---Midwest Ministries / Midwest Bible Camp

Midwest Ministries, aka Midwest Bible Camp and Midwest Evangelistic Association, is registered with the South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office. The IRS approves the nonprofit corporation of the Midwest Evangelistic as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Our EIN Number is 46-0359354. We are members of the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability. We also have good ratings with Guidestar and Charity Navigator.
Our Corporate Purpose Statement is: “To present God’s love in meaningful and practical ways and share ‘the Good News about the wonderful grace of God’ to everyone near and far.” Simply put, we exist for the “work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)
The Midwest Evangelistic Association began in 1954 when Keith and Mary Williams responded to their God-given vision to make Watertown, South Dakota, their home base for their mission and evangelistic ministry. For nine years, they would travel the greater United States doing revival meetings and missionary work in the Pacific rim nations, including Vietnam, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the Philippines. In 1967, the organization purchased approximately 35 acres on Highway 20, and it soon became a thriving hub of volunteer workers, homes, and a fledgling Bible Camp.
Today, the Midwest Evangelistic Association continues to support mission work in the Philippines, including about three hundred churches, four hundred pastors, teachers and administrators, and two Bible Colleges in the island region of Mindanao.
Hank Roso has been associated with Midwest Ministries since 1985. Having been raised in Watertown, and since his parents were among the critical volunteers during the seventies through much of the nineties, he was close to founders Keith and Mary Williams. Hank’s family, including his parents and brothers, found former Camp Director Gladys Schott, a dear friend since she came for Christmas Eve dinner when he was a teenager.
Hank’s ministry career moved him to various cities around the Midwest. Yet, he and his wife, Holly, connected with the camp ministry occasionally, either at the June camp meetings or when they accompanied Keith and Mary Williams to the Philippines in 1988. Rev. Williams asked Hank to return to the Philippines as a speaker in 1993, and shortly after that, he was appointed to the Board of Directors.
Hank was appointed Board Chairman, and when Keith could no longer travel to the Philippines, he asked that Hank go in his place.
The Midwest Bible Camp flourishes as a ministry center in Watertown. The Free Camp for Kids has become a means to reach children for Christ, particularly among those unchurched or living within the confines of financial insecurity. Other support for the region includes affordable housing for those relaunching their lives after addiction recovery or needing a safe place to stay to begin again after financial setbacks or other tragedies.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets weekly during the school year, and Celebrate Recovery has a registered group that gathers on Thursday evenings. The camp facilities have also been a community resource for other nonprofit organizations to meet, and the grounds have grown to be a popular site for
weddings, family reunions, graduation parties, and retreats. A typical year brings about 5,000 adults and 3,000 children and teens, with about 160 events.
Our calendar of events and more information may be obtained on our website at