Colcord Camping Ministry Buys Dry Gulch, U.S.A.

Thursday, August 23rd 2018, 12:00 pm
By: News On 6

Dry Gulch has a new name and a new owner. New Life Ranch has now taken over ownership of the 230-acre camp facility on Lake Hudson.

It was previously owned by Church on the Move. The camp will now be called New Life Ranch - Frontier Cove.

New Life Ranch says it will be used to expand their summer camp and retreat programs. New Life Ranch is a Colcord Christian camping and retreat facility serving church and youth from Oklahoma and surrounding five-state area. It was founded by the Rev. Willard Heck and partner Tom Hull in 1958, according to the camping ministry.

Dry Gulch, U.S.A. was founded by Willie George in 1986 as a summer camp and retreat facility as well as an Old West movie set for a show George produced. The Christmas Train attraction took place there each December.

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“We are thrilled that New Life Ranch is building on the foundation of the ministry that my dad started so many years ago," said Whit George, lead pastor of Church on the Move.

"They really have a vision to impact campers for generations to come, and we love that. It’s such a win-win for both ministries because we both get to focus on what we do best; New Life Ranch with their camp programs and Church on the Move with our local churches."

Church on the Move plans to sell the Christmas Train to a group in another state, according to a news release.