- Growth Rings -
"A Campaign for Healthy Growth"
Roots and Branches Update!
Done So Far?
So far, friends of the ministry have given $1,627,434.51 toward our $2,250,000 goal! We are humbled and amazed at God’s provision!
($1,500,000) 84 acres were purchased adjacent to Timberline’s present campus, giving opportunity for future growth, present recreation, and new ministry opportunities within our Grand County community.
We are over 80% finished paying off several pieces of grounds equipment that were purchased from the previous ranch owners. The use of this equipment has allowed us to accomplish tasks this summer that were never before possible. (We have about $15,000 left to pay on this equipment)
Improvements in the Lodges:
We have completed some required fire-code upgrades throughout our campus buildings and replaced a number of worn-out surfaces. The main (middle) lodge is looking much better and functioning well!
New Housing and Storage:
With the purchase of the ranch property, we acquired a two-bedroom house, a studio apartment, and a large barn. This has provided needed accommodation for the Reger family as well as our Ranch Manager. The barn keeps our equipment dry and has become the location for the ministry’s workshop, opening up the old maintenance shop next to the lodges (remember the green lean-to structure?) to become a program building and recreational room, getting lots of use this year by students and staff. (See photos)
To Be Done?
We have $622,565.49 left to raise to meet our Roots and Branches Growth Rings: Phase 1 goal.
Here’s a break down of what’s left to finish:
With rental prices continuing to increase in the Winter Park area, we are excited for the opportunity to finish this new staff house and start using it as additional ministry space. A ministry partner is initially funding the upstairs portion of the project at no interest, but we would like to complete the purchase as soon as possible so that we can begin finishing the basement and use the house as two much-needed living spaces. (Pictures below!)
Continued Facility Improvements:
We need to replace many outdated windows in the main lodges, some of which have only one window pane. This improvement will pay for itself over time.
Wastewater Lagoon Decommissioning:
Our old wastewater treatment ponds need to be cleaned out, treated, and filled in over the next two years. This project will close the book on this longstanding journey with our previous outdated sewage system.
Please consider Timberline as you think through your year-end giving and as we strive to close the gap in what’s needed to complete this project.
We invite you to come alongside our efforts and God’s work to disciple the next generation of believers through our program - that they would live out their faith in our God who desires to daily work in and through them!
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or to (DONATE button in top, right-hand corner) to set up monthly giving or contribute a one-time gift to this ministry. We are so grateful to the hundreds of you who have helped Timberline be an effective vehicle of God’s transforming power! Thank you!
There are many aspects of the Growth Rings campaign that the Lord Jesus has so clearly directed. This has been emphasized in ways that we could never have imagined back in August of 2019 when we signed the contract and bought the adjacent 84 acre “Ranch Property.” Just a few months after that, the world seemed to spin into chaos. Our students had to go home, our summer programs were cancelled, and we were left with one primary way to earn funds - by boarding horses on the new ranch! Only God could have known what we needed when we needed it - if only we would remember that more often!
We are about 75% done with Phase 1 of this project to raise the needed funds for Timberline’s long-term health!
Would you join us?
Even though we are still in the middle of a global pandemic, we are ready to keep moving toward our initial goal, asking the Lord to supply what He knows we need as we continue pointing to the One who holds the whole world in His hands!
What's TL been
doing during COVID?
God has taken care of us throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our students from last year were able to finish Bible School from a distance. The cold of winter melted away and we found ourselves with the time, staff, and resources to accomplish many needed projects around campus due to a few unexpected donations to our general fund.
In September, we were able to welcome a small but lively class of students for Bible School. What a gift that we can still host them!
1. Our Vision
2. The Need
The ideal context for our vision?
Facilities that Serve
Space for Growth
Staff who Minister
Facilities Restrict Service
Awkward and outdated layout makes it difficult to serve guests well
No ideal accommodations to welcome families, couples, and older adults
Students distracted from Bible teaching by cold and noisy classroom due to poor insulation
Space Limits Growth
Hemmed in by neighboring Lodge – campus access through neighbor’s parking lot
Size constraints when full - youth groups turned away due to limitations
Shortage of buildable land to keep up with ministry growth
Staff Hindered in Ministry
Inadequate and unstable housing lowers staff morale
Discipleship opportunities are stunted due to distance from campus
Housing costs take resources away from other elements of staff support
What is the Solution?
A Campaign for Health
(Over the next five years)
Acting now with a view towards
the next 25 years of ministry
Branches: where ministry happens and fruit-bearing is cultivated (Facilities)
Expanded campus to meet present and future needs (32,000 square feet of new facilities)
Basic updates to present facility
Roots: unseen, yet essential aspects of ministry (Staff)
New sewage plant - completed 2017
Infrastructure for new campus
Provide adequate housing units for staff, saving a potential of $113,000 per year in rent, and providing long term staff benefits
Soil: the place we are planted to grow (Space)
110 acres next door
Provides needed staff housing and space to expand our campus to meet the needs
Phase 1 ($2,250,000)
Solve the staff housing problem and purchase property for the future of the ministry
Phase 2 ($5,400,000)
Construct main lodge, first dormitory, and volunteer-staff housing
Phase 3 ($2,050,000)
Build out recreational building, second dormitory, and additional staff/guest cabins
Total Estimated Project Cost: $9,700,000
(32,000 sq/ft of NEW ministry space)
What are the
goals for Phase 1?
Solve the staff housing problem and purchase property for the future of the ministry
1. Creekside House - $400,000
- A large staff house with two separate living units
- 20+ acres of pasture and wetland for fishing and recreation as well as one buildable lot for constructing the house (land to be donated)
2. Ranch property - $1,630,000
- Existing home, single apartment, and modern barn structure
- 85 acres of mostly buildable land
3. Improvements on current property - $220,000
for Phase 1
Drone flyover of the three properties
Phase 1 and
We can’t afford
not to do this!
We want to be good stewards of...
Staff: desire to disciple but often distanced and uncertain of future
Finances: High monthly rental costs/inadequate staff benefits
Time: Market rising and need increasing
All staff within walking distance of students and guests – housing stability
A savings of $9500 per month in rental costs at present market value
Property purchased while available creating the opportunity for more lives to be transformed
Where are we
after Phase 1?
Reality after Phase 1
Space For Growth (Soil)
No longer hemmed in with control over campus access
Buildable land owned for present and future ministry needs
Staff Who Minister (Roots)
Moral high with better housing
Able to spend more time discipling students and guests
Facilities that Serve (Branches)
Updates in present buildings improve ministry experience
Remaining facility needs addressed in Phases 2 and 3
More Opportunites for Discipleship Leading to Transformed Lives!
How can I help?
YOU can partner with US!
Flexible Giving Structure:
One Time or 3 Year Commitment
Cash or Securities through our brokerage account
Gifts of time, skills, and other resources
If you have questions about giving or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to ask.
You can reach Dan Thomas at or via his phone at 920-737-7141
$500,000 and above
$250,000 - $499,000
$100,000 - $249,000
$50,000 - $99,000
$25,000 - $49,000
$10,000 - $24,000
$5,000 - $9,000
We want to be faithful stewards. Will you join us?
Make a Donation to Timberline
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8. Timberline History
Timberline Lodge was purchased back in 1995 when Brad and Jane Keirnes, who had been involved at Tauernhof, a Torchbearer Bible School in Austria, felt led to bring the same life-transforming blend of Bible teaching, discipleship, and outdoor adventure back to Colorado. The non-profit, Timberline Ministries, was founded. Shortly after, guests started coming to “The Lodge” to retreat from the busyness of life, ski at Winter Park Resort, and above all else be introduced or reintroduced to the person of Christ through the teaching of His Word. From day one, the heart of the ministry has been to share with guests the incredible outdoor
hundreds of youth throughout the summer to enjoy Colorado in full bloom as well as serves youth groups and adult groups throughout the winter months, often taking advantage of the world renown ski resort just 10 minutes away. For the last 20 years, Timberline has also run a Bible School, where our staff adventure through life with around 35 students for 8 months. This Bible School program takes Timberline’s history full circle to when its founders originally had the vision to reproduce the life transformational experience that they had so many years ago in Austria, showing again that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore!
environment of the Rocky Mountains in partnership with personal discipleship and Bible teaching. This remains our heart to this day. Now, almost 25 years later, Timberline hosts
9. Torchbearers History
Who is Torchbearers?
Timberline Lodge is a part of the Missionary Fellowship
of Torchbearers (Also known as Capernwray)
It was a God-given vision born out of the devastation of World War II when Major W. Ian Thomas, returning from the war, determined with his wife Joan to open their hearts and doors to European young people. Providing them with lodging and food in a holiday setting, Thomas also gave insightful teaching from the Bible and soon these guests began to discover the adventure of knowing Jesus Christ personally.
It was the German youth who came in those early years to Capernwray who began calling themselves the “Fackeltraeger” or “carriers of the torch,” and so the name “Torchbearers” was born. The dynamic reality of the Christian life as a relationship with the indwelling Christ began to rekindle the lives of hundreds from all over Europe as Bible Schools sprang up first in Germany and
then Austria. Since its founding in 1947, the ministry has spread to every continent in 26 different centers, and thousands of people each year have been changed by the reality that first touched the life of Thomas at the age of 19.