Mission / History

The primary Purpose and focus of Hilltop Christian Camp is to provide a secluded and unique setting where every young person or adult can have a great time while encountering the presence of the Living God through play, Bible study, fellowship, and worship.

Hilltop Christian Camp was established in 1946 by the East Columbus Christian Church of Columbus, Indiana. The land, in beautiful Brown County upon which Hilltop is located, was donated to the church by Walker & Freeman Ping for the sole purpose of establishing a Christian service camp for the area young people. In addition to having a place for Christian fun and recreation, the camp would be a place to learn more about Christ and to be challenged to serve Him in various Christian vocations.

Now owned and operated by a corporation of Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in the South Central Indiana area, that heritage is being carried on through the motto, “Where Christ and a great time go together.”

What We Believe

What We Believe About the Bible

  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God, written without error and preserved for our instruction.
    (I Corinthians 2:7-14; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21).

What We Believe About God

  • God exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    (Matthew 28:19; John 14:16-26).
  • God is the absolute and sole creator of this world and the universe.
    (Genesis 1:1-2:25; John 1:1-4).
  • God, because of His compelling love, sent Jesus Christ into the world to save sinners by His atoning death on Calvary.
    (Isaiah 53:1-6; John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 1:3-6).

What We Believe About Jesus Christ

  • Jesus Christ in the flesh was both God and man.
  • He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life.
  • He revealed the mind of God in his teaching and performed miracles exactly as described in the four gospels.
  • He was crucified, died as the penalty for our sins and was raised from the dead, bodily, on the third day.
  • He ascended to the Father, He is head of the church and intercedes for believers.
  • He is coming again personally, bodily and visibly to this earth.
    (Philippians 2:5-8; Luke 1:26-35; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Peter 2:21-24; I Corinthians 15:3-5; Acts 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:18-23; I Thessalonians 4:15-16; John 14:1-6).

What We Believe About Salvation

  • People’s relationship with God has been broken by their own sin.
  • We can be restored to a relationship with God only through the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ.
  • Apart from Christ, people remain eternally separated from God, and are ultimately consigned to hell.
  • This restored relationship is based on God’s grace, not our efforts.
  • God invites us to accept His gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
  • A repentant life, a confession of Christ’s Lordship, and baptism by immersion are primary responses of our faith as modeled in the New Testament.
    (John 3:1-21; Acts 2:37-39; Acts 8:26-39; Acts 10:1-48; Acts 16:11-34; Acts 22:2-16; Romans 3:21-31; Romans 5:6-11; Romans 6:1-23; I Corinthians 6:9-11; I Corinthians 15:1-58; Galatians 3:13-14; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:11-14; Hebrews 10:10-13; I Peter 3:18; I John 1:8-10).

What We Believe About Life in Jesus Christ

  • The Holy Spirit lives by promise in the life of the Christian as God’s pledge and seal of salvation. (John 16:8-11; Acts 13-15; Acts 2:38, 5:3-4; Romans 8 & 9).
  • The Christian is enabled to grow in spiritual maturity through obedience to the Word of God by the indwelling Spirit. (Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 1:9-12; Colossians 3:12-17).
  • At death, the Christian’s spirit departs to be with Jesus Christ. At the return of our Lord our bodies will be raised to the likeness of His resurrected body and will live forever in His divine presence in heaven. (Luke 16:19-31; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:1-58).
  • Obedience to the Word of God should be reflected in how one lives inwardly and outwardly. The Holy Spirit gives the individual the power to overcome the desire to live our lives in conflict with God’s will. Therefore we hold the following to be true of God’s perfect will for our lives.
    Marriage is the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of one man and one woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child.
    (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:18-24, Matthew 19:4-9, Mark 10:5-9, Ephesians 5:31-33).