About A Christian Ministry in the National Parks

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP) is a grassroots, student-led ministry that began in Yellowstone National Park in 1951 with the dream of providing Christian community for the people working in, living in, and visiting the first national park in the world.

Since then — for more than 60 years — ACMNP has given a Christian interpretation to the awe and grandeur of God’s creation in the nation's national parks. ACMNP has always been a ministry in rather than to the national parks, serving employees, residents, and visitors through interdenominational worship services on Sundays.

Today, ACMNP lives its mission by sending roughly 200 ministry team members into 75 locations in 25 national parks from Alaska to the Virgin Islands. Over 30,000 people worship together in ACMNP services every year, experiencing the glory of God by seeing it first-hand — nothing compares to the inspiration that comes from worshipping God the Creator in the beautiful outdoors!

"[ACMNP] gave me a head start on preaching for seminary."
– Bob, Grand Canyon alumnus 1973

Our Mission

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks embodies and extends the ministry of Jesus Christ through worship, witness, and the development of Christian leaders.

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Our Vision

To provide and promote ministry that embodies and extends the Christian faith in the majesty of the national parks by offering:

  • Opportunities for worship that inspire, encourage, and bring joy to those who live, work, and vacation in the national parks;
  • Real-world contexts in which men and women explore and express their Christian faith through service and witness while growing as Christian leaders;
  • Theological guidance to a wide spectrum of the Christian community to inspire people to engage in issues of faith and the environment;
  • Outdoor experiences that give men, women, youth, and children opportunities to explore the meaning of their Christian faith.
Read our Doctrinal Statement here.