About Us


Please Pray for This MinistryWe need prayer support for God to help us continue this huge mission that is before us.

Tell others about usHelp spread the word about the good work that is being done here for the Lord at Camp Penuel East.

Help with our needsWe put out a needs list every year of supplies that we will be buying. Help us check some of those items off of our list.

Help us financiallyPlease consider sowing into this ministry and helping us continue what the Lord has commissioned us to do here.

Please consider donating to this ministry

Checks can be mailed to
camp penuel east
Po box 510
Eldred, pa 16731

How we became a free camp

Camp Penuel was started in Ironton, Missouri in 1973 and recognized as a 501(c) 3 charity making gifts to us tax deductible. We are a nondenominational free Christian camp for children. We are governed by a Board of Directors under the leadership of our President Joy Booth. Camp Penuel’s headquarters and first camp is located in Ironton, Missouri on Lake Killarney. This camp welcomes children from the St. Louis Metro Area, all Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.

Camp Penuel East was established in 1994; we are located in Eldred, Pennsylvania we reach out to our local area and also Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio. Jeremy and Jena Walter lead this camp. Camp Penuel Costa Rica was established in January 2003. The land was dedicated by Penuel in Esparaza, Costa Rica. Paul and Thelma Bernhagen, who worked at our main camp for over five years, lead this camp. Not only Costa Rican children benefit from the camp, it also works to reach out to other countries in Central America.

Our Leadership Team


Jeremy & Jena Walter


My wife and I have been pastors since 1997. It is pure joy running Camp Penuel East. We expect to see thousands more find Salvation in Jesus.


Joy & Larry Booth

President + Director

Joy is the daughter of the founder of Camp Penuel. Together with her husband Larry they run Camp Penuel Central our headquarters camp in Ironton, Missouri.


Paul & Thelma Bernhagen


Since 1999 Paul and Thelma have been the directors of Camp Penuel Costa Rica. They are winning souls for Christ.


Harry Douma


Thousands of children know the Lord because Harry said yes to God and started a free Christian camp. Harry passed away in 2011, but his legacy will live on forever.