Since 1924, America’s Keswick has been serving the Lord through Bible Conference ministry, and thousands of lives have been changed through the teaching of the Word of God and the Victorious Christian Life.

Williams Raws sitting at his desk

America’s Keswick Colony of Mercy was founded on September 25, 1897, by William Raws, as a spiritual restoration center for men who had become addicted to alcohol. Having been miraculously saved and set free from his addiction, William Raws gave his life to the purpose of reclaiming men who, like himself, had lost everything to the bondage of alcohol. With only $1.87, and unbounded faith in God, he began a work, the results of which only time and eternity will tell.

The Colony of Mercy continues to be used by God to transform lives. Over the years, more than 20,000 men have passed through this place, and countless lives have been transformed by the grace and power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many have enjoyed years of freedom from addiction since their lives were changed here at Keswick.

Such miracles of grace can be found living godly lives throughout this country and abroad. Their frequent expressions of gratitude are heartwarming encouragements to new men arriving at the Colony.

If we may assist you in knowing more about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and how to live a life of victory, please contact us at victory@americaskeswick.org

Historical Timeline

1857

October 7 – William Raws born in Australia

1886

February 17  – William Raws’ conversion

1894

January 21 – Addison Campbell Raws born

1897

September 25 – Raws family arrived at Keswick and founded the Colony of Mercy

1910

September 18 – Death of William Raws

December 1 – Upper lake completed

1919

September 5 – Offer by the Raws family and the Board of Colony of Mercy to turn over the Colony property to the Victorious Life Testimony to maintain the Colony and develop a conference center

1920

January 16 – Prohibition

March 16 – Agreement reached that the Victorious Life Council would take over the Keswick Colony and develop the property

1921

May 28 – First short Victorious Life Conference held at Keswick

1924

August 23 – September 1 – First Annual Eastern Summer Conference at America’s Keswick

1931

Date Unknown – First section of the Colony building completed – named as a memorial to Dora Raws in 1933

1933

December 5 – Repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment (end of Prohibition)

1942

March 2 – Raws Memorial Building destroyed by fire

1948

Date Unknown – Raws Memorial Building Reconstruction Completed

1965

July 4 – Saint Memorial Lodge Dedicated

1967

February 2 – Merger of the three corporations forming America’s Keswick

1970

April 24 – Death of Addison C. Raws

May 9 – William A. Raws named General Director

1977

April – Board authorized the conceptual plans of an Activity Center, presented in November

1984

November 17 – Groundbreaking for the Activity Center

1988

May 1 – Roger Williams became Executive Director

1989

April 9 – Dedicatory Rally in the Activity Center

1993

Spring – John Bryant appointed Executive Director

1997

January – Bill Welte accepted a call to become Executive Director

1999

September 25 – Keswick celebrated its 100th Anniversary

September 26 – Birth of Women of Character

2001

April 30 – Higher Ground Ministry was birthed

2002

Colony bathroom renovation completed

2003

May – Women’s Ministry Building dedicated

October 3 – Colony Kids of Promise & On the Same Page ministries birthed

2004

September 24 – Freedom Fighter email ministry began

October 4 – Keswick Institute of Biblical Studies

December – Publication of Real Victory for Real Life daily devotional

2005

June – Victory Call email ministry began

Date Unknown – Renovation of Raws Auditorium

2006

Date Unknown – Second printing of Real Victory for Real Life

2008

July 20 – the death of William A. Raws

2014

February 16 – Opening of Barbara’s Place, Residential Addiction Recovery for Women