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.

Danger – Week 28

Week 28 – Danger   One time I took my youth group whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River, in North Carolina. Our guide was a hippie looking guy who shared with us the five rules for whitewater rafting.       Go with the flow and don’t get addled       Lean into the rocks. Rocks…

Mission Possible — Week 26

Week 26 – Mission Possible   One of the most difficult challenges for those who lead divergent teams is the challenge of keeping everyone motivated. In a ten-week period Windermere will be hosting 15,000 people. Windermere has 16 full time employees and almost 50 summer interns, yet sometimes it feel like we need more help. I recall…

Week 23 – Trees and Productivity I came across a list of trees selected from the Spring Valley area of our campus. Since that part of our campus was used for many years by the RA’s, I assume this was an RA activity. This report says there are at least 25 varieties of tress in…

Week 21 – Laughter Windermere has been sort of a quiet place for many days now. But things are starting to change. We are lucky to have a 50 summer staff or interns this year. This week we had about 10 of the interns show up to be trained at the EDGE (our ropes course)…

Camping with One Request

Week 20 – Camping with One Request   As President/CEO of Windermere I spend a few days a year researching data regarding the camping market. I discovered an interesting article on Fox News. The article is based on a report released by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), a group of privately held campgrounds across the country.…