About Us

Our Vision: That everyone who comes in contact with our camps would be impacted by the life-changing love of Jesus

Our Mission: Evergreen Christian Ministries, with the support of our church partners, provides opportunities to Experience Jesus, Experience Community, Experience Renewal and Experience Creation.

Our History: 

The Mennonite Brethren In Christ, Ontario District (predecessor to the Evangelical Missionary Church) held its first camp meeting along the banks of the Grand River at Breslau, September 14-22, 1881. The “Berlin Weekly News” published this report: “There was a very large crowd, estimated at between three and four thousand, on Sunday afternoon…Something like one hundred families have pitched their tents for the whole meeting…A large staff of clerical and lay workers are present, and a powerful religious influence prevails.” In the years that followed, these “Bush Meetings” were held annually at various locations across Ontario.  This style of Camp Meeting was the predecessor to Christian Camping as we now know it in Ontario.

In 1925, sites in Kitchener and Stayner were purchased.  The Kitchener site hosted camp meetings for nearly 40 years, after which it was donated to Emmanuel Bible College.  The white pine acreage on Scott Street in Stayner was purchased in from the Gartlan Estate for $1500 to become Stayner Camp.  Stayner’s iconic Tabernacle was constructed in 1947, using timber from the grounds.  Youth camps began with Camp Pinewagami and Trail of the Pines in the 1950s.

In the 1970’s, leaders in the Missionary Church saw the need for additional camp programming with a lakefront property.  Mishewah’s site on Round lake has a history of camp ministry going back to 1954, when the property was bought by the Middleton Family and operated as Franklin Middleton Memorial Camp, then later as Camp Kirjatharba.  Pastors from our Northern Ontario churches discovered the camp site for sale, and the property was purchased in 1972. We ran our first summer as Camp Mishewah in 1973.

Both Camps were owned and operated by the Evangelical Missionary Church until 2002, when Evergreen Christian Ministries was formed and incorporated, in order to give independent governance to Stayner and Mishewah while remaining in partnership with the EMCC.

Our Organization:

Evergreen Christian Ministries, An Ontario Corporation Without Share Capital, a Registered Charity, was incorporated in 2002 “To establish, operate and maintain Christian camping and retreat programs and/or facilities within the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, Canada East District wherein the spiritual teachings of the Christian faith can be taught, advanced and promoted to children and adults of all ages.” 

ECM is a partner ministry of the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada and a member of CCI Canada, the Canadian Centre for Christian Charities, and Plan To Protect.  ECM is managed by an elected board of directors, voted on by the members of the corporation.

Evergreen Christian Ministries is at its core a community of Christ followers. Like Jesus, we strive to welcome and serve all.  Our goal is to provide the best possible experience to everyone, regardless of their beliefs, and we ultimately do so because we are driven by a love for God and what He has done in our lives. Our camps exist to share this life-changing love with everyone who we come in contact with, through both our words and actions.

To learn more about the specifics of what we believe and what we teach you can read our theological statement of beliefs, linked below, or feel free to reach out to us if you would like to know more about how we strive to follow and love like Jesus, and share that love with everyone! ECM is a partner ministry of the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada. The EMCC is a diverse group of Canadian followers of Jesus, holding Christ at the Centre, striving to follow the Way of Jesus, and living with grace and appreciation for “unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials, and love in all things”.