I saw my first copperhead snake at Windermere, and I learned to ski at Windermere. I grew and learned more about my commitment to Christ at Windermere. It would be impossible to recount all the times God’s Spirit has touched my life through the ministry of this special place and those who served there. Windermere really is a place where God is Building Lives!
During the weekend celebration the Windermere Board of Directors announced the naming of the Lakeview Lodge for Don and Marion Wideman. More than 10 years ago I had the privilege of following Don Wideman as executive director. Don’s leadership was instrumental in the development of the Windermere Board of Advisors and the redevelopment of the Windermere Campus. By the time Don came to serve Missouri Baptists many of Windermere’s older facilities needed to be updated. The campus had a lot of deferred maintenance. In addition Windermere needed new facilities to meet the changing conference needs of groups from across the Midwest. Don’s vision and leadership began a process that the Board of Directors has continued. I am grateful Windermere has named the beautiful Lakeview Lodge for the Widemans.
I have visited many Baptist conference centers across the nation, and Windermere is one of the finest conference centers anywhere. If you have not been to Windermere recently, you need to bring a group from your church soon. It truly is one of God’s masterpieces.