Who we are...
Camp Living Water is a Non-profit, non-denominational, Christian Youth Camp and Retreat Center located in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. You can help support this ministry financially by clicking the button below or by mailing your support to the mailing address below.
What we believe...
We at Camp Living Water believe that the Scriptures are of paramount importance, and as such, must be the foundation for all of our thinking and activities in our camping program.
We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing; they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in the three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true Man.
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood.
We believe that all who receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there fur us as High Priest and Advocate.
We believe that the Church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and is composed of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ; and that the local Church is composed of believers in a locality who gather together in Christ's name for worship, prayer, ministry, and testimony.
We believe that there are two Christian ordinances - baptism and the Lord's supper; that baptism by immersion signifies that the believer, having died with Christ, is buried with Him in baptism and also is risen with Christ to walk in newness of life; and that the Lord's Supper is a remembrance feast instituted by the Lord Himself for His own, to show forth the Lord's death until He comes.
We believe in the imminent personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to translate the Church; that this will be followed by the tribulation on earth, followed by the new heaven and new earth with God all in all.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, and everlasting punishment of the lost.
Office: (828) 488-6012
Mailing/Physical Address: Camp Living Water, 1510 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City, NC 28713
Full Time Staff:
Joel Sasscer - Director - Director@CampLivingWater.com
Joel and Joanna have been at CLW 25 years, and they remain dedicated to developing the facilities and program and ministry of CLW to be the best possible.
Over the years Joel has developed the camp solo-time and worship traditions, the high school and collegiate leadership training, the climbing program, and back country hiking and backpacking. Joanna has served as Office Manager, Kitchen planner and Registrar.
Joshua Sasscer - Program Director - ProgramDirector@CampLivingWater.com
Joshua and Leah Sasscer have been in full time ministry at Camp Living Water for over 14 years. The Lord has blessed them with 8 beautiful children who are all active and helpful around camp.
Over the past 20 years Joshua has served in many volunteer and part time capacities including Camp Counselor, Lawn/Grounds Keeper, Kitchen Manager as well as the Full Time positions of Maintenance Manager and Program director. He has helped to develop the Counselor In Training (CIT) Program as well as the Youth Soccer Program, Paintball, and Mountain Biking and various other programs. He also maintains the CLW Website and Social Media Accounts and fund raising accounts. Joshua is always on the lookout for volunteers to get involved with the various projects around camp and with the Soccer and Summer Camp Programs.
Part Time Staff:
Elizabeth Kelly - Camp Registrar - Handles Camper Registrations as well as donations and other various office responsibilities. You can reach Elizabeth at Registrar@CampLivingWater.com.
Interested in Volunteering at Camp Living Water? Contact Joel or Josh and let them know how you would like to Help. There is always something to do here and we depend on Volunteers to help us get it done!
"God's Christ Magnified!"
Those three words have been the mission of Camp Living Water since it's founding as Southern Bible Testimony, Inc. In 1947, driven by a conviction that God was interested in "only one thing... the exaltation and glorification of His Son, Jesus Christ," Dr. W. Herbert Brown established the ministry for all believers, regardless of denomination. The ministry quickly grew into a conference center. The center's primary purpose was to teach and encourage believers. There has always been a strong evangelistic component as well. There are many witnessing opportunities within Western North Carolina in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains.
The Birth and Growth of Camp Living Water
In 1957, the center developed a new dimension; Camp Living Water was founded for children and teenagers. With each adult Bible conference, a simultaneous Vacation Bible School would be conducted. A Board of Directors was selected and the current camp site was developed. In the early years guests stayed in tents. When a storm destroyed the tents a Winston-Salem contractor, Marvin Swain, donated the labor and materials to construct cabins. Later the Chapel was added along with a swimming pool and an outdoor pavilion. After some time a 16 room lodge was constructed and included office space, a commercial kitchen and dinning hall. As the cabins became outdated they were torn down. After the lodge a full size Gymnasium was added along with a game room, library, snack shack, maintenance shop, and laundry room built on to it. The most recent addition is the Volunteer Hall which can seat over 200 guests for meals and special events. The old dining hall and offices have been renovated into new lodge rooms adding 40 beds to the Founders Lodge.
Dr. Brown's Living Legacy
June 4, 1992, Dr. Brown went to be with his Heavenly Father. The ministry he started in 1947 has continued to grow and thrive and have "God's Christ Magnified" for over 70 years now. The camp is utilized throughout the entire year. The various camps, retreats, conferences and adventure programs are all geared to point children, young people, single adults and families to "...the LORD, the fountain of living water."