Kenneth Edward Hay (November 13, 1933 – April 2, 2019) was the founder of The Wilds, a Christian fundamentalist camp and conference center.
The Wilds Christian Association, Inc. is a Protestant Christian organization, based in Brevard, North Carolina. The organization was founded by a group of Christians at Bob Jones University who recognized the need for a Christian camp in the Southeastern United States. In 1967, the group purchased a 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) property near Brevard, North Carolina and established The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center about two years later. Today, The Wilds is one of the largest Christian camps in the United States. About 21,000 people attend annual retreats, while summer camp averages 1,100 to 1,200 campers per week.
Ken Hay, a native of California and a graduate of Oregon City High School, was the son of a pastor who took his sons to camp settings "as soon as we were old enough to walk." 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), turned down several athletic scholarships to attend Bob Jones University, where he became a student leader and graduated in 1955 with a BA in Bible. He completed a master's degree at BJU in 1957. The following year he was named first director of the University's Institute of Christian Service (later the School of Applied Studies), a former BJU program for non-traditional students seeking to enter Christian ministries. He held this position for thirteen years. In 1975, BJU conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Laws.Hay, who was athletic and
Oregon City High School is a public high school in the northwest United States in Oregon City, Oregon, a suburb south of Portland.
Bob Jones University (BJU) is a private, non-denominational evangelical university in Greenville, South Carolina, known for its conservative cultural and religious positions. The college, with approximately 2,500 students, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. The university's athletic teams, the Bruins, compete in Division II of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). In 2008, the university estimated the number of its graduates at 35,000; in 2017, 40,184.
In 1969, after directing Christian Dells Bible Camp (founded by Monroe Parker), near Trinity, Alabama, Hay founded The Wilds, a year-round 1,000-acre (4.0 km2), non-denominational camp and conference center in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Rosman, North Carolina with the assistance of Walter Fremont, Joseph Henson, and Carl Blythe. More than three hundred churches now support The Wilds, its retreats attract 21,000 attendees annually, and more than a quarter-million campers have attended its summer programs, which combine recreation with Bible studies and devotional meetings. Hay reflected that while there was "no way a Christian organization can compete with the world when it comes to amusements...when you get young people away...you can have an impact."
John Monroe "Monk" Parker, was a Baptist evangelist, college president, and mission board director.
Trinity is a town in Morgan County, Alabama, United States and is included in the Decatur Metropolitan Area, as well as the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the town was 2,095, up from 1,841 in 2000. It was incorporated in 1901.
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The Wilds produces its own music CDs and has as its own missions arm CampsAbroad, an organization that assists with consulting and start-ups of Christian camps outside the United States. Hay retired as president and CEO of The Wilds in 2006, but he remained chairman of the board until his death.
Anderson University is an private Christian liberal arts university in Anderson, Indiana. The college is affiliated with the Church of God. Anderson University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the Independent Colleges of Indiana society. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate programs in business, music, and theology.
Northland International University, formerly Northland Baptist Bible College, was a Baptist college in Dunbar, Wisconsin. The school was founded in 1976 by businessman and inventor, Paul Patz. Its stated mission was "(1) to glorify God by providing an educational environment for developing servant-leaders in honesty, obedience, wisdom, and service to love Jesus Christ with all their heart, soul, and mind (2) and by teaching students to live by the principles of God's Word, to walk with God as His faithful laborers, and to serve in local churches for revival, world evangelization, and the discipling of future generations for the cause of Jesus Christ." The university's purpose statement was "Preparing the next generation of servant-leaders for Great Commission living."
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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is an inter-denominational, evangelical Christian campus ministry founded in 1941, working with students and faculty on U.S. college and university campuses. In the 2017–2018 school year, 1,326 campus staff members served 36,742 students and faculty in 1,025 chapters on 695 campuses in the United States. InterVarsity is a charter member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, a network of similar campus ministries around the world.
Cedarville University is a private Baptist university in Cedarville, Ohio.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private Christian university and seminary located in Waxahachie, Texas, in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, United States. SAGU is regionally accredited with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and officially endorsed by the Assemblies of God USA. It is the only Assemblies of God university located in Texas. The university offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in liberal arts, Bible and Church ministry.
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Arizona Christian University is a private, non-profit Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
Mid-America Christian University (MACU) is a private liberal arts college in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. MACU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation. As the Gulf Coast Bible College it was previously located in the Houston Heights, Houston, Texas.
Colorado Christian University (CCU) is a private, interdenominational Christian liberal arts university in Lakewood, Colorado. CCU was founded by Clifton Fowler in 1914 as the Denver Bible Institute.
Malone University is a private Evangelical Protestant liberal arts college in Canton, Ohio. It was founded in 1892 by Walter and Emma Malone as a small, co-educational Bible institute called Cleveland Bible College. The institution has always maintained a close relationship with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakerism).
The University of Valley Forge (UVF), formerly Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC), is an American four-year, residential university in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, 8.8 miles from Valley Forge National Historical Park. It is affiliated with the Assemblies of God. The college offers several Bachelors and Masters programs.
James Rand Hummel is an American author, preacher and camp administrator. He has worked for many years as Assistant Director of The Wilds Christian Camp/Conference Center in Brevard, North Carolina and in 2007, he was named Director of THE WILDS of New England in Deering, New Hampshire.
Walter Gilbert Fremont, Jr. was dean of the School of Education, Bob Jones University (1953–1990) and “a seminal force in the inauguration and development of the Christian school movement.”
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Edward H. Hammond is an American educator and former president of Fort Hays State University. Prior to his position at Fort Hays State, Hammond served in student affairs at various institutions including Seton Hall University and the University of Louisville. Hammond completed just two months shy of 28 years, making him the longest serving president at Fort Hays State and leader in the Kansas Board of Regents schools.