Asbury Opens Doors to Historic Camp Meeting
WILMORE, Ky. — In theory, the Wilmore Camp Meeting 2014, which was hosted by Asbury University, wrapped up with one last Bible study on Friday morning. However, Bible study teacher Jordan Guy says that’s not the case.
“Camp meeting doesn’t end on Friday,” said Guy. “This is the commissioning for something much bigger. It’s exciting to see what God will do with all the seeds that have been planted this week.”
Guy, the pastor at Nicholasville Church of Christ in Nicholasville, Ky., led the morning Bible studies on several different Old Testament prophets. The evening speaker was Stan Key, president of the Francis Asbury Society in Wilmore and a familiar face around campus. Key graduated from Asbury in 1975 and returned to Wilmore in March 2014 after 10 years of missionary service in France and 18 years as pastor at Loudonville Community Church in Albany, N.Y. His sermon series, titled “Defining Moments,” examined Biblical characters such as Elijah, Moses, Jacob, Pilot and even Jesus to see how one divine moment in time changed everything.
This is the third year Asbury has hosted the camp meeting, which has a 100-plus year history in Wilmore, and Hughes Auditorium is the site of some of Key’s own “defining moments.” For example, he met his wife, Katy Kinlaw Key, during Chapel when they were students and were seated alphabetically in the auditorium. Through the years, he has returned to speak at various Asbury events and call his listeners to a life of spiritual vitality.
“If you worship the Holy One, you will become holy,” he said. “That’s why getting worship right is so important — you will become like what you worship.”
“Camp meeting gives us a chance to come apart from our daily lives with both believers and nonbelievers from all walks of life,” said Pam Hiatt, Wilmore resident and member of the camp meeting board. “I’ve grown up on camp meeting, and it’s been a time for God’s Spirit to speak to me.”