Vision and Mission
At Gull Lake Centre we are creating space to connect. This is space for campers to connect with Christ and with each other. Space for bible studies to connect with God and their church. Space for volunteers to connect with the spirit a safe place can offer. Gull Lake Centre intentionally creates a safe and welcoming space physically, spiritually and emotionally through our staff, facilities, food, and programming. As a registered charity we work hard to return to the community all that is given to us.
Although Gull Lake Centre runs retreats and rentals year round, our primary ministry is Summer Camp and the Leadership Training & Discipleship Program. We at Gull Lake Centre are committed to the realization of lasting relationships, keeping camp affordable, ensuring camp is accessible and available to everyone, all while developing and training leaders.
Gull Lake Centre is located on the East side of Gull Lake, which is near Lacombe, Alberta. Driving to Gull Lake Centre from either Edmonton or Calgary typically takes between one and a half to two hours. Check out our directions page if you want to know more.
Facilities and Ammenities
Want to get the details on what we’ve got at camp? Check out the camp tour page.
Want to keep up to date on what’s happening at camp? Check out the Gull Lake News page.
Full Time Staff
Steve is the Executive Director at Gull Lake Centre. Steve loves God and loves camp and feels wonderfully blessed to have the job that he does. He is married to his lovely wife Sarah and they have four children, Olivia, Wakefield, Fiona, and Koa. His favourite activities are playing outside with his kids and friends at the camp and in the mountains. There are few things that Steve likes more than heading out to his favourite spot in the mountains by himself to sit in silence with the Living God.
Evangeline joined the team as Program Manager in 2020. Originally from Calgary, Evie grew up coming to Gull Lake as a camper and LTD. She comes to us now with a Masters in Education plus experience working in community development, higher education, and (most recently) emergency relief work in the Middle East. She thrives on new ideas and lives to see diverse people form authentic God-fueled relationships. When not searching for extra duct tape rolls at camp, you can find her on a climbing wall, in the water, or planning out a new far-flung adventure.
Donna Kenny is the Office Administrator at Gull Lake Centre and uses her administrative and people skills on the front line. Donna and her husband Kip have two boys, Emmett and Patrick. Donna’s entire family have served on staff in various roles and they are all very invested in helping make camp all it can be. Donna brings over 20 years of administrative and management experience to the centre.
Jared stepped into the role of Operations Manager after serving many years as summer staff and Program Manager. He is married to his awesome wife Rebecca and they have one son Evan. He is passionate about the vision at Gull Lake and loves to serve in any way he can. In Jared’s spare time he enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Christine helps make everything happen behind the scenes with her excellent organization skills. She grew up attending camp in Saskatchewan as a kid and served in various positions on summer staff. Her own personal experience has led her to serve in camp ministry full time. She loves the unique perspective she gets of camp through her office window which brings many laughs and smiles in summer days.
Shawn is the Maintenance Manager for Gull Lake Centre. He knows this area of the country like the back of his hand. A man of the outdoors, Shawn loves fishing, hunting and the Oilers. Shawn has two children, Rebecca and Eli. Shawn has a way of always being in the right place at the right time. You likely won’t see him but you will see the fruit of where he’s been. Shawn has been a part of the Gull Lake community for over 25 years!
The roots of Gull Lake Baptist Camp originate with the founder, Dr. C.C. McLaurin. His vision was to provide a place historical picture of cabins where Baptist families could “play and pray.” With land at Gull Lake donated by Dr. McLaurin, Gull Lake Baptist Camp was established in 1920. In those early years, campers slept on loose straw in simply constructed cabins and buildings, some of which still exist at the camp.
The years following World War II saw the camp change from an Assembly to a family camp with a vacation Bible school also developing. The camp continued to attract large numbers of young people through the 1950’s and 1960’s, causing continuous changes in facility and design to accommodate youth-oriented programs.
As each new generation brought changing expectations to Gull Lake, the growing ministry required continual changes to its facilities. New winterized cabins, washrooms and a large dining hall were constructed in the historical view of camp in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Additional property was purchased nearby which became a 37-site trailer park. In October of 1993 a government building was sold to the camp and transformed into a 40-bed Retreat Centre. In 2007 we built a new main lodge, transforming us from a summer camp that did a few other things on the side to a year-round ministry centre. We are still a summer camp and we offer exceptional Christ-centered camps just like we have for the past 99 years, but now we do so much more in the other nine months of the year as well.
Since the 1980s our Leadership Training & Discipleship (LTD) Program has been developing as an intensive 3-year program that continues to challenge young people to grow in their faith and gifts. LTD’s are taught what it means to be disciples of Christ and to share their faith in their world. In 2007 we adopted the Encountering God Framework as our standard curriculum. The vision for the LTD program is to disciple students to encounter God as life-long, transformed participants in the Kingdom.
Through it all, Gull Lake has sought to teach vital principles of life which are rooted in scripture. It has grown over the past few years to focus even more on leadership development while maintaining a high standard on camper experience. More campers continue to come to the camp, usually returning year after year for the relationships that they established.
We are expecting about 1000 campers this summer giving us an opportunity to create space for them to connect with Christ and each other. 99 years later we are still a great place to come “play and pray”.