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Kanakuk Kamps


On this page you’ll find all of our investigative reporting on Kanakuk Kamps.


MinistryWatch Answers Kanakuk Demand for Retraction of Stories

After doing a thorough review of these articles internally, we have determined that certain aspects of those stories do require correction or clarification.  However, we also believe that most of the concerns expressed by Kanakuk’s attorneys are not concerns with errors in the articles, but with facts or opinions they do not like.  While we decline to “retract” the articles, we set forth below specific corrections and clarifications that we believe are appropriate.

Kanakuk Makes Millions, Then Takes Millions in PPP Funds

Kanakuk Ministries and related organizations received a total of $3.295-million in PPP funds on April 3, 2020.  Most of the funds went to Kanakuk Ministries, with $166,700 going to Kanakuk Institute and $698,500 going to Kids Across America.  These loans came from the Central Bank of Branson.  K Life ministries also received an additional $459,400 on May 1, 2020 from Regions Bank. 

Kanakuk Financial Statements Reveal “Suspicious” Pattern of Self-Dealing

Joe and Debbie-Jo White Paid At Least $2-Million by Kanakuk from 2014-2017

Editor’s Note:  This article has been revised based on concerns raised by Kanakuk Ministries.  See editor’s note below.  To read our full response to the concerns raised by Kanakuk, please click here. An analysis of the financial statements by MinistryWatch, with the assistance of the Dallas-based Trinity Foundation, reveals what the Trinity Foundation calls a “suspicious” pattern of self-dealing between Kanakuk and founder “Coach” Joe White and his family. Kanakuk Ministries is one of the…

Website Documenting History of Sexual Abuse at Kanakuk Kamps Goes Live

FactsAboutKanakuk.com has timeline and petition calling for complete transparency

Kanakuk Kamps is one of the largest Christian camps in the nation.  Each summer, more than 20,000 kids from age 7-17 pay thousands of dollars each to stay at the camp.  Some of the most prominent leaders in the evangelical world have worked with the camp and its leaders, Joe and Debbie-Jo White. But a new website, called FactsAboutKanakuk.com claims that “Kanakuk’s reputation  and reach conceals a dark secret.  For decades, Joe White and other…