Evangelist – Alan Robinson
Alan Robinson is national director of the Brethren in Christ U.S. Formerly senior pastor of Carlisle (Pa.) BIC, Alan lives in Dillsburg, Pa., with his wife, Sharon. They have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
First Weekend – Allan Coppedge
Al received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge, England, in historical theology. In addition to post-doctoral research on American Methodist history and theology at Johns Hopkins University, his education includes a Th.M. degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, a B.D. degrees (honors) from University of Edinburgh, and a B.A. degree from Emory University. He is a member of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Al taught for 33 years as the Beeson Professor of Christian Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in the areas of Wesley Studies and Systemic Theology. For three years, Dr. Coppedge served as Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia, South America, where he was under appointment as a missionary with OMS International. He has been a pastor in Georgia and Kentucky and has preached extensively in Central and South America, as well as Scotland and England. For a brief time, he worked with The Navigators in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Coppedge also served as the president and co-founder of The Barnabas Foundation, an organization that promoted discipleship ministries in the Wesleyan tradition in seminaries, colleges, local churches, and mission organizations.
Second Weekend Speaker – Ken Hepner
Ken and his wife Raina were called by God to come back home to be the Senior Pastoral couple at Cedar Grove after 27 years of absence. They left in 1985 to begin their ministry as Senior Pastoral couple of the Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church where they served for 16 years. They also pastored Chambersburg Brethren in Christ Church for eight years and worked for three years to plant the On Eagles’ Wings Brethren in Christ Church in Silver Spring township PA. They began their ministry among us in June 2012. Their call is to work together as a couple to help as many people as they can to connect with Jesus in a deeply personal way. Ken’s loves begin with family: Raina, Sam, Mashawn, Monica, Jaden, Trey, Sydney, Dan, Kristin, Eric, Derrick, Mike, Amber, Jared, Raegen, Kylee, and Brianna Hepner. He also loves outdoor sports and old cars. Ken’s skill set includes preaching Biblical and relevant messages, discipling, leading, and teaching the followers of Jesus about engaging meaningfully in the spiritual life. They are thrilled to be pastoring back home in the church that gave them their start in ministry and so much grace when they met Jesus in 1975.
Mission Day Speaker – Adrian Despres
Adrian Despres became a Christian while playing football for Furman University (Greenville, SC). As a respected student, athlete, and peer, Adrian began sharing his faith with others as he used his God-given public speaking abilities. This was the beginning of Adrian’s Itinerant speaking ministry.
In 1990, after graduating from Seminary at Columbia International University, Adrian joined the Itinerant Ministry Staff of Kingdom Building Ministries with whom he continues to serve today. In addition, Adrian serves as the Chaplain for the University of South Carolina’s football team. His ministry reaches thousands of students and young adults each year and has brought thousands into a relationship with Christ. Adrian’s passion to see lost souls saved and Christians called into a life of laboring for God continues to propel his ministry.
Adrian lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with his wife, Lisa, and their children, Rachel, Branson, Kaitlyn, and Benjamin. To learn more about Adrian visit www.adriandespres.com.
Weekday Morning Speakers
Monday & Tuesday – Bishop Lynn Thrush
Lynn Thrush serves at the Bishop of the Great Lakes Conference of the Brethren in Christ Church. Graduating with his master of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Ky.) in 1978, Lynn began his pastoral ministry at Fairview Avenue BIC in Waynesboro, Pa. Later, in 1991, he accepted the role of senior pastor at Gateway Community Church in Chino, Calif., where he’d served until his appointment.
Starting in 2004, Lynn also began serving as an adjunct professor in the Undergraduate Practical Theology Department at Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, Calif.). He currently teaches several BIC U.S. Directed Study Program courses and is the author of the book, Soaring Hope: Imagining Life As It Ought To Be.
Lynn and his wife, Carol, have four grown children and two grandchildren. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys church leadership and teaching.
Thursday – Bishop Brian Hoke
An active member of the Brethren in Christ U.S. since childhood, Bryan grew up in Pennsylvania. As a young adult wanting to impact the lives of others, he earned a bachelor’s degree in family studies from Messiah College and later a master of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Bryan has more than 15 years of pastoral experience spanning across three BIC conferences. His ministry includes stops in Lawrenceville, Ga., as a bi-vocational pastor; Carlisle, Pa., on the pastoral staff of a large congregation; and Hummelstown, Pa., as senior pastor of a nontraditional church. He has also served on numerous conference and denominational boards, including the Southeast Conference as treasurer and the Atlantic Conference as a representative on the Commission on Ministry and Doctrine.
Bryan lives just north of Hershey, Pa., with his wife, Kerry, and three daughters, Jordyn, Kylie, and Madelyn. He relaxes by playing and watching sports, working around the house, or grabbing the latest movie from Redbox. Much to the dismay of his friends, Bryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan.
Friday – Joshua Nolt
First Saturday Speaker – Camp Director Jeremy Spear
Jeremy grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and went to Hobe Sound Bible College in Florida, where he met his wife Ronda. He knew they would get married the first time he saw her. After 28 years of marriage, he says it’s still her touch and her smile that he needs to have each day. Together they have been remodeling a 200-year-old house—a place for their three grown children, one daughter-in-law, and one grandson to visit.
Jeremy directs all aspects of the camp’s ministry, prepares budgets and casts vision, which he’s been doing since 2011. He looks forward to continuing to lead the Roxbury team in serving people and sharing Christ’s love. He enjoys attending the services of the various groups and has found it to be spiritually encouraging—challenging him to study the scriptures to find the basis for his own faith. Before serving as the Camp Director, Jeremy pastored Lakeview Community Church in Goodrich, Michigan from 2008 – 2011. Prior to that he served as a youth pastor to churches in Michigan and Oklahoma. He always knows two things: how many days until Camp Meeting and how many days until his next cruise.