The Windermere Baptist Conference Center Board of Trustees has named a new president and CEO — John Bailey — to succeed Jerry Hill, who resigned the position on Aug. 5. Bailey’s first day in the office was Jan. 5.
The new CEO comes to Windermere from Southern Baptists’ Lifeway Christian Resources, where he had served in the Church Resources Division as manager of World Changers and the P2 Missions Team (formerly PowerPlant), since 2011.
“The Windermere Board of Trustees is very much impressed with John Bailey’s experience in Baptist life at every level,” said Board Chair Arthur Mallory. “We are equally impressed with his commitment to the ministry of Windermere.
“He has already, in a week on the job, impressed us with his strong work ethic, his fervent prayer life and a determination to serve in the best way possible as he leads Windermere in the days ahead,” Mallory said.
Bailey expressed enthusiasm for his new position.
“I am looking forward to great days ahead as a part of the family of Windermere Baptist Conference Center,” he said. “It seems that almost every Missourian I have met, has a testimony about how God changed their life while at Windermere.
“It is my heart’s passion to glorify the Lord and see many more lives transformed in the future while walking the grounds of this beautiful piece of God’s creation,” he said.
Bailey has led students and mission groups in recreation, camps and service since the mid-1980s, Mallory added.
He said the trustee search team that recommended Bailey to the full board included Chair Jackie Woolfey, Rosemary Hoover and Robert Plunk.
Bailey lists among his accomplishments at LifeWay the successful “transition of the World Changers team to LifeWay” from the North American Mission Board, where he served from 1998-2011. World Changers mobilizes students to rehabilitate substandard housing in targeted communities.
At LifeWay, Bailey directed a program that resulted in more than 18,500 students in 100 mission projects in 65 U.S. cities and Puerto Rico. He supervised a team of 14 people and managed the training of 325 volunteer coordinators and 88 summer staff traveling teams who led all mission projects.
While at NAMB, his most recent role was as leader of the Student Volunteer Mobilization Team and the Volunteer Mobilization Team.
From 2001-2007, he served as manager of the Student Volunteer Mobilization Unit and developed a missions experience called PowerPlant (now P2 Missions) that mobilized 100 churches and 2,000 participants in church planting mission experiences.
Bailey also served First Baptist Church of Alpharetta, Ga., as associate pastor; First Baptist Church of Memphis, Tenn., as minister of youth and activities; and Bluegrass Baptist Church of Hendersonville, Tenn., as minister of youth and recreation.
Bailey attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and graduated from the University of Memphis. He also is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He and wife Carol have two adult daughters.