Each year, delegates from across the nation and around the world converge on Cleveland, for this great time of fellowship and spiritual renewal.
The Rev. H. Richard Hall, founder of United Christian, settled in Cleveland, a central location for the revival meetings he and his team were holding, in 1952.
People who had attended these meetings and whose lives were changed through Brother Hall’s ministry traveled hundreds of miles just to be in his revival services.
In 1974, Hall decided to hold an annual camp meeting/minister’s convention for the benefit of those who were unable to get to his meetings — due to work schedules or financial constraints — with 10 days of Holy Ghost meetings.
His followers loved to be in meetings with him and were delighted to learn of the annual camp meeting planned during the week of July 4, when most workers were allotted their yearly vacation.
Old-time Pentecostals, Jesus’-Name folk, hard-line Holiness followers, Baptists, Methodists, Catholics — a slice right out of American society — came to Cleveland. Some came in luxurious RVs, some brought pup tents and slept on the ground, others stayed in dorms provided at that time, and many stayed in area hotels.
The big loudspeakers broadcast the gospel message. Soon, the local church had been expanded to its limits and a building the size of a football field was erected on the church property to hold the camp meeting crowd.
With no air-conditioning, you’d think people would decide not to “rough it.” But, that was not the case.
People filled the building and circled the outside every night. Some attendees drove for many miles to get to these meetings, while others heard the racket and walked across the street to get in on these Holy Ghost-saturated meetings.
In 2001, UCCMA Camp Meeting was held for the first time in the Peerless Road facility. With air-conditioning, four floors and tons of parking, the meetings had moved uptown. Many people often equate misery with holiness. But, the move was just geography. The services were still jam-packed with men and women from all walks of life. Christian camaraderie was still the norm.
When blessings were experienced, they found Jesus was no respecter of persons either. The Holy Ghost power rained on all in attendance. Those who had become distant from God and had lost their way felt the tug in their hearts once again and came back to the Lord. Many who were sick in body or depressed in their minds, declared they had been healed.
“This is the church’s spiritual heritage — tongue-talking, shouting, praise and worship, anointed singing, second-to-none music that stirs the soul, deliverance, healing, powerful preaching, word of Knowledge, Prophecy — it’s part of who we are in Christ,” a spokesman said.
Guest speakers will include Kenny Dunn, Steve Logan, Hans Hess, Mike Chapman, local UCC pastors Margie Poteat and Charles Poteat, Pat Hayes, Jim Angle, John Autry, Mitch Rhoden, Jerry Barnard, Dallas Vines, Larry Nix, Fred Stapleton, Keith Nix and Toro Townley, along with many other UCCMA ministers and friends who will share from their heart during this great Camp meeting.
Special singers include Mercy Praise, Cargils, Ricky Perkins and Betty Jean Robinson. President Don Warren will be at the Hammond B-3.
Camp meeting will continue through July 4 with two services each day: 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. A free meal will be offered to attendees following each service.
Children’s classes for ages 4-11 will be offered each night, June 27 through July 4 at 7:30, in the Education Annex. The children will learn the Fruits of the Spirit in an organized, fun, safe and Spirit-filled environment. They will praise and worship, dance, enjoy drama, crafts, snack, and story time.
Each morning at 10:30 a.m., a service for ages 13 to 21 will be held in the small chapel under the direction of Keith Nix, UCCMA international youth director.
The Minister’s Fellowship Breakfast will take place at 10 a.m. on July 5. All ministers and their spouses are invited to attend this great time of fellowship and worship.
This year’s theme is “So Send I You.”
“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” (John 20:21).
The services will be held at United Christian Church, 2200 Peerless Road, Cleveland TN.
For more information, please call the church office at 423-472-7271 or 479-4277.