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.

Contentment – Week 31

Dear Windermere Friends,   Week 31 – Contentment   I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content  in whatever circumstances I am.  Philippians 4:11, HCSB When 80% of our guests come between May 28 and August 15 Windermere can be hard place to find contentment. We are stretched. There…

Families – Week 29

Week 29 – Families I have been asked several times to describe the type of groups that come to Windermere. Many are surprised when I say that 25% of the groups that come to Windermere are families and or family reunions. We are blessed to have family cabins both small and large. There are 12…

Baptisms – week 28

Dear Windermere Friends, Week 28 – Baptism   Windermere partners with some great churches. From day one, I have loved the folks at Battle Creek Baptist in Tulsa Oklahoma. These guys love students and they are passionate about sharing the gospel. They have held their student camp at Windermere for the last two years.  Every…

Camp Fires

Dear Windermere Friends, Week 27 – Campfires   One of the things that comes with being at camp is the traditional – campfire. Windermere has campfire sites in five areas on our campus – Cedar Grove, the Vespers area, Lake View Dorm area, Spring Valley by the Trading Post and then the Amphitheater. In fact…

Windermere Freedom Celebration

  Dear Windermere Friends, Week 26 – Windermere Freedom Celebration, Saturday  July 2   Windermere will celebrate our freedom this Saturday July 2 with fun games, good BBQ, a great musical guest– White Ribbon Day and of course fireworks. There is something about patriotism and Baptists that goes back. We Baptist know how to celebrate.…

Confidence

Dear Windermere Friends, Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. Hebrew 10:35   Windermere has been blessed to have 1,500 people on campus this week.  It is always great to host friends like the great people at Christ in Youth, out of Joplin, MO. We also have our friends from…