In 1996 Terry Slawson was serving as a youth minister when he began to feel God was calling him to a different ministry. He saw a need to go deeper into the lives of those he served and minister not just to youth, but also their families. On Sept. 10, 1996 after a period of seeking the Lord, he realized that the Lord was calling him to begin a ministry at the Old Okaloosa Baptist Encampment. He shared this revelation with his family and several people at the church where he was serving and there was confirmation after confirmation that this was the right direction. The Northeast Baptist Association owned the property at the time, but wanted to sell it to a church or a group of churches so that ministry could be rekindled after being shut down for several years. Many people in the community caught the vision and gave generously to purchase the property and in January 1997 the property was purchased and dedicated to the Lord.
The name Seeker Springs comes from Isaiah 51:1-6, “Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters. Seek the Lord while He may be found, call on Him while He is still near.” It is named Seeker Springs "Ministry" because it was believed that the Lord would use it for more than camps and retreats. Since the beginning this has proven true and Seeker Springs has strived to use the tools God has given us to meet the needs of our community. Ministries such as After School Camp, West Ouachita Youth Basketball, Ranch Camps for foster children, Mission Camp for children from Parkview Apartments, Team Up, and more have all began as people in the community identified needs and realized that the Lord could use Seeker Springs to meet those needs.
We are supported primarily in 4 ways:
1) Volunteers; Literally hundreds of people come to Seeker Springs throughout the year to give of their time to help with ministries, maintenance, building, cleaning, lawn care, and so much more. Hours and hours of time given to the ministry helps to keep staff cost down and gives opportunity for believers to understand they can be used by God.
2) Utilization of the camp: When your business, church, community group, youth group, school, etc. uses our programs and facilities, this helps our ministry to maintain and grow.
3) Financial gifts: We depend on the generous gifts of individuals, churches, foundations, and businesses to continue our ministry. This may be in the form of a monthly gifts, one time gifts, honorariums or memorials, grants, in-kind donations, or sponsorships. We could tell you story after story about how God put it upon someone’s heart to meet a financial or in-kind need just at the right time.
4) Prayer: Most importantly we know that the success of our ministry depends on the presence of the Lord. Prayer warriors are essential to our ministry and we understand that we can do nothing apart from Him.
To find out more come for a visit or invite us to speak at your church or group. We love to tell the story!
To book a tour or speaker call 318-249-4495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org