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.

Week 19 – Ambassadors Seeing

Week 19 – Ambassadors Seeing We had a great Ambassador Meeting this past weekend. I love reconnecting with all our friends and extended family of ambassadors. If you ever wonder what does an ambassador supposed to do, then here it is – Be a spokesperson – Ambassadors can answer questions first hand Share updates with…

Week 18- Sustaining

Week 18 – Sustaining I am often asked, “How is Windermere doing?” I usually give a short answer like, “We are fine,” or “We are getting ready for the summer.” I sometimes wonder if I am just sharing what I think other people want to know. Is there a better description of Windermere? The Son…

Week 14- Pride

Week 14 – Pride I pray that everyone had a great Easter. Today, I have been praying with gratitude because I am proud that over 18,000 guests can hear the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, every year, at Windermere.  Wait a minute- Are we allowed to be proud? Well, sometimes. Sometimes pride can be a…

Week 12- Interns

Week 12 – Interns Each year Windermere tries to hire at least 50 summer workers. We call them interns. Our team here at Windermere is always looking for ways to up the expectation level for interns. Our ministry could not happen without their service. I have always found it fascinating how the Apostle Paul enlisted…

Week 10- Anxiety

Week 10– Anxiety A couple of years ago, my friend Jonathan “JB” Rutherford (a returning summer intern, by the way) said this in an essay about Windermere, for a school assignment: Once I arrive, I experience a big feeling of “home”. Trees I see every year are blooming and turning into vast shades of color.…