How We Started

Truett Conference Center & Camp is an answer to prayer and recognizing the need for a summer camp facility in Western North Carolina. It was founded on the boyhood property of George W. Truett, one of the most famous Southern Baptist pastors of the early 1900s. Here, in the words of Reverend Fred Lunsford, a WWII veteran and faithful pastor for decades, is how the camp began:

“The camp began in February of 1952. The (Truett) Association had a men’s meeting, when Earl Cable, pastor of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, asked for all men to come to his house (the childhood home of George W. Truett). When we were asked to come to Earl Cable’s home, we drove up in his backyard. He was outside.

He led us behind the old Truett Home and stood in a particular spot and said, ‘This is where George W. Truett’s mom came to pray each morning, especially for her son, George.’ He said he and his wife were eating breakfast and Earl said, ‘God would be pleased if we start a boys camp for RAs (Royal Ambassadors).’ His wife said she had the same thoughts going through her mind. She believed the camp should include RAs and GAs (Girls in Action) as well as teens. At the meeting, Earl explained the reason he had called the meeting together. He suggested that a camp be started there.

The men in the group who were praying about starting a camp were: Kenneth Woodard, Richard Powers, Clyde Ashe, Kenneth West, Herbert Danielson, Marion Myers, and myself. I am the only one still living now (May 2024).

The first camp was held in 1953. It was only for boys. There were no buildings at that time; they had army tents and cots. They used folding chairs. The second camp the next year was for boys and girls and the first building was built. It is still there today (former dining hall, currently used as the office).”

 

Upon this strong foundation and history, Truett has been built up thanks to God’s providence. Today, the camp is open year-round for summer camps, programmed events, Baptist training events, and rental groups. Come experience it for yourself and become part of Truett Nation, where everyone can Revive, Refresh, and Renew.

About George W. Truett

The video below will guide you through the highlights of George W. Truett’s remarkable life.

We have a modest museum on property dedicated to Dr. George W. Truett in the home he grew up in.

Please call the camp office if you are interested in visiting.

Listen to George W. Truett’s Sermons Below

The six sermons below were delivered by George W. Truett during 1941-1943, while he was pastor of First Baptist Dallas.

A huge thank you to Baylor University for giving us access to these sermons. You can find the full collection of his sermons on their website using the link below.

I Am Ready (Acts 9)

by George W. Truett | Sermon Series

Dr. Truett shares from Acts 9, in which Saul is encountered by Jesus on his road to Damascus. George W. Truett encourages all of us to respond as Paul did, to boldly share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Paul shows, we are to be ready to be of service to the Lord wherever, however, and no matter the cost. We should be willing to endure any sort of toils, labors, and difficulties for the sake of the dynamic, transforming Gospel that turned a vengeful Saul into a faithful Paul.

It is Expedient for You that I go Away (John 16)

by George W. Truett | Sermon Series

Dr. Truett shares from John 16, in which Jesus warns His disciples that He is going away, but that He will send them the Helper. George W. Truett marvels that we have something even better than Jesus walking alongside us. Every believer has ready access at all times to the Holy Spirit who empowers us to do His work.

Go and Do Thou Likewise (Luke 10:37)

by George W. Truett | Sermon Series

Building off the parable of the Good Samaritan, Dr. Truett exhorts his congregation to see and respond to the needs of those around them. He encourages us all to become champions of the unfortunate, that to act of sympathy is a crucial Christian characteristic.

Go Bravely On-I will Not Fail Thee (Joshua 1)

by George W. Truett | Sermon Series

Joshua faces the enormous task of leading Israel into the Promised Land following the passing of Moses. The Lord encourages Joshua to be brave because He will be with him. This promise is applicable for us and we can capitalize on it by giving God primacy in our lives no matter what He has called us to do. We can bravely put our hands to the work before us and trust in Christ for victory. 

Winning Souls for Christ (Proverbs 11:30)

by George W. Truett | Sermon Series

Dr. Truett encourages us all to share the Gospel with a sense of urgency, for a wise man is alert to the eternal condition of the souls of those around him and swift to act. This message was delivered at a time when many in his congregation were sending, or about to send, their young men into WWII service.

Christ's Standard for Real Greatness (Matthew 20)

by George W. Truett | Sermon Series

With many schools in the area having recently held graduations, Dr. Truett takes the opoprtunity to encourage us all to prepare to live a life of greatness. As Christians, this standard is achieved through service, which George W. Truett defines as “doing good to all the people you can in all the ways you can for as long as you can.”

“To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge! To do the will of God is the greatest achievement!” 

-George W. Truett-

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