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New Life Camp History


New Life Camp began in 1950 under the leadership of Robert Johnson, Sr. A fantastic summer camp program grew through his passion for children. In 1955, a beautiful 72-acre wooded campsite near Raleigh, complete with recreation area, large tabernacle, dining room, cabins, swimming pond and other camp facilities, was purchased. The original cost of the camp was $35,000, but it was offered to our ministry for $12,000, an incredible bargain.

In 1961, Bob Johnson, Jr. and his wife Debbie began their ministry at New Life Camp. Bob assumed the role of executive camp director in 1976. For over fifty years, this couple faithfully served the children and families of Raleigh. They continue in local ministry to this day.


Starting in 2000, New Life Camp expanded its programs beyond that of a summer camp in the areas of Next Level sports and training, a homeschool enrichment program, Saturday evening events for children, and New Life Storm Athletics. As the programs grew, so did the staff and the facilities.

In 2010, Greg Burton was appointed as the executive director, serving until 2018, when the Lord led his family to an overseas missions opportunity. Under Greg’s leadership, a revitalization of our physical campus was begun with the goal of extending our ministry for decades to come. His heart for people and their personal relationships with Jesus was a constant encouragement and challenge to our staff and programs.

In 2018, John Dorman became the executive director.  Before becoming director, John and his family were involved with New Life Camp for twenty years.  The work he did as director was a reflection of his desire to see more campers and families come to know the Lord as their personal Savior.

In 2019, Bo Roberts became our Interim Director.  Bo has spent his career working in and developing summer camp programs.  He has a great love for New Life Camp, the staff and the community!

New Life Camp has been through many changes through the years, but our passion for sharing the love of Jesus Christ with children and youth remains constant.  With such a rich legacy full of individuals who have served Christ here, we will continue making Jesus Christ known to all who come.