Camp Meeting 2020

Oklahoma Camp Meeting 2020 is going virtual! The COVID-19 pandemic has raised all kinds of questions about when large groups will be able to meet, or even whether people will be ready for that. In spite of the uncertainty, the spiritual food and camaraderie, the tradition of camp meeting is still important. 

So while we won’t be meeting in person at Wewoka Woods, we’re already planning an interactive online experience that will encourage and connect us. What does Virtual mean? Programming will be accessible from your desktop, your tablet, or your cell phone. Churches can even host viewing parties! It all is still happening in July, with programming for all ages. 

Matthew 24:44 - "Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."

Meet Our Guest Presenters:

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Pastor Barry Black

Chaplain/U.S. Senate

Chaplain Black is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and an alumnus of Oakwood College, Andrews University, North Carolina Central University, Palmer Theological Seminary, Salve Regina University, and Alliant International University. In addition to earning Master of Arts degrees in Divinity, Counseling, and Management, he has received a Doctorate degree in Ministry and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology.
Chaplain Black has been selected for many outstanding achievements. Of particular note, he was chosen from 127 nominees for the 1995 NAACP Renowned Service Award for his contribution to equal opportunity and civil rights. He received the 2002 Benjamin Elijah Mays Distinguished Leadership Award from The Morehouse School of Religion.  In 2004, the Old Dominion University chapter of the NAACP conferred on him the Image Award, “Reaffirming the Dream – Realizing the Vision” for military excellence. In May 2019, Chaplain Black was awarded Becket’s highest honor, The Canterbury Medal, for his worthy defense of religious liberty for people of all faiths.

He has authored five books beginning with his autobiography, From the Hood to the Hill (2006), The Blessing of Adversity (2011), Nothing to Fear (2017), Make Your Voice Heard in Heaven (2018), and Bible Wisdom for Better Living(2019).  

Chaplain Barry C. Black is married to the former Brenda Pearsall of St. Petersburg, Florida. They have three sons: Barry II, Brendan, and Bradford. 

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Pastor John Bradshaw

Speaker/It Is Written

Pastor John Bradshaw’s journey in professional media started as a career in broadcasting. He worked as a disc jockey in his home country of New Zealand on many of its top radio stations before shifting his focus in 1990.

Propelled by a desire to find Bible-based truth and a deeper Christian experience, John began working as a full-time evangelist. He married Melissa and after 12 years, and becoming the father of son Jacob and daughter Shannon, the family decided to put down roots. In the years that followed, John served as pastor in Lexington, Kentucky and College Place, Washington.

In January 2011, John became It Is Written’s new speaker/director. In his two decades of ministry, John has held more than 100 evangelistic series. His series have spanned 6 continents and impacted thousands of lives in hundreds of cities.

From working internationally on evangelistic projects, to speaking at conferences and events, to authoring books, to working at home base in Chattanooga, Tennessee, John continues to energetically lead the It Is Written ministry team and impact the world for Christ and His soon return.

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Pastor Buster Swoopes

Professor/Southwestern Adventist University

Buster Swoopes Jr. is an assistant professor in the Religion Department at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX. Pastor Swoopes previously worked for the Texas Conference as a Pastor for 12 years. He loved to find new and innovative ways to thrive in church growth. His wife Lauren Swoopes, his son Buster (Neal) Swoopes III, and daughter Raina, love to serve God and others together as a family.  

He is a baritone vocalist who specializes in Traditional and Inspirational Gospel Music. He loves to sing and share his testimony about the goodness of the Lord. He usually does this at churches throughout the country. Buster’s favorite scripture is Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”

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Pastor James Rafferty

Pastor/Oregon

James Rafferty is an associate pastor of the Fall Creek Seventh-day Adventist church. He loves God, trusts the righteousness of Jesus and is learning to lean more heavily on the Holy Spirit. His wife Rise is a registered dietician nutritionist. They have been married 31 years and have two adult children, Jeiel(JL), 27 and Kierra, 22. The make their home in the beautiful area of central Oregon.

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Pastor Michael Campbell

Professor/Southwestern Adventist University

 Michael W. Campbell, Ph.D., is professor of religion at Southwestern Adventist University. He is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister and served for six years as a missionary training pastors at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines. He has published numerous popular and peer-reviewed journal articles about theology and religious history. He served as assistant editor of The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia (Review and Herald, 2013), and editor of The Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary (2015-2018). He is the founding editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Seventh-day Adventism. His most recent book is a Pocket Dictionary for Understanding Adventism (Pacific Press, 2020). Some of his other recent books include 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism (2019), The Ellen White Pocket Dictionary (2018) and he is currently writing a book on the various individuals who have claimed the prophetic mantle. He co-hosts with Buster Swoopes, Jr., the “Sabbath School Rescue Podcast” available online. He is married to Heidi who is a Ph.D. student in Early Modern History at Baylor University. They have two children, Emma (age 13) and David (age 11) and together enjoy camping, gardening, bird watching, and Pathfinders.

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Sarah Capeles

Music Artist

Sarah Capeles was born in Puerto Rico and came to the United States at the age of 6. Her passion for music developed from an early age. She grew up singing in different choirs and as a soloist in the church.   When she went to the University of the Antilles in Mayaguez, she was part of the Pro-Music Choir for 3 years.  As a professional solo singer for more than 25 years, she has traveled through the Caribbean, Central and South America, Canada, Japan and across the United States carrying a message of love, faith, and hope. 

In her extensive career as a Christian singer, she has participated in numerous campaigns of evangelism, Networks and Caravans with Pastor Bullón, among others.  She has recorded for television channels of 3ABN Latino, Esperanza TV, and for the television program "Discover" of La Voz de la Esperanza. She has been the guest singer for camps, lay events, women's retreats, radio marathons and was also one of the singers chosen for the 2000 General Conference in Toronto, Canada. Her ministry is not exclusive to singing, but includes evangelism campaigns, seminars, and women's talks. Through her powerful testimony of how Jesus rescued her and brought her back into the fold, and continues to work in it, she has been able to influence many people who have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior; others have reaffirmed their faith in God again.

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Elder James Shires

Oklahoma Conference President

James Shires has been the president of the Oklahoma Conference since 2017.  Prior to that he served as a pastor in the Oklahoma Conference, Upper Columbia Conference, Texas Conference and the Arizona Conference.  He was also the Prayer Leader for the Oklahoma Conference prior to becoming president.

He served as the Mexico Mission team leader for 10 years for the Oklahoma Conference. He has preached evangelistic meetings in Africa and South America. His wife Julia is an RN and has served many years in children’s ministry. They have three daughter and one son, all who love and serve the Lord in various ministries.

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"Proclaim, Disciple, Live With Christ"

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