Bouknight, Switzer to lead campmeeting


Dr. Bill Bouknight and Dr. Jeff Switzer will be the featured speakers for the annual Felder’s Campground meeting.

The historic gathering is scheduled for July 18-27 at the campground near Summit. Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. starting the evening of July 18.

Bouknight served five churches in South Carolina from 1966 until 1994. His longest tenure was 12 years as senior minister of Trenholm Road UMC in Columbia, S.C. In 1994 he was appointed senior minister of Christ UMC in Memphis. During his 13 years at Christ UMC, more than 4,000 new members joined the church, with one-third of them joining by profession of faith.

In June 2007, Bouknight retired after 41 years of full-time ordained ministry. Bouknight served twice as a delegate to United Methodist General Conference. Currently he serves on the executive committee of the United Methodist Congress on Evangelism. He is a recipient of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award and is former chairman of the Confessing Movement within the UMC.

His three latest books are The Authoritative Word, Preaching Trust in a Skeptical Age, Should Christians Always Oppose War and 11 Other Questions Believers Ask and If Disciples Grew Like Kudzu.

Bouknight will preach from the 7:30 p.m. service on July 18 through the 10:30 a.m. service on July 24. Switzer will begin his message at the evening service on July 24. Switzer was appointed pastor of Senatobia First UMC in June. Prior to that, he served Sandtown UMC in Philadelphia for seven years. He is president of the Mississippi Fellowship of United Methodist Evangelicals, a renewal group within the Mississippi Annual Conference, in association with the Confessing Movement. He also serves on the national boards of Good News and the Confessing Movement.

Switzer will preach until the last service at 11 a.m. on July 27.

Jerry Wilson Morgan, a Mississippi native with roots in Calhoun and Tippah counties will be music director. He has served churches on a full-time or bi-vocational basis in Mississippi, Texas and Florida. Most recently, Morgan was music minister at Castlewoods Baptist Church in Brandon for 13 years while also serving as a music and fine arts teacher in the Hinds and Madison County school systems. Currently, he sings in the Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church of Jackson.