History

History of Spencer Lake

Spencer Lake Christian Center is a retreat, camp and conference center venue that has long been known for its peaceful atmosphere.  Spencer Lake is owned by the churches of the Wisconsin /Northern Michigan District of the Assembly of God denomination.  The District’s first camp meeting was held in 1934 at Camp Byron located in Byron, Wisconsin.  In 1944, Spencer Lake’s campus was purchased with its first camp being hosted in the summer of 1946.  The 200-acre farm and beautiful 75-acre spring-fed lake, became known as Spencer Lake Bible Camp.

Due to the war, construction materials were hard to come by.  An old saw and planeing mill in Hawkins, WI was dismantled and shipped to Spencer Lake and used for the original dining hall among other buildings. Several vacated barracks at an army camp at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, were taken apart and reassembled on site for the original lodging facilities. The camp’s current auditorium was reconstructed in 1946 out of an old airport hangar.

The resourcefulness of those who were committed to making Spencer Lake a reality, laid the foundation for many exciting years of development and growth. Hundreds of volunteers, families and churches have invested an enormous amount of sacrifice, heart and funds into the campus.  Since then, the campus has welcomed over 150,000 guests of all ages across the Body of Christ as a place for them to experience times of spiritual renewal, fellowship, recreation and relaxation. 

Spencer Lake Bible Camp became "Spencer Lake Christian Center" in the '90s as it changed from being only available to the churches of the Assembly of God denomination to that of a year round Christian venue available for all types of events including retreats, camps, conferences, weddings, and reunions.    

For many, Spencer Lake is like a second home and for untold thousands, it is a place where they encountered God in truly special and life transforming ways. 

 

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