The Salem Campmeeting was founded in 1828 and is one of the oldest existing camp meetings in the nation and continues to thrive today. This inter-denomination camp meeting offers campers a place of peaceful worship as well as a spiritual renewal experience.
Friends and families return yearly to enjoy the week-long activities for children, students and adults.
The original camp meeting in Kentucky in 1800, is a distinctly American contribution to the history of Protestantism. Salem, one of the South's oldest camp meetings, has been held every year since 1828, except during the Civil War.
For 100 years, Salem was a Methodist institution, although never officially part of the church. Now interdenominational Salem features a Methodist preacher each year and one Baptist or Presbyterian on alternating years. The tabernacle at Salem is on the National Building Survey of the Library of Congress as one of America's historic buildings. The entire Campground was put on the National Historic Register in 1998.
Leaders for the 2012 meeting will be Dr. Winston Worrell and Dr. John Huffman.
Dr. Winston O. R. Worrell is an experienced evangelist, lecturer, administrator, pastor and preacher in national, international, multicultural, multi-ethnic and multilingual settings worldwide. He serves as director of the World Methodist Evangelism Institute, a ministry of the World Methodist Council and Emory University, where he has served for 19 years.
He has served in ministries in 54 countries around the world. Winston's most recent text is a nine-session training workbook with teachers guide is called: "Becoming More Missional for Christ: An Organizing Model." Winston Worrell and his family are natives of Barbados and they now reside in Norcross.
Dr. John A. Huffman Jr., after 47 years of active local church ministry, was honorably retired by the Los Ranchos Presbytery in 2009 and elected Pastor Emeritus by the congregation of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. He has now re-emerged as a Minister at Large.
During the past 40 years, several thousand of his printed sermons were mailed each week to all 50 states and over 30 foreign countries.
He has written nine books and recently was active in the world relief justice efforts in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
The campmeeting kicks off Friday, July 6 and runs through July 13. Services will be held at 10:45 a.m. and 7:45 p.m.
The camp is located at 3940 Salem Road, three miles south of I-20 on Salem Road between Covington and Conyers.
For more information or to make reservations, call (770) 786-6842 or visit salemcampmeeting.org.