Staff

BILLY AND SONYA DUNLAP

OWNERS & EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Billy and Sonya Dunlap are Huntsville natives, owners, and Executive Directors of The Vision. They have also been blessed to serve as part of several local and international mission projects over the past 25 years, as well as supporting with church planting in South Huntsville.

The Vision was launched to allow people a unique place to experience God, away from the pressures and demands of everyday life.

They have seen God open doors, remove obstacles, and direct their paths in ways they’ve never experienced before. Many individuals and groups have prayed over, encouraged, and supported Billy and Sonya since the beginning of this ministry.

Their life purpose is to be involved in ministry sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ– every day, everywhere– whether it’s through serving food, sharing hospitable lodging, and/or facilitating activities.

Billy is a third generation builder and has owned a commercial contracting company for the past forty years. He enjoys using his professional skills with what God has gifted at The Vision.  Billy and Sonya have had fun through the years developing the land together. Billy builds and Sonya decorates. She is always amazed at how he can visualize buildings and scratch them out on a napkin long before they are reality. She then loves to accent all his creative work by adding the little touches making buildings warm and welcoming. God has blessed them with complimentary talents allowing them to work together on this vision God has given them.

With a passion to stay busy, Billy and Sonya are constantly bouncing ideas off of each other. They know this is where God has called them in this season of their lives, and they have no plans of slowing down.

GARRETT WILKEY

CAMP DIRECTOR

Garrett joined The Vision in August 2020 and serves as Camp Director.

Garrett graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Wildlife Science and has spent 20 years in the business world focusing on leadership and process improvement. He has joined The Vision to combine his passion for God’s creation with serving others and sharing the love of Jesus.

Garrett has been active in ministries such as Trail Life USA as a leader, teaching small groups in church and serving internationally on mission trips. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children, traveling, hiking, fishing, and camping.

“I am passionate about using my skills and gifts God has given me along with my love for the outdoors to show others that there is a Creator who loves them and wants them to reconcile them to Himself through His Son Jesus Christ.”

DAVID HASTY

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

David is the Assistant Director and he oversees all of our activities at camp such as the Zip Line Tour, Tower, and Low Ropes. He gets to facilitate fun experiences where people can make connections between the activity and their personal walk with the Lord. 

He served as the Program Manager and Lead Director over his 10 years at Palomar Christian Conference Center in southern California. During his time at Palomar, he fell in love with Christian camping, met and married his wife Melanie (a fellow camp staffer at the time), and received his Masters of Arts in Leadership: Christian Ministry.

David is passionate about people and loves to create an environment where they can get away, fellowship with each other, and draw near to God. He started this type of ministry when he was 9 years old in organizing neighborhood sports and is blessed to continue serving in this way at The Vision.

HOLLY PAMPERIN

CAMP ADMINISTRATOR

Holly is the Camp Administrator. She has the privilege of being the first point of contact for our guests. She handles the scheduling, coordinating and communication with our guests before they arrive at our beautiful facility.

Holly worked in administration for 11 years before her kids were born and has served as an Activities Facilitator at The Vision for the past couple of years. She is also a Substitute Teaching Leader at Bible Study Fellowship where she has the honor of training leaders and teaching God’s word.

Holly loves the people she gets to work with at The Vision. Her own family, the staff and the groups that come and go truly make this job a dream. She loves hearing about how groups grow in love for one another and in their love for God during their time here. 

BOBBY TIBBLES

CAMPUS PASTOR

Bobby has found great joy and fulfillment in service to The Vision since 2016. “I believe The Vision to be a place where God sparks revival in individual hearts, and I’m so excited that I get to be a part of it!” He hosts our guest groups at Legacy Camp, takes care of all of The Vision’s facilities, and serves as our campus pastor.

Bobby and his wife Connie have been invovled in Christian ministry since 1999. That is when they made their move, at the Lord’s direction, to Huntsville, Alabama, to assist in building a FWB mission church. Bobby pursued his B.A. in Religion at Legacy Christian University and hopes to return one day and pursue his Masters in Divinity. Bobby is the father of four and a grandfather of five with two more on the way.

SANDRA BLAKNEY

LEGACY HOUSEKEEPING LEAD

She oversees housekeeping for our Legacy Camp and tends to our beautiful rose garden  at the Pavilion. Sandra has led children’s Sunday School for 45 years. She enjoys making sure that every building is clean and ready for campers to enjoy.

Sandra also enjoys being able to go outside, listen and look at the birds (even the turkey buzzards!), and occasionally seeing deer. She loves the sunshine and realizing that God did indeed create a beautiful world and that He gave her a wonderful opportunity to serve in this capacity.

DAVID BLAKNEY

HOUSEKEEPING 

Known as “Brother Dave” by many in the Huntsville area, David has 50 years of full-time ministry experience, having served churches in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. He was the planting pastor of Farley Community Church in Huntsville, serving there as a pastor for 16 years.

David loves who he gets to be with at The Vision–both the staff and the leadership of visiting groups. He also enjoys working alongside his wife in tending to the many flower beds around campus.

Board Members

CAVETT COOPER

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Ever since Cavett was a young boy, he has had a passion for Christian camping and retreats, and appreciated their unique ability to serve as an environment for the Holy Spirit to move in the lives of the guests. He sees The Vision as an especially well-equipped place to minister and be ministered to.  

Cavett first attended The Vision at a 2017 fall retreat with the men’s ministry of Twickenham church of Christ.  Shortly after, he enjoyed lunch with Billy and Sonya and we’ve become friends and partners in ministry ever since.

He is married to Megan and have 5 children.  He is an active member in his church and is always looking for ways to invest his time, talent and treasure in winsome ways to share the Best News Ever—Jesus Christ is the Truth, the Way, and the Life!

Cavett is thankful and humbled by the opportunity to chair the Board at The Vision.  It is one of the highest responsibilities in his life, and he counts it a privilege to steward well. He is eager to share his talents, along with his fellow board members; in meaningful ways to further assist The Vision in accomplishing its mission.

DAN BEASLEY

BOARD MEMBER

Dan grew up a farm kid in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Attended Abilene Christian University and obtained a speech communications degree with emphasis in New Testament. While in college, he spent summers in a Miami mission program with other college students. Several of them moved to Miami to continue mission work in the Miami community. During those years he obtained his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. He worked in Miami as an attorney for 14 years. His legal practice has primarily consisted of defense of healthcare providers.

Dan met his wife Tammy on a Colorado ski trip. They were both invited to go with a group of Christians from Nashville. They married six months later in 1990. Their two boys were born in Miami, however, with all of their family in this area we decided to move back in 1999. He joined the law firm of Lanier Ford at that time. His legal practice has continued to be primarily the defense of healthcare providers. Dan and Tammy’s boys graduated from Texas Christian University. One is now living in California, the other is in New York City. His wife Tammy works for Alsana, an eating disorder recovery community with 10 locations nationwide. Dan is an elder at the Twickenham Church of Christ and serves on the boards of the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center and His Way Recovery Center. 

Dan is passionate about the opportunities for The Vision because of his love for Christian community and biblical education. He has always been active in meditating on and teaching scripture. The Vision provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals and communities of faith to deepen their faith and understanding of Jesus and what it means to be a part of a Jesus Community.

MIKE BRODOWSKI

BOARD MEMBER

Michael E. Brodowski is a practicing Attorney and the Founding Partner of Brodowski, McCurry, Maynor & Miller.  He is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and Jacksonville State University.  He practices in the areas of Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business Law and Adoptions.  

Michael is a member of First Baptist Church, Huntsville, and has served on the Boards of various religious and charitable organizations.  He and his wife, Charlotte, reside in Huntsville and have three children and two grandchildren.

BILLY AND SONYA DUNLAP

BOARD MEMBERS

Billy and Sonya Dunlap are Huntsville natives, owners, and Executive Directors of The Vision. They have also been blessed to serve as part of several local and international mission projects over the past 25 years, as well as supporting with church planting in South Huntsville.

The Vision was launched to allow people a unique place to experience God, away from the pressures and demands of everyday life.

They have seen God open doors, remove obstacles, and direct their paths in ways they’ve never experienced before. Many individuals and groups have prayed over, encouraged, and supported Billy and Sonya since the beginning of this ministry.  

Their life purpose is to be involved in ministry sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ– every day, everywhere– whether it’s through serving food, sharing hospitable lodging, and/or facilitating activities.

Billy is a third generation builder and has owned a commercial contracting company for the past forty years. He enjoys using his professional skills with what God has gifted at The Vision.  Billy and Sonya have had fun through the years developing the land together. Billy builds and Sonya decorates. She is always amazed at how he can visualize buildings and scratch them out on a napkin long before they are reality. She then loves to accent all his creative work by adding the little touches making buildings warm and welcoming. God has blessed them with complimentary talents allowing them to work together on this vision God has given them.

With a passion to stay busy, Billy and Sonya are constantly bouncing ideas off of each other. They know this is where God has called them in this season of their lives, and they have no plans of slowing down.

 

KRISSY MORRIS

BOARD MEMBER

Krissy is excited to be a part of The Vision. She grew up attending family camp (Canyon Meadows in CA) annually for much of her childhood, multiple church camps, and had her wedding reception at a venue very similar to The Vision (Deer Run Retreat in TN). She currently practices part time as a nurse practitioner and has worked in a pediatric primary care office for the last 6 years. Prior to that, she worked in women’s health. She is passionate about educating patients and their families. Krissy met my husband at Lipscomb University during her time in undergraduate studies, and they have been married for 11 years. They have 3 children. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking and reading. 

Krissy hopes to share her experiences to benefit The Vision in the programs that are currently offered, as well as for future growth. Also, she believes her medical experience to be helpful in improving the health and safety of the guests that come onto the property or participate in The Vision sponsored programs.

BERT SUMNER

BOARD MEMBER

“What an exciting time and place! Camp was NOTHING like this when I was a kid in the 70s and 80s!” 

Bert loves Alabama football and loves The Vision – you could say that he ‘married into both of them back in the fall of 1992 when he wed Sonya’s younger sister, Deborah.

Bert and Deborah currently reside on a small farm in College Grove, Tennessee along the southern rural outskirts of Nashville. They have two adult children and are soon adding a son-in-law to the mix. Luke is 25, Jacqulin is 22 and her fiancé, Trevor, is 26. 

Bert is the owner and lead graphic designer at Ground Level Design, a boutique creative agency and design studio that he established in 1993. Ground Level Design provides creative services to a variety of corporate and entertainment industry clients, and he has been thankful for opportunities to put his skills to work for The Vision.

Deborah and Bert have been fortunate to watch God create a calling in the lives of her sister and brother-in-law Billy. From the initial land acquisition years ago, they have watched God move in undeniable ways – opening doors and sometimes closing them. They continue to be awed by the faithfulness and resourcefulness that Billy and Sonya have exhibited as they have labored to carve this incredible facility out of the side of a mountain. Deborah and Bert are thankful to be part of this amazing ministry, and he appreciates the opportunity to serve in an official capacity and offer his time and talents as a board member of The Vision.

TODD WHITE

BOARD MEMBER

Todd and his wife, Lauribeth, have been married for more than 30 years and have three grown children.  After serving for 20 years in the Air Force, they relocated to Huntsville in 2007.  Todd is Vice President of Operations for a local manufacturing company, serves as an elder/shepherd for the Twickenham Church of Christ, is a board member for the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center and of the leadership team for JH Outback North Alabama.

Todd has a desire to reach families with the good news of the gospel and to equip them to enjoy healthy, Godly relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children.  Their family became involved with the JH Outback ministry years ago because it is committed to that mission.  JH Outback offers weekend events for Husband/Wife and Parent/Teen couples twice a year in a remote, camp environment in the Paint Rock Valley north of Huntsville.  He has been richly blessed with the opportunity to teach parenting skills to hundreds of parents and to watch God transform the lives of countless families during that time.

Todd met Billy and Sonya at a retreat he attended at the Vision in 2017.  He saw in each of them a servant heart and a desire to reach people with the love of Christ through their beautiful facility and ministry.  Since that time, he has seen countless examples of their love for the Lord and for families and has been honored to join them in this amazing ministry as a part of The Vision board.