I received a call in the spring of 1974 from Mr. Maynard Ware asking me to help him fulfill a commitment he had made to the Lord. Mr. Ware's sister, Louzelle Ware, was the private secretary for Dr. Lee Roberson for 24 years. She was directly involved in the establishment of Camp Joy, a ministry of the Highland Park Baptist Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mr. Ware had determined to devote his farm in the Clay Hill community to the building of a camp similar to Camp Joy. After considerable discussion and much prayer, the Fairview Baptist Church consented to take this challenge and begin the necessary steps to establish Camp Fairview.
Forty-three years have passed and thousands of young people have enjoyed a week at Camp Fairview. Hundreds have made life-changing spiritual decisions. Now it is not uncommon to have children and even grandchildren of those who attended the camp in those early years register for a week at camp. Facilities and personnel have changed over these four decades but our original mission and purpose has remained the same.
The summer of 2017 is completely filled with weeks for juniors, teens, family camps, and retreats. Beginning with Mr. Maynard Ware's sacrificial vision 43 years ago, scores have devoted time, energy, and resources so that boys and girls can know Christ in salvation and the Bible as their guidebook. The Fairview Baptist Church and this pastor have been privileged to play a small role in this eternal venture. Only eternity will reveal the full impact and countless opportunities shared by all those involved.