John Bailey is excited about the challenges that joining the Windermere team will bring. His background in ministry includes local church work and management at the denominational level. He has led students and mission groups in recreation, camps, and service since the mid-80's. Overarching his life experience is a passion for the kingdom of God in Jesus Christ, a love for missions, and the desire to build a cohesive team wherever he serves. John is a compassionate listener and a loyal worker, as well as being a bridge-builder and a voice of reason in crisis. John and his wife of 30 years, Carol, have served through the local church in Hendersonville, TN; in John's hometown of Memphis, TN; and in Alpharetta, GA, where their two daughters (Christa and Cara) primarily grew up. In the late 90's he joined the team that mobilized students to rehabilitate sub-standard housing, known as World Changers, eventually leading the team as national manager, both through the North American Mission Board of Southern Baptists and at LifeWay Christian Resources. Volunteerism drives a large organization such as World Changers and her companion service model, P2 Missions, a church-starting strategy for students and their leaders. Through John's leadership over 24,000 students and adults were mobilized in 100 one-week projects in over 80 cities annually. John attended Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, and is a graduate of the University of Memphis, BBA. He is also a proud graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, MARE.

Week 29 From Arthur Mallory

Week 29 Ambassadors and other Friends Windermere Baptist Conference Center   Dear Friends, On Monday of this week, the Trustees of the Windermere Baptist Conference Center met on the Windermere campus and formally acknowledged, with regret, the resignation of John Bailey as Windermere’s President and CEO.  John’s service record at Windermere has been “written” with strong…

Week 27 – Family Reunions

Week 27 – Family Reunions During the Fourth of July week, Windermere will hosts some large family reunions. It is great to observe all the families scattered around campus but then also gathering back again. I am talking about multiple generations vacationing together. It is a blessing to see families like that. One family here…

Week 25 – Anchor

Week 25 – Anchor This week our aquatics manager, Tucker, was working in the Splash (inflatables) area of the cove. Tucker said he would not be able to answer his radio because he would be underwater moving the anchors for the inflatables. With all the wind and sometimes rain our inflatables can be blown toward…

Week 24- Happiness

Week 24 – Happiness I love to hear the campers all over campus. From my office I can hear out my window. I can hear them splashing in the inflatables area, yelling for their friends, talking about getting an ice cream at the snack shack and so on. Even though I can’t see their faces,…

Week 23 – God So Loved

Week 23 – God So Loved Praise the Lord – Monday, the first day of camp, our largest group on campus had approximately 65 salvations. Christ in Youth, https://www.ciy.com/, is a great ministry out of Joplin. We have been partnering with them for years.  They have a passion for   students and for sharing the…

Week 21- Pressure

Week 21 – Pressure Ready or not, here they come. Before we know it Windermere will begin our full on camp season. We will have over 1,000 people here starting in June. We will have between 40 and 50 summer interns arriving this week. The place is busy. The pressure in mounting. How about you…