2015 Camp Meeting Meet and Greet


Rev. Dr. Stephen Rankin

The Reverend Dr. Stephen Rankin currently serves as Chaplain and Minister to the University at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX. Dr. Rankin has been involved in higher education for nearly 20 years, as a professor, and a campus minister at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, and now, as Chaplain to the SMU Community. Prior to this work, he served as pastor in three United Methodist congregations. He and his wife, Joni, provided leadership for an expatriate congregation in Rome, Italy.

A graduate of Kansas State University, Steve received his Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology, a Master of Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the Joint Program in Religious Studies at Northwestern University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is an Elder in the North Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

As Chaplain, Steve's passion is helping students, professors and campus ministers engage in thoughtful practices that integrate faith and learning. He regularly blogs at http://steverankin.wordpress.com and he has recently published a book: Aiming at Maturity: the Goal of the Christian Life.

Steve and Joni have four grown children and one grandson.


Dr. Benny Tate


Originally from McMinnville, Tennessee, Dr. Benny Tate has served for over 25 years as the Senior Pastor of Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia. Under his leadership, the church has grown from 60 in attendance to more than 6,000 today. Dr. Tate also serves as President of the Congregational Methodist Denomination.

A highly sought-after evangelist and gifted motivational speaker, Dr. Tate has spoken to many major corporations such as Delta & Chick-fil-A, and he has been a guest speaker at Asbury College, Mercer University. He has also been featured on numerous programs for TBN and the Fox News Network.

Dr. Tate has served as the Chaplain for the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C on many occasions.

A graduate of Andersonville Theological College, Covington Theological Seminary and Wesley College, Dr. Benny Tate has authored: One More Night With The Frogs, Happy Wife / Happy Life, and When You Follow a Star and Find a Stable.

Pastor Tate and his wife, Barbara, have been married for more than thirty years and they have one daughter, Savannah Abigail. They currently reside in Griffin, Georgia.


Thomas Roberts



Mr. Thomas R. Roberts has been our music director and platform leader since 1989. He serves as Principal and Chief Operations Officer of Innviron Corporation (www.innviron.com) & EnviroPower Management (www.enviropower.com) , international environmental engineering, management, and consulting firms with offices in the United States, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Africa, India, and the Middle East. Innviron specializes in privatizing municipalities’ Solid Waste Facilities to Energy, Gasification Technologies, Water, and Waste Water Treatment Plants. He is a Past President of the National Construction Materials Recycling Association.

Mr. Roberts has served as full-time director of music in United Methodist and Presbyterian churches from 1966 to 1992. He and his wife, Susan, served as the directors of the Chancel Choir at Christ Church United Methodist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, from 1998 through 2007. During the fall of 2009 through January 2010, Tom served as Interim Director of the Chancel Choir of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Their daughter, Catherine, received her Master of Business Administration Degree in December 2004 from Florida State University and married Michael Edward Givens, Jr. on April 2, 2005. They were blessed by the arrival of their son, Thomas Drake (“T.D.”) Givens on July 31, 2009.


Alice Walker and Becky Ramsey

Duo Pianists


Alice Walker and Becky Ramsey, identical twins, are originally from Atlanta, Georgia. They both hold BA degrees from Agnes Scott College, and have earned two certifications from the American Guild of Organists, Colleague (CAGO) and Associate (AAGO). Playing duets together since the age of five, they have been pianists at Salem Campground since 1971. Alice is Organist and Director of the Senior Adult Choir at Covington First Presbyterian Church. Becky is Organist and Director of Music for Senior Adults at Covington First United Methodist Church and also serves as Organist at Oxford College. On August 6, 2010 at 6:30 p.m., Becky and Alice will perform a piano and organ concert at the Cathedral Basilica, the oldest congregation in America, in St. Augustine, Fl. The church has a 60 rank Casavant organ and a fine Steinway piano. Alice is married to Ken Walker, retired from WSB television and Becky to Sam Ramsey, President of Ramsey Furniture Co. and former Mayor of Covington.

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