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.

Supremacy of Christ

Dear Windermere Friends, “And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” -Colossians 1:18 Many times over the past year, I have prayed that Christ will be lifted high in every part of Windermere’s ministry. Of the twenty thousand guest…

Grace

Dear Windermere Friends, My wife, Carol, and I are blessed with two wonderful daughters. In my opinion, there is nothing better than having two brilliant girls who will always take care of Daddy. I remember when they were little we enjoyed playing and laughing. One daughter would run to me and I would grab her…

Earning versus Effort

Dear Windermere Friends, My Pastor loves this quote – “Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning.” -Dallas Willard, The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship There is no way we can earn God’s favor….yet, we must be willing to give our greatest effort. If we ever think we deserve…

Vision and Problems

Dear Windermere Friends, In his book, Church Unique, Will Mancini says the most often over looked aspect of vision is this – a vision is to answer a compelling problem. This how a vision can give momentum to organizations. It drives our goals and creates alignment to overcome the problem. Windermere can be a place to find…