Cedine Ministries is a Christian Bible Camp, Retreat, and Conference Center located in eastern Tennessee along the Watts Bar Lake section of the Tennessee River. Cedine is a ministry to youth, adults, and families with an outreach ministry that includes Bible quizzing, Bible correspondence courses, and devotional guides.Cedine Ministries exists to honor God and His Word by partnering with the Church in evangelism and discipleship training through quality camp, conference, and outreach ministries, with emphasis on the African American community.
333 Cedine Camp Road
Spring City, TN
Office Telephone: 423.365.9565
David E. Lewis
I was born in the city of Salamanca, NY in July of 1961. My parents, Adrian and Nancy Lewis, raised me at the end of a dead end road (Lewis Rd) in the village of Great Valley. I have fond memories of my upbringing. My oldest brother died at the age of 2. Next was Paul, we did a lot of things together and while he occasionally picked on me in front of his friends we have always been close to this day. Betty is younger than me and we were also close as kids. Susan was enough younger that we did not have a strong relationship. Lois Janel is the last sibling. She was born after I was in college and I have not had an opportunity to get close although I look forward to the great family times we have together. I have memories of my father sitting in his recliner reading the Bible. My Mom taught Sunday School and Junior Church. I remember my siblings and me lining up our stuffed animals and having Bible lessons with them. To this day the only greater love I have seen than the love of Christ is the love I have seen in my family and my wife and kids. I was saved at the age of 7 in an evening church service.
My father worked as a logger before I can remember, then in a lumber mill and retired from Dresser Rand after 25 plus years. He worked as a lath operator there. The reason he stayed on so long with the company when so many others of more years than him were laid off was that he was willing to do any job. He was always a leader in church and got along great with family and neighbors. I do not think he had any enemies. I always highly respected my dad and went to him for advice. I am ashamed to admit I did not always listen but he never said I told you so. We have some differences of opinions but there is no one’s judgment I trust more than his. He has spent years studying the Bible and knows what he is talking about even though he has never had any formal training.
My mother has always been a housewife. When I was in Junior high school she worked some as a monitor and off and on has done some home businesses. She quit school but went back and got her GED and then went on to Mount Echo Bible Institute. She always got up and had breakfast ready for my Dad and than again for us kids. Our lunches were always ready to go. She often helped with the chores and getting out fire wood. I have never seen a woman that worked as hard physically as she did especially when she is not even 5 feet tall. She was well liked by everyone. She was friendly and outgoing always willing to help Mom and I would have long talks when I came home from college.
My family spent a lot time together working around the house. We always had animals and at one point had 7 horses. Needless to say having horses required a lot of work. I do remember doing things together like hunting, camping, fishing, horse back riding, etc. Family vacations are great memories. We never did anything extravagant in fact we never even stayed in a hotel but we always had fun.
I started my school days in the Great Valley Elementary School. I had many friends there. I remember playing on the jungle gym and falling from the top. I use to read to the other kids and change the stories in weird ways to make them laugh. My grandfather worked at the school as a custodian. He was supposed to pick me up one night after cub scouts at the school and forgot me. I remember being very cold but I waited there on the door steps of the school until it got dark and my parents came and got me. In Junior high my parents put us kids in a private Christian school in Olean.
High school was a good time in my life. I had three best friends and everyone liked me. I did well in school. As I remember my favorite subject was math. My friends and I would play chess during lunch and breaks. I was on the year book staff as layout for one year and editor for two years. I served on the student council for two years. I received a number of awards including best all around student for two years. I played on the football, basketball, and volleyball teams. I ran track and competed in weight lifting one year in which I took second place state wide. These were good years of growth for me. The school, friends and the camp I worked at were all positive influences on me. I dedicated by life to serve the Lord anywhere at a youth rally during these teen years. I work 6 summers at Bethany Camp as assistant counselor, counselor and assistant director.
As I entered college my life did change. I was one among many and shy at that. I was grateful my brother was there that first year. He was a huge help to me from just being a friend to helping type papers. My first three years of college I had the same roommate. Many could not understand how we got along. He was very out going. He encouraged me with my social life. If it had not been for him I would have studied and work and probably graduated without a wife to be. I felt God wanted me to work with youth and throughout college pursued that course. Having to study hard for average grades and work to pay my way through college helped to mature me. I also wanted to know that my faith and beliefs were my own and not just that of my parents. I received and excellent education at BBC.
I am a quite and reserved person most of the time. As a counselor, working with staff or campers I can be very outgoing. My lack of confidence in God given ability has kept me in the background. As the events of life have affected me I am much surer that God is in control and that He has a purpose for me and He is pleased with who I am. This has freed me to not worry what others think so much as what God wants me to do. I would say this is my weak point that I do not have the confidence in my God given abilities that I should. My strong point is that I firmly believe that I do not have the talents that many others have and thus God has used this “Weak” Person to confound the wise. There is no rationale way to explain how God used me, a country boy -- jack of all trades master of none, to take Bethany Baptist Camp (1990-1999) from a struggling camp to a solid ministry.
I believe God moved us from Bethany to teach me some life lessons and prepare me for the ministry here at Cedine (2000-present). God has used me to help heal relationships here and to be a part of a team ministry.
I married the most beautiful woman both physically and spiritually in Forestville NY on March 30, 1985. She has always been there for me. While we have had our struggles I have no regrets. We were both Christians as we dated but struggled with the desires of the flesh. Our lives remained pure but only by the grace of God.
Tabitha (7-10-83) married Justin Greene have our first grandbaby, Nevaeh and another one due in July 2011. Amanda (6-3-89) Went to New Tribes Bible Training School for 2 years, currently taking a year of cosmetology and then will held back to New Tribes for their missionary training. Alicia is currently in the MAPS ( Ministry Apprenticeship and Practical Studies) program here at Cedine. Timothy is a Junior in High School and auditing the MAPS program as well. He helps take care of the animals here at Cedine as well as his own at home (chickens, turtles and rabbits). Christina (11-11-96) and Katrina (8-15-98) are in grade school.