The Central States Conference hosted its annual camp meeting in five different locations this summer. Each area of the conference built upon the theme “We Unite” to plan an inspiring weekend of worship, prayer and service. Conference president Maurice Valentine II was present at each event. President Valentine shared that he was very pleased with how the ATPs (Assistants to the President) and area pastors pulled together to make each weekend a success.

At each location, conference officers and at least one departmental director shared workshops that encouraged members to unite to finish the work. Practical training on personal finances, youth ministry and community service left members energized and equipped for greater ministry. Pastor Darriel Hoy, Outreach Ministries director, organized one of the highlights in the Kansas City area, with over 70 individuals joining in impactful service in their local community.

Dynamic speakers like Dr. Norman Miles, Pastor Timothy Nixon, Pastor Roger Bernard and Dr. James Doggett took members to a “mountain top experience” through their preaching. Each camp meeting site hosted over 600 participants and featured programs for youth, children and Hispanic ministries. The growing Korean population in the Denver area sponsored a program there, while members in the Minnesota area joined the Minnesota Conference’s African Ministries Department with over 1,500 participants present.

Conference administration has begun making plans for an old-fashioned camp meeting next summer in the Kansas City area.


Author Philip Baptiste is communication director for the Central States Conference.