Vacation with a Purpose

Be encouraged and grow in your faith during Family Camp at Summit Grove Saturday, July 20 through Saturday, July 27, 2019. Summit Grove Camp is located at 140 South Front Street, New Freedom PA just off I-83 near the PA/MD border. Family Camp is a partnership of the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic Districts of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and Summit Grove Camp. The theme is “Finding Fulfillment”. Join us for the entire week or you are welcomed to come for a day which does not require registration.

Family Camp opens on Saturday evening July 20th with an old-fashioned family reunion. We will gather at 6:00 p.m. in the grove of trees behind the tabernacle to re-unite with family and friends and enjoy fellowship and free hot dogs and ice cream. Bring your lawn chairs and yard games. Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:00 in the open-air tabernacle with Eastern PA District Superintendent Rev. Nate Howard speaking.

Family Camp provides a setting for the entire family to experience a deeper encounter with God and celebrate Alliance missions around the world.

Left to Right: Rev. Alfredo Gutierrez, Rev. Ira Towns, Pastor Rob Simone

Rev. Alfredo E. Gutiérrez is the evening Speaker. Alfredo began serving as District Superintendent of the Alliance Southeast January 2019. He was born in Cuba and migrated to Miami, FL where he attended the C&MA Church, Primera Iglesia Hispana accepting Jesus as his Savior and a call to ministry. He graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a BA in Bible and Theology and a Pastoral Studies Minor. After graduation, he served as Assistant/Youth Pastor at South Dade Alliance Church. In 1991 Alfredo was involved with church planting ministries in Houston, TX, Chicago, IL and back to South FL. In 2006 he began serving in district ministry with The Alliance Southeast.

In 1984 he married Daisy and they have two grown married children, Anita and John Baker, and Alfredo, Jr. and Megan.

Rev. Ira Towns and Pastor Rob Simone will team teach the morning Bible hour. The study for the week is titled “Good verses, bad quotes and our view of God”. They will look at a few of our favorite verses that, when quoted out of context shape a poor view of God and impact how we respond to Him.

Rev. Ira Towns has served as lead pastor in multiple C&MA churches and currently is the Assistant to the District Superintendent of the Mid-Atlantic District. From preaching to leading volunteers, he loves the ministry of the church and does all he can to help each person reach their full potential in Jesus.

Pastor Rob Simone is ordained in The Alliance and serves as the Pastor of New Design Church of Frederick, Maryland. Rob loves all things sports, playing guitar and listening to ’80s and ’90s music. You will make his day if you challenge him to a game of Kan Jam or bring him Mike and Ike’s! Rob and his wife Heather have been married since June 2010 and have two sons, Eli and Matthew. As a family they love to go to zoos, aquariums, have family movie nights at home, and being outside in the fall.


Left to Right: Rev. Bill Klees, Pastor Ryan Clarke

Rev. Bill Klees returns this year to teach our teen camp. Using his 15 plus years of camp ministry, Bill will engage and challenge the teens to think deeply of Christ. This year's theme is all about being different. In order for us to make a difference in the world we need to be different from the world. Using Scripture and creative activities Bill will help teens develop a plan to live impactful lives while loving Jesus more.

Pastor Ryan Clarke serves as the Pastor of Kids Ministries at Daybreak Church in Mechanicsburg PA.  Ryan is a techie computer nerd that loves science fiction and kid culture.  He wants to make sure every kid knows how much Jesus loves them and how to spread that love to others.

Pastor Ryan uses a variety of videos, hands on stations, games, science tricks, music, and prizes to keep kids engaged and excited for Jesus!

Global Focus Seminars will be presented by International Workers on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:45. There will be a Ladies luncheon on Wednesday and a Men’s breakfast on Friday.

For additional information and to download an informative brochure with a schedule of activities, click on Family Camp Brochure.

Click on 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 717-964-8077

The Hampton Inn off I-83 in nearby Shrewsbury is offering a special room rate of $109 this week during Family Camp. Call them at 717-235-9898 or reserve online at  using group code “FCS” . The discounted rate is based on availability on reservations made through 6/29/19.

For directions and additional information, click on the header at the top of this page to link to the Summit Grove website.

We invite you to forward this to anyone who may have interest in Summit Grove and attending Family Camp. Churches are encouraged to forward newsletters to their congregational email addresses.

A Campers Perspective

The first time our whole family came to Summit Grove was 15 years ago. My wife and I, along with my 3 and 1 year old daughters, Hannah and Lydia, were thrilled to be a part of what God was doing at Summit Grove that week as I led worship alongside Dorene Clark, Doug Enck, and others. 

A lot has changed since then. For one thing, my daughter Hannah just left for college! Lydia is now driving. And the Lord has added three sons to my family. The lodge was built. Frisbee golf was set up. The leak in the pool was finally fixed. The gazebo appeared. Day camp was started. And the dream of a year round retreat center was finally realized.  

But a lot hasn't changed. Walks to Bonkey's for an afternoon ice cream. Good talks around evening campfires. S'mores. Lots of hootin' and hollerin' from the Weller clan as they gathered each evening for their "circle time". Capture the Flag and Man hunt. That torrential downpour that threatens to wash out at least one service each year. Fun with the speaker of the week or the dynamic teams from Nyack or Toccoa. Inspiring stories of what God is doing around the world. Walks with God. Life-changing messages. Times at the altar. 

You know...Some years ago, we decided as a family to make Summit Grove our annual vacation. As I am sending off my daughter to Bible college this fall, I can say with gratitude to God that my kids are each walking with the Lord. And I believe that our family's decision to attend Summit Grove each year has been a significant part of the spiritual development of my children.

What do I mean? Do I mean that there were significant spiritual breakthroughs for them each year? Actually, no. Perhaps it was simply the culmination of several summers of camp speakers and inspirational stories that caused my kids to fall in love with Jesus and want to serve Him with their lives? Perhaps. But I think it's deeper than that. When a family makes the choice to have CHRIST-centered vacation each year, I think it goes a long way to solidify a deeper Christ-centeredness in ALL areas of that home ALL year round.And THAT'S what will make the difference! 

So here's my encouragement to you:

  • If you have been making Summit Grove part of your family's annual calendar, keep it up! 
  • If you used to attend and stopped for some reason, consider coming back again this year! 
  • And if you have never come to a week of Family Camp before, make this year your first of many!

Pastor Jim Moynihan