2020 Service & Guest Preacher Schedule
Preacher: Reverend Hyuk Seonwoo
Sermon: "Broken but Blessed"
Home Org.: United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard
This first Sunday worship service and official opening of the Camp Meeting Season.
About: Reverend Hyuk Seonwoo, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, and joined the United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard as the pastor in July 2019 For the past 18 years, Rev. Seonwoo was the pastor of the Zion Korean United Methodist Church in Warwick, R.I. He has also been a Tai Chi facilitator in church and community settings.
Rev. Seonwoo earned his Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the Graduate Division of
Religion at Drew University, Th.M. from Harvard Divinity School, M.Div. from Boston
University School of Theology. Learn more at https://www.umc-mv.org
Preacher: Reverend Janet Newton
Sermon: "Soul Amendments for Fruitful Gardens"
Home Org.: The First Parish Church of Berlin, MA.
About: Reverend Janet Newton has been at First Parish Church since the fall of 2018. She was born and raised Unitarian Universalist in the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, New Mexico and came to ministry after many years as a high school English and philosophy teacher. For Janet, religion is a collaborative invitation to find, feed, and honor the spark of the sacred within every human heart, that we may know ourselves and our communities more deeply, and that we may make love more visible in the world. Her experiences have helped her develop a vision for church that uses worship, conversation, contemplation, and opportunities for lifelong learning and service. She received a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School and was ordained in Vineyard Haven at Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard. Learn more at http://www.fpcberlin.org
Preacher: Reverend Dr Mary Jane O'Connor-Ropp
Home Org.:Retired United Methodist Church of Martha's Vineyard
About: Mary Jane is a retired Elder in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church. She retired in 2007 after serving for five years on Martha’s Vineyard, first at Trinity UMC and then as co-pastor with the MV Cooperative Parish. Prior to that, she served four other churches in Massachusetts.
In retirement, she has served United Methodist Churches on Cuttyhunk Island, Chebeague Island in Maine, East Parish in Salisbury, MA, and Cape Elizabeth UMC in Maine.
She received a Bachelor’s Degree from St Lawrence University, a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Spirituality from Wesley Theological Seminary. She also trained as a spiritual director through the Gateways to God program offered by the New England Conference, and is an experienced retreat leader.
Mary Jane and her husband Steve owned the cottage at 45 Trinity Park prior to retirement and moving to Las Cruces, New Mexico. After nearly five years there, she missed New England so badly that they moved back, this time to a retirement community for United Methodist clergy in Wells, Maine. She still misses the Campground way of life and is always grateful to return.
Her current interest and focus is on the interconnection among the climate crisis, the environmental and health threats to people of color, and current and future pandemics. She is also involved in starting a “wild church” (church beyond the walls of a building, outdoors in nature), on the grounds of her retirement community. She is currently an active parishioner at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Kennebunk, ME.
Preacher: Reverend William Turpie
Sermon: "A Hint of Mercy"
Home Org.: Retired Pastor, New North Church, Hingham, MA
About: Bill Turpie is an award-winning journalist, documentary producer and pastor. He has served as the business reporter for WCVB-TV in Boston, and was senior correspondent for “Today’s Business,” a joint venture of Buena Vista Television and CBS. In addition, he was a contributing correspondent for Wall Street Journal Reports TV.
He has combined his reporting and producing experience with insights into the American religious landscape to create programs that have become familiar in faith communities around the country. A few of those include: “Great Preachers,” “America at Worship” and “Hashing it Out.” All of which aired on the Odyssey and Hallmark Channels.
Among the awards he has received is the Cine Golden Eagle for “Downwind of Morality.” A documentary about the effects of radioactive fallout in the United States and the former Soviet Union. He also received the best of show Aurora award for “America at Worship,” a three-hour omnibus of worship experiences that aired Sunday mornings on Hallmark Channel.
He is ordained in the American Baptist Churches, USA and was pastor of First Baptist Church and later New North Church, from which he retired. Both are located in Hingham, Massachusetts.
He holds a B.A. in math-physics from Whitman College and received his Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has done graduate work in communications at Boston University and pastoral counseling at Andover Newton Theological School. He is married to Joy Jelinek Turpie. They have two children and two grandchildren. He is the author or “Ten Great Preachers,” and writes a column for The Hingham Journal, called “You Can’t Make This Up.”
Preacher: Reverend Dr. Preston Williams
Sermon: "Together Broadening The World”
Home Org.: Harvard Divinity School
About: Preston Williams, who retired in June 2002, became the Houghton Professor in 1971. He has taught previously at four historically black colleges: Johnson C. Smith University, Knoxville College, North Carolina College for Negroes (now North Carolina Central University), and Lincoln University. He has served as associate chaplain at Pennsylvania State University and Protestant chaplain at Brandeis University. Prior to coming to Harvard Divinity School, he was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor at Boston University School of Theology.
In his years at Harvard, he has served in various capacities beyond his professorial role: He was Acting Dean of the Divinity School in 1974–75, and the acting and first director of Harvard's W. E. B. Du Bois Institute from 1975 to 1977. He was president of the American Academy of Religion, 1975–76, and president of the Society for Christian Ethics, 1974–75. From 1998 to 2008 he was the director of the Summer Leadership Institute, a program that brought religious leaders from urban settings to Harvard for two weeks of intensive classes on community development. His fields of interest are Christian ethics, social and economic justice, human rights, and African American experience. He is an ordained Presbyterian USA minister. Learn more at https://hds.harvard.edu
Preacher: Right Rev Dr. Jeffery A. Williams
Sermon: "Does Jesus Christ Still Heal Today?"
Home Org.: The King's Cathedral, Providence, R.I.
About: Dr. Jeffery A. Williams has dedicated his life as both a spiritual guide and social change advocate. His work as the founding pastor of the King's Cathedral, located in Providence Rhode Island, began with nine people meeting in his home in 1999. Dr. Williams was duly consecrated a Bishop with Apostolic Succession in July 2016. As Bishop, Dr. Williams oversees more than 60 congregations in eight nations and serves as a spiritual counsel to a number of other churches and ministries throughout the United States. In addition to being a sought-out advisor to members of Government, having served on 23 Boards and Commissions, he has been a chapel speaker for both the National Football League and Major League Soccer (2005-2012 & 2014). Dr. Williams is a graduate of Brown University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Environmental Analysis, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government with a Master's Degree In Public Administration and has an earned Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in Urban Complex Settings. Dr. Williams has authored several books, “Knowing Your Why: The Key That Unlocks Your Full Potential" (2017), and “Resurge: From Disorder To Divine Order in 7 Steps”. Moreover, his latest release, the “Morning Decree Devotional Journal” (2018) is a quarterly devotional journal designed to deepen your spiritual life. He is the husband of the beautiful Lelani Williams and the enthusiastic parent of two young adults Joy Victoria and Grace Noelle Williams. thekingscathedral.com
Preacher: Reverend Dr. Marvin Anthony Moss
Sermon: "What Do You Do in Your Darkest Hours?"
Home Org.: Salem United Methodist Church in New York City
About: The Reverend Dr. Marvin Anthony Moss is returning this year to the Tabernacle. He is the 14th pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in New York City since July 1, 2014. His mission is Kingdom Building: Growing, Sustaining and Revitalizing – ensuring congregations and leaders move forward in the work and will of God. Dr. Moss was a frequent guest of President Barack Obama’s National African American Clergy Leaders Group and has testified on Capitol Hill before a Senate Hearing Committee on the long term effects of unemployment.
Learn more at: www.salem-harlem.org
Preacher: Reverend Donald Bliss
Sermon: “No Loopholes”
Home Organization: East Freetown Congregational-Christian Church
About: Reverend Bliss has been the pastor at East Freetown Congregational-Christian Church since 2001. He formerly served as Minister to Children and Youth at Old West Church in Boston and as Director of Children's, Youth and Family Ministries at the Federated Church of Hyannis. He is a lifetime member of the American Congregational Society and has designed and led Youth and Children's Ministry training events for the United Church of Christ, American Baptist Churches, the Episcopal Church, and non-denominational Christian publishers. Reverend Bliss is a published author, and directed the Viking Theater Company at Wareham High School for 22 years, and served the Wareham Public Schools as an "Artist in Residence". His hobbies and interests include history, creative writing, watching the Patriots and listening to the Red Sox. Learn more at: www.efccc.net
Preacher: Father Edward L. Beck, C.P.
Sermon: "Up On The Roof"
Church: Passionist Congregation
About: Father Edward L. Beck, C.P. is a Roman Catholic priest of the Passionist Congregation. He is an internationally known retreat director, author, playwright and on-air media commentator on issues of religion, faith and ethics. Father Beck’s three books: God Underneath, Unlikely Ways Home and Soul Provider are published by Doubleday. His first play, Sweetened Water was produced at the Vineyard Playhouse and his second play Ungodly Pursuit is anticipating a world premiere production next year. You can connect with him on social media here:
Twitter: @FrEdwardBeck Facebook: Edward L. Beck (Father Edward Beck) Instagram: @FrEdwardBeck
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PROGRAMMING & SPECIAL EVENTS
Tel: 508-693-0525 x 14 Fax: 508-696-8661
Email: [email protected]
Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association
P.O. Box 1685
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Sept 1 - June 30
M - F: 9 AM - 3 PM
July 1 - August 31
M - F: 9 AM - 3 PM
Sat. 9 AM - 1 2 PM (June - August only)
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