Our Story

Born out of a desire to make faith a shared family experience.

In 1997, a group of 10 couples came together to create the first family getaway. The next year they invited five new families to join them and the following year over 50 families attended what came to be called Winter Weekend.

In 2000, the group formally organized as Family Fest Ministries and Pete Larson (who was part of the first 10 families) began as Executive Director in 2002. Since then, Family Fest has expanded its ministry to marriages, families, and the next generation, all intending to model the love of Jesus and show that faith is fun!

  • Since 1997, we have held nearly 100 family camps and marriage retreats!
  • Over 750 families – from at least 140 different churches – have taken part in a Winter Weekend or Summer Splash family camp!
  • Over 350 young adults and been trained and served in the KC Ministry.

group of 30 children performing for parents

One of the very first Winter Weekend Camps

Family Fest Retreats