|The Skipstone Philosophy
The only way to teach someone to skip a stone is to show him how and allow him to attempt it again and again until the stone hops along the
water in perfect rhythm. He cannot learn to skip stones from just reading a book about it. You cannot just tell him how to do it. You have to show
him how and let him try. Sometimes it takes one try, sometimes two or three tries, then sometimes it takes hours of trying until finally...
the stone skips.
That’s the Skipstone Philosophy...Showing, Trying, Learning, Succeeding
The Skipstone Story
The members of the Flint River Baptist Association founded the Flint River Baptist
Camp in 1953 and established the campus on a beautiful 64-acre tract in northern
Spalding County. In the summer of 1988, the vision for the ministry of Skipstone was
planted in the hearts of two young people, who discovered their future mates and
their future ministry while working at summer camp at Flint River.
For ten years, that vision grew quietly in the hearts of Chip & Shondi Moody, with
only a few family members and friends aware of what God was preparing them for. In
1998, the doors of opportunity began to open, when Shondi was asked to serve as
the Camp Director for Flint River and Chip was called to serve as Minister of
Education at a local church in Griffin, after both had been serving in full-time student
Over the next nine years, over 900 children came to know Christ through the ministry
of the camp, with countless others surrendering their lives to missions and ministry.
The ministry was vibrant and growing, and as each year passed, a godly anticipation
grew in the hearts of those who were serving. The vision that was birthed in 1988,
and had been growing in the hearts of only a few for so long, blossomed into a vision
so significant that others were drawn to be a part of it.
In 2004, Dr. Kevin Napier and his wife, Alison were introduced to the camp when
their children attended for the first time. God put a love in their hearts for the
ministry, and a friendship was born that would become a part of the foundation for
the eventual birth of Skipstone. Dr. Napier got involved in a big way, even playing a
character each summer in the camp’s “themed mysteries”. Others were drawn to be
a part, and before long, many could see that the ministry was quickly outgrowing the
model established by the Association in 1953. The “winds of change” were blowing.
In the Spring of 2007, nearly nineteen years after the vision was first planted, God
opened the door for the birth of Skipstone. The leadership of the Association began
discussing the possibility of selling the camp property. The Moody’s and the Napier’s
knew that the opportunity to see the vision for Skipstone become a reality had finally
come. After six months of negotiations and due diligence, a price of $750,000 was
agreed upon for the purchase of the property.
In September of 2007, while in the final stages of negotiating with the Association,
Truett Cathy, founder of Chic-fil-a, heard about the vision and was compelled to
donate $750,000 to Skipstone for the purchase of the property. This was an
amazing gift from God that provided for the purchase of the property debt free on
December 31st, 2007.
In its first year of ministry in 2008, Skipstone has ministered to more than 4000
children, teenagers, and adults through its summer camps, weekend retreats, and
special events. Skipstone Academy has also provided a private, Christian education
for 170 students, with more than 100 additional students on a waiting list. In addition,
the chapel has been completely renovated, a new high school building has been
constructed, and new landscaping and infrastructure improvements have been
made. The amazing journey of faith and vision for Skipstone continues today as the
ministry continues to grow beyond our wildest imagination. We truly believe that "our
God is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or think" (Ephesians
3:20) and we are so excited that He allows us to be part of His amazing work!
Board of Directors
Dr. Kevin Napier
Mrs. Alison Napier
Mr. Chip Moody
Mrs. Shondi Moody
Dr. Steve Stewart
Mr. Bobby Crosby
Mrs. Robin Pierce
Dr. Philip Adcock
Mr. John Culpepper
Mr. Tom Hall
Mr. Jim Kill
Mr. Nat Lee
Rep. Billy Maddox
Mrs. Althea Nance
Mrs. Christine Napier
Mr. Jody Pilkenton
Mr. John Plageman
Mrs. Connie Rutherford
Mr. Buddy Scudder
Mrs. Karen Scudder
Mr. Ed Shepherd
Mr. Todd Hughes