Who We Are
Since 1984, Hidden Acres has been a place where people can come and experience God and His creation
Hidden Acres was founded in 1984 by a group of visionaries who had personally experienced the evangelistic power of camping ministry. Our founders were a group of men and women who saw the need for a camp to serve the Dallas area where they lived, worked, and ministered. United with a desire to find a place where their church family could enjoy creation, recreation, relationships, and a setting to be transformed by God, they looked for the ideal location. They found exactly what they were looking for in the untouched 200 acres hidden in Kaufman County. And so the story of Hidden Acres began and the rest is history, a story thought of and written by God.
Who We Are
Hidden Acres was founded in 1984 as a place for people to grow closer to God and create community through camps and retreats. We are a non-profit organization run by a board of directors. Along with our board, our Executive Director, Tim Carpenter, Hidden Acres' staff, and volunteers work together to make Hidden Acres a place where people can be drawn from their routines into a sanctuary where they can enjoy creation, recreation, relationships, and find a place to be transformed by God.
Hidden Acres is a place set apart to experience Christ, equip leaders, and expand community.
Our vision is to impact lives and develop leaders with a Christian worldview and Christ-like leadership
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired and the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:21)
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.(Genesis 1:1, John 10:30, John 10:37-38, I Corinthians 6:19, Galatians 4:6)
We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return to power and glory.(Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:35, Hebrews 4:15, John 2:11, Hebrews 9:12, Colossians 1:14, John 11:25, Acts 1:11, Revelations 19:11-16)
We believe that man is sinful by nature and that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential and an absolute necessity for his salvation.(Romans 3:19, 23, John 3:16-19, Ephesians 2:18-19, Titus 3:5-6)
We believe in the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.(Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 5:18, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they who are saved unto eternal life and they who are lost unto eternal damnation. (John 5:28-29)
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.(Romans 8:9, I Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 3:26-28)
We believe in the creation of man by the direct act of God.(Genesis 1:26-28, 5:1-2)
In regards to Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). Rejections of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. Hidden Acres recognizes an individual's gender as that which is denoted on that person's birth certificate as presented from a recognized authority of the State of Texas or other such governing body authorized to issue birth certificates for their citizens.
We believe that the term"marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (I Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including but not limited to adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest and the use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Mt 15:18-20; I Cor 6:9-10).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Hidden Acres as a local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to its supporters and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Hidden Acres in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality, and for people who rent or use our facilities to understand our stance on this issue (Mt. 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; I Thes 5:22)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21;Rm 10:9-10; I Cor 6:9-11; I Jn 1:9).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mk12:28-31; Lk 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Hidden Acres.
With God's help for the last thirty years we have...
- Rented our facilities to more than 100 churches for camps and retreats
- Have partnered with Kiwanis Club of Pleasant Grove for the last 15 years in offering camps to children in East Dallas.
- Partnered with Refugee Resources Inc. to provide a summer camp experience to hundreds of campers since 2007.
- Began programing Leadership Retreats for middle school students in 2011.
- Partnered with Lake Pointe, Rockwall to lead our first Mission Reatreat serving refugee children in the Dallas area.
- Programed summer camps since our inaugural summer of 1984, sharing God's word with thousands of children and youth.
- Have seen many of our campers grow to become our camp leaders.
- With the help of our supporters have done many improvements to our property and facilities.