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.


Pauline Epistles 1 (BI-3325)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 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.

Historical Geography of Ancient Israel (BI-2260)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 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.


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 $210 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 $210 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 $210 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 $210 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.

Hermeneutics / Bible Study Methods (BI-2280)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 per unit.
Develop deeper and richer skills in studying the Bible. In particular, learn to deal properly with matters of context, language, special forms (parables, types, prophecy and literary genre), theological perspectives, principles, and applications. This extremely practical course has numerous learning activities to help develop these skills, two exams over the material in the course and two papers on Bible passages (1 Corinthians 3:9-17 and Luke 15:11-32) to provide in-depth experience in applying the lessons of the course.

The Book of John (BI-2211)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 per unit.
Come to know Jesus Christ better through the study of His life as uniquely presented by the apostle John. Learn the basic content of each chapter, follow the flow of John's emphasis on belief throughout the book, delineate the key events and teachings of Christ, and experience personal growth in your own life through them. One exam covers the content of the book of John. The paper allows you to do a more in-depth study of a miracle of Christ or John's teaching of Jesus as the Son of God.  




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.


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 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.


Walking with a Limp by Brad Bell

You’re hanging out with God, and He’s probably a Facebook friend and you like His stuff. When asked about your relationship with God, you say, “Fine. Good.” But you have no idea. So while you read more, pray more, give more, serve more, share your faith more, and wait to grow more spiritually, the mess of life gets deeper and dirtier. Stuck is where you are – trying to become more like Christ – but never getting there. “Walking With A Limp” takes you through The Anatomy of a Disciple in a way that will both punch you in the face and pick you back up. Brad Bell uses the simple, not-so-sexy, but very intentional life of Jesus Christ to illustrate what authentic spiritual growth really looks like, and how you can become more and more like Him over time, no matter who you are or where you have been. Paperback includes a unique code to take the Anatomy of a Disciple Self-Assessment for free, which determines exactly how you are doing spiritually, and provides a personalized report showing you where God may be specifically growing you right now.


Scary Close by Donald Miller

After decades of failed relationships and painful drama, Donald Miller decided he’d had enough. Impressing people wasn’t helping him connect with anyone. He’d built a life of public isolation, yet he dreamed of meaningful relationships. So at forty years old he made a scary decision: to be himself no matter what it cost.

From the author of Blue Like Jazz comes a book about the risk involved in choosing to impress fewer people and connect with more, about the freedom that comes when we stop acting and start loving. It is a story about knocking down old walls to create a healthy mind, a strong family, and a satisfying career. And it all feels like a conversation with the best kind of friend: smart, funny, true, important.


Love Does by Bob Goff

As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren’t good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.

Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world’s best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it’s not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob’s love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.

When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don’t want to miss.

Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.


Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle

For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.

Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JC Penney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of God’s love. From ten-year-old Lula we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Pedro we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the darkness. In each chapter we benefit from Boyle’s gentle, hard-earned wisdom.

These essays about universal kinship and redemption are moving examples of the power of unconditional love and the importance of fighting despair. Gorgeous and uplifting, Tattoos on the Heart reminds us that no life is less valuable than another.


Radical by David Platt

What is Jesus worth to you? It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily… But who do you know who lives like that? Do you? In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple–then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.


The Dangerous Act of Worship by Mark Labberton

What’s at stake in our worship? Everything. Worship is the dangerous act of waking up to God and God’s purposes in the world. But something has gone wrong with our worship. Too often worship has become a place of safety and complacency, a narrowly private experience in which solitary individuals only express their personal adoration. Even when we gather corporately, we often close our eyes to those around us, focusing on God but ignoring our neighbor. But true biblical worship does not merely point us upward–it should turn us outward as well. In this prophetic wake-up call for the contemporary church, pastor Mark Labberton reconnects Christian worship with biblical justice. From beginning to end, worship must pursue justice and seek righteousness, translating into transformed lives that care for the poor and the oppressed. Labberton shows how to move beyond the comfort of safe worship to authentic worship that is awake to the needs of the world.



Brian Butler

The Book of John

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).



Rachel Savage

Hermeneutics & Historical Geography of Ancient Israel

Rachel is originally from Fresno, CA. She grew up coming to Hume as a second home and she worked on summer staff over the years. Hume was always a place of key moments in her journey as a disciple of Jesus. In 2013, she earned a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Fresno Pacific University. After that, she taught biblical literature and interpretation courses at Fresno Pacific. Her favorite courses to teach were on wisdom literature, Matthew, the minor prophets, and Psalms. Rachel deeply enjoys mentoring and discipling college-age students and she is passionate about biblical literacy and cross-cultural mission and ministry. She recently married Jason Savage, who also works at Hume Lake. They share passion for ministry, and a love of languages and the outdoors.


Wagon Master “Chip”

Pauline Epistles

Wagon Master “Chip” began serving at Hume in 2017 as the Camp Director for Wagon Train. Before coming to Hume, he served as a youth pastor in his hometown of Bakersfield, CA. He has a deep love for camp ministry and a passion for studying and communicating God’s word. One of his greatest joys in ministry is striving to present the truth of the Bible in ways that are both intellectually engaging and emotionally impactful.
Chip holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from California State University Bakersfield and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Talbot School of Theology.
Chip has had a lifelong love of comic books and superheroes, particularly Superman. His favorite place on earth is Disneyland, and his real name is being withheld to protect his true identity which thousands of campers are constantly trying to find out! (We got your back, Chip). He and his wife Anna are expecting their first child this fall.