CANBY — More than a year since its formal closure after 82 years of operation, Canby Grove Conference Center is returning energetically to life under new ownership that envisions it becoming a major spiritual influence in the Northwest.
Purchase of the popular camp from the governing board that formerly ran the non-profit conference center was finalized last month by West Linn businessman John Anderson’s Mantis Properties LLC.
Dan Silver, executive director of the newly renamed Canby Grove Christian Center, declined to specify the purchase price but said the new owners had worked out a good deal. The 74 acres along the Molalla River and its roughly 150 buildings had been assessed at $5.6 million.
Anderson is owner of NetBiz, a fast-growing Internet marking company based in Tualatin. Anderson is also a key figure behind Jump-In Northwest (www.jump-in.org), a non-profit Portland-area children’s ministry loosely affiliated with the well-known International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo.; Silver also is executive director of Jump-In, and many of the events that happen at Canby Grove will now take place under the Jump-In banner, as will a new local house of prayer that will officially launch at Canby Grove’s historic Tozer Tabernacle with a special event Dec. 1-3 (see related story, Page 13). Danny Lima, formerly on staff at the Kansas City program, moved with his family to Canby in October to launch the new house of prayer.
Also planned at Canby Grove is a Christian culinary school, tentatively scheduled to open next fall. Ira Krizo, who has headed the camp’s meal program this past year, is promoting the new Christian Culinary Academy through an organization he founded called Christian Chefs Fellowship (www.christianchefs.org).
Furthermore, said Silver, Canby Grove will again be available for rental by a wide range of Christian churches, ministries and groups across the evangelical spectrum.
Silver, who previously directed a residential treatment center for children near Eugene, is enthused about Canby Grove’s and Jump-In’s great potential to touch many thousands of lives — not only youth, but all ages — for Jesus Christ.
“For me, I’m excited about the finality of the purchase because it’s been such a long road,” he said. He explained that although Canby Grove fell victim last year to a slow economy and mounting debt, West Coast Bank never moved to foreclose on the property and was willing to work closely with both the old and new owners.
Although it ceased to operate under the previous management in the fall of 2010, Canby Grove hasn’t exactly been sitting quiet this past year. Far from it, in fact.
Under a month-to-month lease-to-buy arrangement, and under the management of the eventual buyer, the camp had approximately 68 different groups make use of the facilities.
“We got back almost half of the bookings that we had before all year,” said Shelly Goeppner, who has worked in sales for Canby Grove for 15 years and who is among the approximately seven full-time and 40 seasonal employees under the new ownership. The camp is experiencing a 100 percent rebooking rate, and Goeppner and Silver expect that by the summer of 2013 Canby Grove will be back at the full level of activity it had before the shutdown.
The past year also saw an estimated $300,000 in capital improvements in the camp facilities by the new owners. Silver said the purchase agreement calls for about $750,000 in additional upgrading over the coming three years.
Long-range, the camp wants to involve interns and volunteers who have a heart to serve the Lord, said Silver. He invites those interested to contact the camp at 503-266-5176 or www.canbygrove.com.
“We would love to have men and women who love worship and love to pray,” he said. “Our goal is to be a spiritual furnace burning in the house of prayer.”
During its first seven decades, Canby Grove was owned by the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, but became a stand-alone organization in 2000.purchase dutasteride onlinepurchase dutasteride onlinegeneric dutasteride 2.5 mggeneric dutasteride 2.5 mgpurchase dutasteride cialis online lloyds buy domperidone in usa cheap dutas