Testimonies

"Beautiful properties are not hard to come by in America. However, properties that are dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ, and subsequently stewarded by godly people in Christ, are exceptionally rare. The True Vine Foundation property is truly breathtaking, but more so because of its consecration to God by a family that is sold out to Jesus. Our ministry, LEGACY School of Discipleship, has used this property for numerous years.

We cannot express how much our times on this land and with its stewards, the McRae's, have enriched our lives and brought ministry, healing, and purpose to students from around America. This is truly a unique place!"

- Francois Fineberg, Founder and Director of Legacy School of Discipleship -

"My youth group loves attending the True Vine. The staff supports and accommodates us marvelously in putting on just the kind of retreat we envision. The Odyssey is by-far the best ropes course and outdoor challenge course we've ever done. The facilities are equipment are elite, and the staff's commitment to safety makes the experience perfect."

- Cameron Cole, Church of the Advent, Birmingham, Alabama -

"True Vine is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking camps my students and I have ever been a part of. This camp has it all from cozy cabins to outdoor setting to the most intense rope courses around to the most loving and caring staff you will find. Do not miss an opportunity to bring a group here... you won’t be disappointed."

- Mountain Brook Community Church Birmingham, Alabama -

"Over the past fifteen years, countless of lives have been impacted at the McRae farm as a result of the vision and generosity of Finley and Bette McRae. The commitment to excellence, genuine hospitality and investment in the lives of others has provided an environment for people to experience the presence of God. We are eternally grateful of the blessing it has been to be a part of this incredible vision and legacy."

- Bruce Johnson, Founder of JH Ranch and Outback America -

"It's hard to find something exciting enough to capture the attention of 4th - 6th graders for very long. Taking our group to The True Vine is one of the best things we get to do with our kids all year. They aren't prepared at all for the experience, which gives the facilitators the perfect opportunity to teach them some great biblical principles. Throughout the year the kids continue to talk about what they learned and how much fun they had and you won't find a more beautiful place. This is a wonderful ministry and God is using these guys in an awesome way!"

- Perri Mullins, First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa -

"The True Vine offers my team the perfect setting in which to build my team closer together for a season, and closer to God for life."

- Dr. Hunter Christian, Head Football Coach/ Assistant Principal at Tuscaloosa Christian School --

"Through the people I have fellow-shipped with and the time I have spent out on the property at True Vine at McRae Farm, I have been blessed by the Lord in His abundance. I have clearly been able to hear from Him in key areas of my life as a result of several 24 hour solo retreats I have had at the farm. I have also experienced some amazing times of fellowship and teaching with brothers and sisters at the farm who are leading and attending the Legacy School of Discipleship. The Lord is building some great leaders and disciples through that school.

There is something really special about the ministry and property, it is like going back in time to the simple basics of the Lord and His creation but in a comfortable and elegantly rustic setting. The vineyards also add an element that makes the property extremely unique for this area of the country. I have also been able to share the experience with my business partners and do some awesome team building exercises on the Odyssey High Ropes Course. What a fabulous way to build team unity through hands on experience with great instructors. I have been profoundly blessed by the True Vine Ministry/Property and the McRae Family and I am very thankful to have access to such a special place that is bathed in the Lord’s love."

-Duane P. Donner II, Founders Investment Banking LLC -

"The True Vine Foundation property continues to hold a very special place in my heart! After spending several seasons here with LEGACY School of Discipleship, I continue to be impressed with the highest level of excellence that is seen in all aspects of the facilities, the land, and most importantly... the people that manage the property. To break away from the "busyness" of the world and find a retreat on the True Vine property is such a refreshing experience. With the Lord's presence amongst such a beautiful backdrop like the True Vine Foundation, I always leave this special place different than when I first arrived. I am so thankful to have such a refuge in the people and the property that make up True Vine."

-Jonathan Buxton, Worker at LEGACY School of Discipleship -