Ministry Behind the Bar M Ranch
The Bar M Ranch is a ministry of Calvary Chapel of Tri-Cities, Washington. The conference center, established for the purpose of glorifying God, provides a place for God’s people to grow and mature in their relationship with Him through the teaching of His Word, worship, fellowship, recreation, and rest. Our ministry is to serve and bless our guests and see that all who visit leave with a greater understanding of the heart and love of God. It is our desire that those who visit our conference center will experience the presence of our Lord Jesus and leave knowing Him more intimately than before.
A Little History
The Bar M Ranch has a rich history that began in 1864, with the construction of the three-story hand-hewn log inn that was initially built as a stagecoach stop for the California Stage Company. This stop was along the historic Thomas-Ruckel Road, which served as a mail route from Boise, Idaho to Walla Walla, WA. The original rustic western inn, the Ranch House, is still in use today as the center of all ranch activities.
The property includes a hot springs and from 1892 - 1908, the springs were owned by Dr. Bingham who believed in their medicinal value. He added the “Stagecoach” building to provide more accommodations. From 1908 - 1937 the property changed ownership three times; each proud owner re-naming the springs and resort after themselves. It was the place to go for summer picnics, dances, and swimming and it drew a variety of famous guests, including Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover.
Howard and Bonnie Baker, ranchers from Idaho, bought the resort in 1938 and renamed it the Bar M Ranch. They began operating it as a dude ranch in the early 1940s and for the next 64 years, three generations of the Baker family welcomed visitors to the guest ranch.
In 2011, Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities purchased the Bar M Ranch and as current owners, we are excited to use the Ranch as a way to share God’s love and message.
Now, the Ranch is a year-round destination conference and retreat center featuring a variety of vintage western-styled buildings that accommodate small to large groups for day-use to multiple-day events. The beautiful grounds and surrounding 633-acre ranch create the perfect environment to naturally enhance your ability to create, educate, ignite, unite and inspire!