the renewal of the UMC in the power of the Holy Spirit. Bedford and ARM became partners in ministry and by 1985 I was working with Ross on a part-time basis as a ministry consultant and meeting planner for the Aldersgate conferences.
During Dr. Wilson’s term as President, the Aldersgate Conference was hosted by the following cities:
Louisville, Kentucky (’79);
Columbus, Ohio (’80);
Indianapolis, Indiana (’81);
Des Moines, Iowa (’82);
San Diego, California (’83).
Harry Camp, an attorney from McMinnville, Tennessee, became the second president of the renewal fellowship and served from 1983-1991. During his term, the North American Renewal Services Committee (NARSC) was formed. NARSC was a re-gathering of leaders from the 1977 Kansas City Conference, who shared a vision for a second ecumenical charismatic gathering to be held in 1987. Also, during Harry’s term, Ross retired and I succeeded him as the second Executive Director.
As mentioned, by 1985, the Lord had led me to come alongside Ross and to serve this ministry as an administrative consultant and meeting planner. I became a member of NARSC along with Ross, and did the bulk of the planning and administration for the Methodist portion of the Congress on the Holy Spirit and World Evangelization to be held in New Orleans in 1987. Aldersgate ’87 was “one segment” of this larger gathering of approximately 35,000.
We were still on staff at the Bedford Church. Jimmie Scott, the wise and loving pastor who led the church into renewal died of lung cancer in 1984. The Bedford church was one of many across the nation that had been influenced, first by a Lay Witness Mission, and then the charismatic renewal during the period of 1968-1990. Other significant churches and pastors included:
First UMC, Tulsa, Oklahoma (Bill Thomas and Jimmy Buskirk);
Pine Castle UMC, Orlando, Florida (Clarence Yates and Bill Pickett);
Tyler Street UMC, Dallas, Texas (Paul Morrell);
Faith UMC, Neenah, Wisconsin (R. A. Pegram);
Aldersgate UMC, College Station, Texas (Terry Teykl);
Union Chapel UMC, Muncie, Indiana (Gregg Parris);
Trinity UMC, Pickerington, Ohio (Scott Kelso);
First UMC, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Nick Harris)
At its peak, the Bedford Church grew from less than a 100 in worship to an average of 1,200 by the mid eighties. Our work there included the development and oversight of a system of neighborhood home groups that involved more than 750 adults in weekly Bible study, fellowship, and prayer. In addition, we developed the Life in the Spirit Seminar as a tool to introduce new members and visitors to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. This program later became a local church outreach, and then a program ministry of ARM in 1989.
From 1986 until 1988, the Bedford church allowed me to spend up to forty percent of my time working with ARM and NARSC for denominational renewal. We put together a team of lay people from the church that helped plan and administer the Aldersgate conferences from 1987-
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