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Who We Are
AdventureServe Ministries

Who We Are


AdventureServe Ministries is a non-profit,

inter-denominational missions organization.  We serve communities in the heart of Appalachia by equipping groups nationwide with programs that combine adventure and service.



AdventureServe Ministries seeks to create a Christ-centered community and encourage growth through confrontational experiences with God, self, others, and nature.

What We


We hold to the Apostles’ Creed: “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.”



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.

The service is real and the impact is lasting. Read on.



Your group will be transformed through our intentional emphasis on community, spiritual growth, and leadership development. We seek to empower youth to be leaders.

Yellow Zone

We believe growth happens outside your comfort zone. The "yellow zone" is the sweet spot between comfort (green) and panic (red). We encourage campers to embrace their yellow zone.

Challenge by Choice

We recognize that each person has a different set of fears and talents. We never force anyone to do an activity they don't want to do. Our staff encourage youth to embrace their yellow zone and stretch themselves.

Youth Leadership

Trips provide countless opportunities for youth to lead. They can plan and lead their own worship, prepare their own meals, be responsible for clean up, and take the lead at service sites. Our staff is trained to give participants room to step up while providing support. We intentionally choose youth engagement over perfection.


Want to experience how we do missions for yourself? Check out our programs.

Help us


When you give to AdventureServe you

are assisting community members in need, engaging participants to put

their faith in action, and providing opportunities for young-adult leaders

to mature and gain new skills.

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