2016 Camp Meeting Meet and Greet
Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III
Dr. William J. Carl III currently serves as Senior Pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to this position, Dr. Carl served for ten years as President of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary--a theological school founded in the Presbyterian tradition in 1794 that currently serves students across denominational lines. Dr. Carl also served as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas and has taught preaching at numerous schools of theology.
A graduate of the University of Tulsa, Dr. Carl also earned his Master of Divinity from Louisville Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Rhetoric & Communication. He is the author of eight books and more than seventy-five articles in national journals.
Dr. Carl and his wife, Jane, currently reside in Birmingham and have two sons. He also counts this as his third time preaching at Salem--having previously preached at Salem in 1988 and 2002.
Rev. Dr. Bill Burch
Dr. Bill Burch currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1984, Dr. Burch has served seven United Methodist Churches in the North Georgia Annual Conference-most recently Sam Jones Memorial UMC in Cartersville and First UMC of West Point.
Dr. Burch graduated with a B.A. from Berry College, a M. Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a D. Min. from McCormick Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago.
He has been married to his wife, Tracy, for 30 years and they have two grown children-Katie and Will. In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Burch enjoys reading and writing. He writes weekly at www.billburch.net.
Rev. Dr. Case Thorp
Dr. Case Thorp is the Senior Associate Pastor at the 3,600 member First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Case leads FPCO’s FaithServes (local & global mission) initiative as well as the church’s evangelism and outreach efforts.
Born in Athens and raised in Conyers, Case first served at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church (Oxford) in college as youth director. After seminary he served at the First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he met and married Jodi Tomlinson. They have three beautiful children, Alexandra (11), Charles (10), and Brooks (4).
He has preached internationally from Madagascar to Tajikistan, and revivals stateside. He is a founding board member of both IDignity, a local organization that provides identification to the poor, and The Well, a multi-media ministry. He is currently the Regional Coordinator for Florida for the Made To Flourish Network, and a consultant and executive coach in the emerging faith and work movement.
Dr. Thorp holds degrees from Oxford College of Emory University, Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in missional ecclesiology.
Case has tented at Salem Camp Meeting since the age of eight, and serves as a Trustee. He enjoys time engaging the arts, community development, politics, spinning and cycling, and a newspaper in Starbucks.
You can read some of his newspaper editorials and blog posts at http://casethorp.wordpress.com.
Rev. Jonathan Andersen
Jonathan is currently an Associate Pastor at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church in Dacula, Georgia. There, he serves as the Director of Discipleship and oversees the Family Ministries team.
Jonathan was raised in Conyers and holds a BA in Political Science from Furman University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School. He counts this as his 28th Campmeeting.
He writes regularly at www.jonathanandersen.com.
Rev. Andrew Covington
Andrew is currently the Lead Pastor at Connexion UMC @ North Covington in Covington, Georgia. Before planting Connexion, Andrew was the Minister to Students and Contemporary Worship at Conyers First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Thomas R. Roberts has been our music director and platform leader since 1989. He serves as Principal and Chief Operations Officer of Green3Power Operations, Inc. and BioPower Operations, Inc., which are international environmental engineering, management, and consulting firms with offices in the United States and Dubai, UAE. Green3Power 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 and Demolition 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.
Tom and Susan reside in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where their daughter Catherine, her husband Michael Givens and grandson Thomas Drake (T.D.) live nearby.
Alice Walker and Becky Ramsey
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 Ambassador Choir and Handbell Choir at First Presbyterian Church, Covington, where she is also Moderator of Presbyterian Women. She coordinates the Prayer Team and is active on the Devotional Ministry. She has recently been appointed Leader of District Five of the Greater Atlanta Presbytery. Alice is a past Certified Lay Speaker of the United Methodist Church and has served as President of the Clergy Spouses of the Atlanta -Roswell District and the Southeastern Jurisdiction. She is past Regent of the Colonel John McIntosh Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution, where she won the Best of Class national prize for Musical Composition.
Becky is Organist and Director of Music for Senior Adults at Covington First United Methodist Church and is Director of Spiritual Growth for the United Methodist Women. She serves on the Intercessory Prayer Team; the Caring, Conversation and Commitment Team; and the Come to the Table Food Ministry of First United Methodist Church. She holds the Conference level certification as Lay Servant of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Becky received the Outstanding Young Woman of the Arts Award and the Outstanding Officer Award from the Covington Service Guild of the Georgia Association of Women's Clubs, and was presented the Outstanding Young Woman of America award.
Alice is married to Ken Walker, retired from WSB Television, and Becky to Sam Ramsey, President of Ramsey Furniture Company and former Mayor of Covington.