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.

Young Timothies

Dear Windermere Friends, This week at Windermere we have about 50 young adults arriving to serve as our summer staff. They come from all areas of our state, and most are around college age. Many ask me, how do you find your summer staff? Well, most of them have attended camps at Windermere. Others were…


Dear Windermere Friends, In 2014, 1050 people volunteered at Windermere.  Their hours totaled 11,181.  That represents $218,039.25 in volunteers labor donated. I am sure you can appreciate this fact – Windermere could NOT do what we are called to do without the help of volunteers. I cannot find a spare $218,039 in my budget (duh!)…

Being a First Follower

In today’s world, we aspire to become great leaders. But one thing we forget to look at is that behind every great leader is a first follower. Andrew the first follower of Christ will went into the history books. Do you have what it takes to step out into the unknown like Andrew?

Love of God

When you first arrived at beautiful Windermere, think back to what you first did. Many are drawn in and inspired by beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. Every time I see a guest dipping their feet into the lake for the first time, I pray, “Lord, just like they see the lake for the first time, please let them know your love in an intimate, authentic way, maybe even for the first time, this week.”

Bright New Lights

“You are the light of the world, a city on our hill.” This part of scripture doesn’t just hold true for Windermere but for everyone. He claims that YOU truly are the light of the world. Read more to find out exactly how you can “let your light so shine before men.”

Lessons From an Eagle

Hello Windermere Friends,
Did you know that about 2500 migrating eagles will spend most of the winter in Missouri? Just like the eagle, we are called to “soar on the wings of eagles.” What does this mean in regards to Windermere and how can we apply this biblical mindset to Windermere?

The Power of Camp

Hello Windermere Friends.
With all the trends in today’s youth, camps are becoming in integral part healthy development. The numbers, as you are about to see, are staggering! See how Windermere can improve those numbers.

Changing My Mind

Hello Windermere Friends,
“We have reared a generation of brats. Parents aren’t firm enough with their children for fear of losing their love or incurring their resentment. This is a cruel deprivation that we professionals have imposed on mothers and fathers. We didn’t realize until it was too late how our know-it-all attitude was undermining the self-assurance of parents.” -Dr. Benjamin Spock
I have found Jeff Iorg’s book, Seasons of a Leader’s Life, to be very insightful. Jeff makes a case for three times when a leader should change his mind. Here is how I apply this to my life.

A Cave

Hello Windermere Friends,
When the Lord’s will is involved, there is always more to the story. We might think David has reached a low point in his life, but, with God as his refuge, David has actually reached a place of redirection! How many times has God given us a “redirection” in life?