Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim), AZ

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks Involvement

What We Do

ACMNP in the South Rim provides:

  • Christian fellowship activities for visitors, residents, and employees
  • Leadership development for ministry team members and seminarians
  • Positive relationships among seasonal co-workers and internationals
  • Pastoral care during emergencies

Interdenominational Services of Worship

Ministry teams lead interdenominational services of worship on Sundays, pending National Park Service permit approval.

  • West Rim worship site: 8:30 AM (Sundays), 7:00 PM (every night)
  • Mather Campground (Sage Loop Fire Circle): 9:00 AM (Sundays)
  • Shrine of the Ages (with Grand Canyon Community Church): 11:00 AM (Sundays)

Ministry Team Member Information

Our team in the South Rim is typically 15-18 ministry team members who split into smaller teams for leading worship services.

  • Summer only
  • Mentors available for seminarians
  • Catholic mass nearby for interested team members

Employment Information

Ministry team members seek employment from Xanterra in the restaurants, gift shops, and hotels of Grand Canyon Village along the South Rim.


  • Preferred availability of mid-May through early September

Employee housing:

  • Dorm-style or cabins with shared bath
  • Married housing sometimes available

Typical Jobs:

  • Retail at gift shops
  • Restaurant/food service
  • Front desk/bellhop
  • Housekeeping


  • Bringing a car is not necessary but encouraged.

* If you are interested in serving in the Canyon South Rim as a ministry team member, you must first apply with ACMNP. To learn more about working and living in the South Rim (including employee housing costs), please visit

How YOU can get involved with ACMNP in the south rim

Information About The Park

At 15 miles across and one mile deep, the Grand Canyon is a World Heritage Site in northwestern Arizona that’s truly a marvel to behold. The South Rim is the most accessible area of the park, open to visitors year round.

The Grand Canyon, divided by the Colorado River, will awe you with its geologic features, rock formations, layers upon layers of canyon, streams and pools, and distinctly different habitats. As you descend in elevation towards the river, you’ll pass through semi-arid desert, ponderosa pines, juniper forest, desert scrub, cacti, and sandy beaches. Activities available at the South Rim include hiking, backpacking, mule riding, and rafting the Colorado River (a three-week trip).

Popular Destinations

  • Hermits Rest
  • Desert View
  • Indian Gardens
  • South Kaibab Trail
  • Bright Angel Trail
  • Toroweap/Tuweep


Commonly considered to be in the Upper Sonoran Life Zone, the South Rim includes species like mule deer, bighorn sheep, rock squirrels, gray fox, coyotes, skunks, and bats.

Outside Resources

To learn more about travelling to the South Rim, what the weather is like, park activities, or planning your trip, please visit

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Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim), AZ, 2011

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"I had two ulterior motives for the summer: get course credit at my seminary and see the West. But God did so much more than that! Even though I was the ...leader' because I'm a seminary student, I found that I was ministered to by the college students on our team."
– Michelle, South Rim 2003