About US

Campers

For all ages

Lake Retreat was established in 1946 by Converge Northwest (Formerly the Columbia Baptist Conference). Lake Retreat's programs and guests include individuals, families and churches as well as organizations ranging from non-profit Christian groups to public schools. Over 15,000 individuals from infants to retired seniors enjoy the many events and programs which we sponsor and host during the year.

It's about the experience

Every year, hundreds of people come to Lake Retreat with broken lives and hurting hearts.  Retreats and camps move individuals out of the hectic race of life and into a different environment which can cause them to see life and circumstances in fresh ways. Lives change when people get away to places like Lake Retreat and we consider it our mission to touch every hurting heart in some way, even it's only through an overdue rest.

The programs offered by its many users provide educational experiences regarding spiritual growth, understanding nature and many forms of personal development.

Student opportunity

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Adelphia Discipleship School

Lake Retreat is also the home of Adelphia Discipleship School. Adelphia Discipleship School is a gap-year education experience that uniquely equips college age students to make the most of their life and faith. Combining practical biblical instruction, an inspiring community, and real-life opportunities to put faith into action, the Adelphia experience will prepare students for a lifetime of success in any endeavor. For more information email info@adelphiaschool.com

Affirmation of Faith

  1. The Word of God
    We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  2. The Trinity
    We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
  3. God the Father
    We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of all people, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
  4. Jesus Christ
    We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
  5. The Holy Spirit
    We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
  6. Regeneration
    We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
  7. The Church
    We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
  8. Christian Conduct
    We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
  9. The Ordinances
    We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  10. Religious Liberty
    We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
  11. Church Cooperation
    We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether it is the Conference or a district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis.
  12. The Last Things
    We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.

Adopted by the Baptist General Conference in 1951, reaffirmed in 1990 and amended in 1997.