Bible Institutes

Teaching the Word of God has always been a huge part of what we do. With Bible Institutes in 13 locations around the world, our desire is to reach a new generation of world changers.

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Camps & Conference Centers

Whether you want to get away in the Adirondacks or head down to sunny Florida, Word of Life camps has options for you. Though the locations are different, our commitment to provide you with solid Biblical speakers, top-notch musical talent, and an amazing location to get away won't change.

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Missions

Word of Life is an international organization with active ministry in over 60 countries and over 1,100 missionaries. Last year alone, over 160,000 people made professions of faith through the various ministries around the world. To God be the glory...great things He is doing!

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Local Church Ministries

With missionaries spread around the country, Local Church Ministries is focused on helping local churches accurately teach God's Word to their youth. We supply the Bible curriculum and then help train your leaders to teach the youth of your church the truths of God's Word.

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2014 Summer Schedule

The summer of 2014 will be here before you know it, and the guest list promises not to disappoint.  It’s never too early to get registered, so don’t delay…secure your spot and prepare to be blessed!  We look forward to seeing you here!

WeekDatesSpeakerGuest MusiciansSBN ConcertCampgroundInn
Week 1 Jun 22-28 Ken Ham
Steve Ham
  Buddy Davis
Week 2 Jun 29 - July 5 George W. Murray
Paul H. Dixon
Don Wyrtzen Steve Green
Week 3 Jul 6-12 Tom Joyce
Ken Whitten
Don Wyrtzen Mark Shultz
Week 4 Jul 13-19 Ray Pritchard
Eric Mounts
  TI Live
Trevor Morgan
Week 5 Jul 20-26 Erwin Lutzer
Mark Yarbrough
Captivating Keyboards Aaron Shust
Week 6 Jul 27 - Aug 2 Charles Dyer
Jimmy DeYoung
Lori Jean Smith Greater Vision
Week 7 Aug 3-9 Wendell Calder
Crawford Loritts
Josh Holritz Mark Harris
Week 8 Aug 10-16 John Barnett
Hayes Wicker
Marshall Hall Legacy Five
The President/CEO and Founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S. and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum, Ken Ham is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America. Ham, a native Australian, is the author of numerous books on the book of Genesis, the accuracy and authority of the Bible, dinosaurs, and the destructive fruits of evolutionary thinking. Ken and his wife, Mally, reside in the Cincinnati area. They have five children and nine grandchildren.
Steve Ham serves as Senior Director of Outreach for Answers in Genesis, overseeing the 250 conferences and other events that AiG typically holds each year. This oversight also includes AiG's international division, Answers Worldwide, which includes speaking tours overseas and a translations ministry (more than 75 languages). The younger brother of AiG President Ken Ham, Steve joined AiG in 2009. He is an author and serves on the boards of various Christian schools and missions organizations.
George Murray is the Chancellor of Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to assuming the Chancellorship in July 2007 he was the President of the University from 2000-2007. Murray is an experienced missionary, teacher, preacher, writer and evangelist. Dr. Murray is the Stephen Olford Professor of Biblical Preaching at CIU, teaching courses on Biblical Preaching, Leadership and Missions.
Dr. Dixon, Chancellor of Cedarville University, was an evangelist for fourteen years prior to his twenty-five years as the President of Cedarville University. He currently serves as a member of the Shepherds Ministries Board of Directors. He and his wife, Pat, live in Crossville TN.
Retired Navy Captain Tom Joyce is a Pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in the shadow of the nation’s capital located in Springfield, Virginia. Tom was an F-14 Tomcat pilot and was selected to fly in some of the scenes of the movie TOPGUN. Tom survived the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, which included his office. After a distinguished career, he retired in August of 2003 after serving on active duty for more than 25 years. Tom and his wife Deshua have four grown children and live in northern Virginia.
Ken Whitten accepted the call as Senior Pastor of exciting Idlewild Baptist Church, Tampa, Florida in October 1989. He served as President of the 1 million-member Florida Baptist State Convention. He has written articles for various publications including the recently published One Year Devotional Prayer Book.
Ray Pritchard serves as President of Keep Believing Ministries. He is a frequent conference speaker and guest on Christian radio and television talk shows. He has written 27 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul, and Credo: Believing in Something to Die For. For 26 years he pastored churches in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. Ray keeps a full schedule traveling internationally to speak to and encourage the body of Christ to “keep believing in Jesus.”
Dr. Eric Mounts is the Senior Pastor at Bible Center Church in Charleston, WV. He has served in pastoral ministry for twenty-five years in Ohio and Michigan. He and his wife, Andi, have three grown children.
Since January 1980, Erwin Lutzer has served as the Senior Pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. In addition to his pastoral ministry, he is the speaker on three popular radio broadcasts. As an author, Lutzer has written more than 30 books, including his book about The Da Vinci Code, called The Da Vinci Deception, which was featured on national broadcasts both in secular and Christian markets.
Mark Yarbrough serves as Vice President for Communications, Associate Academic Dean, and Assistant Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. Mark’s twin passions for the local church and theological education have worked in tandem for over 20 years. He has also coauthored and recorded multiple songs/albums.
Dr. Charlie Dyer is professor-at-large of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. Dyer is an Old Testament scholar as well as an authority on Middle Eastern history and religion. As a licensed guide to Israel, he has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East over the last two decades. Dyer has authored and co-edited many books and articles on the Middle East and the Old Testament. His articles have been published in Bibliotheca Sacra and Michigan Theological Journal. Dr. Dyer’s books include The Rise of Babylon, What’s Next?, The New Christian Traveler’s Guide to the Holy Land and Strike the Dragon.
Jimmy joined with Jack Wyrtzen and Harry Bollback here at Word of Life for the first 12 years of his ministry. He resided in Jerusalem for 18 years as a journalist and has been seen on the Day of Discovery television program. Jimmy is a noted conference speaker and has authored many books, including the bestselling book, Sound The Trumpets.
Wendell Calder was a pastor for 16 years. He is the Founder of Local Church Evangelism, a ministry offering evangelism and teaching to local churches. He also travelled internationally as an evangelist and Bible teacher. He is also part of the Adjunct Faculty of the Word of Life Bible Institute.
Crawford Loritts is the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. Crawford has served as a national evangelist in the US and Caribbean. Crawford has written numerous articles and has written six books: A Passionate Commitment, Never Walk Away, Make It Home Before Dark, Lessons From A Life Coach, Developing Character In Your Child (co-authored with his wife, Karen) and For A Time We Cannot See.
John Barnett has been teaching the Word of God for 31 years. Called to the ministry as a young man—his passion remains prayer and the ministry of God's Word. Having ministered the Word in 40 nations around the world, John's ministry is deeply touched by outreach and evangelism. John launched a ministry in 1998 called Discover the Book Ministries. He is also an author of The Joy of a Word Filled Family and other books.
Dr. Hayes Wicker graduated from Grand Canyon University with his BA in Behavioral Science. Dr. Wicker went on to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity Degree and Doctor of Ministry Degree. Dr. Wicker has been in the pastorate since 1970 working as a youth pastor and senior pastor. He currently serves as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Naples, Florida. He and his wife, Janet, have three grown children and one grandchild.

Don Wyrtzen received an early start in music, radio, and television while associated with his father, Dr. Jack Wyrtzen, founder of Word of Life International. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, The King’s College, and Dallas Theological Seminary, he has also done graduate work in music at the University of North Texas and Vanderbilt University. Wyrtzen’s forte is his improvisational ability at the keyboard. He was a protégé of Lillian Hawley Gearhart, a student of the renowned Theodor Leschetizsky.

Wyrtzen has arranged and/or composed more than 400 anthems and sacred songs, including such favorites as ”Worthy Is the Lamb,” “Finally Home,” and “Love Was When.” To date, more than two million copies of his musicals have been sold, including An Old Fashioned Christmas, I Love America, Liberty, Worthy Is the Lamb, and Embrace the Cross.

Wyrtzen has also arranged, orchestrated, and conducted for such major contemporary artists as Steven Curtis Chapman, 4-Him, Michael Card, Steve Green, Carman, The Gaither Vocal Band, Wayne Watson, First Call, Babbi Mason, and Andy Williams. In the late 1990s, he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah and in his own arrangements of Christmas carols.

As one of the leading musicians and statesman in Christian music, Wyrtzen has lectured on church music, worship, and hymnology, and done piano master classes at Wheaton Conservatory of Music, Cedarville University, Philadelphia Biblical University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Dallas Theological Seminary, Liberty University, and Bryan College, among other institutions.

A dynamic, refreshing and inspiring piano duo featuring Scott J Griffin & Alan C Tripp

Come and catch the start of something exciting, refreshing and inspiring! In 2013 the Lord has led Scott and Alan to take their show on the road full-time under their newly formed ministry, Get Out of Your Boat Ministries.

Piano performance graduates of Moody Bible Institute, Scott and Alan have performed at Moody Bible Institute's Founder’s Week, The Moody Church, the Institute for Fine Arts of Chihuahua Mexico, Word of Life Ministries in New York and Florida, The Crystal Cathedral of California, Tennessee Valley Theater, and numerous theaters, churches, and other venues worldwide.

Beginning violin lessons as a ploy to end up with her grandmother’s keepsake violin, Lori Jean Smith grew up with music in her blood. With both of her parents being professional musicians, it was only a matter of time before Lori would discover that God had gifted her with the ability to make music with her hands and her life.

It was a bit of a competitive spirit that got her going with violin, with the goal of beating her older sister to the punch, but it also kept her going when she won state competition in high school. Surprisingly, God used a second place national prize to fan the flame of Lori’s love for music. Since then, she has earned two degrees and a life of musical experience that has only served to refine her skills to play with excellence for God’s glory.

Lori’s life may have begun with music... but it does not end there. She is blessed to be married to her husband of nearly 18 years, Tim... an artistic photographer and amazing supporter of Lori’s musical success. Lori and Tim have two sons who they homeschool with great enthusiasm, living the truth that influencing our children with our virtues and character will do more to leave a legacy than anything else we might deem worthy of pursuit. As a family, they enjoy traveling, Disney World, the Orlando Magic, learning new things, and just simply being together. Pondering her life, Lori remarks, ‘I am so blessed and thankful to live at my dream intersection... my God, my family and the music God makes through me.’

Lori Jean Smith is continuing to create music and worship experiences for churches and conferences around the country. Associated with Loop Road, a division of First Baptist of Orlando, her home church, her sole mission is to draw others into relationship with Christ by sharing his love through music, telling her story and how God has changed her life, and above all, increasing the volume of praise to the Lord.

Marshall Hall was born on December 30, 1970 in Lexington, KY to a musical family - mother Alice, father Dale, older brother Mitchell, and younger brother Matthew.

His mother played piano at church, and dad was a singer. The family’s life was centered around the church and their faith. When Marshall reached high school in 1985, he joined the church youth group and attended the state youth convention. At the age of 14, he made a decision to follow Christ.

After high school, Marshall followed in his father’s footsteps and attended Anderson University in Anderson, IN. While singing at his church in Anderson, Marshall was approached by a local producer and asked to sing for a project at Gaither Studios. He never really expected to actually end up singing for a living, but about a year after graduating from college, he quit his job at a furniture store and began working as a studio singer full time. As a session vocalist, Marshall traveled frequently from Indiana to Chicago, Orlando to Louisville and to Nashville singing background vocals on records and jingles for several national clients, including McDonald’s, Long John Silver’s and Head and Shoulders.

During one session for Bill Gaither, Marshall was asked to join the Homecoming artists in Memphis, TN for a video taping. Subsequent videos followed for Marshall, including tapings in Indianapolis and New York City at Carnegie Hall.

September 9, 2012 he began serving as Worship Leader at Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, CA where David Jeremiah serves as senior pastor.

Since his solo debut as a fifteen year old with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, violinist Josh Holritz has been engaging audiences around the world. Josh has performed as soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician in Canada, England, Austria, South Africa, Japan, and in more than 20 states around the continental United States. Josh has been a member of the Glens Falls Symphony (NY), Greensboro Symphony (NC), substitute with the New World Symphony (FL), Symphony Orchestra of Augusta (GA), Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra (TN), and concertmaster of the Buffalo Community Orchestra (MN). An avid chamber musician, Josh was a founding member of the Emmaus Quartet which gave over 100 performances in the Southeast between 2004-2006. Josh also served as first violin with the UNCSA Stern Quartet from 2007-2009 which included collaborative performances with the Vienna Radio Orchestra in 2007. Currently Josh is first violin of the University of Georgia Hodgson Graduate String Quartet. Josh also performs extensively with Schaafritz, a duo with his wife, flutist Kristen Holritz. A native of Kagoshima, Japan, Josh has for the past two summers travelled to Japan with his wife and students from The Juilliard School in order to bring music and hope to places hit hardest by the tsunami of March 2011. Josh received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and is currently in his final year of doctoral studies at the University of Georgia.