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June 15-19, 2021

The Gathering 2021 Chesapeake Conference Camp Meeting experience will be held virtually, featuring on-location broadcasts from throughout the conference. As Camp Meeting approaches, we will post on this page a complete schedule with information on how to access seminars, evening worships and children’s/youth/young adult programs and resources.

Featured Speaker

Camp Meeting Featured Speaker

Dr. Carlton Byrd is currently the senior pastor of the Oakwood University church on the campus of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Al, and the speaker/director of the Breath of Life Television Broadcast. A very active participant in the community, Dr. Byrd founded the Berean Outreach Ministry Center in Atlanta, Ga, which housed a food pantry, clothes’ closet, barber shop, hair salon and fitness center. Dr. Byrd is happily married to his wife of twenty-two years, the former Danielle Mounter, and they are proud parents of three daughters, Christyn, Caileigh and Carissa.

Seminar Speakers


How Discipleship Happens at Home – Jesus called us to “Go and Make Disciples” (Mat. 28:19). Since 1874 the Seventh-day Adventist Church has been sending missionaries to more than 200 countries around the world, but all along many of us have forgotten that “There is no missionary field more important than” our home (AH, p.35). We will look at three specific areas where we can be the best disciples and disciple-makers at home.

Drs. Claudio and Pamela Consuegra currently serve as the Family Ministry Directors for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist. Claudio was born in Colombia, South America, while Pamela grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Claudio has a background as a pastor, a conference departmental director, and administrator. In addition, he volunteers in his community as a law-enforcement and hospice chaplain. Pamela has a background in Adventist education, having served as a teacher, academy principal, and superintendent of schools. Pamela holds a Ph.D. in Leadership from Andrews University.

Sabbath School Alive! – Sabbath School is one of the most important institutions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is designed for the whole family to acquire knowledge of the Word of God. And to learn to live according to the Bible truths. If rightly conducted, Sabbath School can bring life to the church just as the heart brings lifesaving blood to the body. This seminar presents the fundamental principles that make Sabbath School come alive. Learn ideas and resources to strengthen your Sabbath School and transform it into a disciple-making force that will GROW Your Church.

Ramon Canals is the director of the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department of the General Conference. Previously, he was vice president of the North Pacific Union Conference and also served as an evangelist, evangelism coordinator, and ministerial and Hispanic ministries director. Pastor Canals holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Andrews University. His mission is to encourage, energize, empower, and equip disciples for the mission of saving souls.

Last Day Events – the goal of these lessons is to emphasize the mission and message of the Seventh-day Adventist church in the world and how this understanding could be useful to local congregations.

Cornell Preda is the pastor of the St. Johnsbury District in Vermont and he serves the Bordoville (west Enosburg, Vermont) church on sabbaths from May to October. He is a graduate of Southern Adventist University and Andrews University and is currently studying toward a DMin in Missional Church at Andrews University.

Creation Revealed Through Redemption and Science – Since Scripture and true science both come from God, the right answers in both forms of study will be consistent. What do we know about Creation that we just didn’t know we knew? How does Creation show God’s careful planning to make our Earth last after sin began, until the Plan of Salvation is fulfilled? In what ways might even good Christians be worshipping the creation rather than the Creator? These questions and more will be explored and answered. See what Creation reveals to you.

Dr. Gary Wagner is a retired pastor. His work for the church has taken him to live in seven countries and five states in three Stateside conferences. He has worked as a pastor, teacher, principal, administrator and ADRA director. He spent decades asking questions about the Hows and Whys of Creation. He found that God has revealed much more than we may have recognized before. The book he authored on the topic, “Operation Time Box: Creation’s Rescue Mission,” is being updated for re-publication this year.

How to Increase Your Intelligence – Discover what is the link between increasing intelligence and Sabbath School. Find out from this presentation on the Spirit of Prophecy, science, and the latest research.

Pastor Justin Kim serves as Assistant Director of Sabbath School & Personal Ministries and Editor of the young adult inVerse Bible Study Guide for the General Conference World Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has also been an overseas missionary, local church pastor for ten years, and a department director for communications, men’s ministry, and campus ministries. Pr. Kim graduated from a Catholic secondary school; majored in sociology and biology at the Jewish-sponsored Brandeis University; researched at Harvard Medical; studied theology and pastoral ministry at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary; preached in more than 30 countries, and is a friend of books and an enemy of cilantro/coriander. A husband to Rachel and father to Noah and Nathaniel, he is also the host of the inVerse telecast on Hope Channel ( and co-founder of GYC.


The Power of Personal Ministries: Tools and Tips to Grow Your Church – Jesus said that the harvest is ready. So why is it that so many churches aren’t growing? In this seminar, you will discover a model of church growth patterned after the teachings of Jesus, learn about the untapped power of personal ministries, and identify the factors that are preventing growth in many churches. Best of all, you’ll learn about practical new resources that can help your church to win souls, make disciples, and grow both spiritually and numerically.

Jim Howard is the associate director of the General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department. Prior to taking his current role at the General Conference, Elder Howard served as a pastor in the Ohio and Michigan conferences, and as the Evangelism Coordinator and Personal Ministries Director for the Michigan Conference. Throughout Elder Howard’s ministry of preaching, teaching, training, and developing soul-winning resources, he has helped both leaders and laypeople accept the call of Christ to share the three angels’ messages with others.

Take Back Your Life – Are you tired of being fearful of the next drug-resistant bacteria or virus?  Is chronic pain and fatigue something that you feel is going to be part of your life for the rest of your life? Wondering why there is an epidemic of chronic disease in the world and what you can do to make sure you’re not the next victim? We will be sharing valuable life-saving information in this three-part seminar that will reinforce your faith in God and His love for you as His coming approaches.

Dr. Joyce Choe, MD, MPH, is a board-certified plant-based ophthalmologist from Vancouver, WA. She is a plant-based health enthusiast whose personal journey with leaky gut, food sensitivities, and autoimmune disease led to an in-depth search for answers and caused her to see the wide-scale need for information and education on the growing prevalence of gut permeability and the amazing possibilities for improved health that a specific plant-based lifestyle can give.

Dr. Choe recently co-wrote and published a cookbook called the Autoimmune Plant-Based Cookbook with Mercy Ballard, with whom she has an online course, called the Autoimmune Recovery Plan. They can be found at and

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