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“Not just decisions, but disciples for Christ.”


Cedine Bible Camp and Retreat Center is a missionary work that began as a step of faith during the era when racial segregation and Jim Crow ideologies were accepted and practiced across the country; especially in the south. When founder, Paul Zimmerman, saw that African American children in his area of ministry of southeast Tennessee were being excluded from taking part in Christian camping ministry he sought to welcome them in. In 1946 he began to reach out to schools and churches in the black communities through Scripture memory programs and summer camp ministry.

For over 75 years our summer camp ministry at Cedine has continued to impact the lives of many young people from all walks of life Our ministry has grown to also include spring and fall retreats, conferences, a Bible quizzing program and Bible correspondence courses. Today Cedine is seeking to become even more committed to providing a place where various cultures and ethnicities can learn and grow together in an atmosphere where the love of God is evident and the truths of God’s Word are prevalent. Our mission states that Cedine exists to honor God and His Word by partnering with the church in evangelism and discipleship training, through quality camp, conference and outreach ministries.


We Offer You …

  • Training
    At the beginning of the summer, training is offered in camp counseling, programming, life-guarding and physical education.
  • Opportunity
    To invest your summer in God’s work. It’s rewarding now and in eternity! Matthew 6:20-21)
  • Experience
    With Christian camping for all age groups in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Finances
    Summer staff over 18 years old serving all summer may receive $200 for counselors and $150 for activity leaders a week for each week served from the summer staff fund. Those who have experience at Cedine and those who are specialized activity leaders may receive more. This fund is composed of gifts from churches and individuals interested in the ministry. This is a mission program, and remuneration is set to cover food, lodging, and other basic benefits. If more is needed you may raise missionary support. Cedine will help you prepare a prayer letter.


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