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About Us

OUR PURPOSE is to provide a peaceful setting away from a troubled world so that each camper can take the next spiritual step in their Christian life.

OUR MISSION is to help the local church evangelize and disciple their youth and to strengthen their families to be conformed to the image of Christ

Year-Round Staff

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Michael Free


Brother Mike is the pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church and the director of LWCC. He has been in camp work since 1985. His favorite part of camp is hearing the campers sing and watching their response to the preaching of God's Word. Bro. Mike is married to Sherri Free who is our camp pianist and Craft Shop/Camp Store supervisor. He has three grown children, Jonathan, Jessica, and Jordyn who have all ministered at LWCC.

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Jonathan Free

Assistant Director

Jonathan serves as the assistant director at LWCC and the part-time youth pastor at Tabernacle Baptist. Jonathan attended LWCC as a camper and worked on the maintenance staff and counseling staff for eight summers. He is married to Rachel who serves as the camp Snack Shop manager and volunteers at other camp venues. Rachel was a counselor at LWCC for two summers.

Our History

Living Water Christian Camp began in 1967 as a small camp-out place about 5 miles south of Candor, NC on the property of Mr. Johnson Livingston.  Mr. Livingston wanted to provide a place to many of the surrounding churches for their youth to come for weekend camping and retreats.  It was very primitive in that it consisted of a small, oak chapel building, a fire pit, a rope swing, and an outhouse.  Tents were the only accommodations at the time. 

In 1976, a small group of believers along with Pastor Jack Phillips and his family met on these campgrounds and formed Tabernacle Baptist Church.  The fledgling church took what was then called, Living Water Youth Camp, as a ministry for young people.  

In just a few years, a small kitchen and picnic shelter were built for serving meals, and a bunkhouse was built to house 50 campers.  There was a wall that divided the bunkhouse with girls on one side and guys on the other.  A lake was dug out to provide boating and fishing for the campers.  

Today, LWCC is blessed to accommodate nearly 100 guests with a very modern Bunkhouse and three log cabins overlooking the lake.  The lake is now used for swimming, zip-lining, a water trampoline, high diving, and water basketball as well as boating and fishing.

A full-size gymnasium is home to many game-room type games, 9-square in the air, a full-fledge Snack Shop, a Craft Shop, and Camp Store.  Rounding out the camp activities are a Sling Shot Range, a 9-hole Disc Golf course and Human Foosball.

Always central to LWCC is God's Word.  Every camp is highlighted with scheduled times of Bible preaching and a Quiet Time to reflect personally on God's goodness.

We invite you to come to LWCC with a group, as an individual, or just for a visit to see the amazing things God has done.  

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