Our ministry was founded by John and Jan Bell in 1980 under the name Confrontation Point Christian Wilderness Adventures. In addition to Biblical training, The Bells spent time with legendary outdoor educator, Paul Petzoldt. The service-oriented ministry focused on youth encountering Christ in wilderness settings.
Within a few years, missions and service components were added and the name was shortened to Confrontation Point Ministries. We have guided a wide variety of trips, including international missions, home renovation projects, ministering to the disabled, urban service, caring for the elderly, disaster relief, and environmental conservation. For much of our history, we were based near Crossville, Tennessee at Camp Obed, named for the beautiful river nearby.
In 2009, the operational base was moved to Wilmore, Kentucky. By God’s providence, we purchased a camp property that had hosted significant movements of God’s spirit for over a century during revivals, music festivals, church plants and spiritual retreats. From this location we guide missions and adventures throughout Appalachia as well as host retreats on the camp.
Through prayer and organizational reflection, we have taken the name AdventureServe Ministries which reflects the signature combination of every program we offer. We continue to operate with the same unique style and core principles as we have for over 30 years. We look forward to serving Christ adventurously for many years to come!
AdventureServe Ministries is located on the old Wilmore camp meeting site. For over 150 years, camp meetings, revivals, and worship have happened on our grounds. Check out the video and photos to learn about the rich history of our camp grounds!
"The original home of the Wilmore Holiness Camp Meetings was blessed to continue a 120 year long legacy of mission work from it’s Sacred Ground. Once established the Wilmore Camp Meeting used various buildings on one of the beautiful hillsides where John Wesley Hughes and Henry Clay Morrison first held such significant camp revivals in 1890. For Henry Clay Morrison camp meetings became one of his favorite evangelistic venues, and throughout the rest of his life Morrison gave much time and effective leadership to this religious movement."