Word of Life helps students and families encounter God and grow in their spiritual walks.

Word of Life is a nondenominational Christian organization creating faith-defining experiences that give students and families the chance to encounter God and grow in their spiritual walks. Through high-energy camping ministries, in-depth biblical training, local church ministries, and international missions, Word of Life shares the message of salvation with those who have never heard and helps believers grow in their faith.
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Forever Changed

At Word of Life, we believe there's no better time than now to reach this generation with the life-altering news of the Gospel.

Our Ministries


Word of Life Youth and Family Camps are fun, high-energy camping experiences that open doors for youth and family to connect with God and each other

Bible Institute

The Word of Life Bible Institute offers up two years of accredited post-secondary biblical studies programs that provide students with a foundation of biblical knowledge and vision for the future.

Local Church Ministries

Word of Life Local Church Ministries provides resources, curriculum, and training that equip local churches to maximize the impact of their ministries and help students grow in their faith.

International Missions

Word of Life International Missions sends short- and long-term missionaries around the world to share the love of Christ and the good news of the Gospel.

Our Principles


Word of Life creates experiences that bring faith to life and teach spiritual principles in new and exciting ways.


Word of Life ministries create opportunities to share the message of salvation with those who have never heard.


Word of Life gives people the chance to encounter God, then walks with them through their spiritual journeys, resulting in long-lasting, heart-level life change.

Eternal Impact

Word of Life desires to see every man, woman and child experience a relationship with Jesus, and our core purpose is to make an eternal impact on everyone’s lives we touch.

The Word of Life Story

Our story begins with the vision of Jack Wyrtzen, who believed it was the responsibility of every generation to reach their generation for Christ. 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.

"As we thank God for 75 years of seeing him transform people's lives, it remains our humble prayer that we can somehow be used to reach this generation with the Gospel of Christ."

—Don Lough, Word of Life
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.

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.

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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.

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Roger Peace
Chief Operating Officer & VP 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.

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Word of Life was built through the dedication of our people and the passion of our leadership; even from the very beginning.

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It has beauty…you bring all the kids on board, and maybe I’m having a part of these kids receiving Christ.
Bob Heirholzer

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