Camping and Conferencing

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    Conferences and camps have proven to be one of the best means in the Church’s toolbox to bring about exponential ministry impact. In a simple weekend retreat, men's and women’s groups, leadership teams and youth groups are experiencing life change.

    Come to camp to…

    Our schedules are busy, yet the Lord calls us to take time to rest. For some this means sipping a cup of coffee and reading with a breath-taking view at hand. For other, rest means a round of paintball followed by a hearty meal. How ever you rest, a retreat at camp will provide the space for you to do so.

    If you are doing ministry, going though a trial or just feeling tired in your faith, a retreat can provide a time for you and your church family to regroup and pray about the things that are impacting you community. Camp is also a great place to build genuine community with one another.Man reading Bible

    It is so easy to get distracted when so many things call for you attention. At a retreat, everything slows down so you can hear God in ways that you might not have taken the time to recently. It is important to take time to notice what God is doing and be a part of it.

    Transformation Ministries owns and operates three outstanding Christian camp and conference centers. Our camps are available to churches, community groups, schoold and families. All three offer specialty program camps and custom retreats year-round. Also available are church staff and board planning retreats, pastor and family get-a-ways and pastor groups. Find out which camp would best fit your needs by checking out the information on the right.

    Our three camps focus on…

    INVITING people of all ages into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
    GUIDING them to be fully committed followers of Christ.
    EQUIPPING them to become people who impact the world for Christ.

    “I have never experienced the kind of impact in my life as I did this week. I felt discouraged and lost and not I leave with hope and purpose.” Women’s Conference attendee

    “Our church group as a whole experienced true community for the very first time this week.”  So. Cal Pastor

    “I had forgotten how to simply listen to the Lord’s voice. Coming here helped me rediscover the power of God’s Word and the fun of being with fellow believers. I needed this!” Adult Camper from a Family Camp

    As the population of the Pacific Southwest continues its rapid growth, so will the need for camps and conferences for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. New facilities for adult conferences, recreation and families are among the exciting plans for camp and conference centers in the near future.


    BoysAll three of our camps provide “camperships” to children and youth from Transformation Ministries congregations. Please contact the camp your child plans to attend for more information. In some cases, the church also provides support, so it is important to check with your local church first.

    Three Camps

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    “There is nothing like removing the distractions of day-to-day life and slowing down to hear the voice of the Lord in the setting of God’s creation.”

    Mike Pate, Executive Director of Camping Ministry

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    Thousand Pines serves churches from Southern California, Nevada and Arizona, and hosts a maximum of  450 guests
    at a time.

    Steve Garcia, Director
    359 Thousand Pines Rd
    PO Box 3288
    Crestline, CA 92325-3288 

    Phone: 888-423-CAMP
    Fax: 909-338-3511

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    San Marcos serves churches from Central and Southern California, and hosts groups of up to 100.

    Jason Lekas, Director
    5750 Stage Coach
    Santa Barbara, CA 93105

    Phone: 805-967-5773
    Fax: 805-692-9163 

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    Tonto Rim serves churches from Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, and hosts groups up to 225.

    Chris Walsh, Director
    353 N Baptist Camp Rd
    Payson, AZ 85541

    Phone: 888-377-7077
    Fax: 928-478-3000