Junior Camp - Joe Decker Sr.
June 21-25, 2021
Bro. Joe Decker was saved as a teenager in Louisville, KY. He was baptized at the Metropolitan Baptist Church, where later he served as an associate pastor for over four years. He then planted and pastored the Berean Baptist Church in Scottsville, KY, where he served for over six years. The Lord then moved him to Grace Baptist Church in Bowling Green, KY, where he served as an assistant pastor for nineteen years. Bro. Decker has worked with young people his whole ministry, working and speaking at summer camps, VBS’s, and youth rallies for the last forty-five years. Bro. Decker and his wife of forty-eight years, Denise, have five children. Their oldest daughter (Angie) is married to Jason Gaddis, Pastor of Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. Their oldest son (Joe, Jr.) is Pastor of South Campbell Ave. Baptist Church in Springfield, MO. Their middle daughter (Rebecca) and her husband (Ben Logue) are on staff at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Their youngest daughter (Beth) is a graduate of Heartland Baptist Bible College and serving in their home church. Their youngest son (Andrew) is Asst. Pastor at their home church, Grace Baptist Church in Bowling Green, KY.
Senior Camp - Dean Herring
July 19-23, 2021
Dean was born in the pristine, southern city of Savannah, Georgia, and grew up enjoying life on the banks of the intercoastal waterway. It was a good life, but the Lutheran Church where the Herring family attended gave them no spiritual hope. When Dean was 12 years old, and very much into baseball, his Uncle Frank Pruitt invited him to go hear Bobby Richardson, the famous second baseman for the New York Yankees. Bobby shared what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and that night Dean trusted Christ as his Savior.
Later, his family was invited to the Bible Baptist Church in Savannah, where Cecil Hodges was pastor. It was there that Dean’s dad received Christ, and the entire family was changed. Dean attended Bible Baptist School, and graduated in the first graduating class in 1973. During his senior year, God called him to preach during a revival where Carl Hatch was preaching. He enrolled in Baptist Bible College, and while there he met Susie Hillman. On August 9, 1975, they were married, and God has blessed them with six children: Jason, Dixie, Tara, Georgia, Nathan, and Jonathan.
After graduating from Bible College in 1976, the Herrings spent the next 30 years ministering in South Georgia. During that time, Dean spent 8 years as a youth minister, 2 years in evangelism, and 20 years as a pastor. In 2005, God called the Herring family to Idaho, to plant the South Valley Baptist Church in the southern part of the Treasure Valley. God has blessed the work there in a great way.
Dean has had the privilege of preaching numerous youth camps, speaking at family/marriage conferences, along with preaching several revivals and mission’s conferences across America each year.