Wisdom is built on knowledge. With a core curriculum and excellent teaching, students gain knowledge in the classroom, which they are then challenged to put into practice outside of the classroom. Each class trains students HOW to think critically, rather than simply teaching them what to think.  With the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom, a JWI student can take charge of their faith, no longer dependent on others to interpret their faith for them.


Elements of Bible (BI-1120)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Emphasizes the inductive Bible study method, basic principles of biblical interpretation, and uses other methods and tools for Bible study. Students will learn how to get an over- view of any book of the Bible, make observations and ask interpretative questions, distinguish between figurative and literal language, outline passages, and make applications from biblical principles.

Major Prophets 1 (BI-3316)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Examines the book of Isaiah, giving attention to historical background and the critical issues surrounding the book while focusing primarily on detailed analysis of the content. Emphasis is on the theological significance of the purpose and message of the book for both Old and New Testaments.

Pauline Epistles 1 (BI-3325)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
An expository study of 1 and 2 Corinthians, with attention given to the background, church problems, doctrine, and practical applications of these books.

Israel Prep and Culture

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
The Israel preparation class helps students get the most out of their two week trip to Israel as well as tie into the Old Testament Survey course. This class combines biblical geography, Hebrew culture, basics of the Hebrew language, as well as customs and practices of Jesus time. This class imparts a better understanding of the land and context in which the Bible takes place.

Old Testament Survey

Mandatory Class not eligible for credit.
The Old Testament Class at the Joshua Wilderness Institute has three purposes. The first is to demonstrate to students their ability to study the Old Testament scriptures on their own. Many students today are prone to ignore the OT when it comes to life application, discipleship, or evangelism because they feel that it is either too difficult to interpret or too outdate to be relevant. The first purpose of this class is to dispel that myth. The second purpose of the class is study the character of God. Similarly, when students want to understand who God is they spend the majority of their study time investigating Jesus Christ in the New Testament. While this is certainly a good way to understand God, it is not all that has been revealed about Him and to get a complete picture one must look at the Old Testament. The third and last purpose of the class is to get a clear perspective on the overarching rise and fall of man's relationship with God as displayed in the OT. The Old Testament scriptures show such a clear pattern of man's duality and his constant fluctuation from faithfulness to faithlessness despite God's consistency. This pattern is important for students to understand because that same duality is present in our lives, despite God's consistency, and an understanding of His faithfulness regardless of our failure is a major key to ongoing growth in discipleship, and the avoidance of discouragement.

Life Skills

Mandatory Class not eligible for credit.
The point of the Joshua program is not just to have knowledge but to be life effective. During the course of the year students will learn necessary skills for effective practical living. We will cover etiquette, car maintenance, finances/budget, taxes, time management, relationships, conflict resolution, spanish, resumes, job interviews and much more.


Mandatory Class not eligible for credit.
The Joshua Theology class is designed to give students an overview of the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Our desire is that students will walk away with not only an understanding of what it means to be a Christian but that they would own their faith and practically live out what Jesus describes in the Bible as being a disciple. This is not a quest for knowledge but rather owning ones faith and striving to understand the heart of God and what he desires from his people. During the year we will cover such topics as scripture, God, man, sin, Christ, salvation, church, and the end times.

Acts (BI-2214)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Encounter the major changes in God's dealing with the world and His people in this key transitional book of the Bible. Trace the six major sections of the book, consider the purpose and historical context of the book, and study the major events in each section. You will learn the significance of the beginning of the church at Pentecost, the gift of tongues, Stephen's speech, the conversion of Cornelius, the Jerusalem Council, Paul at Mars Hill and the place and purpose of baptism. Apply the material in Acts to your personal Christian life and local church. Two exams test your knowledge of the content of Acts. Two papers give you the opportunity to do an in-depth topical study of the Holy Spirit in Acts, principles of evangelism from Philip's ministry or principles of missionary strategy.

Christian Life and Ethics (TH-110)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Christian living is decision making. This course helps you form habits of decision making in all areas of life that will honor the Lord. It encourages the proper development of relationships, ethical decision making, the development of a biblical worldview, the Spirit-filled life, the body life of the church and healthy interpersonal relationships.

Survey of Bible Doctrine (TH-2225)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Theology is the systematic organization of what the Bible teaches. In this course, the student will study what the Bible teaches about God's Word itself, God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. The course emphasizes using the Bible in evangelism and teaching, as well as helping others determine for themselves what the Bible teaches.

The Church and its doctrines (TH-1110)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
A foundational course, using primarily a Bible Doctrine approach that surveys basic doctrines of the church and their implications for life. Specifically, the course will survey Bibliology, Theology Proper, Anthropology, Angelology, Christology, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. Special attention will be paid to key terms, concepts and biblical texts. The course also will introduce the various branches of theology.




A Million Miles and a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Years after writing a best-selling memoir, Donald Miller went into a funk and spent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, and Don was unsure how to start another. But he gets rescued by two movie producers who want to make a movie based on his memoir. When they start fictionalizing Don’s life for film-changing a meandering memoir into a structured narrative-the real-life Don starts a journey to edit his actual life into a better story. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details that journey and challenges readers to reconsider what they strive for in life. It shows how to get a second chance at life the first time around.


Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards

This best-selling tale is based on the biblical figures of David, Saul, and Absalom. For the many Christians who have experienced pain, loss, and heartache at the hands of other believers, this compelling story offers comfort, healing, and hope. Christian leaders and directors of religious movements throughout the world have recommended this simple, powerful, and beautiful story to their members and staff. You will want to join the thousands who have been profoundly touched by this incomparable story.


Make Your Mark by Brad Gray

“Wrestling with our calling in life is a fundamental struggle for just about everyone. Who are we supposed to be? How are we supposed to live? What are we supposed to do? These are all questions many of us grapple with.

Surprisingly, the Samson narrative is one of the most instructive stories for helping us answer these questions. Often touted as a story about muscles, testosterone, and seduction, there is so much more to this ancient account. Employing all the best tools for interpreting the Bible today, Brad Gray unpacks the Samson story anew, giving us fresh insights into the universal callings of those desiring to live out God’s fullest design for life.

With passion, humor, and skill, Brad shows us how we can get right what Samson got wrong in order to flourish in our humanity, to make the most of the lives we’ve been given, and to leave a positive mark on our world.”


Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity is a discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis’s books. Lewis uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.


The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

The world assigns value to people using measurable standards. Someone is a successful student if she receives A’s. Someone is a strong athlete if he runs five miles a day. The Lord, however, knows nothing of standards. The Ragamuffin Gospel was inspired by Brennan Manning after he discovered firsthand what it means to live by grace instead of performance. His words bring new life and sweet refreshment to Christians who are tired of never measuring up.


Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

To know God is to love God. The more we know Him the more we are able to love Him. Brother Lawrence, a monk in the 1600s, spent many years practicing the presence of God in his life. His key to this practice was that he strove to be consciously aware of God’s presence at all times. A renowned Christian classic, Brother Lawrence’s message has survived several centuries and still inspires many individuals to purposefully enjoy God’s presence in their lives.


Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline explores the “classic Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Foster shows us that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found.


The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

Evangelism is not only misunderstood, it is often unpracticed. Many Christians want to share the gospel with others, but because those Christians don’t grasp the fundamentals of witnessing, they feel intimidated and incapable of sharing the truth of the Gospel. In The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, Dr. Mark Dever seeks to answer the four basic questions about evangelism that many Christians ask: Who should we evangelize? How should we evangelize? What is evangelism? Why should we evangelize? In his answers, Dever draws on New Testament truths and helps believers apply those truths in practical ways.


Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

After his martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. His Letters and Papers from Prison became a prized testimony to Christian faith and courage, read by thousands. Now in Life Together we have Pastor Bonhoeffer’s experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul’s letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.


The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

“Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Jerry Bridges, that’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do–and what we should take responsibility for ourselves.



Life Skills

Life Skills Class

Life Skills class is taught by many different teachers who throughout the year will be sharing their various expertise with the students. The point of the Joshua program is not just to have knowledge but to be life effective. During the course of the year students will learn necessary skills for effective practical living. We cover a variety of topics from etiquette to car maintenance, finances/budget, taxes, time management, relationships, conflict resolution, Spanish, resumes, job interviews and much more.


Bob Plouffe

Pauline Epistles

Raised in central Massachusetts, and immediately following high school graduation, Bob left for the United States Air Force where he ended up serving a 25-year career spanning many states and career opportunities. After retiring from military life, Bob sensed a calling into full-time ministry. This calling brought him and his family to Hume Lake where he joined the team in the summer of 2003.

Over the span of his career at Hume Lake, Bob held such positions as Grant Writer, Development Manager, Marketing Director, and finally Human Resources Director where he’s served since 2008.

Bob has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a love for the Word of God. Over the years, he has served in children and Jr / HS youth ministries and served on several Church Elder Boards.

Bob and his wife Debbie just celebrated their 30th anniversary by visiting Alaska — Bob’s 50th state he’s been able to visit! Bob and Debbie have two grown children; their son, Calen, is a firefighter with Pasadena City Fire and will be married in October. Their daughter, Kayla, is a graphic designer and photographer. Both graduated from California Baptist University.

When Bob’s not flying a desk, you’ll find him outside looking up at the sky, cycling, hiking, sketching, painting or reading stretched out in his hammock…


Brian Butler

Major Prophets (Isaiah)

Brian Butler has been on staff at Hume Lake Christian Camps since 2007, first as the painter and more recently as a supervisor on the Support Services team. Coming to faith in Christ in his late twenties, Brian discovered a real passion for God’s Word and a love of history. After receiving an Associates in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute in 2015, Brian is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education through Grand Canyon University. Brian has been immensely “improved” by his wife Keri for 18 years and together they have three beautiful daughters, Megan, Abby, and Chloe.


Jason King

Old Testament Survey

Jason was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. He married his wife, Andrea King, on November 18, 1995 (he still considers her his sweetheart). Andrea and Jason have three kids. Nathan was born in ‘01, David was born in ‘03, and their adopted daughter Liya (born in ‘02) came home from China in 2007.

Jason graduated with a Bachelors in Music Education from San Diego State University in 1996. He served at Bible Fellowship Church in Hemet, CA from March 1997 to November 2014 mainly as the worship pastor but also lead the assimilation curriculum/ministry, small group ministry, creative arts ministry and carried out other pastoral care responsibilities. Jason joined Hume’s staff in December 2014 to accept the Assistant Director of Adult and Family ministry position. Joining Hume’s staff was a “coming full circle” ministry experience for Jason, as he used to come up to Hume as a camper every winter and summer from 1984-1989.

Jason is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership from Multnomah Seminary and plans to finish by 2018. Jason’s interests are reading books on leadership, worship leading, music, collecting vintage Apple Computers, and spending time with his family.


Kevin Hibbs


Kevin joined the Hume Lake team September of 2015 as our Food Service Manager. He lived in Kansas from 2008 until coming to Hume where he served as the Youth and Family Pastor at First Baptist Church of Independence. Before Kansas, Kevin served at a Christian camp in Northern California for 7 years. Half of that time was in Food Service and half was in Program.  Kevin’s time spent in food service, program, and the church have given him a unique perspective of Christian camping and ministry having seen them from multiple angles.

“Here at Hume, Food Service stays very busy. In the summer alone we serve over 350,000 meals in 5 different kitchens. Our food service staff flip over 30,000 hamburgers, cut nearly 10,000 pounds of Tri-Tip, sanitize over 10,000 tables, and wash more than 378,000 plates not counting silverware, cups or pans. To do this we have 13 full-time staff and 60 summer staff.  The hours can be long while the effort put forward is intense and sometimes stressful. But all the work, all the money, all of the focus is for one purpose, that kids can hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Food Service is a part of the body of Hume Lake Christian Camps, and all of the parts of the body are necessary for the mission of Hume to be carried out. That means that because a dish person is washing dishes, a grounds person is mowing lawns, a mechanic is fixing cars, a recreation leader is leading games, and a speaker is preaching the Gospel, kids are responding to the Gospel. This is why I do what I do.”

Kevin received his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education at Biola University in 1999 and graduated from Liberty University with his Masters of Divinity in 2009. Kevin and his wife Brenda have been married for 16 year and have 5 kids, Richie (13), Audrey (11), Zech (9), Leslie (5) and Elijah (1 year).




Brad Quillen

March 6-9, 2017

Brad Quillen lives in his hometown of Turlock, CA. He attended Simpson University where he earned his B.A. in Youth Ministry and earned his M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Crown College. Brad serves as the Formation Pastor focusing on adult ministry at Crossroads Church. He also works at Jessica’s House, a grief support center for children who have lost an immediate family member. Brad served as a volunteer firefighter for 10 years as well. Brad is married to Lori who teaches middle school part-time. They have been married 11 years. They have two boys, six and three years old, with a third boy on the way. In his free time you’ll find Brad tinkering around in the garage, listening to a police scanner, while training his boys to be handy-men.


Michael Smalley

March 13-17, 2017

They bring a history and legacy of inspiring couples to love better.  Through their leadership, the Smalley Institute has begun to open up centers across the United States and internationally. Their popularity as nationally renowned couples’ counselors quickly grew through their straightforward, no-nonsense advice.

Their love story began while they were undergraduates at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Michael’s love for Amy was immediate, but Amy, however, took some more convincing. So Michael went to the ends of the earth (by becoming a college male cheerleader because Amy was on the Baylor Yell-Leading squad) to finally win her over. After graduation, they went on to earn master’s degrees in clinical psychology from Wheaton College in Chicago, Illinois.

The Smalleys have enjoyed 20 years of marriage and have three children Cole, Reagan, and David.


Dewey Bertolini

March 20-23, 2017

Dewey is the co-founder and teaching shepherd of The Safe Haven, a loving and redemptive community of Christ-followers in McMinnville, Oregon. He brings more than 40 years of local church experience to his writing and teaching. Dewey speaks annually to thousands of students and adults throughout the country, inspiring them to a deeper, more authentic walk with Jesus Christ.


Randy Alonso

April 17-20, 2017

Randy is a teaching Pastor at Central Life Church on the Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida. CL is a multi-site church with a heart for Israel and the Jewish people. Randy has studied and traveled extensively in the Middle East and enjoys introducing people to the Hebraic Roots of the Christian faith. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Bridges For Peace, a Jerusalem based Christian ministry building relationships with the Jewish people. He also serves as President of the International Ministerial Fellowship and hosts Central Life’s daily radio program.


Jim Cook

April 24-27, 2017

Jim is a former missionary in India, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Subsequently in Honolulu, Hawaii he founded International Baptist Church and College & Graduate School of Theology. After 16 years in Hawaii he became senior pastor of First Baptist Church, San Jose, CA. He is presently ministering with International Ministries across this nation and around the world. He uniquely blends a world focus with personal responsibility.


Brad Bell

May 1-4, 2017

Brad lived the stereotypical college life as a star athlete at CSU Fresno until he gave his life to Christ in 1993. The former defensive lineman has a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. After marrying his bride, Jen, in Denton, Texas, they moved back to his hometown of Fresno. He was crazy enough to quit his job in 2002 to start a church with no financial support, no staff, and no building.

Brad and Jen have two daughters, Peyton and Kendall. One of his proudest moments as a pastor and father was baptizing his daughter, Peyton, at age seven.


Trent Lewis

May 8-11, 2017

Trent Lewis is the Pastor of Ministry (oversees the GROW departments which pour into the lives of kids, students and adults) at Arbor Road Church in Long Beach California. He is a graduate of Biola University and has been working with students for 15 years. Trent is passionate about communicating the truth of God’s Word in an engaging and relevant way. He feels strange writing about himself in the third person but his wife Cora assures him this is okay.