About

Since 1939, Bates Creek Baptist Camp has been a place where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is shared with thousands of children and adults. Owned by the Jefferson and Mineral Area Baptist Associations as the primary location for summer camp ministries, Bates Creek Camp has grown to a multi-use campground with many amenities such as a full-service dining hall with commercial kitchen, a pool with a "deep end" and diving board, and a historic outdoor tabernacle with stage, lighting, sound, and seating for over 400. We have other smaller meeting spaces, trails, and of course Bates Creek itself, which provides great enjoyment, all in a pristine outdoor setting. Currently, we can accommodate over 400 campers in cabins. Tent sites are available with shower facilities, as well as four R.V. hookup sites. Bates Creek has a long and rich history of being a place where students and adults can get away from the trappings of the world and get closer to God through renewal, refreshing, and relaxation. So, come rest awhile with us at Bates Creek, for even God rested from His mighty work of creation. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfareand not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." -Jeremiah 29:11

Bates Creek Baptist Camp, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) religious nonprofit organization governed by a 16-member Board of Directors elected by the Jefferson Baptist and Mineral Area Baptist Associations for terms of 3 years. Individuals interested in serving the Camp in this capacity should be a member of a church in the association they will be representing and have a faithful relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Board members agree to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, the doctrinal statement of the Southern Baptist Convention. Contact the Director of Missions in your association for more information about serving as a member of the Board of Directors.

2018 Board of Directors

Rev. John Canterberry, President MABA Term ending 2020

Mr. Russ Sander, Vice-President JBA Term ending 2018

Mrs. Cathy Kociscak, Secretary JBA Term ending 2019

Mrs. Betty Mesplay, Treasurer JBA Term ending 2020

Mr. Bill Rodgers, member MABA Term ending 2018

Rev. Keith Perren, member JBA Term ending 2018

Rev. Paul Eye, member JBA Term ending 2018

Mr. Ross Downey, member MABA Term ending 2019

Rev. Matthew Sheckles, member MABA Term ending 2019

VACANT , member JBA Term ending 2019

Rev. Kenny Sims, member JBA Term ending 2020

Rev. Bob Price, member JBA Term ending 2020

Rev. Paul Pope, Director of Missions MABA Permanent Member

(573) 431-5140 (MABA Office)

Dr. Benny King, Interim Director of Mission JBA Permanent Member

(636) 937-8608 (JBA Office)

Rev. Chris Lybarger, Moderator JBA Ex-Officio Member

Rev. John Jones, Vice-Moderator MABA Ex-Officio Member


The Board of Directors meets quarterly on the second Wednesday of the first month of the quarter (January, April, July, October).