LETART — For 95 years, people have been gathering at Union Campground for a time of worship simply known as “Camp Meeting.”
The tradition will continue this year beginning Sunday through July 16, at 7 p.m. each night. Union Campground is located at 4303 Union Campground Road, Letart, in back of New Haven.
According to Pastor John Bumgarner, Camp Meeting began in 1922 on land donated by Van Roush to a campground association. At first, the services were held atop a hill on the over 15 acres. When power lines went across the property in the 1940s, the pastor said the tabernacle was moved father down the hill to its present-day location.
First a part of the United Brethren denomination, and later United Methodist, Bumgarner said Camp Meeting has always been an evangelistic event for outreach. Currently though, he said the meetings are more evangelical, with pastors speaking from other denominations.
This year, there will be five speakers, three of whom are Methodist. Preaching July 9 and 10 will be Pastor Bobby Patterson; July 11 and 12, Pastor Earl Cochran; July 13 and 14, Dr. Greg Collins; July 15, Pastor Chip Bennett; and July 16, Rev. Charles Marker.
A number of local church choirs will be presenting music, including the Point Pleasant Church of God, Fisher’s Chapel, Krebs Chapel, Good Shepherd, Bellemead, and The Tabernacle Choir. There will also be several singing groups. Among them are Heaven’s Call, Covered by Love, Sacrifice of Love, Grace Renewed, The Builders Quartet, Brenda Cole Ministries, West Virginia Curriers, and Living Proof.
Children’s services for ages five years and over will be held each night at the picnic shelter. The services will include a message, games and snacks.
For additional information, contact Pastor Bumgarner at 304-674-0597.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.