The History of Twin Lakes Camp and Conference Center
In the 1960's a few godly men began to discuss their vision for a camp and conference center. Their purpose was simple - a facility that could be an avenue for ministry through the transforming work of Jesus Christ in people's lives. Twin Lakes was purchased in 1970 from Dumnas Milner, and the first Board of Trustees appointed by the session of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson began work in that year. When Twin Lakes In 1972 the first Master Plan was developed, and in subsequent years the athletic field, old pool and pumphouse, and bird houses (which are the current Outback Cabins) were developed.
In 1974 Twin Lakes hosted their first day camp. Over the years, the program flourished and in 1980 the Lakeside Cabins were built. An interesting highlight of 1980 was the removal of two alligators, Allie and Gator, from the lakes because they had grown too large. In 1984, the Lakeside Dining Hall and Lakeside Conference Room were constructed and camp continued to grow. The horseback program for summer camp was also launched in 1980, and the barn was erected.
In the 1990's, the pavilion and bridges over both lakes were built (the pavilion was rebuilt after the 1994 tornado). In addition, the swimming pool, challenge course, riflery and archery range, and fire tower were all built adn the July 4th "Fireworks Camp" was initiated. In 2000 the Woodside Cabins and Dining Hall were built, which increased camp by over 200 campers per week. In 2005, the second phase of the master plan was completed with the building of the Northshore Lodges and the Lakeside Assembly Hall.
God has continually blessed Twin Lakes with godly leadership, and many faithful individuals have contributed to the ministry of Twin Lakes with avariety of gifts. We pray that God will continue to use Twin Lakes for the advancement of His Kingdom and that generations of people will be blessed by the future of this incredible place.