Countdown to Family Camp

There is less than one month until Family Camp at Summit Grove begins Saturday July 20 and runs through Saturday July 27. 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.

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.

Welcome Video - Rev. Alfredo and Daisy Gutiérrez

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 to Summit Grove click here and for the Famlily Camp brochure and additional details click here.

To receive information on Summit Grove Camp and coming events email LeChae at the Summit Grove office.

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

I have been attending Summit Grove Family Camp since 2007.  My wife, Laura, brought me the first year we started dating.  Laura and her family have attended Summit Grove Family Camp every summer since she was born.  It was at Summit Grove Camp that she answered the call to full time ministry.  Most of her lifelong friends she also met at Summit Grove Camp and she was excited for me to become a part of the Summit Grove community.  

It was at Summit Grove that I was first introduced to The Christian and Missionary Alliance.  Laura, a student at Toccoa Falls College, was eager for me to learn about and experience the Alliance and was hopeful I would consider entering full-time ministry with them.  After that first summer, I was impressed with the focus the Alliance put on missions and solid Biblical teaching.  It was because of this experience that I decided to enter into pastoral ministry with The Christian and Missionary Alliance.

The Spirit of God moves at Summit Grove Camp and it is what draws us back every summer.  We are not the only people to be impacted by the ministry of Summit Grove.  There are thousands of people over the history of the camp that have met God, make decisions to follow Him and answered the call to various ministries.  It is for that reason that we come back, bring our daughter and several students from our church.  

Pastor James Connolly