Brian Baker - Vice President, Word of Life Bible Institute
The Lord used his time at the Word of Life Bible Institute to call Brian into the ministry. For 17 years he was a missionary with Word of Life Youth Ministries in North Carolina. The next 7 years were spent leading the Northeast region for Word of Life and then in December, 2021 Brian accepted the role as Vice President over the NY Bible Institute and Camps. He is passionate about helping young people develop a biblical foundation to build the rest of their life on. Brian loves preaching, teaching and building into current and future leaders. Brian is married to the love of his life Lynn, and together they have 3 incredible children.
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Dear Bible Institute Students, We have missed you tremendously on campus, but we are so proud of your diligence and persistence in your program as we were forced to transition to remote instruction. As you have walked through this trial, we are so proud of how you have demonstrated the joy that only Christ can give! After much prayer, discussion, and consultation with our local health and government authorities, it is with a heavy heart that Word of Life has determined we have no option other than to cancel our 2020 New York Summer Camp programs. While we are greatly disappointed to miss out on the summer season, especially because of the life change that we have experienced at camp every summer for the past 74 years, it has become clear over the past several weeks that additional New York State guidelines and restrictions have made camp completely unfeasible. As things currently stand, New …
Dear Parents and Students, One of the hardest things for me personally during this COVID-19 situation has been the feeling of being disconnection from others. I am thrilled to be around my wife and children regularly, and I would like to think they are feeling the same. However, we all long for relationship and community with others. In fact, we are even encouraged to be together in the Bible. Hebrews 10:24-25 says: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Can I encourage you? While we are not able to be together at this time, we can still be encouraging one another in love and in service. We have been sharing with the students that …
Dear Students, As you know, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation very carefully. While planning for this summer, we have considered a multitude of factors, including government restrictions, the health and safety of our guests, students, and staff, and our ability to physically prepare for camp amongst all of the current restrictions. With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to consolidate our camping ministries this summer. We are still planning to offer both our family and youth camp programs! However, summer 2020 will look very different from typical Word of Life Camp summers. We will not be opening the Island property for camp this season; all youth camps (The Ranch, Wild and Island) will operate from the Bible Institute property. In addition, our family camps programming will all be run from the Pines property, with limited overflow lodging space available at the Lodge property. This is not a decision our team wanted to make, but at this time we feel it …