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Our Story



Don and Chloe Baltz, the founders of Awanita Valley, dedicated their lives to the ministry beginning in 1955. Their love for children and reaching them for Christ was a lifelong passion and God blessed them with the capabilities to provide youth and adult groups a peaceful place to reach them for the Kingdom of God. Don went home to be with the Lord on April 21, 2009, and Chloe Baltz joined her husband October 13, 2010. This precious couple dedicated their lives to their family and reaching children and adults for the Kingdom of God.

Founders, Don & Chloe Baltz

The staff of Awanita Valley all share a strong desire to see young people come to a personal, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ and become bold proclaimers of the Gospel.  We see ourselves as partners in ministry with the groups that come to the valley for both retreats and summer camps.
God's nature is truly shown through in the beauty of His creation here.  We believe that the benefit of getting young people into nature and away from daily distractions opens them up to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit and has the power to change their lives.

Awanita Directors, staff,

and staff families

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