Kanakuk Ministries

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As a world leader among Christian summer camps, Joe White and his committed Kanakuk staff provide children with fun, safe and professional outdoor youth camping experiences that grow them spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially.

Kanakuk Link Year is a nine-month program for 18-20 year-olds designed to build a solid Biblical foundation within each student and offers up to 20 hours of college credit through John Brown University.

The Heart of A Mom hosts dozens of Gathering events across the United States every year, welcoming women from all walks of life to an event created especially to thank Moms for all they do.

AfterDark is a one-night outreach event taking the Gospel to college campuses across the country. Over 530,000 students have been impacted, with a goal to reach 1 million students.

Kanakuk Haiti, in partnership with Cross International, provides the children of Haiti with Christian education, daily nutrition, and a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ.

The Kanakuk Institute is an eight-month college graduate discipleship program that prepares students for a lifetime of ministry through focused study on the word of God. The Kanakuk Institute is a 501c3 organization.

KLIFE is a discipleship ministry for youth and their families with 30 chapters across America, impacting over 12,000 students each year. KLIFE is a 501c3 organization.

KAA (Kids Across America) is building Christian leaders by encouraging, equipping, and empowering urban youth and their mentors through camping and education. KAA is a 501c3 organization.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Kanakuk Ministries
1353 Lake Shore Dr
Branson, MO 65616

Website: kanakuk.com

Phone: 417-266-3000

Email: reg@kanakuk.com

Organization details

EIN: 431815310

CEO/President: Joe White


Board size: 0

Founder: C.L. Ford

Year founded: 2015

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


At Kanakuk we live I'm Third-God First. Others Second. I'm Third. This foundational principle is integrated into each of our Kamp's programming, equipping Kampers to be Christ-like examples who lead with responsibility and care.

Mission statement

Equipping Next Generation Leaders is more than our mission, it is our heartbeat. Since 1926, Kanakuk has welcomed over 450,000 Kampers from across the country and around the world, equipping them with leadership skills and Biblical truths to impact their schools and communities as examples of Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

We believe the one true God has revealed Himself the eternally self-existent "I AM," the creator of Heaven and Earth. Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:10-11

We believe that Jesus Christ is the "Image of the invisible God" and that in Him "all deity dwells in bodily form." We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His death on the cross as the atonement for sin, His literal bodily resurrection from the dead, His present ministry of intercession in Heaven, and His personal future return to the earth. He will come again to judge the living and the dead and His Kingdom will have no end. John 1:1,14,18; Heb.1:1-9; Luke 1:35, Colossians 1:15-22; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Peter 3:18

We believe the Holy Spirit convicts men of sin and regenerates, indwells, seals, sets apart, and empowers believers for service and for holy living and a holy life. We believe God bestows spiritual gifts on each believer. We believe that "God is at work within us both to will and work to His good pleasure" and that "He will continue to perfect us until the day of Christ Jesus." John 14:16; John 16:7-11, Romans 8:14-16; Ephesians 1:13; Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:12,13; Ephesians 4:1-16,30

We believe in the unity and trinity of the Godhead existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. These three persons are One God having the same nature, attributes, and perfection. Genesis 1:1, 26, John 1:14, 10:30,15:26, 17:21; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6

We believe that man was created in the image of God but was separated from God by sin and shall be judged; and that only through the Blood of Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:22, Romans 2:2-5, 3:23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1, 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:27

We believe that salvation comes through God's transforming grace alone. God's offer of grace for us is completely free and is merited for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God's one and only Son. This grace is available to all who believe in Jesus. By grace we are brought from death to life and into the family of God. God's grace cleanses us of all our sin and transforms us in the image of Christ Jesus who is Lord over all. Mark 16:16; John 1:12, 5:24; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:22, 10:9-13; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:8-10; Hebrews 11:1

We believe both the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible to be the infallible Holy Word of God, inspired in every part by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the revelation of God for the equipping of man and is authoritative for all matters of faith and life. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; 2 Peter 1:19-21

The Church is the people of God gathered for worship, holiness, service and mission. It is the body of Christ and derives its life, direction, and power from Jesus Christ its head. Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 1:22, 2:19; Galatians 5:24-25; Acts 1:8; Acts 22:15; Ephesians 5:23; 2 Timothy 2:2; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Cor 11:18; 14:19, 28, 34-35 Phil 3:6.

We believe that Christians are called to a life of service to Christ with the power of the Holy Spirit. Believers are to take the gospel message to the whole world and equip believers to grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Colossians 3:23-24; 2 Peter 1:3; Romans 12:1; Galatians 5:24-25; Mark 16:15; Ephesians 4:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:2, 2 Peter 3:18

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating685 of 81750 of 60
Fund acquisition rating468 of 81729 of 60
Resource allocation rating478 of 81737 of 60
Asset utilization rating808 of 81758 of 60

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,095,854$882,480$874,575$1,242,452$1,202,118
Short-term investments$200,000$3,200,000$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,047,100$7,611,804$4,580,457$3,268,606$1,930,668
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$41,596,080$34,427,746$30,946,947$31,351,657$31,749,986
Other long-term assets$0$0$520,898$743,929$0
Total long-term assets$41,596,080$34,427,746$31,467,845$32,095,586$31,749,986
Total assets$43,643,180$42,039,550$36,048,302$35,364,192$33,680,654
Payables and accrued expenses$1,682,081$1,455,621$1,373,666$1,664,806$1,158,681
Other current liabilities$2,428,474$2,202,141$2,047,406$1,787,023$2,796,864
Total current liabilities$4,110,555$3,657,762$3,421,072$3,451,829$3,955,545
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$262,989$3,469,191$3,378,196$7,602,532
Total liabilities$4,110,555$3,920,751$6,890,263$6,830,025$11,558,077
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$721,914$788,040$903,046$1,629,311
Permanently restricted$396,193$0$0$0$0
Net assets$39,532,625$38,118,799$29,158,039$28,534,167$22,122,577
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,021,689$9,728,508$4,159,492$1,341,278$3,654,634
Program service revenue$25,607,046$21,642,978$20,737,904$20,196,021$20,047,999
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$467,891$3,597,697$190,928$2,935,246$8,597
Other revenue$554,222$436,111$518,963$465,835$392,149
Total other revenue$26,629,159$25,676,786$21,447,795$23,597,102$20,448,745
Total revenue$31,650,848$35,405,294$25,607,287$24,938,380$24,103,379
Program services$23,142,603$19,656,603$18,472,529$14,023,514$16,287,048
Management and general$6,467,195$6,007,763$5,949,338$4,156,250$7,278,917
Total expenses$30,237,022$26,444,534$24,983,415$18,526,790$24,019,519
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$1,413,826$8,960,760$623,872$6,411,590$83,860
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,413,826$8,960,760$623,872$6,411,590$83,860


Doug GoodwinChief Operating Officer$246,508
John JensenCBO/Secretary$206,410
Mark WebsterDirector of Development$151,770
Debbie-Jo WhiteVice President/Vice Chairman$131,971
Eric AlmsDirector of Sales & Purchasing$130,550
Bruce KoerberController/Assistant Secretary$127,743
Joe WhitePresident/CEO/Chairman$39,032
Pattye MooreDirector at Large$4,000

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/24/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Countless families have sent their children to Kanakuk to allow them the opportunity to grow in faith, confidence, and Christian character. Over the decades, we've seen entire families transformed.

Program accomplishments


Your generosity enables us to "Evangelize and equip the next generation to reach the world for Christ!" A donation to the General Fund allows Kanakuk the flexibility to meet emerging needs and challenges for the ministry. These unrestricted gifts are used in the current operating year, providing discretionary funds to be allocated where they are most needed.