Campers in group outside

To Make Jesus Known: The Unfolding Miracle at Hargis Christian Camp

Miracle Moments


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“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ,” Philippians 1:6 ESV

For almost 60 years, Hargis Christian Camp in Chelsea, Ala. has made an impact for the Kingdom of God by sharing the Gospel with thousands of campers. Aaron Knight’s family has loved the property where Hargis sits long before it became a camp. “My great-uncle Bill found 200 acres to build a farm on right next to the Hargis family’s farm property,” Knight shares. He recalls running around the Hargis property as a child before the current buildings were built.

Hargis Scenery Photo with Sunset
Pictured here is the view from the cross on the property of Hargis Christian Camp. Aaron Knight often prays for the camp in this spot.

At about the age of 15, Knight veered away from the faith he was raised in and eventually became addicted to drugs. “I went to jail eight times by the time I was eighteen years old,” Knight shares. He experienced the grace and forgiveness found in Christ when he was 30 years old. “God radically changed my life. I went from selling drugs to going back to church and getting involved in ministry.” Knight started a jail ministry, worked for The Foundry Ministries, and eventually went to Highlands College. Knight recently celebrated six years of pastoring at Redemption Church in Chelsea.

Campers in group outside
Hargis Christian Camp’s mission is “To Make Jesus Known.” After watching teens encounter God and live out their faith while at camp, Aaron Knight knew he had to save Hargis for future generations.

“When I first heard the camp was for sale, I began to pray about building a house on a part of the property that is so special to me,” Knight says. He never expected that the Holy Spirit would speak to him, “Why don’t you save the camp instead of building a house?” Knight initially thought the idea was ridiculous but over time, God showed him that He was in the process. Knight gave the camp to God and promised Him he would follow His lead. Soon after, fundraising for saving Hargis Christian Camp began.

God has performed miracles in placing Knight with the right people at the right time. “There were times before we even got the contract that the providence of God was so evident,” Knight says, adding, “Miraculously, people have come in and helped with buildings and refurbishments that we didn’t expect.” Hargis has received several donations that can only be described as miracles. God has shown Knight and his wife Kellie that He will continue to send people and funds from unexpected places. “I’ve learned to hold Hargis’ future with open hands and keep building.” During this journey, several verses have encouraged Knight. In 2020, Knight buried papers with the verses Philippians 1:6 and Proverbs 21:21 written on them next to a prayer he wrote for the vision of the camp. To learn more about Hargis Christian Camp and stay updated as the miracle continues to unfold, visit

-Melissa Armstrong

Aaron and Kellie Knight
Aaron Knight and his wife Kellie love the Hargis Christian Camp property. They were married on the property in 2015.

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