Kentucky Mountain Mission


Kentucky Mountain Mission is a conservative, independent, evangelical, faith Mission that ministers in southeast Kentucky.  Our outreaches are varied and include rural church ministry, Youth Haven Bible Camp, school programs, fitness/recreational facilities and a number of community outreaches.

The purpose of Kentucky Mountain Mission is to promote the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the study of the Bible, the saving of the lost, the edification of believers and the establishment of local, indigenous churches in the Kentucky mountains and vicinity.

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With the Lord…

KMM staff member, Loren Fryer, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 23. Loren and his wife Shirley joined the KMM family in 2008, quickly fitting into the camp and community outreaches of the Mission. Loren worked as part of the camp maintenance staff, took care of the swimming pool, participated in the ministries of the Lee County Recreational Center and helped wherever else he was needed. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed!

A memorial service will be held for Loren on Sunday, April 30, in the Youth Haven chapel. Visitation begins at 2:00 p.m., followed by the service at 3:00. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Youth Haven Bible Camp, PO Box 588, Beattyville, KY 41311. Please keep Shirley and all of Loren and Shirley’s family in your prayers in the days ahead.

A very special lady to many of us, Barbara Lewis, has gone to be with her Savior. Aunt Barbara came to Kentucky with her husband Bill in 1944 from California. They served in at least 14 mountain churches, including Idamay Bible Church and Fish Creek Bible Church. They worked with the youth in these communities through Youth for Christ, youth rallies and Bible quiz teams. They were both very active in the work at Youth Haven Bible Camp and were pioneers in the public school ministries. Aunt Barbara was a talented singer and musician and she traveled with the Crusaders, using her accordion. In their later years with the Mission, the Lewises became the full-time deputation secretaries for KMM. They traveled many miles by car and later in a motor home, not only representing the Mission, but helping supporting churches in mission conferences, VBS and other children’s and youth ministries. They retired in 1984, but stayed active for as long as health would allow, serving the Lord.

After the passing of Uncle Bill, Aunt Barbara lived first In Virginia and then in Arizona with her daughters. She passed away on February 20, 2017, on her 95th birthday. Aunt Barbara will be missed by her family, friends and co-workers, and will be remembered for her positive spirit, her beautiful smile and the words of encouragement that she was always ready to share with those who needed them. We praise the Lord for another example of a life lived in service to Him!


2017 Marks the 75th Anniversary of Kentucky Mountain Mission!


The Kentucky Mountain Mission was in embryo form when Miss Annie Bethke went from her German home in Minnesota to attend the Bible Institute of Los Angeles in California. After conquering certain language difficulties, Miss Bethke graduated and came to Breathitt County, Kentucky in 1919, where she continued her work for the Lord as long as she was physically able, retiring in 1961, two years before she was called into the presence of her Saviour.

Although Miss Bethke had nothing to do officially with the organization of the Kentucky Mountain Mission, she has for many years been recognized as the founder of the work. In 1933, the prayer group who had been supporting her at the throne of grace, decided that they should organize a mission, themselves acting as the Board of Directors, in an effort to send more workers to the needy field in the mountains of Kentucky. The Mission was incorporated in 1942. Some of the early missionaries were sent to Miss Bethke’s home to help until they became accustomed to the area and resettled in a separate place to serve the Lord. (From the KMM Policy Manual)

A celebration of KMM’s 75th Anniversary will be held at Youth Haven Bible Camp on Saturday, September 9. Save the date and watch for further details!



Please pray for KMM missionary, Scott Brandenburg, as he goes through chemotherapy treatments for colon cancer.


New Chapel Progress

We praise the Lord that we were able to use the new chapel for the first retreat of 2017! There has been much progress on the building over the past several months! Please continue to pray with us for God’s provision of safety, finances and skilled laborers for the completion of the new chapel and dining room. There is still work to be done in the upstairs and downstairs restrooms, the kitchen and dining room. You may send any gifts to Kentucky Mountain Mission, PO Box 588, Beattyville, KY 41311, designated for the New Chapel Fund.

As work continues, we will add pictures to keep you updated. You may also visit our Facebook page, to follow the progress of the project.