LT Alumni Spotlight - Rev. Rob Grant
For more than 30 years, children, youth and young adults have been ministered to through the South Georgia Conference’s summer camping ministry. Through their camp experiences – whether as a camper or counselor – all have said their faith was strengthened and encouraged.
To celebrate the Conference’s camping ministry and the impact it has had on generations of students, we asked former counselors (Leadership Team alumni) to share with us how their camping experience(s) shaped and grew their faith and impacted their futures.
We’ll spotlight one former Leadership Team member in each of our upcoming issues.
Although at first hesitant, once Rev. Rob Grant applied to be a member of the 2002 summer Leadership Team, he knew it was what God wanted for him.
Having just graduated from Georgia College and State University, Rev. Grant thought he was too old to be a camp counselor. He quickly found that God had other plans.
“For several days after it (the Leadership Team application) first appeared on my desk all I could think of was applying to be on staff. I could not get that application out of my mind,” he said.
Headed to Asbury Theological Seminary in the fall, Rev. Grant assumed he would finish his Wesley Foundation internship and spend the summer preparing for seminary.
“But God would not let it go! When I received word that I had been hired I actually wasn’t all that surprised. I knew that God wanted me at Epworth that summer.”
Having answered God’s calling into vocational ministry, Rev. Grant wasn’t sure what God had planned for him that summer. But His plans became clearer during the pre-camp planning sessions and throughout the summer.
“God was using this experience, working with my wonderful teammates and then later with the children, to take me out of my comfort zone and to remind me to trust Him and His guiding,” he said. “That whole summer God stretched me in ways that I needed to be stretched before He sent me off to be stretched more in seminary.”
Though not a part of his formal education, Rev. Grant says that his summer serving on the Leadership Team was instrumental in preparing him for seminary and vocational ministry.
That summer, the camp’s theme was “Set Sail,” and Rev. Grant says that it was the beginning of his long voyage and adventure in ministry.
“Serving on Leadership Team has meant the world to me,” he said. “I was setting sail and going off into the wonderful unknown of God’s wilderness. God has taken me, in ministry, to places I never thought I would go.”
Born and raised in Savannah, Rev. Grant now serves as a provisional elder in the Mississippi Annual Conference. A pastor in Pontotoc, Miss., he serves three churches and his wife Erin serves two. They have two children and are expecting their third.
“I truly believe working at Epworth made me a better pastor; it certainly made me a better servant of Christ,” he said. “There are many situations and people God has used in my life to shape and form me, and I consider Leadership Team 2002 among them.”
Are you or is someone you know interested in serving on the Conference's summer Leadership Team? Click here to learn more about the ministry and how to apply. Applications are due no later than Jan. 31, 2014.