Larry Locke – Evangelist
Pastor Larry Locke has served as a senior pastor, executive pastor and teaching pastor in the kingdom of God since 1985. His last full-time ministry work (2014-2018) was as executive/administrative pastor at Warner University’s campus church in Lake Wales, Florida. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University teaching theology and accounting and was Warner University’s Men’s Golf coach for 2 years. He entered early retirement from full-time ministry in 2018 but continues to serve various churches as a transitional pastor or fill in preacher. He presently works for the State of Florida’s University system as a financial analyst and accountant. Before moving to Florida, he served as senior pastor of the Chambersburg Brethren in Christ in Chambersburg, PA from 2009-2014.
Larry has a Master’s of Divinity degree in New Testament theology and Koine Greek language from Asbury Theological Seminary (Kentucky) a Master of Science degree in accounting from Liberty University (Virginia) and a Master of Arts degree in economic geography from the University of Akron (Ohio). In his younger days he was a PGA golf professional but has now shifted his interest towards spending quality time with his wife, sports, photography, cooking, and traveling. He is married (39 years) to Jamie Sue Locke (Johnson) from Johnstown, PA and they have 4 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Larry and Jamie’s home is in Winter Haven, Florida
First Weekend & Mission Day Speaker – Dwight Robertson
As president and founder of Forge, Dwight encourages ordinary individuals to have an extraordinary impact in the places where God has given them influence—in their families, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and churches.
Rooted in love for God and neighbor, acts as simple as sharing a meal or showing kindness are the most important Kingdom work people can do—because they get into the “mud puddles” of life’s deepest needs.
Dwight is known nationally as a gifted speaker and author who believes that every Christian is uniquely designed by God to serve others in ways that are meaningful and transformational.
He and his wife, Dawn, live in Denver and have two children.
Second Saturday Speaker – Chalk Artist Elva Hurst
A member of a large conservative Mennonite family in Ephrata, PA, Elva exhibited a desire to create art from an early age. Her ability and desires were not originally encouraged by her family, but an 8th grade teacher fostered the talented young artist and encouraged her. She left school at her parents behest soon after and was relegated to saving her pennies to purchase art books and teaching herself to paint.
Today her advice to those seeking to improve their art is to practice, practice, practice. That is just what she did on whatever items she could find around the farm. No longer to be denied, Elva’s artistic talent was soon understood by her family and her father assisted in buying her supplies and giving her an avenue to sell her work.
Elva is now married and has a family of her own. She and her husband, Ray, live on a small farm in Lititz, PA where she now paints at her own kitchen table. This environment allows her to care for her four children and fulfill her household duties as a mother and wife. She has long since stopped selling her work at gift shops and now has more work than she can handle painting special custom orders.
In recent years, yet another form of painting has become her primary focus; chalk talks. Before crowds of people Elva uses chalk to draw a large picture illustrating a story that is presented with pre-recorded music and narration. She has developed numerous programs with historic, patriotic, inspirational and holiday themes.
Her interest in “chalk talks” began when she and her husband moved to Tulsa, OK to attend Bible school for two years. It was there where she started using this technique while teaching Sunday school classes. Word of her work quickly spread and soon she was asked to perform chalk talks for other gatherings.
Weekday Morning Speakers
Monday – Pastor Luke Holtry
Tuesday – Pastor Dan Longmore
Dan graduated from Carrick High School, Pittsburgh in 1980 and is continuing his education through the Directed Study Program offered by the BIC. He’s been working in radio since the age of fourteen and met his wife, Marty, while serving on the Navajo Reservation in the mid 1980’s. Together the couple currently produces a daily radio program for WRGN where Dan has worked for twenty-seven years.
Despite growing up in a religious home, Dan didn’t hear the Gospel until 1984 when he accepted the Lord at a CBMC dinner. Through prayer and the support of others, his Christian walk deepened through the years. Dan said, “God has seen me through many challenges including my loss of sight in 2014. However, through it all God has remained faithful.”
In 1994, God called Dan into pastoral ministry. His first church was at Hunlock Creek, PA where he served eleven years. Currently Marty & Dan minister at Marsh Creek near State College, PA, where they are in their fourteenth year.
Thursday – Pastor John Melhorn
John Melhorn accepted Jesus into his heart at the age of 7 at a Good News Club; but it was during his senior year at Messiah College that he fully surrendered his life to Jesus. Ever since then, God has been renovating his heart by placing him in different positions: working at Messiah College, serving as a part-time youth leader, ministering as a chaplain at a PA state park during summers while studying at Evangelical Seminary, and pastoring within the Brethren in Christ Church for the last 24 years. For the last 20 years he served at Faith BIC Church near Baltimore, MD. John holds a B.A. in History from Messiah College and an M. Div. from the Evangelical School of Theology. God has blessed John with a wonderful wife, Nancy, and they have journeyed together in marriage for the last 24 years. John and Nancy have two sons.
Over the years, the Melhorn family has taken trips to different places in the United States or Canada staying in a tent when they stopped. Whether they liked it or not, God often drenched them with showers of blessings on and in their tent. Aside from delighting in Jesus; John takes pleasure in bike riding, playing basketball, solving Sudoku puzzles, and reading. For John, bike riding becomes an even more enjoyable experience if Nancy joins him on the back of their tandem bicycle. In addition to their biking adventures, John and Nancy enjoy playing Dutch Blitz, Yahtzee and Scrabble.
Friday – Pastor John Fickett
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.