PAYNE – The annual camp meeting of the Church of God for northwest Ohio will begin Saturday, July 26, and run through Friday, Aug. 1. Worship services will be held each evening at 7 p.m., with this year’s theme, “Close Encounters of the Real Kind.”
This year’s evangelist is the Rev. Dr. Ed Beck, of Ravenna and former pastor of the Church of God in Van Wert. Worship leader will be Dan Betts, Akron. A youth camp is held each day for students in grades 7-12, led by youth directors John and Melyssa Trussel, of Marengo.
Kids’ Camp is held each day, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m.–noon for children ages kindergarten through grade six. Linda Smith, former Paulding County resident, will direct the camp, with this year’s theme as BLITZ (Bold Living in the Zone).
Young adult conferences will be conducted daily by Pastor Mike Harmon and Jed Worline, both of Owosso, Mich. Harmon is originally from Paulding County.
Daily adult conferences will be led by various individuals.
Christian Women’s Connection will host a women’s conference on Wednesday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., led by guest speaker, Joy Sherman of Springfield.
A cafeteria, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a snack stand are available on the campgrounds Also available is camping and dormitory rooms. For further information, contact caretakers Ken and Roxanna Gifford at 419-263-2113.
The Church of God, with its general offices in Anderson, Ind., held its first Payne camp meeting 1895 by Daniel S. Warner.