WHAT IS THE VISION? (back to top)

THE VISION is a Christian retreat, conference, and ministry facility located in south Huntsville, Alabama. The mission of The Vision is to provide a year-round ministry and outreach facility that promotes Christian values through training, relaxation, fellowship, and encouragement.We have overnight accommodations for 153 people at The Vision’s Lodge and Legacy Camp facilities. This site has meeting spaces and activities that include a high and low ropes course, zip line canopy tour, archery, tomahawk throwing, swimming, hiking, canoeing, fishing, and more! We have added accommodations for 100 people at our new off-site facility on Bailey Cove Rd. about 7 miles from The Vision.  


Established in 2004, THE VISION is a leased portion off a 300-acre tract of land in southeast Huntsville owned by Mr. & Mrs. William (Billy) C. Dunlap, Jr. The land sits on the south end of Green Mountain and is made up of varying terrains and numerous hardwoods. “When God allowed us the opportunity to purchase this property we never felt like it belonged to us,” says Billy. “He has placed within our hearts a desire to develop it for His purposes.”
The Dunlap’s desire is to develop a place where people, churches, organizations, etc. can conveniently get away and grow spiritually in their Christian faith through training, seminars, camp programs, and just plain relaxation. Billy says, “People need an environment conducive to this kind of growth. I find myself a victim of time constraints by not allowing adequate time for God to speak and direct my paths.” Billy visualized a facility where people can retreat from the outside pressure brought on by daily demands. All Christians need an environment that allows for prayer, reflection, and rebuilding. We feel that a secluded environment encourages spiritual renewal and provides an opportunity for sharing and investing in the lives of others.


  • Christ as Lord – Seeking to honor and serve Jesus Christ in all we do
  • Work Ethic – Doing all we do with excellence, and passing excellence on to the next generation
  • Integrity – Living with integrity in our public and private lives
  • Stewardship – Thoughtfully using the resources God provides us for His purposes
  • Vision – Seeing the people we minister to through God’s eyes
  • Safety and Security – Acting responsibly replacing fear with faith and trust in Jesus Christ


STATEMENT OF FAITH: (back to top)

While The Vision is not affiliated with a specific denomination, the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) expresses our deeply rooted biblical convictions and our statement of faith. Click HERE to view a copy of the Baptist Faith and Message (2000).

Our statement of faith at The Vision has at its core the following foundational truths:

  • One God – consisting of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • Jesus Christ – Son of God, born of a virgin and conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus died to save us from our sin, that He defeated death through His bodily resurrection, and that He is the only way to heaven and eternal life.
  • Second Coming – We believe Jesus Christ will come again in Glory and Honor, to judge the living and the dead.
  • Bible – We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, living word of God and is the only reference for Christian faith, doctrine, and conduct.
  • Marriage – We believe that marriage is a sacred institution and is the covenant joining of one man with one woman for life.


  • Camps and conferences for church groups (youth camps, retreats, weekends, etc.)
  • Pastoral staff retreats
  • Men’s and women’s ministry events
  • Reunions
  • Scouting events
  • Weddings
  • Birthday parties
  • Luncheons or Dinners
  • Outdoor work days



Use of The Vision facilities: (1) requires a reservation, (2) is subject to approval of the board of directors of The Vision,  (3) must be consistent with the advancement of biblically based Christian values, morals and teachings, as recognized and supported by The Vision Ministry, and (4) must not conflict with the mission statement of The Vision.