Bair Lake Bible Camp

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The purpose of Bair Lake Bible Camp is to provide a camping experience that will enable a young person to make long strides toward physical, mental and spiritual maturity with the ultimate goal being to produce young men and women capable of filling leadership roles with a strong Christian foundation.

Bair Lake also offers fall/winter/spring rental opportunities for like-minded church youth groups, men's and women's groups couple and family conferences, leadership retreats and family reunions. The camp is available for both weekday and weekend use. The unique facilities stand ready for your retreat, conference, seminar, meeting or informal gathering.

Contact information

Mailing address:
12500 Prang St.
Jones, MI 49061-9061


Phone: (269) 244-5193


Organization details

EIN: 386088246

CEO/President: Mr. Drew Gardner

Chairman: Mr. John Beaghan

Board size: 12

Founder: Plymouth Brethren churches

Year founded: 1956

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2000


The purpose of Bair Lake Bible Camp is to provide a a place to escape the daily rigors of life to a place of excellent programs, people and facilities, where propagating the Gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfilling the Great Commission can occur.

Bair Lake offers year round rental opportunities for like-minded church youth groups, men's and women's retreats, group rentals, etc. The camp is available for both weekday and weekend use. The unique facilities stand ready for your customized event.

Activities include:

  • Adventure Challenge Education (ACE) Unity building course
  • Four Square Volleyball Court
  • Lighted Sand Volleyball Court Basketball/Tennis Court
  • Boating on a 200-Acre Lake
  • Indoor Game Room
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Mini Golf
  • Soccer Field
  • Winter Activities
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Ice Skating
  • Lighted Tubing Hill
  • Frisbee Golf Course
  • Carpet Ball
  • Climbing Tower
  • Broom Ball
  • Zip Line
  • High/Low Ropes Course
  • Double Zip Line

  • RV sites with electrical hook-up
  • Farmhouse: Original renovated two-story home adapted to meet your group needs. Living area with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths. Sleeps 30.
  • Cabins: 12 cabins. Ten beds in main room, counselor quarters. Central bathhouse.
  • Lakeview Inn: Eight attractive private rooms with two double beds and bath. Attached to Lakeview Lodge. 4 persons maximum.
  • Office Complex: 3 motel rooms with one double bed and bath.
  • Sunrise Lodge: All inclusive retreat facility with 4 large dormitory style rooms, enclosed shared bath plus 4 private rooms with 1 double bed, linens and private bath. Meeting area attached making this facility a great retreat option for your group of 50.

  • Mission statement

    Bair Lake Bible Camp expresses its mission as follows:

    We exist as a launching pad for individuals impacted by Bair Lake Bible Camp to make Jesus Christ known in their community, country and world.

    Statement of faith

    Bair Lake Bible Camp uses the following to express its 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: Christian Growth

    CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
    Overall efficiency rating571 of 81940 of 60
    Fund acquisition rating358 of 81925 of 60
    Resource allocation rating370 of 81932 of 60
    Asset utilization rating788 of 81954 of 60

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    Balance sheet
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$18,388$13,170$32,831$14,051$15,660
    Short-term investments$113,892$110,820$107,802$97,553$66,278
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$908,079$965,635$278,995$345,980$1,091,817
    Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
    Fixed assets$4,145,630$3,739,913$3,633,208$3,606,689$2,483,574
    Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$228,556
    Total long-term assets$4,145,630$3,739,913$3,633,208$3,606,689$2,712,130
    Total assets$5,053,709$4,705,548$3,912,203$3,952,669$3,803,947
    Payables and accrued expenses$81,731$28,808$31,406$26,145$20,186
    Other current liabilities$44,871$37,281$30,408$26,071$12,345
    Total current liabilities$126,602$66,089$61,814$52,216$32,531
    Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
    Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$52,406$226,730
    Total long-term liabilities$115,027$0$75,000$52,406$226,730
    Total liabilities$241,629$66,089$136,814$104,622$259,261
    Net assets20192018201720162015
    Temporarily restricted$699,866$675,058$60,541$22,856$812,196
    Permanently restricted$88,000$88,000$88,000$68,000$66,190
    Net assets$4,812,080$4,639,459$3,775,389$3,848,047$3,544,686
    Revenues and expenses
    Total contributions$363,157$1,155,411$322,155$604,064$1,322,604
    Program service revenue$936,721$915,077$892,732$880,150$823,078
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
    Investment income$176,076$121,577$9,179$9,422($4,360)
    Other revenue$14,985$9,854$7,024$8,083$17,957
    Total other revenue$1,127,782$1,046,508$908,935$897,655$836,675
    Total revenue$1,490,939$2,201,919$1,231,090$1,501,719$2,159,279
    Program services$1,043,784$1,048,066$1,020,382$925,877$879,811
    Management and general$256,348$267,248$260,132$249,558$251,241
    Total expenses$1,318,318$1,337,849$1,303,748$1,198,358$1,157,602
    Change in net assets20192018201720162015
    Surplus (deficit)$172,621$864,070($72,658)$303,361$1,001,677
    Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total change in net assets$172,621$864,070($72,658)$303,361$1,001,677


    Drew GardnerExecutive Director$35,000

    Compensation data as of: 9/30/2019

    Response from ministry

    No response has been provided by this ministry.

    The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/17/2020. To update the information below, please email:


    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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