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.

The Cost of Ministry

Dear Windermere Friends, My last eleven months at Windermere has been like swinging on a trapeze without a safety net. Ministry that makes a difference can be that way,no safety net and yet God provides the miracles. Have you heard the story of William Borden? I love a good missionary story! He was from the…

I am Thankful

Dear Windermere Friends, I have a friend, Richard, who really motivates me. He said this in a book he wrote, “Average people become thankful people by expressing thanks.” Simple and true. I really need to say thank you more often. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says this, “gives thanks in all things.” The Apostle Paul says to…

Second Chances

Dear Windermere Friends, I stopped short in my Bible reading devotion. I was re-reading the book of Jonah. I stopped at Jonah 3:1- “Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.”  I don’t know about you but I sure do need a second chance. Probably daily. This verse shows up after…

Athletics and Life

Hello Windermere Friends, I am a “sports guy.” By that I mean, sports are full of life lessons. I especially love the stories of coaches. Some of my favorites are John Wooden, Mark Richt, Dean Smith, Pat Summit, and Tom Landry. In a recent conversation about my favorite coaches I mentioned Frank Beamer the football…

We Are Called

Dear Windermere Friends, Windermere is blessed to partner with over 250 groups every year. I feel it is important for every group leader to know that the Windermere team is called just like they are. The reason we are in the camping and conference ministry is because we feel God has called us to play…