Letter: Celebrating Danny Dawdy, 23 years of camp ministry

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RE: Danny Dawdy retires after 23 years leading camp ministry

After 23 years of serving as executive director at Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center, Danny Dawdy retired in early March 2022.

Danny served local Texas churches in Huntsville, Morton, Port Lavaca, Eastland, Palestine and LaGrange, as well as Baker, La., before beginning his leadership of two Texas Baptist encampments.

He served from 1995 to 1998 as executive director at Camp Chaparral and 1998 to 2022 at Highland Lakes.

It has been estimated that at least 1.5 million students have come through the gates at Highland Lakes since Danny began his ministry on Lake Travis 23 years ago. Danny’s footprint on the camping ministry both in Texas and nationwide has been felt for many years and will continue to be felt for years to come.

I hope you will join us in celebrating him and his ministry April 23 at Highland Lakes.

A new era began under the leadership of Norman Flowers following Danny’s retirement. Norman most recently served as missions and discipleship pastor at First Baptist Church in Marble Falls. He brings 40 years of ministry experience to a strong staff and one of the most beautiful camps the state of Texas has to offer.

There have been difficult days in recent years for camps, but the leadership at Highland Lakes Camp believes the best days are still to come.

Russell Allen
Woodlawn Baptist Church, Austin, pastor
Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center, executive board member

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