Sammy Hudson

Sammy Hudson

Executive Director


It has been such an amazing journey to watch God develop The Refuge alongside my wife and ministry partner, Desta. We have two beautiful girls, Kearston, and Addie. In 2007, we stepped out in faith in hopes that God would provide the necessary resources to sustain our family, and also build The Refuge. We are so blessed to have an army of folks praying for us, encouraging us, and helping to support us financially. We are certainly grateful and stand in awe of what God can do through His people. I think the one thing I have learned the most as the Executive Director is that I really don’t know very much at all. I have been humbled time and time again by this process and have begun to think that God may be building this place to impact my life most of all.

I graduated from Methodist College in 1996 with a degree in business administration. After a short stint as a golf professional I was called into full time ministry. I spent three years as an assistant camp director at Camp Don Lee, and then seven years as the Youth Director at Queen Street UMC where I was introduced to a host of folks who were praying to develop a Christian camp in the heart of eastern NC. Desta, has been my greatest support and prayer warrior ever since we walked into this together. She is a graduate of UNCW with a degree in Marine Biology, and is the heart behind one of our most successful programs, the “Connecting The Dots” mission program for elementary students. We are both grateful to be a part of this ministry and would love to meet you on one of our front porches to pray with you and encourage you with the hope that can only be found in Jesus!

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