You may have heard that our beloved Camp Pioneer is in the midst of closing. While it has been announced that it will indeed be sold, it is our hope and prayer that camp will be put into the hands of those who will continue the outdoor Christian ministry, where lives have been changed and many have been prepared to serve in the Kingdom of God, where traditions have taken root and friendships have developed in meaningful and memorable ways. Although these are challenging times, we fully believe that God has a plan for Pioneer and we are excited to see that plan unfold.
The legacy of camp is 75 years strong, offering a place for campers to celebrate their faith while being surrounded by nature and with like-minded peers. Fifty years ago, then Director Rev. Elton Rengstorf (Rengs), began calling camp “a warm place in the Son,” and it certainly was, but not because of the ninety or so warm days per year in Western New York. Rather, it was because of the all day, everyday love the camp emulates, warming the soul of every camper when gathered together in the presence of God and one another.