How Camp Started

In 1952, Pastor Earl Cable of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church was living with his family in the birthplace home of George W. Truett (where Truett Conference Center & Camp now exists). During breakfast, he mentioned to his wife that it would be pleasing to God to start a boys camp for Royal Ambassadors. His wife agreed, saying she had been thinking along the same lines, but that the camp should also include Girls in Action and teens.

Pastor Cable attended a local Baptist Association meeting and invited all the men to his house later that week. Seven men came, including Kenneth Woodard and Fred Lunsford who would become instrumental during Truett’s first few decades of existence. They were led to a walnut tree behind the house near the edge of a pond. He explained to the men that it was here that Dr. Truett’s mom would pray for the salvation of those around her, especially her family.

Pastor Cable explained his desire to start a Christian camp on the grounds George W. Truett grew up. The very next summer the first camp was held. It was a Boys Camp. They used army tents and cots where the current pool is. Boys Camp continues to this day.

Two big additions happened in 1954. Girls Camp was added for the first time. The first building was constructed for camp purposes as well. This multi-purpose building was used as a dining hall, kitchen, bunkhouse, game room, and worship space over the years. Currently, it is the camp office.

Truett Conference Center & Camp initially was operated by the local Baptist Associations, including the Truett Baptist Association. After a couple of decades, the ownership and operation of Truett was transferred to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and continues to this day.

 

Dr. George W. Truett Life & Connection

Dr. George W. Truett was born on May 6, 1867, on the property where the camp has operated since its 1953 founding. George was the seventh of eight children. His father, Charles Levi, instilled a love for education and reading in his children. Mary Kimsey Truett, the daughter of a well-known Baptist preacher, was a fervent Christ-follower and prayer warrior. She would pray almost daily at a walnut tree behind the house for the salvation of her children. All of them would become Christians. Her husband, Charles, also became baptized in his forties.

George accepted Jesus as his Savior at the age of 19. Shortly after, the pastor invited him to speak. George walked up and down the aisle of the church pleading people to accept Jesus as their Savior too. After the service, George was embarrassed by his actions and worried that he may have gotten carried away. He hid in his room until his mother came. She encouraged him by saying, “My boy, all that is temptation of Satan, to silence you as a witness for Christ…I doubt if ever in all your life you will give a more effective testimony for Christ than you gave tonight.” Following this event, many shared with George that God was calling him to be a preacher.

George had his heart set on becoming a lawyer. To raise funds for law school, he taught and soon started a school. Shortly after, his family moved to Whitewright, Texas. George moved as well to help his family with their farm.

In Texas, George was officially called to be ordained by his church. He began to deliver sermons and eventually became a pastor at East Waco Baptist Church. In addition, he became the Financial Secretary at Baylor University, during which time they erased the $92,000 debt. Truett entered their seminary.

Shortly after graduation in 1897, Dr. Truett accepted the persistent call from First Baptist of Dallas to pastor their 715-member church. During his 47 years of ministry, First Baptist of Dallas grew to over 7,000 members and had to expand their building several times. George remained pastor of First Baptist of Dallas until his death.

Other highlights of George W. Truett’s incredible life include:

  • A 6-month preaching tour to US troops during WWI (at the invite of President Woodrow Wilson)
  • Delivered his most famous sermon, “Baptists and Religious Liberty,” in 1920 on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. to thousands
  • President of the Southern Baptist Convention (1927-1929)
  • President of Baptist World Alliance (1934-1939)

Named after George W. Truett

  • Truett Conference Center & Camp (Hayesville, NC)
  • Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary (Waco, TX)
  • Truett-McConnell College (Cleveland, GA)
  • S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-Fil-A
  • Truett Memorial First Baptist Church (Hayesville, NC)
  • Truett Hospital (Dallas, TX)

 

Truett Museum

In the birthplace home of George W. Truett, we have dedicated the space to honor his legacy and the camp’s history. Tours can be arranged for visitors by calling the camp office in advance of your arrival.

The space includes many items from the period George W. Truett lived in the house. Some items that were owned by Dr. Truett are on display as well, including a wallet, personal correspondence, pictures, the bed he was born on, and his mother’s prayer bonnet. The tree at which Mary Kimsey Truett prayed no longer exists, but a bookcase and small table were crafted from that walnut tree and are on display. Many books written by or about Truett are displayed on this bookcase.

The Legacy

Throughout his life, George W. Truett was passionate about bringing people to Christ. Truett Conference Center  & Camp has always held this as a core part of our mission. Since its inception, at least 1,739 people have reported giving their life to Jesus Christ at Truett. The real number is higher as we are missing reports from fifteen years. We praise the Lord for choosing to use our ministry.

 

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Truett Conference Center & Camp History

Established 1953

Timeless Values

Southern Baptist Values

We are on mission together with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina to serve its many churches and the kingdom of God. Read the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) here. 

God divinely inspired and authored the Bible through man. It reveals His truth, the Gospel, God’s character, and His immense love for us.

Matthew 28: 18-20: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Being in God’s Creation helps us learn about Him, connect with Him, and have fun. Adventure leads to powerful moments that can be harnessed into teachable moments. 

Our Present!

Come be a part of the great things the Lord is continuing to do at Truett! Click the buttons to discover how you can be part of it! 

We have events for people of all ages to enjoy! 

We offer summer camps for individuals and church groups!

We will host your event and partner with you to have a positive, impactful experience! 

You can become a volunteer, connect with us on social media, donate, and possibly work at Truett! 

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