Our vision is to serve Christ’s community through all seasons.
What ELIM stands for:
- Exalting God – worship and glorifying in every thing we do
- Living in community – working together with integrity, purpose and diligence to grow the Kingdom of God
- Inspiring Christ’s people – body, mind and spirit in a relaxing, refreshing and renewing atmosphere
- Mission – collaborating with local churches, missions and organizations, growing the body of Christ worldwide
Elim is a gift from God to Christ’s community, called to renew, refresh and enable His people to present the gospel to the world.
Elim Ministries was founded in 1946 by Mrs. Pearl Arnold as a Christian Retreat and Conference Centre.
Bernie Aldridge, who had been director of Extension at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, purchased Elim in 1963 and continued with his wife Ruth, to provide an oasis of tranquility in a beautiful setting for guests from both Canada, the USA and beyond. Conference speakers from Canada, USA and the British Isles visited Elim to minister to the spiritual needs of our guests through the summer conference season.
Elim Ministries became a not-for-profit corporation in 1974 when four Brethren churches in Peterborough banded together to purchase it from Mr. & Mrs. Aldridge. In the next few years Elim expanded from 15 to 48 acres and new buildings were added, including a new 500 seat chapel. Elim Lodge now has over 75 acres of land where our ministries bring people of various backgrounds together for a tremendous impact, influence and identity in ministry and witness.
Today Elim Ministries continues to build on our 70 year history, continues to build and improve our facilities, continues to invite challenging speakers, missionaries and musicians to the conference so that our guests can be encouraged in their faith and renewed and refreshed for the busy months ahead. Because Elim belongs to God, His strength and direction continue to encourage us in the pursuit of excellence as we serve Him.
What is Elim Lodge?
Elim Lodge in an evangelical, non-denominational Christian Resort and Retreat Centre, a family vacation resort, known as a “Place of Physical and Spiritual Refreshment” for 70 years. Elim operates as a not-for-profit corporation, Elim Ministries Inc
Exodus 15:27 says, “And they came to Elim.”