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Joe White is the President of Kanakuk Kamps and founder of Kids Across America in Branson, Missouri. Each summer, these ten kamps host over 14,000 thousand campers and over 1,700 college and professional staff.


After growing up in Texas, Joe attended college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he won the Heart Award as a two-year starting defensive tackle for the SMU Mustangs. At SMU, Joe also met and married his wife of 33 years, Debbie Jo. After graduation, Joe coached at Texas A&M University before moving to Branson, Missouri to run Kanakuk Kamps with Debbie Jo.


Joe has been working with teenagers for over 30 years and is a speaker to Promise Keepers, Focus on the Family Radio, Life on the Edge Conferences, Major League Baseball, the NFL, and AFTERDARK college crusades across the country. Joe is passionate about sharing the truth of God's amazing grace and he communicates that truth in a very relevant fashion. Joe has also written 16 books that are designed to reach teens and their families. One of his books, Pure Excitment, won the Gold Medallion Award in recognition for being the best book in its category in the country. In 1991, Joe founded Kanakuk Haiti, which funds the operation of 19 schools and 1 orphanage in Haiti. Joe and Kanakuk Haiti provide food and clothing as well as an education for thousands of Haitian children each year.


Joe is an amazing husband, proud father of four and a wonderful grandfather of eleven.


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