Camp Meeting 2013 kicked off Wednesday evening, May 22, on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn. The theme this year is “Good! News in a Crumpled World” and features guest speakers Brad Thorp, president of the Hope Channel Network, and Dana Edmond, present of the South Central Conference.
Thorp was Wednesday’s speaker, encouraging listeners with how technology is a powerful tool for spreading the gospel and reminding them why we, as Christians and specifically Adventists, are here—for a mission to introduce others to Christ.
A small group of young adults met nearby at Collegedale Adventist Middle School, where Nate Elias, pastor of the LaGrange, Ga., and Pine Mountain Valley, Ga., churches, facilitated a panel discussion about how a person of faith works in the area of pop culture.
Other age-group programs included senior youth with guest speaker Ken Rogers, who presented on the topic of “What Would God Say?”; earliteen, who listened as William Hurtado talked about “defending your kingdom;” juniors, who learned about the first angel’s message with Rob Snider; primary, whose theme is “Following the Footsteps;” and kindergarteners, who eagerly listened as Andrew Shurtliff talked about Genesis 1:1.
Camp Meeting continues tomorrow with a full day of seminars, the Adventist Book Center’s sidewalk sale, and the evening programs.
Written by Britni Brannon, Communication assistant director
Photos by Jeremy Arnall, Britni Brannon, and Shana Michalek