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.

Potential versus Calling 

Dear Windermere Friends, In his book, Back from the Dead, the Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Walton tells the story about his father who after working an exhausting job every week would spend all day Saturday and Sunday driving Bill to his multiple games in the beat up family car.  Realizing one day how his…

Stretched

Dear Windermere Friends, This week I was talking about Windermere to a friend and recalled a mentor’s old saying – a rubber band is not useful until it is stretched. As we approach the major peak season at Windermere, I am thinking a lot about being stretched. Every area and component of Windermere will be…

Windermere by the Numbers

Dear Windermere Friends, 1 mission – Windermere provides a Christian setting for life changing experiences 10 members of the Windermere board of Trustees 11 Full time employees at Windermere 12 Prime Recreation Options – The EDGE,The FOREST – paintball, disc golf, inflatables, cave, putt-putt, etc.  59 year history of Windermere Baptist Conference Center 72 acres…

Prayer Makes a Difference

Dear Windermere Friends, I am spending time this week praying about our upcoming Ambassador’s Meeting. We invite the friends of Windermere to come and fellowship, learn about our ministry and probably most importantly pray for Windermere. At the Ambassador’s Meeting April 8-9, 2016, we will participate in ‘prayer walking’. Prayer is vital to Windermere. When…

Families at Windermere

Dear Windermere Friends, I am often asked about who are the people who come to Windermere? One answer that surprises people is this – about 25% of Windermere contracted revenue comes from families. In other words we host a lot of family reunions. I think that is great. Christian parents have two things in common.…