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Campers to return to Whiteoak for meeting

The annual summer meeting at Historic Whiteoak United Methodist Campground in Columbia County will be held June 20-27 this year and again will feature thought provoking messages from area ministers and inspirational music provided by nearby choirs and musicians.

As a special treat this year, country and gospel music performer Terri Gibbs will sing several selections during the 8 p.m. service Monday, June 21. Services will be conducted under the open air tabernacle at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

This year's weekday evening speaker will be the Rev. Steve Dodson, Senior Pastor of Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church in Augusta. Rev. Dodson enjoys portraying a colorful character he calls "Pastor Paul" in speaking engagements across the state touting the healthy, healing effects of joy and laughter. He recently completed coursework in the Doctor of Ministry program at Asbury Theological Seminary and will begin his dissertation in issues of leadership formation shortly. Dodson graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1984 and received his Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory in Atlanta in 1987. Rev. Dodson has served at Trinity on the Hill since 2001. He and his wife, the former Susan Wahl of Marietta, have a 14-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.

Leading the evening song services Sunday through Friday nights will be Rev. Gregory Hatfield, also from Trinity on the Hill. Rev. Hatfield made his way to Georgia by way of the Kentucky Conference, where he grew up. It was in revival services at his home church and at a Florida campmeeting that Greg found Christ and answered the call to ministry along with his older brother, Charley. In 1996 he arrived at Trinity on the Hill to start a contemporary service for the church. He is now Congregational Care Pastor. Rev. Hatfield and his wife, Sandy, have three teenage children who will also participate in the music services during the week.

The Whiteoak Trustees are also honored to have Rev. Bob Gillespie, retired United Methodist Minister, speak at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 20 and daily at 11 a.m. during the week.

Augusta District Superintendent Rev. Jane Brooks will bring the morning message at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 20. Dr. George Freeman, Thomson First United Methodist Senior Pastor, will preach Saturday at 8 p.m. and Retired United Methodist Minister Dr. Robert Taylor will close out camp meeting at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 27.

Whiteoak Campground was founded prior to 1820 according to a reference in The Life and Letters of James Osgood Andrew written by George Smith around 1882. He states that Andrew preached to between 5,000 and 10,000 persons each meeting at Whiteoak in 1820 or 1821.

The tenters and campers of Whiteoak cordially invite the public to experience campmeeting with them this year.



Web posted on Friday, June 11, 2004


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