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APPENDIX A  “Celebration of Transfer of Mantle of Servanthood”, Address of Harry W. Camp to Aldersgate ’89, August 12, 1989, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Elijah found Elisha plowing with a team of oxen.  There were 11 teams ahead of him, and he was plowing with the last one.  Elijah took off his cloak and put it on Elisha.”  1 Kings 19:19

Twelve years ago the founding fathers of this fellowship were inspired to designate Ross Whetstone as the Exectutive Director.  The newly formed UMRSF had the modest goal of being an instrument for renewal of the entire denomination by the power of the Holy Spirit.  To begin this task we needed a spokesman who understood charismatic experiences from his own experience, and also in the context of Reformed and Wesleyan theology.  We needed a person who had access to the hierarchy – bishops, district superintendents and pastors – and not only access to them, but credibility with them.  He needed access to the bureaucracy – the Boards and Agencies of the Church.  And he needed to be fluent in the special language spoken there – Bureaucratise.  While fluent in Bureaucratise, he must also be capable of communicating with everyday Christians.  He must speak the language of Full Gospel, and also the language of Evangelical.

In summary, we needed a scholarly theologian who understood and exercised gifts of he Spirit, produced fruits of the Spirit, who was equally at home with bishops and house wives, who understood the Boards and Agencies, who was fluent in 4 languages in addition to mastery of the English language, who had ready access to all of these people, who was called to the task of church renewal, and who was willing and able to work without pay.

Ross Whetstone was one of the founding fathers, along with Tommy Tyson, Bob Stamps, Bob Tuttle and Bill Wilson.  Ross was a former street evangelist with the Salvation Army, an ordained minister who had served both small and large Methodist Churches, a former staff person of the General Board of Discipleship at the highest level, a professor of evangelism at Scarritt College, a skilled writer and editor, the founder and chief executive of a national teleministries service, a guitar playing street singer who lived in Nashville, was in daily contact with the Board of Discipleship, and spoke all four languages routinely every day, not to mention an unknown language he sometimes used to communicate with God.  He had an office, a secretary, and a regular pay check.

Twelve years later, in 1989, Ross is retiring, and we must have a new Executive Director.  The first impulse was to find another person like Ross.  Hundreds of hours of prayer revealed that this was totally wrong, for several reasons.

First, but not most important, is that there is no one like Ross.  He was uniquely qualified by training, by experience, by gifts and graces, and by the call of God to be Executive Director for the first 12 years.  Second, and more important, is the job description has changed – but most important of all is that God has clearly led us to Gary Moore.  Gary has a list of qualifications, also, which you will come to appreciate as some of us already have.  These include a high degree of prophetic vision, spiritual sensitivity, analytical and administrative abilities, and an unmistakable call by God upon his life to be an instrument of spiritual renewal in the church on a local, national and international basis.

We are already putting in place dozens of trained persons to do much of the field work that Ross used to do single handedly.  With the use of Gary’s gifts and graces, modern

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