WHO WE ARE
Deer Run is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nondenominational Christian ministry providing day, adventure and overnight summer camp experiences for children ages 5 to 18 plus family camp experiences for ages 5 and up.
Throughout the year, Deer Run provides family events: married couples romance weekends, parent-child weekends (father-son and mother-daughter) and a homeschool family day camp.
Year-round, Deer Run operates as a retreat center providing customized retreats with overnight accommodations, meeting space, recreation, team building, meals and staff who serve the guests.
Deer Run is located on 100 private wooded acres of scenic, Tennessee rolling hills just 10 miles southwest of historic downtown Franklin. Located just 35 miles south of Nashville, Deer Run is strategically located within 4 hours of 9 major metropolitan areas making it easily accessible to families, churches, ministries, schools, universities and community organizations.
Deer Run gives back by providing scholarships for camps and family events to children and families in need — ensuring no one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay.
Deer Run was founded in 1998 by David and Liz Gibson. After 15 years of marriage — while in their mid 30s — they believed God was calling them to do something more significant with their life. Two years of prayer confirmed that He wanted them to start a retreat center and summer camp ministry. David walked the property on a Sunday morning in August 1996, and God gave him a clear vision about what His plan was for this property — property which had been sitting dormant for more than 15 years.
Deer Run is a member of CCCA (Christian Camp & Conference Association).