All of God's People Welcome

About Us

Beginning his ministry at the turn of the century, Rev. William J. Sowders (1879-1952) devoted his life to prayer and study, bringing about a clearer vision of the plan of salvation. Early in his ministry, he heard an audible voice from heaven say, “I want you to preach MY GOSPEL”.  With that, he went to preach the Word as God gave it to him.  He spoke on the doctrines of baptism, eternal judgment, laying on of hands, and living an overcoming life.


Barring no race, color, or creed from the church, Rev. Sowders purchased 350 acres for what is now the Gospel of the Kingdom Campground. It was his vision that THIS CAMPGROUND would  be a place for spiritual worship for all who love God and His cause. He desired to make it a holy place for all. He welcomed every child of God interested in the furtherance of God’s cause. His vision continues today.

William J Sowders founder of Gospel of the Kingdom Campground

Welcome to a place we call, “Home”.

Through the highs and lows of the past decades, this Campground has witnessed new experiences, new generations, and a new unity, but the mission remains the same. The mission of caring for God’s children and welcoming His people is currently expressed in many ways. Here are just a few:

The Campground is a place where the unity of the Spirit allows us to earnestly seek the unity of the faith.


From the beginning, the Campground has been a place where men of God and saints of God can gather regardless of doctrinal differences and feel loved and welcome. The neutrality of a gathering place not identified with any one assembly allows men of God to candidly search for the truth while embracing one another in the bonds of Christian love. It was the charity of Bro. Sowders that welcomed the elders of another generation while they were yet ignorant of many of the truths he had received, and it remains the charity and openness here that permits faithful men to labor in the unity of the Spirit as they seek the unity of the faith.


The Campground is a place where you are invited to experience a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit.


Many places that once celebrated the move of the Holy Spirit have now forgotten it. Creeping worldliness has quenched the move of the Spirit once so powerful in the Pentecostal churches. Here, people gather with an earnest expectation of a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Some come seeking their first experience with God; others come having had the baptism longer than most of us have been alive. Whichever you may be, the invitation is open to all. Come, drink deeply of the water of life!


The Campground is a place grounded in the humble, historical roots of this move of God.


You do not have to be here long to recognize that we do not have the fanciest facilities, nicest accommodations, and most comfortable seating arrangements. Our mission has never been grounded in the latest technology. Yet, it is the simplicity of this place that reminds us of even simpler times. Surrounded by a world obsessed with the latest human advances, it can be all too easy to forget the sacrifices made by those who went before us. The Campground provides an opportunity to unplug from the ever changing daily grind and reconnect with the simple faith that is the same yesterday, today, and forever.


The Campground is a place that unites the young and old together in service, worship, and fellowship.


One of the greatest blessings of gathering together on this hilltop is watching the Lord unite the younger and older generations. The elders provide a strength and wisdom for the young; the youth provide an encouragement and zeal for the old. They serve alongside one another, rejoice together in the Spirit, and share the love of God.


The Campground is a place where God can join together the next generation.


Under the watchful eyes of a legion of chaperones, each new generation of young people have the opportunity to fellowship together as they seek God’s will for their future. No one assembly has enough young people to sustain itself indefinitely, but the Campground has long provided a central location for young people to meet one another and begin a new life together. Each new relationship joins assemblies closer together, thereby uniting the body of Christ a little more.


The Campground is a place where saints from smaller assemblies can serve the general body of Christ.


As the years have passed and the size of general meetings has steadily grown, few local assemblies possess the numbers and facilities to host a general meeting.  As exciting and wonderful as this growth is, it also presents practical limitations for all but the largest assemblies. Serving at the Campground allows saints from even the smallest of churches to receive the great blessing that comes from serving your brothers and sisters in Christ as the gather from across the country and around the world.  Whether you volunteer as an usher, help work in the kitchen, wash the dishes, or clean the toilets, we welcome you to experience for yourself the unexplainable joy of serving the people of God.


The Campground is a place where the international body of Christ can gather.


For as long as this gospel has been preached in other nations, representatives from the mission field have gathered to celebrate the good news we have received. Some come cross-country by bus, some board an airplane for the first time, and some spend days in passenger vans driving over a thousand miles. From wherever they come, and however they arrive, they find that the Campground truly is a place where all of God’s people are welcome. No longer an American meeting, the Campground has become a beloved experience for people of many nations, kindreds, and tongues, providing just a glimpse of the day when we all bow together to worship the Lamb of God.


For those of us who have spent many years gathering here, the Campground is a place intimately connected with some of our fondest memories, greatest testimonies, and dearest relationships. Whatever your history, wherever your origin, and however you arrived, as one of the people of God, you are welcome here. We hope and pray that, while you are here, you will make your own memories, receive your own testimonies, and build your own relationships. Welcome to a place we call, “Home”.

The purpose and the mission statement of the Gospel of the Kingdom Campground has not changed since it was so entered into record on August 12, 1942:

“…to be used for the purpose of using said property for the continual care of God’s children and not for profit and to promote the cause of the Christian faith and to provide a place of worship for persons of the Christian faith and for such persons to meet and worship on the premises herein conveyed and for providing shelter and provision for those meeting on said premises for worship and for taking care of the dependent aged persons as selected by said Trustees and their successors in office; to manage and care for said property and improve same as they deem proper and use any income from same or derived in the use of same for the payment of the expenses of same and said Trustees as their successors in office are to be sole judges as to the use of the property and income derived from same under this deed of trust pursuant to the power herein granted.”

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