Lakeview Methodist Conference Center cut the ribbon on the first phase of a three-phase $10 million building campaign Monday, with the dedication of its new “Sisk Shop.”
The structure was named in honor of the center's maintenance supervisor, Jerry Sisk, who has served on staff at the Lakeview camp for the past 25 years.
Sisk said he was honored by the decision and thankful for his experiences working with the camp.
“To fellowship with God out here, it's just a proud day—thank all of y'all,” he said to a crowd of family, friends and staff from Lakeview, who were present at the dedication ceremony.
His wife, Kelly shared similar sentiments.
“Oh it's wonderful, Jerry's been out here since '88 I believe, so it's a very big honor for this (building) to be dedicated to him,” she said. “Because Jerry is always one who does things for people, and when it's reciprocated... he doesn't expect anything, but when it happens, it's very nice.”
Danny Smith, chair of the building committee, said that without the staff, nothing could happen.
“It really began in 1947,” Smith said, reflecting on Lakeview's mission and growth. “This camp started with a lot of hopes and dreams, and it's a new beginning that's going to start here, so I think it's fitting that the new maintenance building is the fist building to be done. Because it's the staff that makes this work.”
Smith was talking about the first step in a big step, with Monday's dedication kicking off the first phase of a three-phase strategic plan to expand and renovate the camp.
Maintenance operations were relocated from an older building in the center of campus to the new Sisk Shop, which is in a more secluded spot and out of the way of guests.