Serving Ellsworth Air Force Base
The Dwelling Place is a hospitality house ministry for Airmen at Ellsworth Air Force Base near the Black Hills in South Dakota. The house was established in November 2021 by Peter and Tanya Kinney and is located in the community of Box Elder. The Kinneys are the directors of the hospitality house and provide a weekly meal and Bible study for Airmen. They are working in partnership with Mark and Carol Kohl, who host a weekly lunch and Bible study in their home for military officers. Together, they minister to the Ellsworth community by sharing the gospel and their lives (1 Thessalonians 2:8).
Ellsworth AFB is home to the 28th Bomb Wing and is one of only two B-1B bases in the world. The 28th Bomb Wing guarantees combat airpower for America. The 28th BW is home to 3,700 Airmen and DoD civilians. The Air Force announced Ellsworth has been selected as the preferred location for the first operational B-21 Raider bomber and the formal training unit (www.ellsworth.af.mil).
A delicious, home-cooked meal and Bible study are offered weekly. Holiday meals, game nights, hiking and camping in the beautiful Black Hills area, along with other activities, are planned throughout the year. Retreats are an important part of the ministry to the Airmen within the community. It gives them time to get away and connect more deeply with God and others.