Christian Berets

Chad Pippin

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.


Our Vision
Motivated by compassion, we serve and care for people, committed to making a difference that counts.

Our Commitment
We are committed to demonstrating excellence in our leadership and service as a team and as individuals.

Our Focus
We are called by God to serve and affirm people by:

Demonstrating real concern
Loving unconditionally
Being reliable friends who care
Helping with no strings attached
Bringing hope and encouragement
Serving with excellence and humility
Providing mountain hospitality at The Pines
Relying on God for strength
Our Circle of Influence
Greater Modesto Area and Counties of Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Fresno, Sacramento, Tuolumne and beyond.


Christian Berets Inc. was founded in 1970 by Don Crooker as a non-denominational, non-profit ministry to people with special needs. At that time, there were few non-profits that focused on serving the disabled.

In 1971, Don Crooker and the Board of Directors decided to build a camp in the Sierra Mountains. Land was purchased in Long Barn from Jess and Laura Wirth.

For years, the Wirth family had hoped to sell their land for the development of a Christian camp. By God’s grace and the Wirths’ generosity (they returned all payments made by Christian Berets to them as donations designated for the purchase of the land!), that vision became a reality.

The camp in Long Barn was ready for guests in June 1973.

Christian Berets has developed under the direction of these Executive Directors: Don Crooker (1970–2001), volunteers Mel Turner and Jack Coyle (2001–2003), Troy Thompson (2003–2005), Dave Shackelford (2005– 2011) and Brad Barnes (2011 to 2012).

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