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Our History

 

Victory Ministries of Alaska is the largest Christian Camp and Conference Ministry in the state of Alaska, with the mission of “connecting people of all ages with God through the ministry of Christian camping and conference retreats.”  Victory Ministries consists of two campuses: Victory Bible Camps and Conference Center, located 95 miles northeast of Anchorage, and Camp Li-Wa, located 5 miles northeast of Fairbanks. Both campuses offer camping programs year-round which include: family camps, missionary conferences, weekend retreats, public school programs and summer camps for all ages.

Victory Ministries of Alaska, as an organization, was officially founded until 1992. Prior to that time, Victory Bible Camp and Camp Li-Wa were both part of the international mission organization, InterAct Ministries.

Victory Bible Camp was started in 1948 by John and Nadine Gillespie. It began with just 40 acres, granted by the US Congress before Alaska was even a state. The beautiful campus, which is near the Matanuska Glacier, now includes 389 acres and is able to host groups of 300 people.

Camp Li-Wa was started in 1959 and was operated by Denali Bible Church for 25 years. Although it was founded solely as a summer camp, it now has a year-round ministry. Camp facilities include one of the state’s largest heated indoor riding arenas and building is currently underway on the Li-Wa Dining and Retreat Center, which is being designed with cutting-edge green technology to maximize energy efficiency.