Epworth By The Sea to host 2013 Winter Camp Meeting
One of South Georgia’s oldest and most popular United Methodist gatherings will be held Sunday, Jan. 27 through Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island.
“For more than 60 years, the world’s most outstanding preachers, teachers and musicians have come together in “God’s Place” to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ and help us all face the morning with the assurance that God is with us,” said Epworth’s Superintendent, Dr. Charles Adams. “This year we are honored to have two of the world’s finest preachers to bring us spiritual renewal.”
Bishop James R. King, Jr. will open Winter Camp Meeting with the traditional “Bishop’s Hour” on Sunday evening. Bishop King is known for encouraging both lay and clergy to face challenges and seek opportunities to serve the Lord in their churches and communities. He is a thoughtful and insightful mentor to pastors and concerned friend to everyone he meets.
An ardent supporter of Epworth’s ministry, he proposed the Board of Trustees establish a program which would name a member of each congregation in the South Georgia Conference as an Epworth Ambassador. Launched in 2012, the program is bringing creative support from more than 150 churches. In its second year, the Epworth Ambassadors program is enjoying tremendous success.
Bishop King has personally experienced the love of Jesus Christ and knows how to share what God has done for him. “Bishop King has the God given gift of preaching and administration which make him a blessing to the United Methodist Church and especially the South Georgia Conference,” continued Adams.
Often called the “best known Methodist evangelist in the world,” Dr. Eddie Fox has preached in 75 countries and throughout the United States. A regular faculty member of the Billy Graham Schools of Evangelism, he has enabled, equipped and encouraged thousands of pastors from more than 100 denominations to be about the task of evangelization.
Dr. Eddie Fox says, “God has raised up the Methodist movement, 70 million people in 130 countries around the world, not for its own sake, but for the world’s sake.” He will preach for all morning and evening services beginning Monday, Jan. 27 through Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Preaching to World Evangelism missions, he teaches and encourages lay and clergy to be about the ministry of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Author of several books, he co-authored with George E. Morris the best-selling resources for Christian witnessing: “Faith-Sharing,” “Let the Redeemed of the Lord, SAY SO!,” and “The Faith-Sharing New Testament With Psalms.”
The best known Sunday school teacher in Georgia, the Rev. Dr. Herchel Sheets, author and retired pastor with more than 60 years in ministry in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, will lead the morning Bible studies.
Author of 10 books and numerous articles, he is best known in South Georgia for his 37 years as the writer of the weekly Sunday school lesson for the Wesleyan Christian Advocate.
An adjunct professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, he has served as Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Ministerial Services, annual conference program director, district superintendent and pastor for the NGA Conference.
He continues to write, teach, preach and train the next generation of Christian disciples. Presently, he is writing a series of 45 to 50 articles reflecting on “God at our every point of need” which will be part of his Bible studies.
“Because music is such a vital part of Winter Camp Meeting, we have invited the Rev. Tony Crosby, pastor of the Alma/Elizabeth Charge in the Waycross District, to serve as our music leader,” said Dr. Adams. “As we say in the South, he can tear up a piano just the way we like it at Winter Camp Meeting.” Crosby will be joined by area choirs to provide special music for each service.
Reservations may be made by mailing the registration form to Epworth with attention to Ann Willis. Reservations may also be made online on Epworth’s website at
www.epworthbythesea.org. Off campus registration fee is $35. CEU credit is available.