In 1965, Gene and Daisy Cruse bought a very rough and overgrown piece of property in the Tyrone area. Gene enlisted the help of his father and the two began cutting trees, clearing and cleaning the land, and turning a small meandering creek into a pond just the right size for swimming. He gave it a sandy beach and added a bath house and concession stand. Along with swimming and picnicking, he added a golf driving range, par 3 course, putt-putt and a go-cart track. Soon, he established multiple sites for tent and R.V. camping, all surrounding the lake.

Gene’s vision had come to life with all sorts of activities, family and company parties, square dancing, weddings, Easter sunrise services, hot air balloon rides and the telling of stories around a campfire. Kids of all ages were enjoying his dream, and Dad was so happy.

As we all know, life has a way of changing things, but God has His own plan for things, and His plan was to bring you “Christ out Shepherd” and your vision to keep Gene’s dream alive.

So with God’s loving hand and Daddy’s blessing we pass the torch to you. We hope it brings as much happiness to your church family as it did to our family.

Paula, Jane and Tyler
The Cruse Family