Discover the Ministry of Word of Life

We are a non-denominational Christian organization creating faith-defining experiences that give students and families the chance to encounter God and grow in their spiritual walks.


Who we Are

The Core Principles of Word of Life


We believe the Scriptures are the source and foundation for all Christian ministry. At each of our camps, retreats, and events we preach the Bible without apology.


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


Our purpose is to reach youth whose culture is always changing with biblical truth that never changes. We seek to be both biblical and relevant and keep the two in balance.
Whether you are at one of our youth and family camps, a regional event, or sitting in Chapel at the Word of Life Bible Institute, there are certain elements that you will always experience at Word of Life. These principles, taken from the Bible, are hard-wired into our DNA as an organization.



The story of Word of Life starts with the vision of Jack Wyrtzen, who believed, “it is the responsibility of every generation to reach their generation for Christ.” Jack founded Word of Life Fellowship in 1940 as an outgrowth of a Bible study. Over the next 75 years, Word of Life added camps, conference centers, bible institutes, and church youth ministries spanning 70 countries. Our 1400+ missionaries continue to reach the next generation for Christ.


Our Leadership

President and CEO Don Lough, Jr. is a graduate of the Word of Life Bible Institute, Cedarville University and Dallas Theological Seminary where he received a Masters of Theology. Don was the Vice President of International Ministries before becoming the President and CEO in 2011.



Word of Life does not hold to any particular set of theological norms. However, we do hold to a set of essential beliefs founded upon God’s Word. Our teaching, program, ministry philosophy, and mission all flow from these beliefs.



Through incredible ways, God has always graciously given us friends of the ministry that have faithfully given to sustain the worldwide ministries of Word of Life. To honor their friendship and to honor God in truth we handle financial accountability with great care and the utmost transparency.