Robersons receive 2019 Heritage Award from BSCNC

April 16, 2019

Richard and Doris Roberson, longtime managers of Truett Camp and Conference Center in Hayesville, N.C., have received the 2019 Heritage Award from the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC).

The award is one of the highest forms of recognition among North Carolina Baptists, presented to people who have made unique and noteworthy contributions to Baptist life and ministry.

Milton A. Hollifield Jr., executive director-treasurer of the convention, presented the award to the couple during the 19th Annual North Carolina Baptist Heritage Award Luncheon, held Tuesday, April 9 at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro. The event is jointly sponsored by the convention and the North Carolina Baptist Foundation.

The award to the Robersons was one of 11 given during the luncheon by North Carolina Baptist agencies and institutions.

Truett Camp is one of three conference centers owned and operated by the BSCNC. It was named for George Truett, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, who also held many positions of leadership with the Southern Baptist Convention. The camp is situated on the farm where Truett was born and spent his early years.

The Robersons managed Truett Camp from 1985 until they retired in 2005. Each of their two sons, Tim and Kevin, worked at the camp when they were young and each served as camp director after Richard retired. “It was a family affair,” Hollifield said in his opening remarks.

Richard served as director but also oversaw a number of construction projects which greatly expanded the camp’s ministry and impact. Those projects included guest barracks, a dining hall, swimming pool, education building, director’s home, pavilion and an auditorium named in the Robersons honor in 1993.

He helped secure materials and donations from local companies to help with many of those projects. He also continually served as pastor of Baptist churches in North Carolina and Georgia over the years and currently serves as pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Murphy, the town where the Roberson now live.

“This couple created an environment which saw hundreds — thousands — come to faith in Christ over the course of their leadership at Truett.”

Doris wore many hats over the years, which included registrations, bookkeeping, fundraising, marketing and volunteer enlistment.

“This couple created an environment which saw hundreds — thousands — come to faith in Christ over the course of their leadership at Truett,” Hollifield told the assembly. “They loved the camp and they loved seeing the difference it made in children’s lives.”

For many, those changes made a lasting impact.

“Today a number of former Truett campers are in full-time Christian service as pastors, music ministers, church staff members and international missionaries,” Hollifield said.

“That’s what camp was all about — trying to win people to Christ,” Richard said earlier. People from North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee have come for camps, conferences and other gatherings at the camp.

Hollifield quoted John Butler, the convention’s executive leader for business services that includes the conference centers: “The camp would not be what it is today without the investment of Richard and Doris Roberson pouring their lives into the camp.”

Butler and Brian K. Davis, associate executive director-treasurer for the convention, were present at the luncheon to assist with the presentations.

“By the grace of God this couple has made Truett Camp the successful and beautiful place of ministry that it is today,” Hollifield said. “The Robersons have left a legacy that will allow future generations of campers to have a fun, recreational experience while they learn about God’s love and God’s plan for their lives.”


by Mike Creswell  
/  Contributing Writer

‘Strengthen the Church’ Q&A: Walter Strickland

Walter Strickland serves as Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology and Associate Vice President for Diversity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Along with itinerant preaching and speaking engagements, Walter contributes to Canon & Culture as an...

Urgent church: Nine changes we must make or die

It broke my heart. Another church closed. This church had unbelievable potential. Indeed, it had its own “glory days,” but only for a season. But, 10 years ago, few would have predicted this church’s closure. Today, it is but another statistic in the ecclesiastical graveyard. I...

Sunday School and Small Group training for busy lives

Do you ever say, “I would really like to attend that training but my life is busy? I just can’t find the time!” Good news! The Sunday School and Small Groups team has designed a convenient, self-guided learning platform to assist leaders not only to be trained but also to train...

Embracing the silos

A silo is a structure for storing bulk materials. Oftentimes they’re used in agriculture to store grain, but they can also be used for storage of coal, cement, carbon black, wood chips and sawdust. Silos are separated. They protect their holdings from outside weather and...

‘Strengthen the Church’ Q&A: Mark Hearn

Mark Hearn serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Duluth, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta that is one of the most diverse communities in the United States. During his tenure as pastor, Hearn has led FBC Duluth to embrace multicultural ministry, a story that has been...

25 suggestions for your summer reading list

What would summer be without a stack of good books? We polled some of the most avid readers from the staff of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and compiled a list of their picks. With page-turning thrillers, biographies, in-depth theological works and more, there’s...

Lessons learned from an ineffective pastor

Before I came to work at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, I pastored for 25 years. I learned a lot about who I was as a pastor and about my ineffectiveness. Many times, I worked 60 hours a week, going in different directions, spinning my wheels, and I felt like the...

What’s the link between worship and discipleship?

Mike Harland has served as the director of worship at LifeWay Christian Resources since 2005. He is a Dove Award winning songwriter, a published author, and a worship leader who sings and speaks nationally and internationally. Harland will provide equipping and encouragement for...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!