We want to interrupt our continuing series on the State of the Conference for two articles on Camp Meeting.
The first such article is on the recently completed South Central Camp Meeting. That will be followed on next week with what has become something of an annual article, observations that I share with you as I have the privilege of visiting other camp meetings.
I am a hopelessly old-fashioned, dyed-in-the-wool Seventh-day Adventist, who grew up in this church attending camp meeting. My parents would take their vacation time, every year, and spend it at camp meeting at the old Allegheny Conference.
I have been around so long, I remember the days before Allegheny East and Allegheny West divided and there was just the Allegheny Conference. Camp meeting was on the campus of Pine Forge Academy.
I had the privilege of serving with Elder Charles Cheatham, who recently ended his service as President of Allegheny East, due to term limits. His father was the President of Allegheny Conference when I was a little boy attending camp meeting there. He was the first Conference President I ever knew.
Pretty much everybody stayed in a tent in those days, as did my family-all 4 of us children, 2 parents, and sometimes, my grandmother. I have no idea how we managed, but we did manage. In fact, we managed so well that all of us looked forward to going to camp meeting every year.
The last few years of our camp meetings in Allegheny, we “moved up” graduating from a tent, to staying at the home of Elder and Mrs. Walter M. Starks. Elder Starks later became the first President of Allegheny West and after a few months, became the first (I believe) Stewardship Director for the General […]