2018 SBCA National Conference

February 12 – 15, 2018



Dr. Robert Brown

Keynote Speaker

Currently Bob is the Executive Director at the Lakeway Christian Schools. Formerly worked for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board as Church Revitalization Specialist. Full time pastor for 30 years. Bob’s first introduction to ministry was at Camp Ba-Yo-Ca in Knoxville TN. During that time, he met his wife. Today his youngest son has followed the steps of his father in ministry and has served in the Christian camping ministry.


Jeff Slaughter

Worship Leader

Belmont University graduate. Signed with Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing and StarSong Publishing and his first radio single, “One More Broken Heart” became a #1 hit for the group Point of Grace. Jeff has written scores of songs for Lifeway Christian Stores VBS curriculum. He has also written a new musical titled The Christmas Shoe Tree, the No.1-selling kid’s Christmas musical to-date in 2012. Brentwood-Benson has also released his 2013 VBS curriculum titled Jeff Slaughter VBS World Tour. Slaughter has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, Central America, Canada, Asia and Africa. He has toured with artists such as Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and Suzy Boggus.


Monday, February 12th


Board Member Lunch


Registration (Conference Center)
Board Members Meet & Greet
Check-in Begins
Silent Auction Drop Off


Committee Meetings


Banquet Dinner (Dining Room)


Welcome (Stokely Chapel)


Worship and Speaker (Stokely Chapel)


Exhibit Hall Open (Conference Center Meeting Rooms)


Camplife Fun Night : Blacklight paintball / Outdoor Fire Pit / Smore’s Bar

Tuesday, February 13th


Coffee Bar


Breakfast (Dining Room)


Morning Worship (Stokely Chapel)


Break – Snacks


Seminar 1


Seminar 2


Vendor Hall Open (Conference Center meeting rooms)


Vendor Hall Open (Conference Center meeting rooms)


Lunch (Dining Room)


Seminar 3


Free Time – Gift Shop open / Vendors Hall Open


Driving Tour of Campus / Mountain Top Tour


Dinner (Dining Room)


Jeff Slaughter Worship / Concert


Worship and Speaker (Stokely Chapel)


Special Dessert Option (Dining Room)

Wednesday, February 14th (Valentines)


Coffee Bar




Vendors Exhibit Hall Open


Morning Worship (Stokely Chapel)


Break – Snacks


Group Picture in front of Chapel


SBCA Business Meeting


Seminar 4


Lunch (Dining Room)


Spouses Outing – Lunch / Pigeon Forge Shopping (Click Here to Learn More)


Round Table Discussion


Free Time


Leave for Dixie Stampede/Pigeon Forge




Dinner @ Dixie Stampede


Arrive Back to Carson Springs

Thursday, February 15th






Conflict/Stress Management
(Downstairs Chapel)

Conflict is not something that we can escape from. We all face it throughout our lives. The question is not when will we face it, but how do we deal with it? After we deal with it, how do we cope with its results, “Stress”? We will look at ways to reduce conflict and its repercussions on us.

Tony Rankin has been practicing for over 20 years as a Clinical Therapist in Antioch, TN.

Aging Parents how can I cope?
(Downstairs Chapel)

People today are living longer than ever before, but living longer has its challenges. Aging doesn’t only effect the person growing older, but their children also. Being a care giver is not easy. Especially when you still have children at home and you are still in the work force. How do you cope? Should I feel guilty trying to live my own life? We will look at some practical ways to learn to cope.

Tony Rankin has been practicing for over 20 years as a Clinical Therapist in Antioch, TN.

It’s All Marketing.
(Downstairs Chapel)

You may have heard it said that “Everything you do is marketing.” Well, it’s true, but there are some fundamental aspects of that you can incorporate that Raise Visibility, Increase Value and Transfer Vision in such a way that you solidify your customers while advancing your organization.

Chris Turner- Communications Director at the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board

Engaging the Media Without Regretting It
(Downstairs Chapel)

Think about the top five most controversial issues that are the topics of conversations in today’s culture. What would you say if a news truck arrived in your parking lot looking for an interview? “No comment” isn’t good enough. In this breakout, TBMB Communications Director Chris Turner will cover such topics as the types of crisis religious organizations face, what the Bible says about media training, understand the benefits of engaging the media, offer strategies for “owning” interviews and the role/danger of social media in crises.

Chris Turner- Communications Director at the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board

2018 Technology and Web Trends that Impact Your Camp
(Downstairs Chapel)

Technology is changing almost daily in the way we use and grow with technology, social media, and website design. We will share many of the most impacting changes and trends in Technology and Web as well as some tools to help you maximize your reach without breaking the bank or robbing you of what little time you have left in a day.

Mark Love is Lead Pastor of Journey Church in Chattanooga, TN and the owner of Sprocket Web Werks, an online marketing company specializing in web design, graphic design, SEO, and Social Media. He has been married to his wife, Deidra for 23 years and has 4 children.

How Camp Influences a Child to Stay in Church
(Downstairs Chapel)

Join David in discussing the childhood and teenage experiences that cause greater church attendance in young adult years. We will look at the experiences that have increased, decreased and remained the same throughout generations.

David Evans- Evangelism Team Leader at the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board

Opportunities and Obstacles: Looking Beyond Food Allergies
(Downstairs Chapel)

In-depth look at the opportunities and obstacles of food allergies and how ministries can successfully enhance guest food service experiences. Benefits of emerging food trends and unique products for dietary alternatives. Creative menu solutions for guests with special dietary needs. Helpful tips on how to prepare your facility for a potential food allergy emergency.

Julie Freeman Mullins- Served on staff since 2000 (18 years) Served as Food Service Coordinator since 2011 (7 years) Graduate of the Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts.  -A.A.S. in Culinary Arts.  -A.A.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management from East Tennessee State University.  -B.B.A. in Business Administration (Major: Management Minor: Marketing)

The future of the Food Market
(Downstairs Chapel)

In the changing society, customer demands and new regulations makes providing good products challenging. We will be looking at upcoming changes in the next few years that could change what you see delivered to your kitchen.

Sysco Foods

Bed Bugs Exposed – Separating Fact from Fiction
(Downstairs Chapel)

After hours of research, trial and error, and sitting down “off the record” for two hours with a representative from a national pest control company, the seminar “Bed Bugs Exposed” is ready to separate truth from myth. This seminar will help you be able to establish your facilities policies and procedure for dealing with these uninvited guests.

Jeff Kohns – Jeff has served in the camp and conferencing ministry for 28 years. 17 years as the Director of Merriwood Christin Camp near Winston-Salem, NC and the past 11 years as Associate Director of Caraway Conference Center.

Looking to the Future in Christian Camping
(Downstairs Chapel)

As society and economics change Christian camping needs to strive to stay up with changes to continue to be effective in impacting the lives of people for Christ. We will be looking the future of Christian camping through where the trends are driving the industry.

CCCA Representative

The Future of HVAC
(Downstairs Chapel)

One of the most constant battles in any size facility is maintaining your HVAC systems. Aging air units and changing regulations make it difficult to get the most out of each unit. A unit repair could break the bank. In this seminar, we will talk about what the HVAC world may look like in the next 5 years and how that may or may not impact your camp budget.

Cook’s Mechanical Services, Inc

Preparing for the Future of Camping
(Downstairs Chapel)

Camp and Retreat Ministry was once a program of the church, reliant upon the systems and structures of its parent organization. In recent years, it has emerged as a ministry that is helping to lead, and shape as well as serve the Church of tomorrow.  This workshop will explore the ways that we can remain faithful into the future.

Garrie Stevens and Pam Harris – They are the owners of Run River consultant services. For 21 years they have provided organizations strategic initiatives for renewal, planning, and funding.   They also provide training for groups in spiritual discernment and consensus decision making, as well as lead programs of personal spiritual renewal.

Finding New Life for Your Marriage in the Off-Season
(Downstairs Chapel)

You’ve worked hard all season and have had to make sacrifices for your own time and time with your spouse. The good news is that God can redeem the time and you can build new life into your marriage in the off-season. We will explore some ways to renew and refresh your relationship with your help-mate.

Mark Love is the Founding and Lead Pastor of Journey Church in Chattanooga, TN and the owner of Sprocket Web Werks, an online marketing company specializing in web design, graphic design, SEO, and Social Media. He has been married to his wife, Deidra for 23 years and has 4 children.

Missional Camping
(Downstairs Chapel)

Ideas for engaging the surrounding community with the love of Christ that is found during the summer camp experience. Join David to discuss best practices and how to maximize the Gospel into surrounding communities.

David Evens- Evangelism Team Leader for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board

Where is camp management software heading in the future?
(Downstairs Chapel)

CampWise provides camp management software that is easy-to-use. We will look at the trends that this type of software is heading. We will also talk about Donor, Staff, Conference, Facility Rental & Retreat management.

Laurie Weaver- CampWise

Identity Theft effects everyone
(Main Auditorium Chapel)

Despite years of battling by the financial industry and a massive change in the way Americans use debit and credit cards, the rate of identity theft continued to soar. An estimated 15.4 million consumers were hit with some kind of ID theft last year. In this general group seminar, we will look at how we can protect ourselves and our ministries.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)