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History

Who We Are

Gull Lake Ministries exists to exalt Jesus and share his extravagant love with families.

We operate as a nondenominational, Christian summer resort and luxury year-round retreat center in Southwest Michigan. We cultivate an immersive experience marked by physical refreshment, relational connection, and spiritual rejuvenation.

Our portfolio encompasses gourmet fare, lavish lakeside accommodations, action-packed activities, and strategic family programming characterized by exceptional, Christ-like service.

About Gull Lake Ministries

Gull Lake Ministries Joyfully...

Serving the Family Since 1920

Gull Lake Ministries has served as the catalyst for life transformation within the family for nearly a century. Established in 1920, Gull Lake Ministries possesses a history rich in ministry and relational renewal.

Powerful speakers and missionaries have graced our Tabernacle stage for decades, and the Gull Lake Ministries staff inspired faith in the hearts of young and old alike.

Today, our purpose remains the same as that of our founding fathers. We seek “to impact lives for God’s glory” while continuing to develop meaningful ways to strengthen the family and equip the saints for God’s service.

Explore highlights from Gull Lake Ministries’ history below!

1897
Land Purchased by Camp Association
1897
1904
Tabernacle Completed
1904
1910
Midland Hotel Erected
1910
1919
The first official year of the Gull Lake Bible Conference
1919
1920
Gull Lake Bible Association incorporated
1920
1921
The first Full Lake Bible Conference bulletin printed
1921
1922
Electricity installed
1922
1929
Running water installed
1929
1944
Property purchased by Gull Lake Bible Association
1944
1950
National Geographic Magazine rates Gull Lake as one of the ten most beautiful lakes in the world
1950
1951
Fellowship Center completed
1951
1955
Tabernacle addition completed
1955
1968
First year of year-round sessions
1968
1978
First year of Ladies' Days
1978
1992
Fellowship Center remodeled
1992
2004
Name chanced to Gull Lake Ministries
2004
2005
Strategic Family Ministries Program Relaunch
2005
2007
Fellowship Center remodeled
2007
2009
Ministry Center constructed
2009
2014
Isaac Lodge built
2014
2014
Fellowship Center Dining Room and Kitchen rebuilt
2014
2016
Paul Lodge and Lakeview Lodge constructed
2016
2018
Laundry facility built
2018
2018
Ben Gordon Condo remodeled
2018

More history on Gull Lake Ministries is available in the book Great and Mighty Things, by Dr. Wendell K. Babcock, which may be purchased in the GLM Dock Shop.