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.



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.


Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Sanders

With more than 500,000 in print, Spiritual Leadership has proven itself a timeless classic in teaching the principles of spiritual leadership. J. Oswald Sanders presents and illustrates those principles through biographies of eminent men of God - men such as Moses, Nehemiah, Paul, David Livingstone, and Charles Spurgeon. He writes that even natural leadership qualities are God-given, and their true effectiveness can only be reached when they are used to the glory of God.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

In The Great Divorce C. S. Lewis again employs his formidable talent for fable and allegory. The writer finds himself in Hell boarding a bus bound for Heaven. The amazing opportunity is that anyone who wants to stay in Heaven, can. This is the starting point for an extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment. Lewis's revolutionary idea is the discovery that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. In Lewis's own words, "If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell."


Aubri Foster

Elements of Bible Study
Aubri and her husband John moved to Hume Lake in 2010 with their two daughters Danielle and Madilyn. They have both committed their lives to serving Jesus wherever he calls them. She has a BA in Liberal Studies and a Master's from Fresno Pacific University where she is an Adjunct Professor currently teaching Written Communications, Children's Literature, English for Academic Purposes, Critical Thinking and Composition, and Biblical Literature. Her desire is to love on college age students as they learn to fuse their faith and academic lives.

Philip Hamilton

Philip grew up in Lake Arrowhead, CA. He attended Biola University where he earned a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and studied Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology. Philip has worked for Hume Lake Ministries since 2007. He is married to Melissa and they have two boys, Micah and Levi.

Bill Carroll

Pauline Epistles
Bill Carroll graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in Religion and a Certificate in Youth Ministry. He has also completed a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from George Fox University where he later went on to teach Business Ethics and Religion courses as an Adjunct Professor. Bill has 20 years of full-time experience working in church / Para-church ministries and has been serving as the Guest Relations Manager at Hume Lake Christian Camps since 2012. Bill and his wife Hollie have been married for over 20 years and they have three children, Mackenzie, Samantha and Cooper.

Rich Baker

Rich Baker Graduated from Sacramento State University in 2003 with a communications degree. He went on to graduate from Liberty University with a Master of Art in Religion in Biblical studies. He has worked as the High School director at Hume Lake Christians Camps for over nine years and he loves that he gets to tell people about Jesus. He is marred to the love of his life Allyson Baker and have two lovley children August and Eisley.

Rich Ferreira

After graduating with his Masters in Theology from Talbot Seminary, Rich and his wife Becky began working full-time for Hume Ministries in 2001. Rich's passions are discipleship and teaching God's word in a way that brings it alive in today's world. In his spare time, Rich enjoys international travel (especially Israel), motorcycle riding, off-roading and spending time with his wife, daughters Ellie and Carmel as well as his two sons Jaron and Ronen.

Rich Ferreira

Israel Prep Class
After graduating with his Masters in Theology from Talbot Seminary, Rich and his wife Becky began working full-time for Hume Ministries in 2001. Rich's passions are discipleship and teaching God's word in a way that brings it alive in today's world. In his spare time, Rich enjoys international travel (especially Israel), motorcycle riding, off-roading and spending time with his wife, daughters Ellie and Carmel as well as his two sons Jaron and Ronen.

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.

Cory Fenn

Old Testament Survey
Coming from a broken home changed by the gospel, Cory has always had a front row seat to God moving. With this being a precedent in his life Cory pursued what he believed to be God's calling in full time ministry, and served as a Youth Minister for seven years. Cory is a graduate of Summit Bible College and is finishing his Masters at Luther Rice University. Currently he is an adjunct professor at the Joshua Wilderness Institute while serving as a Director at Hume Lake Christian Camps.



Summer Break

Jun 15 - Sep 1, 2014


Craig Hill

September 8-11, 2014

Craig earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is also a graduate of Western Seminary (M.A.) and Biola Univeristy (B.A.) and has consumed countless gallons of coffee doing it. Craig has taught undergraduates at Biola for over a decade and most recently has been teaching seminarians at Fuller. His research interests include New Testament background studies, The Epistle to the Hebrews, Jesus studies, and matters related to Spiritual Formation. Maybe it is simply best to say that he loves Jesus and, he loves the Bible, and he loves to see God transform lives. Craig and his wife Kelly are Hume Lake veterans, having met while working as Trail Guides at Wagon Train. They live in Irvine, CA with their four kids Wesley, Eli, Emma, and Nate.


Lem Usita

September 22-25, 2014

Lem Usita EdD is a researcher, an educator, a writer , and a coffee drinker. Lem serves as a Professor and Director of the Henry Morris Leadership Scholarship Program at small private college in San Diego. Lem received his B.A. from Cedarville College, an M.A. from Biola University, and defended a dissertation for an EdD from Biola University.


Yvonne and Brian Downs

Sep 29 - Oct 2, 2014

Through their 21 years of marriage, God has gifted Brian and Yvonne Downs with a devotion to Jesus Christ that can be described as passionate, seasoned, and unwavering. To them, there is just nothing more important than knowing and following Jesus. They are blessed with three wonderful children and a God-given appreciation for each other that continues to embody the biblical example of Christ and His Bride, the Church. Though their personalities appear to be exact opposites, God has uniquely anointed them with insightful knowledge and tools to better understand one another and each person that comes into their lives, which is why they always strive to make people feel loved and accepted. They are honored and excited to share that knowledge with you.


Mike Bogart

October 6-9, 2014

Mike is the Family Life Pastor at Campus Bible Church in Fresno and the Director of JARON Ministries. He holds a Master's degree from Denver Seminary and has served in a wide variety of ministries since 1974.


Dewey Bertolini

October 20-23, 2014

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.


Mark Strauss

October 27-30, 2014

Mark is a professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego, and he is a frequent speaker at camps, conferences, retreats and churches. Using humor and relevant personal applications, he seeks to communicate God's Word clearly and accurately by making it relevant to all aspects of life. His passion is to call God's people to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love one another as Christ loves the church. In addition to his teaching, he is presently interim senior pastor at the First Baptist Church of San Diego.


Chris Schultz

November 3-6, 2014

A former college basketball coach and high school athletic director, Chris was blindsided by God when he was asked to come on staff at The Well Community Church as a pastor. While this was never part of the master plan for his life, Chris walked in obedience and for the past two years he has had the privilege to utilize his gifts of leadership and coaching to help individuals and groups grow in Christ-likeness and live on mission with each other. Chris has a master's degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Fresno Pacific University and is passionate about what makes healthy communities and the people who lead them. He is passionate about overseas travel, having studied in Oxford and live in Germany. The past year he has spoke to youth in Thailand and taught in Israel. He has been married to his bride of 15 years Jennifer, and the two of them have four (that's right four) beautiful daughters, Kamryn, Addison, Tessa, Samantha. They are his delight and he counts it no greater privilege and responsibility to love, lead, and equip them so that they might be authentic followers of Jesus.


Randy Carpenter

November 10-13, 2014

Before becoming a CPA, Randy received a B.S. in Business administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters of Tax from the University of Denver. Randy currently works for an accounting firm consulting businesses on tax planing strategies. Randy has a passion for teaching Biblical financial principles in a simple and practical way. Randy and his wife Lindsey live in Newbury Park, CA and and have two boys, Levi and Judah.


Dave Hansen

December 1-4, 2014

Dave graduated from Seattle Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary. He has spent many years teaching high school and coaching football, as well as spending 8 years on the Young Life staff in Central California. He also spent several years coaching football at the college level and in Europe. He is currently President of Students International, an organization that combines full-time mission work with the poor in community development along with providing opportunities for short term mission participants. He lives with his wife Janice in Reedley, CA and has 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren.


Rich Ferreira

December 8-11, 2014

After graduating with his Masters in Theology from Talbot Seminary, Rich and his wife Becky began working full-time for Hume Ministries in 2001. Rich's passions are discipleship and teaching God's word in a way that brings it alive in today's world. In his spare time, Rich enjoys international travel (especially Israel), motorcycle riding, off-roading and spending time with his wife, daughters Ellie and Carmel as well as his two sons Jaron and Ronen.


Fred Blackburn

January 5-8, 2015

Fred received a B.A. in History from San Diego Christian College (CHC) in 1990 and a M.A. in Philosophy from San Diego State University in 2002. He taught his first class at San Diego Christian College in 1991 and was promoted from instructor to assistant professor in 1997. Fred lives on the edge of western civilization with his sister and her six children. He is Uncle/Dad and even though a hermit at heart, laughs and rejoices at the bounty with which God has filled his life. Fred love trees, coffee, and people, not necessarily, but occasionally in that order. Everyone has a philosophy of life, although not everyone is a philosopher. Fred's goal is to teach the students how to question and think, how to evaluate data and be aware of their own and others presuppositions. His applied philosophy is education over indoctrination, toleration over acceptance, faith over reason, and ultimately Jesus over self.


PJ and Sheri Lewis

January 12-15, 2015

P.J. and his wife Sheri have been working coming up to Hume since 1994. Their ministry is one of faith. Only faith can make trusting disciples of Jesus and develop a real love for God and others. P.J. is currently a pastor at The Well Community Church in Fresno, California.


Todd Morehead

February 2-5, 2015

Todd Morehead is from Southern California where he currently lives with his wife Renae and one year old son Benjamin. He Directed and Co Produced the 2012 documentary Promised Land-Israel through the eyes of Surfers. He is currently a student at Talbot School of Theology where he is working towards his Masters degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. Todd has worked at Walking On Water, a San Diego based Christian surfing ministry, for the past ten years and has traveled to Israel extensively where he has led Bible land tours, and partnered with humanitarian aid organizations. He has a deep devotion and love for Israel and the Jewish people and desires to share it with the world. Todd loves to surf and to fly fish.


Brad Bell

February 9-12, 2015

As founding pastor of The Well Community Church in Fresno, California, Brad Bell is a man of passion, deeply committed to the things of God. A gifted communicator of biblical truth rooted in love, and seasoned with candor, Brad brings more to the table than sound doctrine; he earnestly desires to emulate authenticity and humility to those whom he influences. Brad is a strong communicator with expertise in the areas of Scriptural Exposition, Marital Love and Romance, Dating, Deepening a Marriage, Manhood, Spiritual Formation, and other thought provoking content. Brad and his bride, Jen, have been married over ten years, and have two beautiful (and energetic) daughters, Peyton and Kendall. He is a graduate of Fresno State University (Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Master of Arts in Biblical Studies). Brad is also a passionate connoisseur of all things coffee, and enjoys laughing often and loving deeply. The Well Community Church was launched in Fresno during the spring of 2002 by a handful of college-age and young adults with a vision to love out the Gospel in a fresh and dynamic way. Now a multi-site church with four campuses canvassing the city with over 3000 adults attending weekly, The Well continues its focus on helping people connect to God and to each other through honest study of the Bible and heart-felt devotion to incarnating the Gospel.


Josh Riebock

February 16-19, 2015

Josh Riebock was born in the western suburbs of Chicago and spent the next 18 years trying to avoid God. The past decade Josh has spent his time studying culture, story, and the Bible and communicating those things across the country and the world at churches, college campuses, conferences, concerts, and seminars in raw and authentic ways. Using his own experiences, observations on life and culture, and the story of scripture, Josh has the unique ability to connect the story of God and the story of his audience while getting the real Gospel underneath people's skin.


Matt Lantz

February 23-26, 2015

Matt is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Dallas Theological Seminary, as well as a resident of the Tyler, Texas where he, his wife, and three children live. Matt's joys are teaching and discipleship. Fortunately, he found a Christian camp, Pine Cove, that pays him money to do what he loves. There, he serves as the Director of the Forge, an eight month discipleship community designed to prepare emerging leaders for a lifetime of ministry.


Trent Lewis

March 2-5, 2015

Trent Lewis is the Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at First Baptist Lakewood 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.


Sonja Middleton

March 16-19, 2015

Sonja, lives and serves in Fresno, CA where she owns the local Chick-fil-A. When she started working for a Chick-fil-A in Charlotte NC at the age of 16, she never would have guessed she would move all the way across the country to own one some day! Having recently been married, Sonja is learning the fine art of being a partner while still maintaining her roles of child of God, business owner, and PhD student. Not satisfied with antidotal evidence regarding how people and organizations work, Sonja decided to purse a degree in Organizational Leadership so that she learn more about what people do in organizations and how that affects those around them. Finally, Sonja is passionate about taking what she has learned helping folks see the potential in their own lives and watching grow and blossom as they learn to harness the strengths that God has blessed them with and use them for His glory.


Adam Donyes

March 23-26, 2015

Adam Donyes is passionate about investing into the lives of our future and helping students maximize their potential. Adam is the founder of Link Year. He is a graduate of Boise State University where he played Basketball and was elected team captain his senior year. He received his Master's from John Brown University. He is a certified Centurion through the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He was married in the summer of 2008 and he and his wife Stephanie are both proud parents of their son Aiden West.


Randy Alonso

April 27-30, 2015

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

May 4-7, 2015

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.