Building upon the exciting week long music and worship arts camp held on The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) campus last year, thirty-nine motivated campers and fifteen faculty members from across Florida and neighboring states participated in the second annual Elevate! Worship Arts Camp. Just as the camp title implies, middle school and high school students engaged in worship experiences to lift up the Lord in worship and to elevate or increase their abilities to lead and participate in worship through singing, playing instruments, as well as through other creative expressions such as sign language, puppets, and movement.
Back for the second year, BCF Alumnus Stephen Wolgamott, the Senior Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church Leesburg, Fla., served as the Worship Pastor for the week and led the music during lakeside devotions, evening worship services, and taught a course on the principles and rewards of worship leadership. Ryan Shipp, Worship Pastor at Mandarin Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., served again this year as the Camp Pastor, leading devotional thoughts every morning and preaching in the evening.
BCF faculty members who volunteered their time and assisted during the camp included Professors Buford Cox, Ron Branning, and Bill Knowles. Music and Worship Division Chair and Elevate Camp Director Bill Davis, assisted by Music and Worship Division Administrative Assistant Heather Larson, organized and hosted the second annual event. The exceptionally talented camp faculty from churches around the area included Buddy and Tammy Goodman, Candice Horne, Lauren Carter, Shawn Smith, and Skylar Teel. BCF students Mark Hafner, Jason Scott, Abigail Grier, and Shannon Boyer were heavily involved in teaching classes and serving as dorm advisors, and BCF Videographer and Media Manager Jamie Settle and his AV Crew, Haden and Austin Keough, provided technical support and taught audiovisual classes.
In addition to the inspiring worship experiences, campers enjoyed daily instruction on their chosen musical instrument or voice, a music reading class, classes on worship leadership, technology and creative worship expressions. Recreation proved to be yet another important opportunity for fellowship, with events that included a trip to a water park, and plenty of fun on the BCF campus led by Buddy Goodman and his flair with competitive team sports, water games and a special camper talent show.
The camp concluded with a combined choir concert and presentations from the various worship classes. This year’s seniors received a $1000 scholarship to attend The Baptist College of Florida. According to Davis, there was plenty of positive feedback from the campers, “The campers were extremely positive in their response to all facets of the camp… the worship experiences, the class instruction, the food, the recreation, and the opportunity to make new friends. Many of this year’s campers were repeats from last year, and many of this year’s campers promised to be back next year.”
To learn more about all of the music opportunities or the degree programs offered at The Baptist College of Florida, call 800.328.2660 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.