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Houston Co., Georgia Deer Camp

Dr. Don Spillers

About This Camp

The Houston County Deer Camp began the weekend of Dec. 13-15, 2013 with host Dr. Don Spillers. That first Camp was actually hosted at a home owned by Don on Lake Blackshear in Crisp County. Four campers hunted properties in Sumter, Macon and Houston counties. After this first Deer Camp, Don decided to move all future Camps to his farm in Houston County. 

Before that weekend in 2013, God was dealing with Don about getting involved in some sort of ministry. One day while Don was working at his orthodontic practice in Warner Robins, a man walked in asking for donations for an upcoming 30-30 Ministries’ Turkey Camp at Ruth Baptist Church in Bleckley County, Ga. It was that conversation that spurred Don to contact 30-30 Ministries about hosting a Deer Camp.

Camp Managers

Phil Collier & Hal Keels

Phil Collier first saw a 30-30 Ministries’ Camp the weekend of April 1-3, 2022 while at the Houston County Turkey Camp hosted by Dr. Don Spillers. Being completely on board with the spiritual fruit he witnessed that weekend, he brought his friend Hal Keels back to Don’s Deer Camp the weekend of Dec. 9-11, 2022. Their first stint as co-Camp Managers was at Don’s March 24-26, 2023 Turkey Camp. Currently, they serve as Camp Managers for both of Don’s Houston County Camps.

Hal said that he accepted Christ as his savior in 1980, while Phil did so in 1968. However, both share that it was later in life as young adults when they truly sold out to Jesus and began to serve Him with their whole hearts. Hal says it was during those times when Jesus truly became Lord of their lives.

Hal and Phil are both members of Windmark Beach Church with Senior Pastor Scott White, who has spoken at several 30-30 Ministries’ Camps. WBC is a church plant of Hiland Park Baptist Church in Panama City, Fla. and recently celebrated their one-year anniversary. Hal says, “During this time we have seen many people accept Christ and have baptized 38. Our attendance has grown to more than 300, but our greatest joy is to see people make Jesus Lord of their lives. This is the same reason we are excited to be a part of 30-30 Ministries.”