Blue Springs Conference Center Sold for 3 Million Dollars
GRACEVILLE, Fla. (WTVY) - The effects of Hurricane Michael in 2018 continue to make an impact for hundreds in Florida.
In fact, it’s a reason The Baptist College of Florida had to sell a well-known conference center.
“We saw dozens of people come to faith in Christ as a result of their experience there,” President of BCF, Dr. Thomas Kinchen said.
The Blue Springs Conference Center in Marianna was constructed in 1982. It became the home of hundreds of Christian-based events over the years.
“In the past, you can find people all over the Panhandle. Literally, missionaries around the world who either came to know Christ at Blue Springs while there were campers there or their faith was strengthened,” Kinchen said.
BCF was given the property in 2016, and it was run as a camp. But in 2018, Hurricane Michael caused major damage to the property.
“I remember for the first few days, we could not get into the area. The roads had to be cleared by work crews, volunteers came in,” Kinchen remembered.
The site needed renovations and efforts made to clean up the property. But Kinchen soon decided it was time to sell.
“We had all kinds of prospects. I talked to everybody who had a interest,” Kinchen said.
There were many interested buyers, but one in particular stood out: Camp Anderson Ministries.
“My greatest desire was to see the property remain a Christian camp and so we were able to work it out. So, we sold the property to them. And they are committed to keeping it a Christian camp. They anticipate having as many as 15,000 campers and conference attendees each year,” Kinchen said.
The property sold for 3 million dollars. Kinchen says it now has the chance to flourish greater than before.
“His plans are better than my plans. And so I’m excited and looking forward to what God’s going to do there,” Kinchen said.
BCF will still get some use out of the property. It’s students will be sent to work as interns at future camps and classes will be held there as well.
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