The Office of Connectional Ministries is in intense planning mode for the 2012 summer camp season. Leadership Team members – the camp’s college-aged counselors – have been hired, brochures have been printed and mailed, and registration information is now online.
Rev. C. J. Harp, campus minister at Valdosta State University’s Wesley Foundation, has been hired to serve as Summer Camp Director for the 2012 summer season. Rev. Harp will maintain his appointment as Wesley Foundation Director, but has a summer schedule that permits him to make this contribution to the Conference’s summer camp program.
“When Jim Towson departed recently to be part of another ministry, we started looking for a person who could bring past experience from our camping ministry and who could offer spiritual guidance to the college students who comprise the Leadership Team,” said Dr. Brad Brady, Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries.
“C.J. Harp exceeds every qualification and possesses every competency one would want in the role of summer camp director for Connectional Ministries.”
As a college student, Rev. Harp served on the summer camp Leadership Team, and in 2002 served as the camp’s head counselor. Now married and a father of two children, Rev. Harp knows the special trust that parents have as they leave their child for a week of summer camp. He also knows the tremendous opportunity the camp experience presents to shaping the faith of each participant.
“I am honored to serve in the role of Camp Director,” Rev. Harp said. “Wonderful things happen at summer camp. Campers experience five days of fun … they play games, sing, learn, worship, and giggle themselves to sleep with their friends. But the best thing about the summer camp ministry, and the reason I am raring to go, is that the Kingdom of God is advanced is a unique way in the lives of everyone who attends or helps lead the camp. What more could you ask out of a summer?”
Rev. Harp has made contact with the summer camp leadership team members to begin forging relationships with each of them, and has picked up some of the planning that is necessary to produce a high-quality camp. He and his family will reside on St. Simons Island for nine weeks, starting in late May.
“We are grateful to the Valdosta State Wesley Foundation Board for granting C.J. permission to extend his ministry in this way. It is our prayer that it will be a mutual blessing for everyone,” Dr. Brady continued.
The Connectional Ministries team asks for prayers for Rev. Harp and all those who will be a part of this summer’s camping ministry, that this will be another life changing summer for so many campers and leadership team members.
“The Harp family is excited about the opportunity to serve among the Connectional Ministries family this summer at Epworth By The Sea,” Rev. Harp said.