In 1988, the Lord released us from our responsibilities at Bedford and I began working with Ross full-time in September of that year. Harry Camp and several other members of the Board of Directors felt that God had spoken to them in dreams and prophecy concerning Ross’s successor earlier in the year. 1988-89 was to be a year of confirmation to discern God’s gifts and grace in my life for the task of leading this renewal organization into the future.
In 1988-89, the Life in the Spirit Seminar, developed at the Bedford church, was adopted as one of the ministry outreaches to be offered by ARM. Initially designed as a potential follow-up event for Lay Witness Missions, this team-led, local church renewal event would become part of an unfolding strategy to “bring the life of the Holy Spirit into the life of the Church.”
Ross Whetstone retired as Executive Director at the Aldersgate Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas in the summer of 1989. I had the awesome responsibility and privilege to succeed him as ARM’s second Executive Director.
Harry Camp’s address at Aldersgate ’89 titled, Celebration of Transfer of Mantle of Servanthood12 is included as an appendix to this paper.
For a position like this, he did not seem to be properly educated, credentialed, or connected. But, he had a love for God’s people, a passion for the renewal of the church, a gift of visionary, transformational leadership, and was willing to risk it all to give God a chance to do something through him.
He brought a different gift-mix and experiences to the table than his predecessor. He was a layman most of his life. He earned Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in accounting and management from Texas Wesleyan University, most of which was completed while attending night school after he was married and his two daughters were born.
He had 20 years of secular work experience, the last 13 years with Texas Utilities Company in Fort Worth, Texas. He learned to “lean into the future” by serving 7 years in the budget and long-range forecasting group at the utility company. He learned to “counsel” as an employment interviewer. He learned management skills and training by coordinating the management training program. He learned to study the Word and teach by leading Bible studies for businessmen. He learned to “pastor” by leading small groups (house churches) and then by leading/pastoring other home group leaders.
While serving on the staff at the Bedford church (1978-1988), he was mentored in body life and walking in the Spirit by his pastor and friend Jimmie Scott. He attended classes at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, accumulating about half the hours necessary for a Master of Divinity Degree. He gave up the possibility of completing Seminary when God opened the door for ministry at ARM. He completed the course work and was consecrated as a diaconal minister with a certification in Evangelism in 1987 in the Central Texas Annual Conference.
In 1998, he was ordained as a Deacon in Full Connection in the Tennessee Annual Conference.
During Harry’s presidency, Aldersgate was in the following cities:
Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1984;
Wichita, Kansas in 1985.
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