Deer Run is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nondenominational Christian ministry. The operational budget is covered with user fees, so all donations go towards scholarships or capital improvements (new facilities and purchase of property). Donations are tax-deductible. Deer Run gives back by providing scholarships for campers and families in need of financial assistance — ensuring no one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay.
Deer Run provides day 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.
During the school year, Deer Run offers a 3-night outdoor education program for students to learn and thrive outside the classroom.
And, year-round, Deer Run provides customized day and overnight retreats with accommodations, meeting spaces, recreation, team building, 5-star meals and staff who personally serve our guests while on site.
To transform lives through a passionate relationship with Jesus Christ while connecting with others in a camp or retreat setting.
By providing exceptional camp and retreat experiences for families, churches, ministries, schools, and community organizations, Deer Run seeks to lead individuals into a relationship with Christ or a more intimate relationship with Him to empower Christ followers to share the Good News, disciple other Christ followers, and inspire revival in their families, schools, churches, and communities. We invite you to experience God at Deer Run and become passionate about serving Him on a daily basis.
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 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.