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 Peace of Windermere

Dear Windermere Friends, “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.” Acts 9:31 This week, we had over 800 guests. During the summer higher numbers become pretty standard.…

Five Reasons to Give Online to Windermere

In today’s fast pace environment, we prefer the ease of credit cards, online payments and recurring payments. Windermere has jumped the technological gap by offering a new online donation option. What better way to help “provide a Christian setting in which life changing experiences may occur” than signing up for a monthly hassle-free donation?


Today, happiness can be found many places, but where does true happiness come from. After observing a large group of volunteers from Second Baptist Springfield, I’ve found a few key factors in what makes people happy.

Thoughts about Camping

Camping has become one of the rights of passage for many Americans. This right of passage has united families, not only drawing us closer to each other but also drawing us closer to God. So, whether you are camping in style in a 40′ 5th wheel trailer or roughing it in a small tent, the heart and tradition of camping still remain. With Father’s Day just around the corner, make time to invest in memories that will last forever – take your family camping.