Day 14 of 40 Days of Prayer

  Name: Sam Ford Camper: 1992-1997 Staff: 1997-2001 Now: Director of Operational Performance & Analysis, Southwest Airlines; Dad to 4 great kids; Husband to awesome wife and fellow Deer Run alum My time at Camp Deer Run was invaluable to me in my walk with God, and the impact it had on shaping the person … Continued

Day 13 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Jay Hemphill Camper: 2000-2008 Staff: 2009-2013 Now: Dental School, Dallas, TX Although from time to time the thought of spending ten weeks out at CDR seems exhausting enough to inspire a three-hour nap, I still find myself longing to be out there again. It’s good to miss a place that much. It’s the place … Continued

Day 12 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Christie Cox Camper: 1982-1988 Staff: 1989-1991 Now: owner of Apples for the Teacher, Mt. Pleasant, TX I can’t imagine life without Camp Deer Run. It has been and continues to be a place that rescues me and reminds me of my purpose. One memory that stands out in my mind was a late night … Continued

Day 11 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Vickie Summerlin Camper: 1979 – 1980 Staff: 1981 – 1983 1985-1987, 1989, 2004-present Now: Physical Therapist at Mesquite ISD and CDR wrangler during the summer Camp Deer Run is where God became real to me when I was a teenager. It is where I made my first real Christian friends. It was where I … Continued

Day 10 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Jeff Stiefer Summer Staff: 1990-1992 Camp Nurse 1st Session: 2003-2008, 2010-2013 Cheuk Retreat Camp Nurse: 2014 Now: Clinical Decision Support Specialist, Registered Nurse, Tyler, TX During the spring of 1990, I was wrapping up my senior year of high school, with plans to attend the University of Houston and study pharmacy. Steve Meeks showed … Continued

Day 9 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Stefanie (Nicholas) Eaton Camper: 2001 – 2008 Staff: 2009 – 2013 Now: Math Teacher, Frisco, Texas I have spent half of my life’s summers at CDR. Camp was such an integral part of my faith growing up, and I would not be where I am today without it. It is where I learned to … Continued

Day 8 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Randy McDonald Camper: 1975-1981 Staff: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986 Now: Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning | Stephen F. Austin State University When I was a teenager, it seemed my whole year revolved around the two weeks I would spend at Camp Deer Run each summer. Waiting for Christmas morning or looking … Continued

Day 7 of 40 Days of Prayer

  Name: Matthew Wickes Camper: 1995-2002 Staff: 2003-2011 Now: Mathematics Instructor, Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas Jay Spencer introduced me to Camp Deer Run as a young man while I attended Lamar Avenue Church of Christ in Paris, Texas. I remember as a camper that Camp was a place where I felt like I could truly … Continued

Day 6 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Mark Taylor – “Tree” Camper: 1983-1991 Staff: 1990, 1992-1995 Now: Measurement Coordinator for Targa Resources; Interim Preacher, Boyd Church of Christ In my time at Deer Run, I was very blessed to share life with many individuals – campers, staff, and directors. Many of these people have remained dear friends of mine, and one … Continued

Day 5 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: JODI BEAVER Camper: 1991-1995 Staff: 1997,1998,1999,2000 Now: Mommy, Friendswood TX My first year as a camper, I came to camp because, honestly, my parents made me. My mom had been recently diagnosed with cancer, and she was scheduled for a complicated major surgery the week I was signed up for camp. I wanted so … Continued

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