2018 Family Camp / July 21-27
(Right Kind of Warrior)
Experience the unique Christian community Family Camp offers for all ages. This year's theme is "The Right Kind of Warrior" “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”. Joshua 1:9
Check-in and registration is from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday the 21st. Camp runs through Saturday, July 27th. Summit Grove is located in New Freedom PA, conveniently serving both the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic Districts of the Christian & Missionary Alliance.
Make plans now to be part of this spiritually enriching time and being intentional on strengthening the family bond!
Then at 7:00 p.m. gather with us as we celebrate Summit Grove's rich history. Re-enactors such as Jason Ostrander and musicians including True Heart and Lynda Randle of Gaither fame will have part in giving God glory for how He has blessed Summit Grove for over 200 years. Come see this God inspired program based on a soon to be released book by Donna Joy Peace.
In the meantime feel free to read up on some of our history found on this website.
The Evening Worship speaker is Dr. Rock Dillaman. Rock serves as pastor of the Allegheny Center Alliance Church in Pittsburgh with an average attendance just under 3000. The congregation’s ethnic, economic, and social makeup reflects the local community. Dillaman has served as vice president, interim president, and chairman of the Board of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He and his wife Karen enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
The morning Bible Hour Teacher is Abby Burg. Abby is a consecrated woman in ministry serving at First Alliance Church in Hockessin, Delaware. At age fourteen she moved with her family to the mission field in Burkina Faso, West Africa. She completed a degree in Inclusive Childhood Education at Houghton College only to have God call her out of the public school classroom and into full-time children’s ministry. Years later, she moved into executive ministries. Abby loves to read, bake and spend time with her husband, Andrew, and their golden retriever.
Clockwise from Top Left: Dr. Rock Dillaman, Abby Burg, Ryan Clarke, Bill Klees
Teen Ministry is led by Rev. Bill Klees. Bill is the pastor at Community Alliance Church in Towanda, PA where he is known for combining games and God’s Word to equip teens and adults to go deeper in their faith. Bill spent more than 15 years in camp ministry allowing him to think outside the church box when it comes to helping teens understand just how much God loves them and to discover the joy of serving Him.
Rev. Ryan Clarke heads the Children’s Ministry. Ryan serves as the Children’s Pastor at Daybreak Church in Mechanicsburg PA. He is married and has four kids. The morning program will explore and discover answers to life’s big questions. Is God real? What is God like? How did we get here? Why did God create me? How can I follow Jesus? And what is my mission? Kids will worship together with high energy music, be joined by Johnny Stratosphere and his six-legged sidekick, Fuzzbucket, play gaga ball together, have a snack, and will use hands on imagination station gizmos to remember what God’s Word says. The evening program will use science tricks, video testimonies from kids, high energy worship, and creative thinking to explore how the Holy Spirit lives inside of Jesus followers and how we can submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Kids will be challenged to report back on how God used them every day at camp.
Ladies’ Luncheon - Wednesday, July 25 at 12:30 p.m.
Men’s Breakfast - Friday, July 27 at 7:30 a.m.
Grilling at the Grove - Friday Dinner at 5 p.m.
For additional information and to download an informative brochure with a schedule of activities, download the 2018 Family Camp Brochure.
Visit the Photo Gallery to view pictures of overnight accommodations, Shaded RV sites with hook ups and activities.
Make your reservation for overnight accommodations by clicking on Reservations or call Darren and Jen Weller at 717-215-3469.
We invite you to forward this page anyone who may have interest in Summit Grove and attending Family Camp. Churches are also encouraged to forward this page to their congregational email addresses.
A Campers Perspective
Terry’s family started bringing him to Summit Grove before he was born, and I started coming as a kids camper. We didn't meet until senior camp in 1987. We began writing letters, and after a long distance relationship, we got engaged on this little bridge (see picture) down by the camp snack shop in 1989. We've now been married for 26 years and have two kids who also think that Summit Grove is a pretty special place.
For us, Family Camp is always a place of connections. We have a great time connecting with our church family, friends from the past, new people we meet, dear missionaries and others serving the Lord. Most importantly, Family Camp is a place where we know we will be challenged to deeply connect with our great God. We have a rich history of people who heard the gospel shared in this place and came to Christ. Others accepted the call on their lives and are serving him faithfully. Yes, our family has very special memories connected to Summit Grove. But we continue to come back because of all there is to learn and the connections yet to be made.”
Terry & Darla Amig
Donna Peace is compiling a book of memories regarding Summit Grove as a fund raiser for the Camp. Please email your stories and photos to her.