ABOUT US



A Letter From Don Lough:


Dear Faithful Friends,

Word of Life founder, Jack Wyrtzen, said long ago, “… it is the responsibility of every generation to reach their generation for Christ.”

For 75 years, God has used Word of Life to help people experience their faith through introducing them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. Now as we look forward to the next 75 years, we believe that the best days are ahead, and like our founders, it is our responsibility to do what it takes to reach this generation with the Gospel.

The new logo and look for Word of Life is the result of much prayer and planning. It is an outward example of our deep commitment to sharing the Gospel with today’s generation in a way that resonates with them. We commit to meeting them right where they are while holding fast to the truth of Scripture that guides us.

Thank you for being a part of our family and for your support of the work God is doing through Word of Life. As we look ahead to the next season of the ministry, our energy is renewed and our purpose remains the same.

I pray you will join us in celebrating what God is doing here and around the world and believing with us for the next 75 years.

In His Service,

Don Lough, Jr., Executive Director



FAQ


Why did you update your logo?

Our founder Jack Wyrtzen said that “it is the responsibility of every generation to reach their generation for Christ.” When Word of Life began 75 years ago, our founders broke ground in the way they engaged the culture. As we look at today’s changing culture, we remain equally committed to meeting this generation’s needs and sharing Christ in a way that resonates – while holding fast to the truth of the Bible and the values that guide us.

After much prayer, we felt led to take some intentional steps to make sure we’re being the best stewards of this ministry as possible and communicating about Word of Life in a way that’s engaging and easy to understand. Yes, the logo gives us a fresh look, but it is also an outward reflection of our commitment to strategic outreach and reaching this generation with the love and truth of Christ.

Why now?

Throughout Scripture, we see God’s command to reach people where they are. He tells us to be understanding of the times (Romans 13:11; 1 Chronicles 12:32), and to go out and compel people to come in (Luke 14;23). If we’re to obey Him and to minister effectively, we have to be wise in understanding our changing culture and reaching it in a compelling way.

There were many factors that led to us take this step at this point in the ministry. At the forefront was the prompting of God and the sense of urgency we feel to reach our generation. As we look to the 75 years before us and the time ahead, we believe God wants to use this ministry to reach as many people as possible with the truth of His Word. To do this, we must communicate effectively, in a way that is compelling and relevant to the times we live in. This does not mean compromising our values or commitment to the truth of Scripture, but rather intentionally communicating that truth in a way people can understand.

This decision was not made lightly. We spent more than a year in prayer, research and strategic planning to arrive at this decision. We have felt God’s hand each step of the way and believe great things are in store for Word of Life.

Are your ministries changing?

No, we will continue to offer some of the most exciting camps around, create engaging curriculum and events, provide in-depth biblical training at the Bible Institute and send missionaries around the world to share the love of Christ. Our goal is to better communicate how all of those ministries work together to help people experience their faith.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

We would love to hear your thoughts about the new brand and answer any questions you might have. You can email us at director@wol.org.

Why “Experience Your Faith”?

Word of Life is a complex organization with many different opportunities for people of all ages to come to know Christ and grow in their walks with Him. The common thread in all of them is our commitment to helping people experience their faith. Whether someone is not a believer, a new believer or a long-time believer seeking opportunities for growth, Word of Life creates unique experiences that allow for people to hear the Gospel and grow in their faith. We hope that no matter what aspect of Word of Life you experience, you feel the presence of God and grow closer to Him.

Is the mission changing?

Not at all. We remain deeply committed to reaching the world with the Gospel of Christ. Our prayer is that this step will help us become more effective at accomplishing that mission and will energize our staff and supporters with fresh fire to reach the world for Christ.

What other changes are happening at Word of Life?

While you might notice a few small differences in some camp names or messaging, our core mission and the Word of Life experience remain the same.

This is awesome. How can I get involved?

As we look forward to this new chapter in our ministry, we would love to have you be involved in our work and growth! We greatly appreciate your prayers as we seek the Lord in this exciting time. There are many different ways to help, from sharing the exciting news on Facebook or Twitter or donating to support the ministry financially.



The purpose of Word of Life is the evangelism and discipleship of youth, consistent with the Scriptures to help build up and strengthen the local church. We do this through:


camps
bibleinstitute
lcm2
im2

Our Principles
Statement of Faith
Our Leadership
History
Our History
Financial
Financial Accountability
Contact Us

Our Principles

We seek to glorify God through these principles

Scripture

We are committed to the Scriptures as the source and foundation for ministry.

Evangelism

We are committed to fulfilling the Great Commission by boldly proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and challenging people to respond.

Discipleship

We are committed to the intentional process of teaching and influencing others to become more like Jesus Christ.

Youth

We are committed to reaching youth whose culture constantly changes with biblical truth that never changes.

Statement of Faith

We believe…

The Scriptures

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are verbally inspired of God, and they are without error in the original writings, and they are the supreme and final authority for faith and life.

The Grace of God

We believe that all who by faith receive Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, therefore children of God and eternally saved, and that the Holy Spirit dwells within every believer to enlighten, guide, and enable the believer in life, testimony, and service. We believe that God answers the prayers of His people and meets their needs according to His purpose.


The Trinity

We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, Who is eternally existent in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

We believe that God gives spiritual gifts to all believers for the building up of the body of Christ. However, the miraculous sign-gifts of the Spirit, such as tongues and healings, were limited to the early church.


The Deity of Jesus Christ

We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, His death to pay the penalty for everyone’s sins, His bodily resurrection, His exaltation at God’s right hand, and His personal, imminent, pretribulational and pre-millennial return.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved in Glory and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost in hell.


The Judgment of God

We believe that all have sinned and are therefore guilty before God and are under His condemnation.

The Call to Living a Holy Life

We believe that all believers are called to a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices and alliances.


Marriage

We believe that from the beginning with Adam and Eve, God ordained marriage as only between a man and a woman. All sexual activity outside of marriage, including homosexual practices, is in direct contradiction to God’s Word and His institution of the home.



Our Leadership

director-00

Don Lough, Jr.

Executive Director, Word of Life Fellowship

Donald H. Lough, Jr. follows a great legacy of leadership as Executive Director of Word of Life Fellowship. He brings more than 20 years of experience and service in the ministry as he shares the passion of those who have gone before him…Holding Forth the Word of Life.

He is a graduate of the Word of Life Bible Institute in 1984 and of Cedarville University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1987. In 1992 Don graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary after serving as a teaching assistant to Drs. Howard Hendricks and Mark Bailey and where he received a Master of Theology Degree.

His ministry with Word of Life Fellowship began as a teenage young man working in the camps and conference programs. After graduating from seminary, he became the assistant to Paul Bubar, Director of Word of Life’s International Ministries in 1992. Five years later he became the Vice President of International Ministries where he served from 1997 to 2006. Don served as Director of Word of Life Fellowship from 2006-2011 before being installed as the Executive Director.

Don and his wife, Darla, have four children: Alyssa, Jonathan, Justin and Ashlyn.


Leadership Team

Kris Stout sized

Kris Stout

Vice-President of International Ministries

As Vice President of International Ministries, Kris serves our 66 international fields and over 1200 missionaries. After graduating from the Word of Life Bible Institute, he and his wife Debbie pioneered Word of Life ministries in France. He, Debbie, and their three children spent 10 years serving there before God called Kris to lead Word of Life’s International Ministries.

Contact Kris

krisstout@wol.org
518-494-6324

Bill Smith sized

Bill Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Bill joined the Word of Life staff in June of 2014. Bill has 15 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1987, primarily working in industry. He and his wife Maura have been married for over 30 years and have seven children.

Contact Bill

billsmith@wol.org
518-494-6216

Roger Peace sized

Roger Peace

Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President of National Ministries

Roger serves and oversees a team of leaders and managers that create vision, direction, and management for the National Ministry of Word of Life including areas such as Local Church Ministries, Youth and Family Camps, Outreach Events, and daily operational areas. Roger is married to Cathy and they have four children.

Contact Roger

rogerp@wol.org
518-494-6331


Past Directors of Word of Life Fellowship
director-01

Jack Wyrtzen

Director 1940 to 1990

Jack founded the ministry after trusting Christ as a young man. His passion was to share the Gospel and to reach young people. Jack’s contagious enthusiasm and his desire to be used of God were hallmarks of his leadership.

director-02

Harry Bollback

Director 1940 to 1990

Harry was invited by Jack Wyrtzen to become the Co-Director. He was used of God to launch the International Ministries of Word of Life and in later years he began the Tour Ministries (Gospel Productions) which presented the Word of God through music, drama and multi-media

director-03

George Theis

Director 1991 to 1999

George followed the leadership of Jack Wyrtzen and Harry Bollback and led Word of Life to expand the International Ministries into ten new locations – a total of 44 countries. Under his leadership and through his vision was born the need for a new teaching facility and library at Word of Life Bible Institute

director-04

Joe Jordan

Director 1999 to 2011

Joe served as Executive Director after founding the ministry of Word of Life in Argentina in 1970. His dynamic leadership was instrumental for numerous capital project upgrades to facilities, the growth of the ministry into 63 countries and the development of a new generation of leadership around the world.


Our History

Jack Wyrtzen

Co-Founder of Word of Life Fellowship

Since the day of Jack’s salvation, God gave him a hunger for the Word and a burden for people to know Christ. Through Jack’s contagious passion for life and truth, God allowed him to share the message of salvation literally around the world.



In 1933 Jack Wyrtzen helped to form an organization called XBA, or Christians Born Again, a Bible study and fellowship group for men. In 1940 the women’s and men’s branches of the organization reorganized to form Word of Life Fellowship. Jack spoke in many churches and held evangelistic rallies from streets to stadiums.

His preaching sold out both Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium reaching thousands with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The ministry expanded over the air with WBBC and the “Word of Life” radio show. Jack influenced and was friends with many great ministers of his time including Billy Graham, George Verwer, Dawson Trotman, Harry A. Ironside, and the Youth for Christ movement.

In 1946 Jack and Co-Founder Harry Bollback purchased an island property at a heavy discount from it’s previous owners. Jack and Harry felt God calling them to start a camping ministry to young people and the Word of Life Island camp was born. Harry soon left to start the first International ministry of Word of Life, and Jack led the ministry to develop Bible Clubs in local churches.

In 1971 the ministry of Word of Life grew again when the Word of Life Bible Institute was founded to teach students the truths of God’s Word. Today there are Bible Institutes around the world training ministry leaders and teaching people the power and truth of God’s Word.

Over the years, Word of Life Fellowship has been blessed by God to include ministries in 66 countries, camps all over the world, an Inn and Family Campground, and Bible Clubs in thousands of churches world wide.