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful man, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are essential. Man must be born again. (Rom. 5:12; John 3:7; Eph. 2:1-2; II Cor. 5:17; Isa. 53:6; Titus 3:5; John 1:12)

We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ and this blessed hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. (I Thess. 4:13-18; Acts 1:11; Rev. 20:1-6; John 14:3; I Cor. 15:51-53)

We believe in the resurrection of both the just and the unjust. Physical death does not end all. Those who know Christ will be resurrected into eternal life; those who do not know Christ will be lost. (John 5:28-29; Rev. 20:12-14; I Cor. 15)

We believe in the eternal destiny of man. Heaven is a real place of eternal joy and bliss for the redeemed. (John 12:1-3) Hell is a real place of eternal condemnation for those outside of Christ. (Rev. 10:11-15)

We believe in the "Great Commission" of the Lord Jesus Christ, "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." (Matt. 28:19-20) "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you..." (Mark 16:15 ) "Preach the Gospel in all the world!" (Acts 1:8)

We believe God intentionally designed and created humanity male and female. (Gen. 1:27, 5:1-2; Mark 10:6) We believe marriage is ordained and instituted by God and, according to the Scriptures, can only exist and be fulfilled between one man and one woman. A civil government's sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of "marriage" found in this Statement of Faith. (Gen. 2:21-24; Mark 10:2-12; Matt. 19:3-11) We believe marriage is a picture of the relationship of Christ and the Church and is to be a lifelong, covenant relationship between a man and a woman based on love, respect, mutual submission and personal sacrifice. (Eph. 5:21-33, Mal. 2:14-16, Matt. 5:31-32; I Cor. 7:10-16; I Tim. 3:2,12; I Pet. 3:1-7) We believe God intended sexual intimacy to be enjoyed only within the context of the male and female marriage relationship; and that all other sexual relations outside of marriage are personally destructive, sinful, inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible, and forbidden by God. (Gen. 1:28, 2:25; Heb. 13:4; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:24-32; I Cor. 7:2-5)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Camps/Conference Centers

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating410 of 94010 of 23
Fund acquisition rating10 of 9421 of 25
Resource allocation rating931 of 94224 of 25
Asset utilization rating388 of 94010 of 23

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$8,479$20,297$12,132$6,191
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$268,322$351,529$310,944$346,049$66,097
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$909,710$951,872$972,104$953,006$983,342
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$909,710$951,872$972,104$953,006$983,342
Total assets$1,178,032$1,303,401$1,283,048$1,299,055$1,049,439
Payables and accrued expenses$7,597$20,258$14,087$6,752$1,005
Other current liabilities$400$3,600$2,800$8,970$10,525
Total current liabilities$7,997$23,858$16,887$15,722$11,530
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$0
Total liabilities$7,997$23,858$16,887$15,722$11,530
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$1,167,294$1,276,802$1,263,611$1,280,783$1,028,331
With donor restrictions$2,741$2,741$2,550$2,550$9,578
Net assets$1,170,035$1,279,543$1,266,161$1,283,333$1,037,909
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$189,432$284,030$242,726$477,770$160,431
Program service revenue$123,250$144,891$100,916$165,165$167,032
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$6,045$3,889$3,802$20$0
Other revenue$28,418$31,777$15,384$30,019$39,885
Total other revenue$157,713$180,557$120,102$195,204$206,917
Total revenue$347,145$464,587$362,828$672,974$367,348
Program services$267,411$250,555$272,271$311,598$312,252
Management and general$189,242$200,650$107,729$115,952$104,446
Total expenses$456,653$451,205$380,000$427,550$416,698
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($109,508)$13,382($17,172)$245,424($49,350)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($109,508)$13,382($17,172)$245,424($49,350)


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/10/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Christian Berets Inc. was founded in 1970 by Don Crooker as a non-denominational, non-profit ministry to people with special needs. At that time, there were few non-profits that focused on serving the disabled.

In 1971, Don Crooker and the Board of Directors decided to build a camp in the Sierra Mountains. Land was purchased in Long Barn from Jess and Laura Wirth.

For years, the Wirth family had hoped to sell their land for the development of a Christian camp. By God's grace and the Wirth's generosity (they returned all payments made by Christian Berets to them as donations designated for the purchase of the land!), that vision became a reality.The camp in Long Barn was ready for guests in June 1973.

Months later, the Wirths shared that 35 additional acres of their land was available for sale near Mi-Wuk Village, which they generously offered to sell with a one-year option for one dollar. The Board decided to purchase this property for a larger camp site.

In 1981, Mary Greybell, who owned the frontage on Highway 108, donated of an acre to provide better access to the camp property.

Twelve years later, the Board accepted an offer on the sale of the Long Barn camp, which led to a groundbreaking ceremony on the 35 acres purchased for a new Conference and Retreat Center.

In 1995, construction began on a recently acquired 11-acre parcel adjacent to the other 35 acres. The 6,000 square foot building was designed to sleep about 50 guests and provide a multi-purpose room.

The first building (Meadowview Lodge) was dedicated in May 1996. It was built fully accessible (ADA certified) and was a big improvement over the rustic cabins in Long Barn. In May 2000, Wirth Lodge was completed and dedicated. These two lodges now provide 90 beds for our Summer Camps and guest groups.

In 2007, the Board approved a recommendation by Staff to rename the facility in Mi Wuk Village. Its new name was Whispering Pines Conference and Retreat Center.

In 2012 the Board approved a recommendation to change the facility name back to the original name, Christian Berets Conference and Retreat Center.

Christian Berets has developed under the direction of these Executive Directors: Don Crooker (1970-2001), volunteers Mel Turner and Jack Coyle (2001-2003), Troy Thompson (2003-2005), Dave Shackelford (2005- 2011), Brad Barnes (2011 to 2012), Board of Directors (2012-2013), and Tom Crooker (2013-2015), Rochelle Van Horn (2015- 2016).

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