Our History

In the beginning, the camp consisted of a Methodist Chapel, a parsonage, and a row of horse sheds. The first name was the “Robbins Memorial Health Camp.” In 1931 Rev. Anderson renamed it “Camp Beth,” the name shortened from the Biblical Bethsaida of Galilee, the native home of Philip, Peter, and Andrew, and the place where Christ fed the five thousand.

 

Under the direction of Rev. Anderson, the Rev. Herbert Dixon of Leverett, and the Rev. Gifford Towle of Southampton opened the first organized camp in 1933. In the fall of 1938 and the next summer, misfortune struck Camp Beth. The September 1938 New England hurricane knocked to the ground the dining section of the camp and felled many of the pines. The greater tragedy was the death of Rev. William Anderson in July 1939.

In succeeding months, after thinking over how much Camp Beth meant to Rev. Anderson, Rev. Dixon decided to reconstruct the camp. In honor of its founder, it became Camp Anderson in 1940. In 1962, the Franklin County Child Evangelism Fellowship started Good News Camp. For seven years they used the Child Evangelism Fellowship Camp in Charlestown, New Hampshire. In 1969 Good News Camp started using Camp Anderson’s facility to run their program. Good News Camp was associated with Child Evangelism Fellowship out of Boston.

In 1986, a fire burned down Dixon Hall, Camp Anderson’s main meeting hall. This devastating fire, and Camp Anderson’s struggling program, made the Board of Trustees decide to sign over the facility to a new Board of Trustees made up of Christian men, many of whom were involved with Good News Camp. The Good News Camp program was growing and the trustees felt the camp would grow under new leadership.
 

In 1992 the board of trustees decided to separate their program from Child Evangelism Fellowship. They kept the name Good News Camp until the spring of 1994 when a new name was chosen for the camp. This decision was made with the plan of becoming a year-round facility with year-round programs. The name Pine Brook Camp and Conference Center, Camp Anderson Foundation, Inc. was chosen.

Rev. Anderson

Rev. Dixon

Our Statement of Faith

  1. We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.  (2 Timothy 3:16)

  2. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Matthew 28:19)

  3. We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.   (Matt. 1:23; John 1:14)

  4. We believe that man was created in the image of God; that man sinned, and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; that, as a result of this sin first committed by Adam, all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, are accountable as sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Gen. 1:26,27; Rom. 3:23)

  5. 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 grounds of His shed blood.  (1 John 2:2)

  6. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.  (Luke 24:39; Acts 1:10,11)

  7. We believe in “that blessed hope,” the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  (Acts 1:11, 1 Thes. 4:16-17)

  8. We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and only thereby become children of God.  We further believe that the Christian life is exemplary of the teachings found in the New Testament as the Holy Spirit reproduces the life of Jesus Christ in and through each obedient believer.  (1 John 2:15-16)

  9. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.  (Luke 23:42; 2 Thes. 1:1-9)

  10. We believe in the reality and personality of our enemy, Satan (Rev. 12:9)

  11. We believe in the evangelization of the world.  (Matt. 28:19-20)

  12. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

  13. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

  14. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)

  15. We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Pine Brook Camp as a part of the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Pine Brook Camp community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Pine Brook Camp in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22.)

  16. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)

  17. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Pine Brook Camp.

Our Staff

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Executive Director

KEVIN WILLIAMS

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Guest Services Director

LORI BRINK

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Operations Director

JANET WILLIAMS

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Food Service Director

CAROLYN GILMORE

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Program Director

GLENN SULLIVAN

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Program Director

LAUREN SULLIVAN

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Marketing and Social Media

EMILY CLOUGH

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Finance Director

COREY BLACK

 
 
 

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