Steeped in history and time-honored tradition, a weeklong spiritual revival and celebration begins Monday at Lumpkin Campground.
Now in its 188th year, campmeeting comes around this time each summer and time seems to stop on the hallowed grounds of Lumpkin Campground. Worshipers from all over the county, from various churches and denominations, get together to worship the one thing they all have in common: a love of God.
Local Methodists began meeting for summer revival at Lumpkin Campground in 1830 after 40 local men each donated $1 for its purchase.
Later, as Baptists married into those founding families, Methodist and Baptist ministers began sharing the pulpit.
“Even though this is a Methodist campground there were as many Baptists as Methodists,” camper Carol Ransom said last year. “We went to Baptist church all the time and then we would come to campmeeting.”
The tradition continues Monday with the first service at 7:45 p.m. Service will be held each day at 11 a.m. and at 7:45 p.m. The closing service will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 29.
Ministers this year will include Rev. Charlie Green, Methodist, Rev. Scott Gilbert, Baptist, and host pastor David Sanders and the song leader will be Reggie Stowers.