About Us

Bishop John F. White and
Supervisor Penny White
Fourth Episcopal District

This beautiful camp is owned and operated by the Fourth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Located in Cassopolis, Michigan on 57 acres of landscaped terrain overlooking Stone Lake, Camp Baber shines as a beacon of programmatic possibilities not only in the Fourth District but throughout the Connectional Church. In years past, the Urban League of Chicago, Notre Dame and Western Michigan Universities have utilizes the facilities.

Camp Baber houses four dormitories that can accommodate a total of 110 people, and a lodge, equipped with 24 individual, furnished rooms. The Camp boasts a Class A rating as a State of Michigan Adult and Child Resident Camp.

While the Fourth District has utilized the Camp throughout its existence for program development, ie. ministerial, missionary, laity youth and Christian Education, it was the initiation of a program of excellence for the performing arts that catapulted the Camp to national prominence.

The first music and performing arts camp was initiated in 1997 as the vision of Beverly Thomas under the episcopal leadership of her husband, the late Bishop Robert Thomas.Jr. A small grant from the Kellogg Foundation allowed the Camp to open with classes in band and choir. In the short period of four years, the Beverly Thomas Fine Arts Institute ( renamed in 2008), showed phenomenal growth, expanding to include creative writing, spoken word, dance, drawing and painting, jazz and drama.

The Beverly Thomas Fine Arts Institute at Camp Baber has been adopted by the Department of Christian Education as an official program of the Connectional Music and Christian Arts Ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church ( ICAM ).

Camp Baber
23515 Pokagon Highway,
Cassopolis, MI 49031