Camp Selah Since 1948

The Early Years

Camp Selah was founded in 1948 by a number of local churches and individuals who felt their community needed a Christian camp for boys and girls. In August of that year Camp Selah was incorporated as a non-profit organization and purchased 250ft of lake frontage on Long Lake in Reading, MI. From its beginning Camp Selah's greatest asset has been the commitment of its many volunteers and faithful supporters. Camp Selah is overseen by a board of directors some of which have had involvement at the Camp reaching back 40+ years.


a year-round director

In 1950, the first building was erected and the first summer camp was held. Tents were used for camper housing and chapel services. Over the next six years a dining hall, chapel building and dormitories were completed. In 1982, Duane Cross, along with his wife, DeeAnn, came to serve as the first year-round camp director. During his fourteen years as director the ministry grew in many ways; Camp Selah was able to expand its property and make improvements to the facilities and

the programs. The ministry began to grow beyond a camp that primarily served specific local churches to one that reached out to boys and girls of the entire tristate area.

Rapid Growth

In 1996, God led Jeff Knoll and his wife, Myrna, to the directorship from Camp Michindoh. At that time, the opportunities for ministry were so great that Camp Selah had grown beyond what one man could manage. With the addition of Jim and Liz Knoll as part-time staff, the ministry was able to maintain the forty-year-old facilities as well as serve many churches and guest groups. Also the summer camping ministry doubled in attendance in less than four years and many young people heard the good news of Jesus Christ. Then in 2005, after nine years of ministry, Jeff felt called to return to Michindoh and Camp Selah began its third wave of full and part-time staff.

deepening our roots

Phil Charles, pastor of Snow Prairie Bible Church and long time board member and board president, followed the Lord's leading to the directorship in 2006. He and his wife Carolyn made the move from Bronson, MI. Throughout his involvement in the ministry, Phil oversaw many improvements to the buildings and grounds including a new addition to the main building, adding staff housing, bathrooms, and a meeting room. Phil and Carolyn served whole-heartedly until their retirement in the fall of 2014, but their guidance and example while they were here helped deliver much spiritual growth to the summer and future year-round staffs. 

Camp Selah Directors since 1982: Left to Right  Jeff & Myrna Knoll, Mark & Shelley Emmons, Phil & Carolyn Charles, Duane & DeeAnn Cross