Our 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.

Our Leaders


Greg Burton

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 began 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.

John Dorman

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.

Bo Roberts

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!

Jeff Beckett

Jeff Beckett joined the New Life Camp team as Executive Director in the spring of 2020. He has developed a love for team building, organizational leadership and development during his many years of serving in faith-based ministries. Jeff is excited to work with the New Life Camp team as they focus on connecting people to new life in Jesus Christ and help them develop into devoted followers of Christ.

Our Passion Never Changes

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.